Nursing homes denying admissions to patients of opioid addiction is violation of Disabilities Act

In the times when dedicated efforts are being made to curb the soaring rate of the opioid crisis in the United States, it is shocking to note that many nursing facilities are frequently turning away patients undergoing addiction disorder treatment for opioid abuse from accessing the provisions of after-care program. Criticizing the above practice, many experts have termed it as an outright violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Unfortunately, this procedure is apparently being followed in many states in the U.S. due to the stigma attached to opioid addiction, loopholes in staff training, misconception regarding the superiority of abstinence over medication, etc.

In Ohio, where every week, 100 people succumbed to opioid overdoses between August 2016 and August 2017, over 900 care facilities issued a written statement denying admissions to patients receiving methadone or buprenorphine under drug abuse recovery programs. Similarly, it is near to impossible finding a hospital that accepts patients who have recovered from opioid addiction in the state of Massachusetts. Despite reeling under opioid crisis, one has to come down to begging and imploring to access medical care and other services in the drug abuse rehab centers.

Almost people of all age groups are under the grip of opioid addiction – nearly 115 Americans die every day due to an overdose. Among the significant contributors responsible for the rapid rise in opioid epidemic, researchers have identified the lack of treatment and the high incidence of relapse as two potent factors.

Importance of aftercare program in preventing relapse

Relapse is more than common among people undergoing addiction disorder treatment. In case of opioid addiction, a study identified that around 59 percent of the recovered patients are likely to experience a relapse in the first week of sobriety. It further stated that around 80 percent would experience a relapse within a month after being discharged from the addiction help center. Fortunately, one can prevent a relapse through a proper understanding of its causes and undergoing adequate care under a dedicated aftercare program.

The stepping stone toward complete recovery from addiction to opioids or any other drugs is detoxification. Detoxification helps patients in cleansing their body by expunging unnecessary stored toxins produced by the addictive substances. This helps the body become free of the substance, thereby curbing the urges and compulsions that lead to addiction. A successful detox assists patients in completing other steps of the addiction disorder treatment easily to avail long-term recovery. This is where the aftercare program comes into play.

After-care programs usually comprise ongoing or follow-up sessions that help an individual to stay sober even after recovering from the addiction. Often, during detox inpatient programs, patients are kept in a controlled environment that aids in getting rid of the addiction at the earliest. However, when out of the facility, they are exposed to places and situations that can trigger their cravings for the opioids and other substances, forcing them to succumb to addiction again. Therefore, seeking an aftercare program helps the person to ensure a sober life after recovery.

After-care treatment essential for maintaining sobriety

After-care treatment is primarily determined for each patient depending on the type and severity of the addiction. It can range from group meetings, individual counseling, 12-step programs for addiction, ongoing addiction education to recreational and social outings with other recovered patients. It should be noted that recovery is a lifelong process, and after-care programs are tools to help patients stay on track and enjoy life.

Sovereign Health Group Alumni Services is dedicated to organizing chapter meetings, offering continuing education, life skills training, support groups and more by establishing an everlasting bond with the patients. Our team works to build extended support systems for all our former patients. Do not hesitate to call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-501-9425 or chat online with our representatives to access more information related to our alumni programs.


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