One major problem that is responsible for the ongoing opioid epidemic is addiction not being treated like a physical illness. Addiction is still being seen as a moral flaw instead of a serious disease that leaves the patient feeling they are not in control. California passed four new laws to ensure that addiction recovery is being taken seriously to ensure better treatment methods.
Former governor Jerry Brown signed four new laws in regards to addiction recovery. Before this, California’s treatment system was considered the “Wild West” because of the lack of regulation in treatment facilities. Backed by scientific evidence, addiction recovery centers will be able to meet specific requirements in order to be able to license addiction therapy. According to Valley News, only 10% of patients were able to overcome their addiction with total abstinence. This means that more needs to be done in the scientific, medical sense to better understand addiction to be able to treat it. The California Society of Addiction Medicine found that patients who used medically-supported treatments had a 60-90% success rate. While 12 Step programs are important for treatment centers to have, the use of medication is a factor that should not be overlooked.
One of the first changes is that rehab centers cannot pay patients to stay at specific facility in order for the insurance company to be billed. Money also cannot be offered for patient referrals. Another change is that patient medical needs will take priority over the profit of the rehab center. There will be safety nets for those who relapse such as supervision while the patient is under the influence. A third change is that financial relationships between licensed treatment centers and sober living homes will be public. A fourth change is that there will be more education for doctors so that they get a better understanding of opioids.
A fifth change is that prescription bottles will have warnings on their label about the risks of addiction and overdoses. A sixth change will provide education for the parents of those whose kids are in youth athletic programs about the risks of opioid use. These changes are only the start for doing more to erase the opioid epidemic. By having government measures take place in these treatment centers, the families of patients will be educated on opioid use and there will be more on the clock supervision to ensure patients achieve sobriety.
Located in Huntington Beach, California, Simple Recovery’s mission is to help clients struggling with addiction and mental illness to face their fears, understanding your addiction, and inspiring them to realize how achievable a sober life can be. With the help of a staff with first-hand recovery experience, this evidence-based treatment program includes different modes of recreational therapy for clients and their families in the beautiful surf-city environment. For more information, please call us 888-743-0490 as we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.