The Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter from May 2010 published some startling statistics about drug use among teens in Arkansas. The main culprit is prescription drug abuse, in which Arkansas ranks worst in the nation for usage among teens. More than 20 percent of Arkansas high school seniors have abused prescription drugs, with 10 percent using them in the past month. Prescription drugs are abused more often than “street” drugs. Sedative use among Arkansas teens within the past 30 days was nearly triple the national average.
Paying for Your Teen’s Treatment
Substance abuse treatment can be costly, especially for an inpatient treatment program with all the amenities. Some facilities charge several thousand dollars a month, with some even exceeding $20,000 a month. If you have the money, cost may not be a factor but for most people, it is. How can you get the treatment your teen needs if you can’t afford it? Here are some payment methods to consider:
Health insurance. Whether you get medical insurance through an employer or you pay for it yourself, be sure to use it for your treatment. Insurance is accepted at most facilities, although you may still be responsible for co-pays and components of the treatment not covered by insurance, such as room and board or certain therapies.
Medicare and Medicaid. These federal insurance programs may pay for a portion of your treatment. You will be responsible for any deductibles and co-pays.
Military insurance. If you have military insurance, it may cover a portion of the cost of your teen’s care.
Self-pay sliding scale. This is a popular option in which patients receive treatment based on what they can pay. The treatment they receive may be limited, but they will only be required to pay what they can.
Financial assistance. Some facilities will offer some help with treatment costs through a financing option.
Loans. Loans may be available through the treatment facility or your local bank. Be sure to find one with low rates and reasonable terms.
Scholarships. Facilities in some states make scholarships available to those who are low-income and have no other options to pay for treatment.
Government assistance. If you qualify based on residency and income, you may be able to obtain assistance at the federal, state, county and local levels. You may be able to enroll in programs for free or at a reduced cost.
Employer programs. Some companies offer substance abuse treatment coverage that is separate from medical insurance.
Researching Treatment Facilities for Arkansas Teens
Arkansas has about 15 treatment facilities in the state, with most in the Little Rock area. There are mostly inpatient facilities, offering both short-term and long-term services for your teen. You can also choose from halfway houses and dual diagnosis treatment centers. There are also various outpatient programs, including 12-step options, available.
Get your teen the help they need today. We understand the emotions involved with enrolling your teen in a drug or alcohol treatment facility. It can hard to even know where to start. That’s where we come in. We do the research for you and provide you with the resources to get your teen enrolled in the right treatment program for their needs. Make that call today and see how we can help. Recovery is within reach for your teen.
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