Overcoming Obstacles to Transportation
For some individuals enrolled in a substance treatment program, lack of available transportation is an obstacle to receiving the treatment services necessary for rehabilitation. Sometimes, friends or family are not able to drive those in treatment to their programs. Other times, the individual may not have access to a vehicle and may not be able to afford the cost of taxis or services such as Uber or Lyft. The ability to participate in rehabilitation, counseling and ongoing support groups is a critical part of your treatment that should not be impeded by lack of transportation.
According to SAMHSA, “About 10 percent of adults who needed and tried unsuccessfully to get treatment reported transportation as a reason for not getting treatment.” [Source: SAMHSA]
In response to this problem, a number of treatment programs are offering transportation services such as group vans or passes for public transportation. If transportation is an obstacle to receiving the treatment you need, be sure to inquire about various treatment programs about possible transport services available.
SAMHSA reported that during the most recent survey of all known substance abuse treatment facilities (The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), 13,720 facilities responded to the survey, and of the facilities that responded, 39 percent offered transportation assistance to treatment. Nearly two thirds (62 percent) of the facilities that provided residential (non-hospital) treatment offered transportation assistance. Smaller percentages of the facilities that provided hospital inpatient treatment and the facilities that provided outpatient treatment offered transportation assistance (46 and 35 percent, respectively). [Source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/spot071-transportation-assistance-2013.pdf ]
It Can’t Hurt to Ask
Many substance abuse treatment programs can help you access transportation if they don’t offer these services to patients. Residential rehabilitation programs like Behavioral Crossroads, for example, will provide transportation services when necessary to ensure people get the help they need. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!