Going to rehab is a big decision that not only takes time to consider but also a great deal of courage accepting that you have a problem and you need help. However, when you seek encouragement from online or friends, you can discover thoughts and ideas about rehab that might contradict what rehab actually promotes. Some common misconceptions are that you will be fired, your insurance won’t cover it, or your habits don’t require rehab. Remember, you don’t need to be at the lowest of lows to seek rehab.
The Myths and Mythbusters
There is a variety of rehab treatments that a person can receive, and there are many myths surrounding them and how they work. However, the kinds of testimonials that make broad blanket statements are a result of misinformation, rumor, and innuendo. These kinds of myths can prevent someone from finding the help they need in order to recover from their addiction.
- Myth: You Could Be Fired If You Leave for Treatment
- Many people choose not to enter rehab because they believe that they will get fired and therefore not have a job when they finish their program. However, in modern times, there are many employers, programs, and enacted laws that exist to help assist someone worried about their employment if they go to rehab.
- Mythbuster: There Are Programs and Acts to Protect You When You’re In Rehab
- ADA: The ADA or, Americans with Disabilities Act protects those who are employed by State, Local and private companies (pending the private company has 15 or more employees). Therefore, the ADA protects you from being fired. However, there will be grounds for termination if you cannot perform your job and/or fail a drug test.
- EPA: Employee Assistance Programs are assistance based programs that will help those who need treatment for addiction. They will seek local support groups and rehab centers.
- FMLA or Family and Medical Leave Act: This act may allow a person to take up to twelve (12) months of medical leave if they qualify for having a serious illness. Substance abuse does qualify. There are accompanying questions to consider when qualifying: How long you worked there, how many employees work there and the number of hours worked there.
- Myth: Insurance Will Not Cover My Rehab
- A big concern for anybody entering any kind of rehab is the cost. We tend to associate medical treatment coming with the high cost and that perhaps rehab is only for celebrities. However, there are plenty of options to help with the cost of your treatment. Much like acceptance and assistance with our employment, there are a number of options to assist with the financial side of things.
- Affordable Care Act or ACA: The Affordable Care Act identifies treatment for substance abuse as an essential health, which means under no circumstances can they refuse treatment. One can contact their health provider for example, in California, you can visit CoveredCA.com to see if you qualify.
- If your insurance won’t cover your rehab, rehab centers will work with you to help find ways to cover the cost including financing, loans, or offering sliding scale payments based on your income.
- Myth: My Addiction is Not Bad Enough
- Some believe that there is a universal scale that measures addiction, but how can anybody really know how you are feeling? You are the scale. Listen to what your instincts are telling you.
- Mythbuster: Begin Treatment Sooner Rather Than Later
- If you know that you struggle with addiction, seeking help at the first chance can greatly increase your odds of getting better and staying better. So best to trust yourself not what somebody else thinks.
- Addiction means something different to everyone. You might think you have a bad addiction, and you’re not wrong.
There might never be a “right” time to have to go to rehab, and recognizing we have problems and accepting recovery can be hard to process. Though, something to consider is patients who make the choice and check themselves in on their terms are often more motivated to get better and stay sober. We all prefer doing things on our terms rather than being pressured or forced into a situation. Your recovery can lead you into a life so much better than you ever thought it could be.
True Recovery believes that our health should come first. If you are considering recovery or seeking recovery for a loved one, it is recommended that you act sooner rather than later. For more information, questions, or concerns surrounding recovery please call us today at (866) 399-6528.