If only it were just as easy to get effective treatment for addiction as it is to find drugs or alcohol, the rate of relapse would invariably be reduced. But it isn’t, for a multitude of reasons. Although addiction is defined as a disease, social perception in the United States doesn’t always mirror this definition. When people need medical attention for leukemia or arthritis, do we blame them for having the disease or deny publicly-funded or private coverage to diagnose, treat, and monitor their health? (pause) Then why do we regard those seeking detox and recovery that way? These are just some of the reasons why it’s difficult for addicts to fund their drug rehab and it’s killing our compassion and our communities.
A Sense of Urgency at a Cost
Admitting to yourself, or getting a loved one to admit there is a personal problem with addiction is the first defining moment toward making the decision to get help and begin the road to recovery. Once the decision is made, many emotions rise to the surface but mostly fear. Because fear is such a powerful force, it can easily deter an addict from ever setting foot into a treatment facility.
As long as the search to find the right alcohol or drug detox program is relatively simple, calling and committing to an intake (initial interview and processing for substance abuse treatment) is normally seamless – until you reach the payment portion.
Unfortunately, this is the point where many alcoholics and those addicted to opioids, heroin, meth and cocaine believe that because they cannot readily afford the path to sobriety, they are undeserving of a better life. Though based on the lack of available programs nor adequate grants provided, how to fund drug rehab in Arizona and across the country remains a mystery to many.
Local Community Options Often Fall Short
Due to conflicting ideologies in how to best serve those in recovery, misunderstanding about available options clouds patient and provider confidence in the system. While some states allow medication-assisted treatment or MAT (methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone) it is often up to the specific treatment facility to dictate the actual cost. Whether a patient must come up with a cash payment for 100 percent of the program fee or in part, many still do not have the financial resources to cover the costs. As United States policy and federal health organizations squabble and banter over how to handle the addiction crisis nationwide, the biggest victims are the people and their families who live with it in the crossfire, every day. Is wellness, truly just for the wealthy?
Delaying Your Drug Rehab Doesn’t Help
Options may be less than desirable. But motivation can take you farther than any undesirable circumstance. The vision to overcome addiction should be kept at the forefront of your mind, no matter how challenging the process of recovery may be.
If you have limited funds for treatment, don’t let it delay your recovery. What you see on drug treatment websites or advertisements may not be the only payment plans available. Reputable addiction rehabs are in the business of helping people. Your success in recovery puts a stamp on their success rate as a treatment provider. Invest the time to find the right program, one that has flexible payment options, if you can. This is probably the best investment you could ever make in yourself. And doing what you can to “own your health” is empowering to the mind, body and soul.
Payment Choices Are Available, Just Ask
Addiction treatment and recovery may have certain commonalities but the best program is an individualized one. Payment for such services should be just as out-of-the-box. Make the call or send the email and get the conversation going.
Most private care facilities will take payment for services in all or some of the following ways: PPO insurance, cash, credit card, or other type of loan. If the payment programs they offer aren’t in line with what you can afford, ask for one that will. If they won’t work with you, ask if they know of another facility that will. Your relentless approach to seeking help will show a convincing dedication to sobriety. It could open the door to a compromise.
There’s A Reason Why They’re Called Employee Benefits
For those on the payroll of a business entity, coverage for drug or alcohol addiction treatment may be provided in your healthcare plan. Look through a copy of your employee handbook and the healthcare provider policy.
If you are employed by a state or federal agency, such as government workers or first responders (police officers, EMTs, firefighters, military), you most likely have provisions within your healthcare policy for addiction treatment services. There are also national partnerships set up to refer government employees to trusted rehabs in their jurisdiction. One organization, The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, PAARI, will help place those who need addiction treatment when they make a request to a law enforcement agency’s representative.
There Are Addiction Treatment Scholarships
Drug and alcohol rehabs are there to help addicts and their families, thereby serving community wellness. Recognizing that not all people who need help have the same means to receive it, there are addiction treatment scholarships available. Once such facility, the Scottsdale Recovery Center, has increased their pledge in serving community for 2018, by partnering with PAARI. It will offer two, 90-day treatment programs per year with specific criteria that a patient must meet to receive the scholarship. Don’t give up.
Resistance to Rehab Can’t Compare to a Lifetime of Benefits
Talk to Someone Who’s Been There. Talk to Someone Who Can Help. Arizona Addiction Recovery Center holds the highest accreditation (Joint Commission) and is Arizona’s premier rehab facility since 2007. Call 888-512-1705.
Authored by Melanie Stern, Content Director for Scottsdale Recovery Center, Arizona Addiction Recovery Centers and Cohn Media, LLC. Writer and broadcaster covering the following industries: addiction rehab, health care, entertainment, technology and advocate of clear communication, positivity and humanity at its best.