There are times when people will use any excuse possible to keep from doing something they don’t want to do. Getting help for a drug or alcohol problem is no different and stirs up multiple excuses from the addicted individual who does not want to go to treatment. A number of studies have been done on the barriers to addiction treatment and the implications these barriers have on individuals’ lives and families. Below is a list of the top 5 barriers to treatment – as well as rebuttals to these excuses. If you or someone you love is making these excuses over and over and not getting the help you need, now is the time to take action and seek treatment. No more excuses.
Stigma. According to studies done by SAMHSA and the National Institute on Health, one of the biggest concerns keeping individuals out of addiction treatment is the stigma they think they will face when they admit they have an addiction.
This fear is often unfounded, and many family members are supportive and willing to help in any way possible as the person enters treatment. Stigma is a real concern for some people, as co-workers, family, and friends might look down on an individual because of his or her addiction. It is important that we as a society continue to break down the stigma that is associated with drug and alcohol abuse, so that anyone needing addiction treatment can feel comfortable asking for help.
Cost. Another reason keeping many out of addiction treatment is the cost of rehab and recovery. It is true that there are many luxury treatment facilities and high end programs that charge large amounts of money for treatment. However, in many cases, these are glorified vacations, where the person pays as much for the setting of the facility as for the treatment program itself.
There are many affordable treatment programs that offer the very best therapy and support to clients, but do so in a cost effective way without all sorts of extra costly amenities. It is important to first and foremost look at the quality of the program, the staff, and the therapy, in order to find one that will be successful.
Another option to pay for addiction treatment is insurance. Because of the Affordable Care Act, more and more insurance companies are now covering services related to addiction treatment and mental health care, and will often cover a portion or all of inpatient and outpatient treatment. Mental health services are separate from a person’s medical record, so seeking help for an addiction will not affect a person’s permanent insurance record.
For those that don’t have insurance and still can’t afford treatment, there are options like Medicare, Medicaid, and state-run programs. There is a treatment program out there for everyone, including those with limited finances.
Time. Other people use the length of time it would take to stay at an inpatient treatment center as an excuse to not even enter treatment. These people might feel like they cannot get away because of family, work, or other commitments, and so they continue on in their addiction for months or years.
It is true that recovery can take time, and to do it right, the individual must be dedicated to the program without wanting to hurry back to their life. But in the long run, taking a break away from life for a short time to recover and get healthy will lead to many more benefits than leading a dysfunctional, semi productive life with an addiction.
Denial. Still others are not quite ready to accept help. They may not believe they have a problem, or they might not be ready to admit that they can’t handle it on their own. When people live in denial, they allow the addiction to continue to take hold of their life, and they slowly lose all control to their substance.
There are ways to help a person get past their denial. Interventions and consultations with professional treatment providers can help the person learn more about drug addiction and alcoholism, as well as ways to treat it. My Recovery Helper can refer families to intervention professionals, if necessary.
Admission Difficulty. Finding the right treatment facility and going through the admissions process can seem to be time consuming, overwhelming, and confusing. A person who needs treatment must find the program that will meet their needs and that will accept their form of payment. This is indeed a legitimate barrier to treatment, but thankfully it is one that can be overcome.
My Recovery Helper can make the admissions process easier. Our trained professionals understand the treatment field, and we connect individuals and families with the rehab center that will offer them the best chance at success.
My Recovery Helper is here to take away some of the barriers to getting treatment. We can help you select the right treatment facility, and we can help you understand insurance and other payment options. We can also connect families with intervention services when they face difficulty talking to their loved one about accepting help.
Don’t let addiction control your life or that of a loved one. Contact us today to find out how to make the rehab process as smooth as possible. We can guide you through any challenges you might face.