For many years, addiction was a taboo subject. People were uncomfortable talking about it, and there were many stigmas attached to it. Today, we know more than ever about addiction, including the fact that it is a chronic disease that requires treatment and management, just like diabetes or heart disease.
Recognizing that addiction is not shameful and that recovery is possible with treatment reduces the stigma attached to addiction and allows those in need to seek help.
Furthermore, including rehab coverage in insurance plans means that those who could not normally afford rehab can also get the help they need. Out of the 23.5 million Americans who suffer from addiction, it’s estimated that only 11 percent receive treatment.
The most common reason why individuals do not get help with addiction? Affordability. Since substance abuse often leads to job loss, treatment is not financially possible for many. By making rehab treatment inclusive, we can ensure that more people get the help they deserve and can truly focus on their treatment rather than worry about footing a large bill at the end.