The High Cost of Drug Addiction

AM's picture

Should there be a lifetime maximum placed on the times an individual can seek treatment for drug addiction/alcoholism through the Medicaid program?

GuessWho's picture

No. not IMHO.

No. not IMHO.

UFO's picture

I think if the current

I think if the current techniques are ineffective in providing long-term relief from cravings, new techniques should be discovered and employed.

preciouspup's picture

I would think an addit who

I would think an addit who wants treatment would also want to move on, like getting a job, new friends, ect. Maybe your thinking of some kind of saftey net for them, but isn't that already there?

UFO's picture

I think that oftentimes

I think that oftentimes addicts get off of the drugs physically but go back to the same neighborhood, same friends, etc. and then relapse. Also, it's pretty common practice to go to rehab to clean up so that when you get out you get more bang for your buck drugwise. Simply getting people "clean" without behavior modification, therapy, training, etc. is often a waste of time unless the addict has a huge amount of will power, but if they had that willpower to begin with, they wouldn't have become addicts.

preciouspup's picture

I don't think it's all

I don't think it's all willpower. I had an in-law OD. The bottom line was she didn't want help. She only went to rehab when caught by the police. She came from a very rich family outside Philly, who didn't give a crap about her, until she died and then started asking questions and pointing fingers.

UFO's picture

preciouspup sez: "The bottom

preciouspup sez: "The bottom line was she didn't want help"

Well, that kinda puts a crimp in any plans of rehabilitation.

preciouspup's picture

And our tax monies went to

And our tax monies went to all the rehab she was forced to do and it did no good.

Durkin4619's picture

Well said UFO

Well said UFO

AM's picture

One of the biggest issues

One of the biggest issues with the whole rehabilitation thing is that a lot of addicts only seek treatment in order to avoid consequences (either from the law and/or their families). I remember one relative telling me that the only reason they went in was to get people off their backs and that they started using the first chance they had when they got out. They needed some place to live without paying bills and needed the relative to believe that they were making an effort to stay clean. I remember being stunned into silence thinking of all the time, energy and resources that went into getting help for this individual.

UFO's picture

"AM sez: "I remember being

"AM sez: "I remember being stunned into silence thinking of all the time, energy and resources that went into getting help for this individual."

Word Association: Parasite!