Families Overwhelmed By Cost of Addiction Rehab
Many families dealing with the overwhelming challenges of taking care of addicted family members also face crushing bills for rehab.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the addiction crisis that is killing tens of thousands of Americans every year is also creating a financial crisis for many families, compounding the anguish caused by a loved one’s destructive illness. Families are burning through savings and amassing huge debt paying for rehab that often doesn’t work.
The predicament reflects both the difficulty of treating addiction and the haphazard rehab and insurance system many patients face.
The rehab field is highly fragmented, with thousands of small providers offering treatment that often isn’t grounded in science. Some lack medical professionals or licensed counselors, reflecting the field’s roots in 12-step sobriety principles rather than medicine. Yet rehab services often cost big money, which insurers don’t always cover.
Parents and family members desperate to keep their loved ones from overdosing find themselves shelling out again and again through rounds of recovery and relapse.
Federal data show that 22.5% of admissions for substance-abuse treatment involve someone who has already had one previous round of treatment. Another 21% involve people who have had two or three previous rounds, and 20.2% are for those who have had four or more, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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To read more about how many families are going bankrupt paying for rehab services that often don’t work, please visit the Wall Street Journal.