Jane Ellen Smith, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SKAGGS

Articles

Enlisting Family Members to Address Treatment Refusal in Substance Abusers

October 31, 2006

Anyone who is close to someone who abuses alcohol or drugs knows all too well that substance abusers do not typically seek treatment until they have experienced years of substance-related problems. During the first year after onset of a diagnosable substance use disorder, only 1 of 5 alcohol-dependent persons and 1 of 4 drug-dependent persons receive treatment.