Rewarding recovery over relapse

Addicts are becoming prey for bad rehab centers. As I mentioned in a previous blog, if the center has opened since 2014, do your research and ask the right questions. Many of the centers that have opened since 2014 have taken advantage of the financial incentives given in the Affordable Care Act.

According to an article in Time, “the ACA has provided a financial incentive for rogue providers to keep patients of all ages in a cruel cycle of rehab. Meanwhile, good providers who always seek sobriety grow frustrated as patients are poached away by unethical and ineffective programs with promises of free rent and other illegal gifts.”

Under the ACA, drug relapse cannot be considered a pre-existing condition, children can remain on their parents’ policies until age 26, and drug and mental health treatment is considered an essential health benefit.

The problem is that these new healthcare laws are not rewarding recovery over relapse. They are instead shuffling addicts from center to center and kicking them out after the insurance coverage runs out, leaving your child on the street looking for another center or even worse, more drugs.

There has been a lot of talk about repealing, replacing, reforming the current healthcare law. But one thing we aren’t hearing much talk about is how to achieve recovery and success rather than relapse and failure.

I have a lot of faith that we can come together and fix this crisis. If we make it political, it will get worse. If we are not smart and bring real solutions to the table, it will get worse. The skyrocketing death rates are finally opening people’s eyes. I hope we can keep our eyes open so more people DON’T DIE.

I have a lot of faith that we can come together and fix this crisis. If we make it political, it will get worse. If we are not smart and bring real solutions to the table, it will get worse. The skyrocketing death rates are finally opening people’s eyes. I hope we can keep our eyes open so more people DON’T DIE.Click To Tweet
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  1. Don’t die. Excellent advice because we cannot treat dead people. In this crazy universe of fentanyl and overdoses, keeping our people alive is the first priority. Then we get on to our real job, instilling hope. “There is a way up and out and we can show the way. We have done it and so can you.” I’ve worked in the field for thirty years and I have learned a few things. Relapse means more treatment. Take no blame for the failures, take no credit for the successes. Meet them where they are and take them where they don’t want to go.

    Meanwhile, keep up the good work. You obviously “get it.”


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