Last month, we wrote about the heroin epidemic that is ravaging Pennsylvania in our post Heroin Epidemic in Pennsylvania is Out of Control. This month, we look at what is being done in Pennsylvania and other states, like New Jersey, to save lives and stem the pain of addiction.

What do you think of when you picture a heroin addict? A dirty, homeless, toothless urchin that is begging for money under the freeway? More often than not these days, the face of heroin addiction is closer than you think. It is a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a loved one who we never thought would go down this path.

The stigma of addiction is being lifted. More and more it is being recognized as a disease, both by society as well as the courts, the insurance companies and the lawmakers. What does this mean for the addicts and families suffering through this horrible affliction? Hope.

Education About Addiction Equals Hope

As people gain a better understanding of the disease of addiction, it opens up more opportunities for much-needed clinical research, laws that promote rehabilitation instead of punishment, and help in the form of more financial support from insurance companies. While there is still a long way to go, there were some great strides made this year in the areas of addiction treatment. At the end of 2013, the Secretary of Health and Human Services unveiled the final regulations for the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires insurance companies to provide the same coverage for addiction and mental illnesses as it does for physical illnesses. These regulations mean that treatment that was previously unaffordable to many families is now within reach.

We also have more leaders recognizing the disparity between the addiction treatment that healthcare professionals recommend versus what the insurance companies will cover. In Staten Island, New York, Cusick’s Law is aiming to bridge this gap and pave the way for treatment centers and insurance companies to work together to ensure that addicts get the treatment they need.

The heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania has gotten so bad that politicians, such as Senator Gene Yaw, are publicly recognizing that neither jail nor 30 days of treatment are enough to solve these problems. He and other lawmakers in the state are authoring bills to help addicts get help before being locked up.

In New Jersey, 557 people died from heroin overdoses in 2013. Senator Joseph Vitale recently introduced legislation to help reduce the stigma of addiction and mental health illnesses, and open the discussion for real solutions. “Addiction is a lifelong illness and should be treated exactly the same as any other physical illness,” Vitale, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, told in September 2014. One of the 18 bills that he introduced in September 2014 would increase funding to substance abuse prevention efforts by $5 million.

What Can You Do About Heroin Abuse?

Going to a treatment center that is far away from the environment where the heroin use first started may help a person get clean and stay clean. Florida has become known for the Florida Treatment Model, a recovery structure that allows clients to receive professional addiction treatment while living in a supervised residential setting.

The Florida Treatment Model has proven very successful because clients are held accountable for activities of daily living, such as cooking, laundry and shopping while traveling daily to a state-of-the-art clinical facility to meet with their therapists, behavioral coaches and medical staff. Around this model, a large, tight-knit recovery community has formed in South Florida.

Cornerstone Recovery Center offers personalized treatment plans for each individual’s needs, and a step-down process to transition clients to different levels of treatment. We also offer a traditional 12-Step Recovery Program, and we incorporate relapse prevention into all curriculum. Our residential facilities are located along the Intracoastal Waterway, just steps from Ft. Lauderdale Beach. We can help you find out from your insurance company what type of coverage you have for treatment and work with them on the scope of treatment based on your needs.

Safe Heroin Addiction Treatment in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Why suffer through another long winter when you can reclaim your life in a warm, comforting and safe environment? There is hope for heroin addiction. For more information, please call 1-888-711-0354 to speak with an admissions counselor or fill out a form to have us contact you. All communication with our staff is confidential.