SAMHSA has an interesting report on the length of time between first use of a substance to treatment entry.
It’s not surprising that alcoholics have the longest duration of use before receiving treatment, but why? Is it due to longer periods of non-problematic use? Because it’s a celebrated drug in our culture?
I’m a little surprised that prescription drugs have the shortest. Why is that? Ideas? The report speculates that problems develop more quickly with prescription drugs. More quickly than heroin? That’s a little hard to swallow.
It’d be nice to see the time between the beginning of problematic use and treatment entry.