According to a 2013 national government survey, 22.7 million Americans needed treatment for alcohol or drug addiction. However, fewer than 3 million found the services they required. Highly effective recovery plans exist, but finding them proves overwhelming to many addicts.
The U.S. health system has recently made changes to address this crisis. New laws require most health plans to offer equal coverage for substance abuse problems and physical health needs. Government agencies are working to open more pathways to behavioral health services. People who want and need healing should have full access to available treatments.
One invaluable service is a substance abuse treatment facility locator. Anyone who has tried to navigate the ocean of available programs knows it can be a daunting task. Fortunately, locators make the job easy.
What is a substance abuse treatment facility locator?
Locator services, best accessed on the Internet, are set up to help you find individualized care, tailor-made for your particular problem. Some of the sites list numerous providers, but they’re designed to help you narrow your search down to the best few possibilities. Your search will also be limited to licensed, accredited facilities.
To get you started, the site will probably ask for your age, gender, physical location and the nature of your problem. Then you’ll have quick, easy access to choices that are right for you. Most sites organize their listings by facility types and services offered: long-term, outpatient, residential or medical hospital, for example. You can specify your individual struggle, whether it’s marijuana, cocaine, heroin or alcohol abuse. The locator site will steer you toward the kind of treatment plan you need, such as detox, 12-step or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Locator services find surprisingly specific information. They can pinpoint specialties like methadone treatment for opioid addiction. They can help place you in a special population — recovering athletes, for example. You may be able to specify language, race or sexual orientation preference. Your ability to pay or insurance plan information is also taken into consideration.
Substance abuse treatment facility locators provide current, regularly updated information. Many have news reports or updates on the latest addiction research. Another valuable tool that most provide is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (this may be abbreviated as FAQs), with answers provided.
If I use a substance abuse treatment facility locator, will I be able to talk to a real person?
Almost all sites provide free, confidential help lines that operate 24/7. Operators will help you coordinate your treatment and assist with insurance or payment plans. Some facility locators assign an individual case manager to see you through the enrollment process.
How much do substance abuse treatment facility locators charge?
Just about all locator services are free.
What if I don’t have a computer or access to the Internet?
Most public libraries provide computers and Internet access. A librarian may be able to help you log on and find the websites of locator services. If you’d rather call a locator service on the phone, a friend, relative, minister or healthcare provider can help you find a phone number.
If you’ve put off getting help because you don’t know where to start looking, now is the time to let a locator service do all of the work. Please call our free hotline at 800-447-9081 for more information.