In the not-too-distant past, drug treatment centers including MAT clinics focused solely on a person’s addiction issues, stabilizing them with methadone and helping them deal with emotional issues or past traumas that contributed to addiction. With the Affordable Care Act unfolding at full speed these days, treatment centers can help patients optimize benefits available from their insurance, including Medi-Cal, to receive the best possible medical care.
Many of the people who have been injecting drugs become susceptible to infections such as hepatitis, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS associated with their drug use. There is also a high incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among drug users because their addiction reduces their decision-making skills in choosing sexual partners.
But there are many other healthcare issues for addicts. Addicts are more prone to illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and pneumonia than other people. Studies have shown that when they require routine treatment for chronic but treatable disorders such as hypertension or diabetes, they often fail to improve because they neglect taking their medication.
Physicians At Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
When is the last time you had a checkup? SAMHSA tells us that 54 percent of all addiction treatment programs are run without a physician supervising their patients. That’s one of the benefits of medication-assisted treatment clinics, because opiate addicts in Medmark’s Sacramento location who get help for their drug use can talk to the doctor who examines them initially about any other medical issues they’re experiencing.
It’s also more convenient to have the doctor right on premises at the clinic. For some people, it’s all they can do to arrange transportation to their dosing clinic, let alone finding transportation to a doctor’s office for additional issues of secondary importance. Methadone clinic patients that work find it difficult to tell an employer they need more time off for another medical issue. With California moving forward on this integration of healthcare with addiction treatment, it means that the whole person will be treated. As you begin to feel better about your ability to manage your addiction, you will also step through each day with renewed energy because you are simply feeling better. Make the call today to get started, if you haven’t already.