Tuesday, November 25, 2008


An LA Times article on Nov. 11 reported that relapse rates - after treatment of addiction - while still high - are lower for those receiving longer episodes of care. Obviously, though, those with different lengths of stay differ in a host of ways, and none is more critical than the ability to pay. Thus, the article cites Betty Ford Center charges $24,000 for one month and $8,000 for each subsequent month. The glib quote with which the article ends suggests a suprising disregard for reality: "Even if you have to lose a job, so be it" (A comment ignoring entirely the vast majority of users who have no jobs to begin with)

While facilities like Betty Ford seek to attract and retain patients who can pay their fees, society mustn't forget those who desperately want and need - but can't afford - help for their drug problems.


At 2:51 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Especially for the 'everyday' nonceleberity who gets paid barely enough to get by week to week MAT treatment at upwards of $100 a week
It is extremely difficult to stay on treatment and pay rent food etc.
Staying on MMT for almost 40 years
has cost me dearly.Not paying homeowners insurance and loosing my home to a hurricane-another home lost to not paying property taxes.
All because of having to pay for my treatment.
There is not many programs in my state that are funded at all.
Maybe 2 or 3 max.
Staying in treatment is hard, if not impossible without state or government funding.
Especially in these economic hard times. Most private programs have a no money no dose policy.
How in the hell can a patient remain stable on those terms??


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