The Particulars: Previous research has not clearly defined barriers to care for adults with a perceived need for treatment of alcohol problems.

Data Breakdown: For a study, researchers analyzed data from patients aged 18 and older who reported a need for treatment of alcohol problems but did not obtain treatment. Most patients (88%) reported few structural or financial barriers. Patients in this group most commonly reported attitudinal barriers, particularly the belief that they should be “strong enough” to handle their problems on their own. Those with multiple barriers to care reported having financial, structural, and attitudinal barriers.

Take Home Pearls: Attitudinal barriers appear to be common for most patients who have not sought treatment for perceived alcohol problems. A better understanding of perceived barriers to care may help to improve access and quality of services for this patient population.