Community-Level Barriers to Recovery for Substance-Dependent Rural Residents

Lance Brendan Young, Kathleen M. Grant, Kimberly A. Tyler

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This article identifies potential barriers to substance use recovery associated with rural residence. The evidence is discussed and illustrated with examples. Fourteen specific barriers to substance abuse recovery are identified within 4 broad categories: access to treatment services, access to other professionals, access to peer support groups, and barriers to confidentiality. Although telehealth, expansion of mental health care, intensive referral, and other efforts might enhance access to care, the evidence suggests practitioners and researchers should remain aware of community-level barriers to recovery from substance use disorder and work with clients to overcome them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-326
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015


  • access to care
  • alcohol use disorder
  • barriers
  • rural
  • substance use disorder
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation


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