Prescription drug abuse is becoming a pretty concerning and serious problem in the United States. In the year of 2013 for example, only about sixteen percent of Americans believed that the United States was really making progress in its efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse in any real way that would last. In truth, significantly more Americans (about 37 percent of them to be exact) agree that the country is actually losing ground on the problem of prescription drug abuse and in a big way too. When all figures are examined, that figure is among the most pessimistic measures for any of the other severe public health issues included in the survey, as usually people are pretty positive about these kinds of things.
Not this time though. It’s hard to be optimistic about a drug problem, and it is hard to be optimistic when the number one most worrisome drug problem in the United States has to do with a drug that is totally legal, totally attainable, and supposedly safe and helpful for us.
It’s not just the prevalence of the problem that has people worried either. Prescription drug abuse is creating more and more emergency room visits each and every year. Over a full million emergency room visits involved the non-medical and addictive use of prescription medication in the year 2011. The number has risen every year since then. In fact, medical emergencies and near-death experiences that resulted from prescription drug abuse increased by a little over one-hundred and thirty-two percent over the last seven years alone. It increased by over three-hundred percent between 2001 and 2005. This means that prescription drug abuse is a bigger problem now by eight-hundred percent than it was in the year of 2000.
Studies show that over 1.2 million emergency room visits involved the non-medical use of prescription medication in the year of 2011. In no less than 29 percent of these specific medical emergencies, opioid prescription drugs were involved to some degree. To make matters worse, medical emergencies that result from prescription drug abuse increased by 132 percent over the last seven years alone, with opioid involvement rising by about 183 percent all in all. As one can easily see, the greatest epidemic in the United States is currently with opiate prescription pain relievers.
All of these indicators point to the need in this country for Alliance insurance-covered prescription rehab centers. Rehab centers are the single greatest solution that anyone has for addressing these problems once and for all. Alliance insurance-covered prescription drug rehab programs do wonders for addressing substance abuse.
Roughly no less than thirteen percent of teens report that they have taken prescription stimulants, such as Ritalin or Adderall, that were not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime. Problems like these? Such teens need rehab and they need it quickly too. If those who are addicted to prescription drugs are able to go to rehab for their problems than they will be able to face their issues down and truly be able to address their issues thanks to prescription rehab covered by Alliance or other insurance policies. Such rehab centers will be able to provide the absolute help that such addicts need to be able to finally go free from their substance abuse habit issues.
Unfortunately, most insurance only covers approximately 30 days of treatment. Some individuals, due to the type and specifics of the addiction or just personal preference, desire to stay in rehab for a longer period. In those cases, they would need to pay for the extra time out-of-pocket.
It is always a good idea to check to see what portion, if any, your insurance will cover for substance abuse treatment. If your policy will not fully cover all the costs, you could ask the program if they allow payment installments; or there is the option of medical necessity loan options.
You want to find a program that your insurance will cover AND is effective. Unfortunately, it is complicated which insurance coverage is accepted at what recovery center for what specific treatment protocols. The easiest way to know if you have coverage is to speak with one of our counselors. Besides being able to tell you more about what type of programs to consider, they will be able to compare your insurance coverage against each center’s acceptance.
Some might suggest, “Any treatment is better than no treatment.” Even though this is well intended, it is not true. Long-term studies show that those who relapse after treatment are far less likely to return to rehab in the future. This only emphasizes the fact that it is important to find a program that has proven to be successful. Do it right the first time.