Hamel: The One Who Sells Addicts’ Souls | opinion


Opinion editor and columnist Peyton Hamel describes the travesties of rehabilitation centers and how they fail suffering addicts.

We could blame the bottle for selling addicts’ souls to the devil. We could blame advertising for it. We could blame competing alcohol or other substance markets for this. We could also blame abusive households or the failure of the American education system. We should blame each and every one of these things, but we are forgetting one crucial point: the rehab centers themselves, which are really selling the souls of addicts to the devil.

Rehabilitation centers are appallingly inaccessible. The support, the money, the mine. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) “[out of] Almost 4.5 percent of addicts who did not deny the need for treatment one third said they didn’t get help because they feared the cost. ”A third. A third who cannot or will not receive treatment because of the dollar signs before the long-needed help.

Here too, according to the NSDUH: “In 2016, around 5.3 million young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 needed treatment for a drug problem last year, which is 15.5 percent of young adults.” One in six young adults. Young adults with at least 50 years of age who cannot get on their feet because they have had to cope with something on their own without accessible support.

Many online sources list dozens of free rehabilitation resources or payment options (as noted in the American Addiction Centers National Rehabs Directory):

1. Insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires individual and small group health insurance to include psychological treatment by law. This includes the rehabilitation costs. But there is a problem here. To be able to afford insurance, you need a steady income. It is likely that this is not an option.

Based on information gathered by Vox from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “[It is] It is estimated that around 314,000 people in the United States needed drug addiction treatment in 2018 but could not get it because they did not have health insurance and could not afford the cost. “It is easy to assume that the number is said to be much higher.

Medicaid has options for the disadvantaged, don’t worry. But for a one-person household you have to pay less than $ 1,397 per month.

2. Scholarships. According to Evergreen Drug Rehabilitation, “a scholarship means your rehab is paid for by a third party because you can’t afford it. … you stand by to give scholarships when they are needed.” You have to do research and “network”. You need a phone. Internet. It’s a privilege.

3. Fundraising. I was almost amazed at this one. Let’s say the addict in question has relapsed before and is finally ready to surrender his faith to sobriety. You can (and probably don’t have) the connections or the money or home support. The stigma against addicts is strong and they are always viewed as an “unreliable source”. The stigma of “You will likely relapse again” will stop everyone from donating.

4. Payment plans. After all, whenever that may be, whenever they finally get on their feet, it has to be paid for. With accrued interest.

5. Friends and family. The patience, the frustration, the loss. I hope that the families are always supportive, but that too is a privilege and a great happiness.

6. Faith Based Programs. “This almost always includes studying the Bible. Many people with active addiction have a real problem with this treatment method and therefore often shy away from such programs.”

At this point let me remind you that there are addicts still people. You are not a lost cause; they still have emotions; they need support. The odds are literally against them at all times. A cocaine addict friend at home said, “It already feels like it’s 6 feet deep.”

Every rehab center has its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s focus on government funded programs. The cost is low (and sometimes free), the care is decent, but there is a lack of time with one therapist and one Waiting list. A waiting list to save your own life. “Research has shown that when a long-time user is ready to seek help, it is important to act quickly.” Don’t catch me ranting about the “revolving door” business and outdated technology. Might as well say, “Get in, get out, and have fun with your half-treatment.”

There are programs, but everyone’s needs are different, as are the costs.

  • Detox: Ranges from a total of $ 1,000 to $ 1,500
  • Inpatient rehab: could be anywhere from $ 12,000 to $ 60,000
  • Outpatient rehab: costs $ 5,000 for a three month program
  • Medication: Methadone treatment for heroin users costs about $ 4,700

According to the Addiction Center, “an alcoholic who drinks one pack of 12 a day for a year spends over $ 3,000.” Rehab is more expensive than the reason for rehab. I can further discuss what is causing the economic devastation of rehabilitation centers and how they will take advantage of addicts at another point in time.

However, there are some great programs out there, like the Salvation Army, which provides “spiritual, social, and emotional assistance” and has most of the free inpatient treatment facilities in the United States

You’d think rehab would be a surefire way to win the addiction race. I wish it was like that. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “Relapse rates for recovering alcoholics are between 50 and 90 percent in the first four years after rehab. For recovering drug addicts, rates are between 40 and 60 percent.” But why?

Sacha Scoblic, a former addict, admits that “In the rooms of [Alcoholics Anonymous]”Proposals and traditions can feel more like iron laws at times, and when I accidentally violated those laws, I was humiliated and reprimanded.” Unfortunately, rehab centers have secrets that sweep dirt over every addict’s grave.

A story featured in Medium by Zachary Siegel describes ex-addict Ian McLoone’s experience in rehab: “Despite being exposed in the 1970s as the ‘thug of the century’ – child abuse, wrongful imprisonment, assault and money embezzlement – Synanon [the rehab center], with its tough approach, tacitly remains a fixture in American addiction treatment. McLoone and other experts tell me this is a dirty rehab secret. “

Will we ever trust an addict’s word about the center that is supposed to save their lives? Probably not. And that’s up to us.

One of my dear friends at home is addicted to every illegal drug imaginable. When you can think of anything, add another one to the list. I’ve seen them fall apart for almost four years. I can see her eye sockets and her ribs and clothes from two years ago sliding off her body so easily. She tells me these extravagant stories from her first homelessness. I’ve heard of the most powerful drug dealers at home, encounters with the cartel, and pitched tents with the other homeless people. I learned how women trade favors for drugs. I don’t think it’s just her imagination. The drug circle is smaller than you might think.

She was kicked out of her home twice. Been to rehab twice. She was locked in her ex-boyfriend’s room without a phone for two months because an addict is naturally vulnerable, and he took advantage of it.

She failed in rehab. And I hate to say it, but it was denied by the people who gave it up. She once told me, “The drugs are all I have left. I feel dead without dying, and sometimes that’s good enough.”

It is a life of struggling with yourself and the indescribable consequences of a mistake that became many. Addicts are sick. What should they do?

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Opinion Editor Peyton Hamel is a Junior in Kinesiology – Human Medicine, Genetics and English.


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