Challenges in going from residential substance abuse treatment to the community

An estimated 2.15 million people in the U.S. — 9% of the population — have a diagnosable substance use disorder (SUD). Epidemiological and clinical studies suggest that SUDs follow a chronic, relapsing course, with cycles of recovery, relapse, and multiple treatment episodes, over the course of several years.

“According to SAMHSA (2015), alcohol and drug abuse and related problems contribute substantially to the burden of disease in the U.S., costing an estimated $400 billion annually,” said Dr. Jennifer Manuel, PhD, an assistant professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, and an affiliated researcher with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (NYU CDUHR). “It is essential to reduce the cycle of treatment for SUDs — both for public health and financial reasons.”

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