Social media is full of posts about celebrities going to luxurious spas where beautiful surroundings, delicious food, and adventure therapy help them recover from addiction. If this is what it takes to recover, what about those of us who can’t afford to leave town for a month and pay tens of thousands of dollars a month?
Outpatient addiction treatment is one solution. It fits into everyday life and is usually covered by insurance (including Medicaid). Outpatient treatment is available in Lima, it’s affordable, and decades of scientific research from organizations including the National Institutes of Health prove that it’s effective.
What is Outpatient Treatment?
People who are very sick stay overnight in a hospital. But most can be treated as outpatients and recover at home. Substance use disorder is similar: Data from the American Society of Addiction Medicine indicates that most people can be treated as outpatients at a local center.
Quality outpatient addiction treatment should be comprehensive, treating all aspects of this complex chronic disease. That includes medication to manage physical cravings, individual and group therapy to address triggers like mental illness or trauma, regular medical care, and help with challenges such as food and housing security, reliable transportation, and job readiness.
Accessible and Flexible
All residential rehab programs – luxury or other – have limited space, so waitlists are often long. Yet, like any life-threatening disease, people who are ready to seek medical care for addiction need treatment now — not in four to six weeks.
Outpatient addiction centers have space for hundreds of patients, so getting same-day or next-day appointments is much easier. At BrightView, a local outpatient treatment provider in Lima, new patients can schedule appointments through a 24/7 call center or online. Many centers also accept walk-ins on weekdays, so someone can get medication, counseling, and social services support immediately.
Outpatient addiction treatment is always less expensive than residential facilities. Insurance covers a larger percentage of the cost. And there’s no need to pay for meals, 24/7 care, and activities.
Many providers accept all insurance, including Medicaid and military insurance. Some programs actively help patients obtain coverage, and even partner with non-profits to cover treatment for uninsured people who don’t qualify for Medicaid.
Residential treatment may be a good choice for people who can afford it. It may also be best for people who need 24/7 medical care during withdrawal. But reputable research shows that science-based outpatient treatment is as effective as residential treatment in most cases.
According to the research, medication-assisted treatment is an important part of recovery for many patients, and comprehensive treatment addressing the full range of physical, social, and emotional factors that lead to addiction has the best long-term outcomes.
Allen County needs more high-quality addiction treatment. Luxury rehab has its place. But it’s important to know that there are a growing number of accessible, affordable, effective outpatient addiction programs for the rest of us.
Anne Adkins MSW, LISW-S is a local Clinical Supervisor for BrightView. Area residents can call 833-510-HELP 24/7, receive immediate attention at the Lima center at 1505 North Cole Street until 3 pm weekdays, and get more information at www.brightviewhealth.com.