California is doing an overhaul on the drug addiction rehabilitation methods covered by MediCal and, soon, the most effective treatment available – long term residential rehab – will no longer be broadly available to those who depend on MediCal. But right now, it’s still covered. And it’s the best care you can get. So if you or someone you care about needs help with drugs or alcohol, now is the time to get started on treatment.
According to a recent article in East Bay Express, the number of long term residential treatments programs in California has declined over the years as funding has been withdrawn and other rehab methods – like outpatient programs, short-term residential, and methadone maintenance – have become more popular.
Of course, there are some people who do well with shorter-term programs. But studies have shown for decades that there’s no contest between the effectiveness of long-term residential treatment and these other treatment methods – even studies from 20 years ago show that the longer the treatment period, the better the results. And the difference is significant.
Despite that, California healthcare officials are revamping the system to include more of the things that have a higher relapse rate and don’t work as well.
Only one in ten people who want treatment in California actually get it, so they’re hoping this will get more people the help they need. The only problem is, of course, that if the treatment method they’re choosing don’t work very well, it actually turns out to be a waste of money. They’ll wind up with a lot of people relapsing and needing help again.
The methods they’re choosing to use might be less expense for the government when they’re done once, but are they still cheaper when the addict has to come back over and over again?
Reminds me of a sign I saw recently “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”
Why not just find a way to do it right the first time?!
It’s an interesting phenomenon that when doing the right thing is a problem in some way, people will often decide to do something a different way – one that doesn’t work so well – rather than finding a solution to the problem with doing things the right way.
So we wind up with a bunch of ‘solutions’, but a problem that continues to get worse.
And that’s where we’re at with the drug problem.
For right now, MediCal will cover long term rehab, so contact a rehab facility in your area soon if you want to take advantage of it. If you aren’t covered by MediCal, many other types of insurance will help you pay for a drug addiction rehabilitation program.