Few Americans see prescription opioid addiction as a disease that requires medical attention, but most would not welcome individuals who are struggling with it, into their homes or neighborhoods. With more than 1 in 10 Americans saying they know a relative or friend that have died from an opioid overdose, experts say overcoming the stigma of addiction is an essential part of expanding treatment to those in need. More often than not, stigma is part of the reason why many individuals struggling with addiction do not seek treatment. Many of those polled see drug misuse as a moral failing and favor stiff penalties. Forty-four percent of those surveyed say opioid addiction indicates a lack of willpower or discipline, and a third say it is a character flaw. Fifty-five percent favor a “crackdown” on those who misuse drugs.
In addition to America’s conflicted views of opioid prescription drug addiction, which reflects our society’s lack of understanding about addiction in general, lies the much bigger problem—the lack of reliable and affordable addiction treatment services. From medical detox to inpatient rehab and outpatient therapeutic services, individuals struggling with opioid addiction and their families are having a hard time getting the treatment they need in a timely manner. In addition to social stigma, the hurdles to addiction treatment include gaps in health care coverage.
According to the latest federal figures, about 2.1 million Americans are addicted to opioids but only about 1 in 5 received specialized treatment. As the federal government is set to spend $4.6 billion on the opioid recovery effort which was signed by the president in March 2018, critics contend the sum isn’t nearly enough to fund the kind of national response needed. Many argue that more must be done to educate our society about addiction and to provide services that are designed to address and support the issue at a community level.
As Americans’ life expectancy has been dragged down with the opioid crisis, the majority of those surveyed by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs, don’t think their local community is doing enough to address the problem. Two-thirds said decision-makers should make addiction treatment programs more affordable and accessible.
As this opioid crisis is far from over, at Florida Center for Recovery, we want to make sure that we can help as many people as possible to achieve recovery and regain control of their lives! We offer private pay options to those who qualify making recovery possible for a wider group of people. Please call us to discuss your financial situation and what could be available to help you get the treatment you need.
Additionally, based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines there are assistance programs provided to qualifying low-income clients that are uninsured or underinsured.
If you would like to get an informational brochure about our treatment center and the programs we offer, please contact us at 800-851-3291. You may also visit our program page, online brochure and see our Facebook reviews at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/floridadrugrehabcenter/reviews/?ref=page_internal
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.