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Analysis of alcohol and drug addiction treatment in United States

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Alcohol and drug addiction is regarded as any other disease that can be treatable some six
decades ago. However, still the condition of alcohol and drug addicts dwells on the fringes of
the medical community. It is estimated that only one cent of every health care dollar in the
United States goes towards addiction and only a few alcoholics and drug addicts receive
treatment. The main hindrance remains according to health experts is lack of health
insurance.

However, this barrier is expected to be crumbled in less than a year with about three to five
million people with alcohol and drug addiction that include homeless drug addicts becoming
eligible for the insurance coverage under the new health care law. It is expected that the
number of people seeking alcohol and drug addiction treatment could double over the
current levels. It also depends upon how many states would expand their Medicaid
programs and how many addicts or patients would choose to take advantage of this new
opportunity. This surge in patients is expected to push the marginal part of the health care
system out of church basements and into the mainstream of medical care.

The prospect of Medicaid programs resulting in more paying patients has prompted private
equity firms to increase their investments in addiction treatment alcohol and drug rehab
centers and healthcare treatment facilities. At present, the system of treating substance
abuse which is now largely public funded and is being run by counselors with limited
medical training is quite small and is already overflowing in many places. In majority of
states, treatment clinics including alcohol and drug rehab centers are approaching 100
percent capacity.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, only about ten percent of twenty
three million Americans with alcohol or drug problems are now receiving treatment and
reasons for this include shame, stigma, and the other reason being lack of insurance
coverage that amounts to a quarter. The overall uninsured rate comes around 16%. With
money on treatment limited, slots in rehabilitation centers and hospitals are scare.

In recent years, many alcohol and drug rehab centers have been shrinking rather than
growing due to government budget cuts for patients who receive public support. The alcohol
and drug addiction treatment is now one of Affordable Care Act’s challenges for actually
delivering the care that people are supposed to receive.

				
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Description: Alcohol and drug addiction is regarded as any other disease that can be treatable some six decades ago.