One in twelve people needs rehabilitation treatment. Despite the generalized misconceptions, there is no specific fast or hard way to profile an addict. Any person from any age group could be an addict, and they could be concealing it from the world. Also, most of these people might not realize that they need treatment. The same applies to people that suffer from mental health issues. Thus, the difficulty in identifying addiction has led to some barriers to rehabilitation treatment for drug addicts and people with mental health concerns. Barriers to treatment have become very significant with an estimated ninety percent of patients failing to seek help from specialists. Thus, below are ways that barriers surrounding rehabilitation can be broken down.
1. Types of Treatment Options
There are some treatment options available for any person that requires rehabilitation treatment. Some of the treatments include inpatient, private or individual therapy, outpatient and group therapy. These types of procedures differ in several ways that include cost, services, time commitment, and scheduling. The
treatment while others respond better to informal therapy. Thus, awareness should be raised on the different types of rehabilitation treatment and the issues that they address. Casual options should also be given outside the rehabilitation center. Such options include Alcohol and narcotics anonymous programs, SMART recovery programs and women for sobriety programs.
Many rehabilitation centers are located in areas that are highly populated. Hence, the states that have low population have fewer rehabilitation facilities. In such areas, the facilities are spread out making it harder to access. Many rural areas also lack easy access to rehab facilities. Thus, many patients do not get treatment because it becomes difficult to get to and from the facilities.
One method of increasing the availability of treatment for patients is through improving the focus of the rehabilitation facilities towards meeting the needs of specific populations. For rural areas, Telehealth can be used to give aid to patients. The use of Telehealth can also increase the access to dual diagnosis treatment, and medication-assisted therapy for people that live in undeserved areas.
Mental health issues and addiction carry a lot of shame in society. Thus, many patients refuse to seek treatment because they are afraid of the image it will portray. Some people think that going to rehabilitation will cost them, friends, it will damage their image and it will make them an embarrassment in the family. In other cases, people that need treatment never think that they have a problem that requires help. Hence, they end rejecting rehab. Changing the concept of rehab and making people comfortable with it requires an approach that involves the community, treatment centers, and caregivers. Mass media can be used as a platform to draw attention to the stigma and to provide information that will change the perceptions of rehab. Giving information will combat the fear of rehabilitation.
4. Cost of Rehabilitation
Limitations that come in the form of financial cost are the most significant barriers to access rehab treatment. Today, people have insurance coverage. However, the majority of the people are not insured because the insurance cost is high, many people are unemployed and others lose their Medicaid. Also, some employers do not offer medical insurance covers. When a person lacks insurance, the cost of treatment becomes high. Hence, many people lack the money to seek treatment. For people that find it difficult to pay for rehab, they can consider the programs that offer plans in their options. These plans allow the patients to pay off the cost of treatment over a period. Thus, since they do not have to pay the full amount required, they can afford to get treatment. Sliding scale options also allow the price of treatment to change according to the financial capabilities of the patient.
A great force is needed if the barriers to rehab treatment are to be resolved. However, it is possible to make it easy for people with addictions and mental health issues to find help.