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4 More Reasons People Do Not Seek Treatment


4 More Reasons People Do Not Seek Treatment

One may be eligible for treatment, but may not necessarily receive it. There is a large majority of people who would benefit from treatment for substance abuse disorders, yet do not seek it. There are many common reasons that people don’t seek treatment that can easily discourage one from getting the help they need including a whole combination of factors. One thing we know is clear: substance abuse disorders tend to require professional help in order to get better. People may be reluctant to get treatment for drug abuse due to holding certain beliefs about the process, may live in an area where the treatment is not available or even a lack of insurance to cover the cost. This article aims to further the conversation and to describe many of the physical barriers individuals encounter in their pursuit of mental health or addiction treatment.

Lack of insurance coverage

Not all Medicaid plans cover treatment for addiction, despite being the largest provider in the country. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that addiction services be covered by insurance, not all insurance providers are governed by the ACA. In fact, it was found in a comprehensive review of addiction benefits offered by the states that as of 2017, none of the plans provide adequate addiction benefits, and over two-thirds violate the ACA.

Conversely, finding a treatment provider that accepts your particular brand of Medicaid, or insurance can be a nightmare. This, in turn, limits the number of professionals who can help treat substance abuse and adds to the difficulty of the process for seeking help, which many addicted individuals are already completing reluctantly. In addition, while it is highly recommended that severe cases of addiction require 90 days of inpatient rehab or IOP treatment, most insurance plans do not cover more than 30 days.

Lack of access to a treatment provider

The need for treatment is growing fast in the rehab industry. In some cases, patients have to travel far in order to find a rehab facility while in others, or for the more affordable options, the waiting lists are too long. The number of people in search of treatment is way higher than the number of qualified physicians who can offer this treatment and the places where such treatment can be provided. This results in the affected party having limited options since they could easily be turned away by a qualified physician or center.

Mental health

Addiction and mental health issues tend to go hand in hand. However, rehab facilities do not necessarily offer mental health treatment and mental health facilities do not substitute for rehab facilities. An individual is thus left stranded debating on which condition to handle. Will they have to seek treatment for addiction to substances or will they deal with their mental issues? The likelihood of relapse is much higher in the event that both illnesses are not treated together. While trends lately have increased the prevalence of dual diagnosis treatment centers, there remains some disparity in the quality of the care provided.

Intensity and duration of care

An individual may be lucky enough to have their costs covered by their insurance, but the duration of treatment covered may be brief or not at the needed intensity to create and sustain change. One may easily get discharged once their coverage runs out, yet the person may not be stable enough to live on their own managing their condition. The risk of returning to the same maladaptive patterns are high with such cases. As much as treatment centers may work with the insurance company to get the coverage they need, they may end up discharging a patient from the facility when they still have much to learn.

It can be a confusing process to seek addiction treatment, which is why when using MD Home Detox, we aim to simplify the process and walk you through it, every step along the way.

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