As the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, one might expect the number of people seeking drug addiction treatment from a licensed facility to spike as well. Not the case, according to recent study. In an analysis of its members, Blue Cross Blue Shield discovered that over a six-year span there was a 493 percent spike in people diagnosed with opioid addiction (including prescription and illicit drugs). During that same time period, however, there was only a 65 percent increase in those seeking medication-assisted treatment.
So why don’t people seek drug addiction treatment even when they know they have a problem? There are a number of reasons. Fear, the stigma associated with rehab, no insurance coverage or funds to cover costs, work/family obligations—all these keep people from receiving quality care from a team of specialists.
Here are some reasons you shouldn’t let these fears stop you from visiting a drug addiction treatment center to get the help you need:
A Staff That Knows Addiction and Behavioral Health
When a patient enters JourneyPure Bowling Green for drug rehab, they are received by a caring staff that specializes in addiction treatment. Many of our staff members have been led to serve others with drug addiction because of a personal experience. Some are in recovery themselves, and some have experienced painful situations with family members who have abused drugs or alcohol.
During treatment, our patients learn about addiction—the science behind it, the genetic factors, the destructive behavior that accompanies it. Our staff specializes in dual diagnosis treatment, meaning that if you are suffering from a co-occurring mental health disorder like PTSD, depression, or anxiety, we will address it. If you don’t treat the mental health issues along with the addiction, the chance for relapse increases.
When Reid C. came to JourneyPure Bowling green for his drug problems, he didn’t think he needed treatment. But during his first few group therapy sessions, he said that things started to click. There were people of all backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and ages, yet all of the stories were similar, the common bond among them became the drug addiction and how it was ruining their lives and the lives of those around them.
Treatment for drug addiction often involves group therapies and 12-step-inspired meetings. Not only are these beneficial to the patient as they begin their own personal step work, but they also help create fellowship among the patients. When you can relate to someone else’s story, and then give and receive advice in a safe, open environment, it’s a powerful thing. Many of these bonds formed during treatment carry on long after treatment ends. Knowing you have added support and friendship outside of recovery can give you hope.
Aftercare and Connection to Alumni Services
Receiving care at a drug addiction center also means you have access to alumni events and services. JourneyPure’s alumni program and continuing care services for patients is unparalleled in the industry. We encourage regular alumni meetings to keep the connection going and to provide added support for those who may be facing hardships on their journey. Our alumni also regularly take part in fun, sober outings. At JourneyPure Bowling Green, we also ensure each patient leaves with a free digital care plan accessed through the JourneyPure Coaching™ app, accessible on any phone or tablet. We also assign a recovery coach to make regular follow-ups during your first year of recovery outside of treatment. Having a bad day? Struggling with a possible relapse? We’re here for you.
Are you ready to get the drug addiction treatment you need? Call JourneyPure Bowling Green today for a free benefits check and to learn more about your treatment options 270-781-3387.
Chris Clancy is the in-house Content Manager for JourneyPure’s Digital Marketing team, where he gets to explore a wide variety of substance abuse- and mental health-related topics. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist and researcher, with strong working knowledge of hospital systems, health insurance, content strategy, and public relations. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two kids.