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Waiting Time as a Barrier to Treatment Entry: Perceptions of Substance Users
Journal of Drug Issues
  • Cristina Redko, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Richard C. Rapp, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Robert G. Carlson, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
9-1-2006
Abstract
Many substance users report that they experience multiple barriers that produce significant challenges to linking with treatment services. Being on a waiting list is frequently mentioned as a barrier, leading some people to give up on treatment and to continue using, while prompting others to view sobriety during the waiting period as proof they do not need treatment. This ethnographic study examines the views that 52 substance users have of the waiting time before treatment and the strategies they created to overcome it. Understanding how substance users react to waiting time itself and in relation to other barriers can lead to services that are effective in encouraging treatment linkage.
DOI
10.1177/002204260603600404
Citation Information
Cristina Redko, Richard C. Rapp and Robert G. Carlson. "Waiting Time as a Barrier to Treatment Entry: Perceptions of Substance Users" Journal of Drug Issues Vol. 36 Iss. 4 (2006) p. 831 - 852 ISSN: 00220426
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cristina_redko/37/