The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that drug and alcohol dependency costs the U.S. economy a staggering $700 billion per year in crime, health care, and reduced work productivity. In this sense, addiction is more than a personal issue that affects individuals and their families; it’s a nation-wide issue that must be fixed. Medical professionals now acknowledge that addiction is a chronic disease that is as treatable and manageable as other common illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease. Addiction changes the function of the brain and the most successful way to fully repair these changes is with professional therapy and rehab.
By covering a rehab with health insurance, more people who would normally not be able to afford treatment can get the help they need. For many individuals seeking recovery from addiction, the financial burden of paying the full amount can be detrimental to recovery. During treatment, it’s important that clients focus on their health, rather than making payments.