Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Substance Use Disorder Treatment

People with substance use disorders need comprehensive treatment that includes both drug and nondrug therapies to support opioid withdrawal, treatment, and long-term recovery. However, in 2018, only about 10 percent of individuals with a substance use disorder received any kind of treatment, whether through self-help programs, inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, or doctors’ offices. Effective care, including access to programs that pair medications with behavioral therapy, remains elusive for many patients.

To help close this treatment gap, Pew focuses on policies that would expand access to evidence-based care for opioid and alcohol use disorders. 

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.