What Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Tragic Death Can Teach Us About Addiction

The passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman serves as a reminder of the dangers faced by recovering addicts. Though there has been much speculation, what is clear is that Hoffman has been abstinent for many years following an addiction to heroin in his earlier years.

It’s Easy To Cast Blame Towards An Addict

What Philip Seymour Hoffman's Tragic Death Can Teach Us About Addiction

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Hoffman’s road to stardom was riddled with choice and intent. These factors, however, were not at the root of the actor’s demise. Still, it’s easy for many to cast blame towards an individual whose death stems from heroin use. How, people say, could such a talented person risk his life and career with such an awful decision? How could someone prioritize drugs over family?

Statements like these only echo years of misunderstanding surrounding addiction and recovery, and are simply off target. The fact of the matter is: Choice has nothing to do with addiction – a disease that affects the brain, and slowly takes hold of an individual.

Choosing To Seek Treatment

Once people decide to stop using, whether on their own or with the aid of a drug addiction treatment facility, the tolerance developed throughout their use history subsides. Previously acceptable doses become lethal. The compulsive nature of cocaine, alcohol and heroin use impairs their judgment and ability to moderate.

The actor completed detox in 2013 to address a prescription drug problem that escalated to mild heroin use. Hoffman reportedly only used heroin for a week’s period before realizing he needed help.

Could Relapse Happen To Me?

Hoffman’s death hits home for many of us at the Touchstone Ranch equine therapy center. The shock and sorrow of losing a gifted actor quickly gives way to more personal questions: What does this mean for me, the recovering addict? Is my sobriety easier to lose than I acknowledge? Could this happen to me?

Unfortunately, relapse is a threat we all must address at some point in recovery. Whether you’ve enjoyed years of sobriety or are currently researching rehab centers in Texas for the first time, the struggle to maintain sobriety is one we all must live with. Though an addict can be in recovery, their addiction can only be managed. One step forward… one day at a time.

If you or a loved one are ready to start the healthy and happy lifestyle of long-term recovery, contact Touchstone Recovery Center now at 888-988-5128

How Will Obama Care Affect Addiction Treatment?

Obama Care’s definition of drug addiction and alcoholism as chronic diseases with insurance coverage eligibility could result in the treatment of 40+ million U.S. citizens in coming years.

Obama Care’s Impact On Addiction Treatment Costs

Current data shows that roughly 24 million Americans ages 12+ are struggling with substance abuse issues requiring professional treatment. However, only a small percentage (11%) received care at a rehabilitation facility – many of which charge an average of $4,000 for admission, or $1,500 for outpatient treatment. Obama Care may potentially eliminate the cost burdens associated with treatment.

How Will Obama Care Affect Addiction Treatment |Texas Drug Rehab“If diabetes were treated like substance abuse, only people in the most advanced stages of illness would be covered, such as those who had already lost their vision or had severe kidney damage,” remarked former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Dr. A. Thomas McLellan. “I don’t think there’s another illness that will be more affected by the Affordable Care Act.”

Substance Abuse Treatment Covered Under Primary Care?

Under Obama Care, substance abuse treatment via rehab centers in Texas and throughout the U.S. will be viewed as primary care, with an emphasis on preventative measures. Addiction treatment will be categorized as an “essential service,” requiring health care plans to provide the service to those in need.

By year’s end, under Obama Care, substance use disorder coverage may be comparable to other chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension. Government insurers (Medicaid and Medicare) will cover everything from smoking cessation and monitoring tests to anti-craving medications, drug and alcohol testing, family counseling, home health visits, clinic visits and assessments.

Likely Change In New Addiction Treatments From Pharmaceutical Companies

As substance abuse becomes legitimized as a chronic illness, pharmaceutical companies will be more likely to focus additional energy on the development of medications and treatment options. “Immense markets are being created,” says McLellan. “Until now, there have been about 13,000 treatment providers for substance use disorders, and less than half of those are doctors. Now 550,000 primary care doctors, in addition to nurses who care prescribe medications, will be caring for these patients.”

Obama Care’s Impact On Other Diseases

Obama Care’s emphasis on prevention and screening may also hinder the formation or progression of other chronic diseases that may indirectly raise health care costs via other medical issues.  For example, a diabetic alcoholic may be less likely to use their medications properly, or teens who smoke pot excessively may experience asthma in later life. By placing a focus on budding addictions, the ACA may have a positive impact on the cost of American healthcare overall.

If you’re looking for treatment centers in Texas for you or a loved one, contact Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center today at 888-988-5128…We will give you another chance at success, happiness and life-long sobriety!