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“It is more about the underlying conditions that lead to addiction and dependency,” he said.
“This is something that people struggle with, and they need help,” O’Malley added.
O’Neill, who is an addiction specialist at the University of Massachusetts Boston, says that, as the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the country, the need for substance abuse treatment is growing.
“We’ve gotten to the point where we’re seeing more and more cases of addiction and substance abuse,” he told Newsweek.
“The issue is, how do we get people into treatment?
How do we address the underlying problem?
That is a lot of work that we are still in the infancy of, to figure out.”
O’Neill, who has worked extensively with drug addicts and their families, says he has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking treatment for substance use disorders, and he says that many people don’t get treatment because they believe that addiction is a lifestyle choice or because they don’t know what to do.
“What is happening is, we’re talking about a very large number of patients,” O”Neill said.
In the past, the treatment of substance use disorder was mainly done inpatient, and O’Neal says that this has made it difficult for treatment providers to get to the root of the problem.
“Inpatient treatment is not going to work for everyone,” ONeal said.
According to O’Neil, treatment programs that focus on addiction have also failed.
“People get a lot wrong when they go in and tell you that you are going to treat them with a substance abuse addiction,” O Neal said.
O”Neal believes that there are many other factors that contribute to addiction, including poor parenting, poverty, lack of resources and poor social connections.
“Some people are just desperate to be on drugs, they don`t know what else to do, they have no job and their mother or father is dead, they`re just desperate,” O O Neal explained.
“And so they do not have any other options.”
O Neal says that treatment for people with substance abuse disorders is extremely challenging.
“Most people with drug addiction do not go to treatment because it`s just not a realistic option,” O Neil said.
Some people, O Neal added, have even started to relapse, or are attempting to, due to the challenges in treatment.
For people with a mental health problem, O’ Neal said that the treatment options are often very limited.
“Many people are very resistant to treatment,” O Mone said.
For some people, “you are really just living in denial, you are so wrapped up in your problems, you can barely deal with it,” O`Neal added.
In some cases, patients are even using drugs in order to get help.
“If they are in the drug addiction, they are going for drugs because they are not going out, they aren`t going to be working,” O Neill said.
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