Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment: 3 Myths Debunked

If you're suffering from substance abuse and considering entering an inpatient treatment facility, it's common to have doubts and fears. Before deciding not to continue due to those doubts and fears, however, it's important to separate the myths from the facts. Below are three common myths about entering inpatient treatment and the truths behind them.

Myth #1: Inpatient Treatment Is Too Costly

While the cost of entering an inpatient treatment facility may seem daunting, there are a number of funding options available to you.

When beginning the process of locating a treatment facility that's right for you, it can be easy to assume that the cost will be too high. First, check with the insurance company of the person who will be entering the facility. The treatment may be covered – partially or fully. Second, ask the treatment facility about payment plans or any funding options they have available to them. You may qualify for a grant or scholarship either offered by the facility or by the state.

Myth #2: I'll Lose My Job

If you're concerned that entering an inpatient treatment facility will cause you to lose your job, there may be options available.

Depending on your work situation, you may qualify to be covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act, also known as FMLA. If your company is covered by FMLA and you qualify, you can receive up to 12 weeks off without risk of losing your job. The time is unpaid, and not all employees qualify, but if you do, it can be a huge weight off your shoulders. If you don't qualify for FMLA, consider the impact that your addiction will have on your job over time. It'd be better to leave a job because you're seeking treatment than it would be to be fired for substance abuse.

Myth #3: I Won't Be Able to See My Family

The majority of inpatient treatment facilities allow – and even encourage – family visits.

If you're concerned about being unable to see your family for too long, be sure to pick a program that encourages family-patient contact and even allows your family to participate in parts of your treatment. Since your family is such a large part of your life, many treatment centers have learned to embrace their participation and include them in your healing process.

To learn more about inpatient substance abuse treatment and how it can help you, consult with an addictions counselor or set up a tour with an inpatient treatment center near you. 

For a rehabilitation facility near you, contact a business such as Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital.