Addiction treatment is one field that has seen some significant progression in the past several years. At the heart of that advancement is our knowledge of the disease of addiction. In the past, addition was viewed as a moral flaw, a result of poor choices and lack of self control.
We now know that once an addiction takes hold, it is not a matter of willpower to overcome it; it is a disorder that requires a multi-pronged approach (behavioral therapy, counseling, and stress management, along with physical withdrawal) to overcome.
The view of addiction as a disease has far-reaching effects that as a society we are slowly beginning to experience:
More effective models of addiction treatment.
For many years, addicts were simply viewed as lazy, unmotivated individuals who held little hope for living a normal life. Addictions were typically hidden as long as possible and then when they were finally treated, the individuals were sometimes sent to prison, sometimes to a mental hospital, and sometimes to boot camp to “recover.”
Today, the most successful treatment programs are ones that are designed specifically for each patient. Addicts require therapy and programming that will address their unique needs, deal with their past issues, and build on their strengths for recovery.
Better insurance coverage.
Another positive step toward improving addiction treatment has been the Affordable Care Act and its requirements for insurance companies. Insurance companies now must offer the same coverage for addiction and mental health treatment as they do for any other medical condition.
The result is that if a person is able to navigate the ever-confusing insurance jargon, they can enjoy insurance coverage for much of their addiction treatment. Insurance coverage cannot always be counted on, but benefits are certainly better for this field of medicine than they were before.
A new field of study.
The American Board of Medical Specialties announced last week that they will now certify physicians in addiction medicine. While this has been a field of study for some time, now doctors can be officially certified in this specialty. This means more doctors will get the training they need to effectively treat addictions. It also is another step forward in reducing stigma and requiring insurance coverage for these conditions.
Of course, these advancements all stem from better knowledge and understanding of the disease of addiction, which also goes a long way to reducing the negative stigma that has haunted this condition for so long. The stigma is slowly being chipped away, as more and more people understand addiction to be a medical condition and not a sign of failure.
This means people are feeling less judged when they admit they need help for addiction. It means more people are willing to accept help. It means individuals can now benefit from the support of caring family, friends, and a community of others in recovery.
Addiction treatment is no longer something to hide. Individuals can now get together with a recovery community and not be ashamed, but rather learn what a sober life can really be like.
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