As individuals consider or pursue recovery from substance abuse, expectations and pressures arise. Some of these pressures and expectations are great—they include internal or external pressures to get healthy for yourself and your loved ones and dreams and expectations of the benefits of a drug-free life. Pressures and expectations keep people going through challenging times and help create personal and recovery-based goals. Pressures and expectations can also create feelings of defeat, but when expectations are achievable and balanced and pressures are reasonable and motivating, recovery can occur. If you or a loved one is struggling with lorazepam addiction, find out how to get the help you need to recover.
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
Treatment provides the foundation, skills and strengths needed for a lifetime of recovery. Treatment does not provide a one-time fix or “cure.” Expecting that you or a loved one will leave treatment “all better” sets up unreasonable expectations that can result in feelings of failure. The Huffington Post explains, “Those 30, 60 or even 90 days are only the beginning…The alcoholic/addict has been clean and sober for the width of an eyelash compared to the years of substance abuse. It will probably take more than a few months to become confident and assured in living a clean and sober lifestyle.” After a person completes treatment, he or she is, “only just starting to understand, realize and hopefully appreciate how good life can be living a clean and sober lifestyle.” You or a loved one will still face recovery challenges after treatment, and relapse is never out of the question, but rather than feel defeated by this fact, adjust your expectations to get the most out of a rehab or therapy program and recovery itself. No treatment program is a failure if it progresses your journey toward wellness, and any slips or challenges to recovery are opportunities for learning, picking back up and moving forward. Viewing the progress made in treatment as just that—progress—ensures you create the right expectations and absorb all the benefits you can. It also ensures you choose the right treatment program to begin with. Programs promising quick solutions are not offering professional, evidence-based care. Drugfree.org explains three things that treatment programs can promise, and that patients should expect:
- Treatment helps the patient understand and accept the idea that substance use disorders are chronic conditions much like asthma or diabetes and that he or she will need to continue to monitor and manage this condition.
- Treatment provides an opportunity for patients to stabilize physically and emotionally and to learn about the strategies and skills to prevent relapse.
- Treatment involves the construction of a continuing care plan —a roadmap to move forward — for how to manage the condition, how to stay abstinent and what will be required to achieve that goal.
Treatment programs offer opportunities for healing, learning and growing, and patients can expect to leave treatment with the skills, resources and support they need to create, and meet, healthy expectations for a sober life.
Expect Affordable, Effective Treatment
Because addiction treatment is so central to recovery, anyone seeking addiction treatment should expect to receive quality care and to be able to manage the associated costs. Addiction treatment was once financially out of reach for many or was sub-par at best. Now the general population is increasingly aware of what addiction is and how those who struggle with the disease should be treated. This has led to an increase in scientific studies on addiction and treatment and an ever-growing number of addiction treatment programs using this science to offer effective and compassionate treatment. Recovery also grows more affordable as awareness rises and everyone begins to recognize the benefits of treatment for individuals, families, communities and the country.
The government has taken steps to ensure individuals can expect fair treatment and financial support for addiction treatment. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services explains, “The Affordable Care Act and new parity protections are expanding mental and substance use disorder benefits for about 62 million Americans—making treatment more affordable and accessible.” The Affordable Care Act (ACA) insists that insurance plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace cover addiction treatment and mental health care, as it considers these “essential health benefits.” Parity laws mean any insurance plan must offer the same benefits for mental and behavioral health treatment as they do for physical care. In addition, “Insurers must now cover preventive services, such as screenings for depression and alcohol abuse, as well as behavior assessments for children – at no out-of-pocket cost. The health care law allows young people to stay on their parent’s plan until age 26. Ages 16 to 25 is when mental illness is likely to emerge and is a critically important time for young adults to have health coverage.” These new laws and acts can take much of the pressure off of individuals and family to come up with the complete out-of-pocket cost of rehab and treatment. Programs that people once expected to be too expensive or simply unavailable are often now within reach.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with lorazepam addiction, we are here to help you learn more about your insurance coverage and your options for effective treatment. Calls and conversations are no-pressure and help you build, and then reach, healthy expectations for recovery. We are here for you 24 hours a day, and all phone services are free and confidential. Please call today.
 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carole-bennett/when-it-comes-to-recovery_b_441408.html. “When It Comes to Recovery, Are Your Expectations Dangerous?” 5 Apr 2010. Web. 10 Mar 2016.
 http://continuingcare.drugfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/DrugFree_ContinuingCare_V9_SS_Quote2014.pdf. “Continuing Care: A Parent’s Guide to Your Teen’s Recovery from Substance Abuse.” Drugfree.org. 2014. Web. 10 Mar 2016.
 http://www.mentalhealth.gov/blog/2013/12/making-recovery-mental-illness-and-addiction-expectation-not-exception.html. “Making Recovery from Mental Illness and Addiction the Expectation, not the Exception.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 20 Dec 2013. Web. 10 Mar 2016.