Addiction withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological and are often accompanied by strong cravings to use or drink more. The goal of medically assisted detox is to stabilize the individual physically and provide emotional support while surrounded with others going through the same or a similar experience. Medical detox from drugs and alcohol should most often be conducted within either an inpatient treatment program, a hospital or a free-standing medical detox facility.
In 2008, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed which established legislation that required the insurance industry to provide the same amount of treatment for mental health and substance abuse as they provided for medical and surgical care. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act has now made health insurance coverage more accessible. It includes prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders as an essential health benefit that must be covered by health plans that are offered through the health insurance marketplace. If you’re looking for a way to pay for medical detox, carefully evaluate your options and choose the one that makes the most financial sense to you and your recovery.
Los Angeles is known to have over 10,000 self-help recovery support groups on a weekly basis. Participating in medical detox and drug treatment in this area surrounds individuals with thousands of others in recovery within a short radius. California is the largest state per capita with medical detox and drug rehab facilities. As such, when drug addicts and alcoholics choose to seek help, it is not surprising that Southern California is the leading destination of many seeking help.
Individuals seeking alcohol and drug detox services have so many options available to them that it can be overwhelming to determine the best facility for them, especially when they are still in the throes of their addiction. Residential treatment centers most often open their own detox facilities for financial reasons and reasons of convenience. While it may prove lucrative for the facility, it may not be in the best interest of the clients.
One reason the Task Force encourages increased education and training for medication assisted treatment (MAT) is so that drug addicts can be treated in the same realm as others suffering from any other disease. MAT is defined by using conventional therapies in conjunction with medications that have proven successful at helping people struggling with substance abuse stay clean. It is most often used for those trying to stay off of opioid medications.
There is a difference between an individual who is drug dependent and an individual who is a drug addict. For example, substance dependency is when a doctor prescribes pain medication for legitimate reasons and the individual continues to take them as prescribed. When the doctor terminates the prescription, the person is able to slowly taper off of the medication. A drug addict on the other hand, has crossed that ‘invisible line’ and is unable to follow the doctor’s order and stop a medication. The addict will run out of medication and resort to other means, often illegal, to obtain more and more drugs.