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Tackling the Top Barriers to Treatment

Over 20 million American adults struggle with a substance use disorder, yet a majority don’t seek treatment. 

Why? The reasons vary, but there are a few common reasons people don’t seek help for their addictions—and it’s not always because they aren’t ready. It can be because of insurance, the fear of losing their job, or something else. Contact Recovery Centers of America online or call 1-800-RECOVERY today to learn about overcoming barriers to treatment for substance abuse. We can also talk about entering treatment and what to expect from seeking addiction treatment. 

Treatment Is Too Expensive  

A lot of people think they can’t afford to get help—maybe because insurance plans didn’t always cover substance use disorders (SUDs). But since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now requires insurance plans to cover mental health conditions—which includes substance use disorders—things have changed.  

Reputable addiction treatment facilities accept insurance to keep treatment affordable for all. If someone doesn’t have insurance or if your insurance is out-of-network, Recovery Centers of America will estimate the cost and provide convenient payment options to fit your budget. In other words, you will have an estimated cost of your treatment with RCA before you enroll in our programs.  

If you can’t afford your deductible or you’re paying for treatment out-of-pocket, we will connect you with FinPay, our third-party payment plan provider, who will help you figure out an interest-free payment plan.  

Loss of Employment  

It’s a question a lot of people ask themselves: “Can I lose my job for entering addiction treatment?”  

Consider the following: 

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states substance abuse is considered a disability.  
  • Because of the ADA designation, substance use disorder treatment is considered a serious health condition by U.S. federal regulations and is eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protection. 
  • If your job doesn’t provide FMLA, you may still be able to apply for an ADA accommodation.  

It’s a lot to take in. That’s why RCA provides financial counselors and case managers to help you through this process.  

Life doesn’t stop when you enter addiction treatment, and unexpected challenges may arise, such as legal issues that need attention. Many individuals mistakenly believe they are unable to seek addiction treatment while dealing with pressing legal matters. However, it’s essential to understand that support and resources are available to address both addiction and legal concerns simultaneously. 

For example, if you have a pending driving under the influence (DUI) charge or will miss a court date if you enter treatment, RCA’s case managers will contact the appropriate parties to reschedule. Your case manager will also write letters to your attorney and courts to let them know you’re in treatment and are seeking help to get on the road to recovery. They’ll also make sure to keep the lines of communication open for any legal proceedings that are in the midst. Our case managers can help our patients with legal, employment, and insurance concerns

Connect with RCA for More Information on Overcoming Barriers to Treatment for Substance Abuse 

At Recovery Centers of America, we understand the intricacies and challenges that come with seeking help for substance use disorders. Our team is dedicated to offering compassionate support, professional guidance, and a comprehensive range of services designed to make the recovery process as accessible and manageable as possible. Overcoming barriers to treatment is a crucial step on your path to recovery, and you don’t have to face it alone. Contact Recovery Centers of America online or call 1-800-RECOVERY today for more information on our programs and services. Together, we can take the first step toward a healthier, substance-free future. 


  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health 


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