Demi Lovato was recently rushed to the hospital because of drug overdose. After her release from the hospital, she is starting her road to recovery by getting into another rehab facility. She is not the only one in this scenario because millions of Americans are suffering from some form of addiction. For those who are addicted to alcohol, there is the alcohol dependency rehab and patients who are addicted to drugs are sent to a substance abuse facility. All over the United States, the cost is different for every facility which is affected by the state it is in and the insurance provider they are affiliated with.
In a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, almost half of the entire population of the United States have admitted that either a friend or one of their family members have been a victim of addiction. In fact, data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed that over 115 American lives are lost because of opioid addiction daily. From July of 2016 until September of 2017, the number of opioid overdoses has risen by 30 per cent in 52 areas from 45 different states. Opioid overdose can be caused by heroin, synthetic drugs like fentanyl and prescription medication.
The expenses of the patients from their own pockets can be different based on their insurance provider including Medicaid, Medicare and private companies. According to American Addiction Centers’ CEO, Michael Cartwright, there are factors to be considered such as the treatment they will need, the plans, the state of the patient and their c and deductibles. He added that for some facilities the rates have remained the same in the past two decades. The problem is that the field remains to be underfunded.
There are states that offer drug and alcohol dependency rehab with funding coming from the local government. These are open to residents who cannot afford to enroll in a private rehab facility. If illegible, these patients can receive treatment for free regardless if they have health insurance or not. The demand is very high that there are patients allowed to be released despite the fact that their treatment is not yet complete.