Uneven Access to Treatment


Treatment for substance use disorders is more accessible now than it was in the past, but it remains difficult for some to access. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires health insurers to provide the same level of benefits for substance use treatment that they do for medical care. For people who are insured, this can be a lifesaver. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a website to help navigate insurance problems: https://www.hhs.gov/programs/health-insurance/mental-health-substance-use-insurance-help/index.html And the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a national helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Throughout the country, many effective treatment approaches are available for substance use disorders, including meth use disorder. Some of these approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy (motivational interviewing), and Twelve Step facilitation. These three approaches have been proven to offer effective treatment for many substance use disorders.

The two models described here offer integrated treatment approaches that are effective for meth use disorder as well as for other addictions.