Information Gleaned from the Annals of Counseling Psychology
There tends to be many myths surrounding the addiction recovery process. After all everyone has opinions. Right?
In my practice here in Cary, Il, I have worked with many addicts and their families, and I have found that the same questions always come up. Unfortunately, many of these reflect myths that interfere with people seeking treatment.
Let’s correct these myths once and for all:
Myth #1:” People With Little Money Like Me Can’t Afford Treatment”
Recovery can be expensive, but REMEMBER, there are always low-cost options.
The cost of treatment programs does vary depending on the individual program; also, each one will have different options for payment. With insurance, you can call facilities in your area and ask whether or not they accept your plan.
But what if you don’t have insurance, or your plan is not accepted by any of the programs in your area? Well guess what? You have several other options:
Substance Abuse Stabilization Programs – These are programs that run approximately 4 weeks or so, taking place in an inpatient facility, following detox. They are often very low cost.
12-Step Self-Help Volunteer Programs – These are free and follow a 12-step approach, are very flexible and use non-judgemental attitudes.
The Health Insurance Marketplace – State government low-cost insurance programs. Coverage depends on the state in which you reside.
Myth #2: ” If I Go to Rehab, My Work Will Find Out And I’ll Get Fired”
The reality is, however, that your substance abuse problem has probably already become apparent to your coworkers and if you don’t get treatment you may very well lose your job because of that.
Management is generally supportive of an employee’s attempts to recover. Many employers even offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) for those struggling with addiction of one kind or the other. Check with HR to see if an EAP program is available to you.
Also, don’t forget the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This fantastic program provides 12 job-protected workweeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for “a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job.” Qualifications for this program are evaluated by your employer who takes into consideration how long you’ve worked for your company.
And finally, if you fail to have access to EAPs or an FMLA, consider using your vacation time to engage in your recovery process.
Myth #3: Recovery Should Be Quick
There is no quick fix for your addiction or substance abuse. The recovery process continues even after you have completed a program. It takes a focused commitment from not only you, but also your loved ones. It may even be the most difficult thing you ever do. However, doing it will not only be rewarding for your life and health, but also for the life and health of your loved ones.
You should also have an aftercare program in place before you leave your treatment facility. Aftercare usually means a program of group or individual therapy, a 12-step program, a “sober house,” or other therapeutic community. Those who participate in these programs have much better results.
If you live near Cary, Il. and would like to explore therapy options, please get in touch. I would be happy to discuss how I may be able to help you and your family.
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