Among depressed adults in the US, comorbid substance use disorders (SUD) modestly, but significantly, decrease the likelihood of receiving past-year depression care, a recent study found. Researchers evaluated data from 25,500 adults who participated in the 2008–2014 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. They found:
- During 2008–2014, approximately 55.4% of depressed US adults with SUD received past-year depression care, while 60.1% of depressed adults without SUD received such care.
- Overall, co-occurring SUD was associated with an 8% decreased likelihood of receiving past-year depression care.
- For depressed adults with severe functional impairment, co-occurring SUD was associated with a 9% decreased likelihood of receiving past-year depression care.
- The following depressed adults were at increased risk of not receiving depression care: those without functional impairment, without suicidal ideation, and without physical comorbidities, aged 18–29, male, racial/ethnic minorities, having less than high school education, uninsured, and never married.
Han B, Olfson M, Mojtabai R. Depression care among depressed adults with and without comorbid substance use disorders in the United States. [Published online ahead of print February 2, 2017]. Depress Anxiety. doi:10.1002/da.22592.