WHY MORE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SHOULD FUND TREATMENT PLANS
- December 14, 2018
For the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or full-blown addiction on a daily basis, some of them may find that necessary and invaluable treatment programs are not as cheap as they may have initially thought. In fact, some programs are (simply put) cost-prohibitive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people who prepare to get help for their addictions will often forget about treatment due to its unnerving costs, and this can be a very dangerous tactic. So, what can be done to help them? Researchers and medical professionals suggest that state and local governments across the United States should provide funding for these invaluable treatment programs. How can this be done? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more about this situation.
Why Does Treatment Cost So Much Money?
Ultimately, as with any other business endeavor, treatment program costs vary depending on a variety of factors ranging from the type of offered care or the extent of the treatment plans. Here are some factors for you to consider:
- Inpatient vs. outpatient treatment
- Government, hospital, or private location
- Dual-diagnosis (two forms of addiction) vs. single diagnosis
- Number of services for post-recovery
- Luxury or casual state of the facility
As a whole, the costs of attending programs at these facilities can range from several hundred dollars to (in a disheartening twist) to the cost of a luxury car like a Lamborghini. In essence, you cannot know for sure until you have laid your options on the table.
How Funding Can Help Patients
Based on a report from the New York Academy of Medicine, research has confirmed that funding from state and local governments is completely worth the effort. As an example, the State of New York has offered treatment programs as an alternative to imprisonment for convicts, which has ultimately saved the state from paying $38 million. Furthermore, the positives of offering drug rehab programs greatly outweigh the positive for not providing these essential programs, demonstrated by a recent study which proved that crime rates drop when treatment is funded in this manner.
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