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Smart Talk: Paying for effective drug rehab

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 10, 2015 11:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, August 10, 2015:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says of drug rehabilitation treatment programs, "research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes."

So, 90 days seems to be the benchmark for effective dependency treatment.

Why then are many of those addicted to drugs or other substances treated for only 21 to 30 days?

Often, it has to do with how long of a stay in  a treatment facility insurance companies will pay for.

WITF reporter Ben Allen has investigated drug treatment and found that sometimes health insurance coverage comes up short.

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Ben Allen on Smart Talk

Ben tells us more about his findings on Monday's Smart Talk.

We'll also hear the tragic story of Anthony Fiore, who died of a heroin overdose after going through rehab on three seperate occasions.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says of drug rehabilitation treatment programs, "research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes."

So, 90 days seems to be the benchmark for effective dependency treatment.

Why then are many of those addicted to drugs or other substances treated for only 21 to 30 days?

Often, it has to do with how long of a stay in  a treatment facility insurance companies will pay for.

WITF reporter Ben Allen has investigated drug treatment and found that sometimes health insurance coverage comes up short.

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  • Scott LaMar img 2015-08-10 10:06

    Sabina writes...
    Once again REMIND all those who are affected/effected by a person with addiction TO GO TO Alanon Teen Drug GO
    YOU CAN NOT CHANGE THE ADDICT YOU CAN ONLY TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND CHANGE HOW YOU ACT REACT TO THE ADDICT.

    Not saying easy or simple but truth is truth

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-08-10 10:07

    Thomas comments...
    It is truly sad that our government spends as much as it does on war and war fighting machines while mental health and drug dependencies are even remotely considered a law enforcement "issue". Until our lazy politicians take a long hard look at the humanity involved in addictions we will continue to treat these people by punishing them in prison. It is Classically hypocritical the way our government treats its citizens.

  • Walking Steve img 2015-08-10 18:31

    Why is the burden on the public to know about Act 106? What good is a right if one has to fight for it or is denied it out of ignorance? I hope Anthony's family sues the insurance company for murder because his death is on their (insurance company) hands. We need a wellness based healthcare system, not a profit driven one here in this "Christian" nation.