What Stops Coloradoans from Getting Addiction Treatment? August 14th, 2018 The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake
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What Stops Coloradoans from Getting Addiction Treatment?

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Substance use disorder is more rampant today than it has ever been, affecting the lives of millions of Americans and causing overdose deaths on a daily basis.

Oftentimes, those dealing with addiction are unaware of the extent of their misuse of drugs or alcohol or are unreceptive to seeking help. But even those that are well aware that they need assistance may still not get the addiction treatment they desperately need because of the plethora of obstacles that they may face in the process.

According to a 2015 survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 21.7 million Americans suffered from substance use disorder and required treatment for it, but only 2.35 million actually received treatment at a rehab facility.

The question is, what is preventing people struggling with addiction from getting the help they need and want?

What Obstacles Do People With Substance Use Disorder Face?

It is very common for people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction to believe that they do not need professional addiction treatment. This, in and of itself, is a major obstacle to treatment and recovery. In fact, most people with substance use disorder who do not seek treatment do so because they do not believe they require it.

In some cases, even those who do understand the need for help still refuse to get help because they are simply not ready to stop using drugs or alcohol on a regular basis.

However, many others who are willing to take part in treatment in order to get their lives back in order may face other obstacles that prevent them from getting the professional help that they need.

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Lack of knowledge on the part of the physician. Many healthcare practitioners are not well-versed in the realm of addiction and how to treat it effectively. They may not know how or where to refer patients with substance use disorder, and they may even be uncomfortable with patients in this situation. Doctors might not understand the levels of care available for substance use disorder and how to choose the ideal treatment center for their patients.

No insurance coverage for rehab. Those suffering from substance use disorder may want to get help and enter a rehab facility, but they may not have the funds necessary to cover the costs. Although many insurance plans cover treatment in a Colorado addiction treatment center, many people with substance use disorder do not have the necessary insurance policies or coverage to take care of the costs associated with treatment. It is estimated that people with private health insurance are as much as six times less likely to get treatment for addiction compared to those with public insurance, like Medicaid.

Inadequate treatment programs. While there are plenty of excellent rehab centers across Colorado and the country, there are still many others that use treatments that are either outdated or unproven. Unfortunately, there are some treatment centers that employ counselors who are not adequately trained in cutting-edge addiction treatment. Some centers have addiction counselors who have little more than a high school diploma and who lack the credentials needed to offer sound addiction counseling and treatment.

Getting Help at a Colorado Addiction Treatment Facility

We believe that anyone with a substance use disorder should never have to face barriers to substance abuse treatment in the journey to recovery. Luckily, there are resources available to those who need help, including the resources we provide at The Recovery Village. Here, you will have access to highly trained addiction professionals who can employ all the resources needed to ensure you get the help you need to treat your addiction.

Do not battle your substance use disorder alone for even one more day.  We can help. Contact us to learn about all the treatment options that are available to you. 


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