Obamacare Helps Recovering Addicts

by AdamS on July 29, 2012

With the news of the Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has been called “Obamacare”, the recovery community has been very happy.  The new law ensures that individuals seeking inpatient treatment at residential rehab facilities will be able to get care at a lower cost.  Individuals with drug or alcohol problems will now have the chance to get treatment without going into serious debt.  This decision marks the greatest expansion of medical coverage since 1965 when the New Social Security act was passed.  Go to https://www.thewatershed.com/treatment/programs/residential-rehabilitation/ for more information on residential rehab.

How Obamacare Will Affect Rehab Facilities

Under the Affordable Care Act, all American citizens will be required to have medical insurance by 2014, if they do not purchase healthcare by then, they will be subjected to paying a fine.  This means that more Americans will have essential health coverage.  This could also mean that more citizens will be able to seek the treatment they need for addictions and mental health conditions.  The more people who get into rehab, the more money these facilities will be able to spend providing high quality care to their patients.  That is very good news for people suffering from addiction who are hesitant about going to rehab because they are not sure they will be able to afford the treatment.

Improvements in Recovery Treatment

The large amount of money that Obamacare will afford specialized rehab and drug treatment centers will allow them to not only improve their facilities but also offer better care and more alternative treatment options.  An individual planning to check into rehab after 2014 will probably be pleasantly surprised with the level of quality and professionalism that will be abundant at the facility.  The Affordable Care Act will also create more jobs in the rehab industry for specialized nurses and mental health professionals, which can only lead to better overall care for the recovering addicts.

Drug Addiction Growing in the United States

Reports from the Center for Disease Control and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health have indicated a significant increase in the number of Americans using illicit drugs over the last five years.  According to the CDC, over fifteen percent of Americans regularly binge drink, which means they drink five or more drinks per sitting.   Another study published by the CDC in 2011, stated that illicit drugs are now responsible for more deaths per year in the United States than motor vehicle accidents.  There has been a significant increase in the number of individuals becoming addicted to prescription drugs as more and more doctors have become very liberal in prescribing them.

All of this data points to a dangerous trend; more people in the United States are dying from drugs than ever before.  Luckily, The Affordable Care Act was finally signed through this month.  Under this new plan, addicts will be able to seek more affordable, quality inpatient treatment at more affordable residential rehab facilities across the country.  The hope is that Americans can finally get control of their drug habits and become sober and healthy for their sake and the sake of those close to them.  Check outhttps://www.thewatershed.com/treatment/programs/inpatient-rehabilitation/ for more information on inpatient care.

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