People suffering from addiction often have a hard time seeking and following through with treatment. Many people feel ostracized, as though they will be judged and ridiculed in a professional environment that is distant from their own situation. It also doesn’t help that people tend to look upon mental and psychological disorders with disdain, and addiction certainly goes hand-in-hand with mood disorders and psychological duress.
Even when one is able to get the treatment they need, it’s very common for patients to relapse. This is largely because the individual has not truly been treated for the cause of their addiction. When an addiction has grown particularly severe and medical attention is required, it will be very difficult to wean a person off of the drug, particularly when a heavy narcotic like heroin or methamphetamine is involved.