Unemployment and Addiction

Unemployment and AddictionUnemployment and addiction often go together. Unemployment may be a result of addiction, as the addict fails to meet responsibilities, causes an accident or stops coming to work when scheduled. A history of addiction and continued addictive behavior can make it difficult to find a job, resulting in continued unemployment. Other indirect consequences of addiction, such as legal troubles or a criminal record, can make it difficult to hold down a job in California.

Unemployment can lead to or exacerbate addiction. Stress due to financial difficulties, depression, feelings of failure or inadequacy and a sense of hopelessness can all be incentives to seek escape in drug use. However the relief is only temporary, and drug use ultimately makes matters worse for California residents. Depression is a common side effect of drug use and withdrawal symptoms, and it amplifies the depression already felt due to unemployment or feelings of a lack of control.

The Cycle of Unemployment and Addiction in California

Once an addict is unemployed or an unemployed person becomes addicted, the result is often a self-reinforcing cycle of addiction and financial hardship. In seeking to escape from the pressures of the situation, the person uses drugs. By using drugs he or she continues to avoid dealing with the problems at hand which then have a tendency to get worse. When the problems get worse, the California resident escapes into more drug use. Financial difficulties also tend to multiply. An addicted person suffering from stress or depression wants nothing more than to escape, even if only momentarily, and often will spend what little money he or she has on drugs. When the drugs run out, and he or she doesn’t have the money to eat or pay bills, the stress and depression get worse.

Addiction Treatment Financial Assistance for California Residents

While it is true that drug addiction treatment can be expensive, it is also true that there are resources available to assist California residents in need. Whatever your financial situation there are resources you can use to begin your recovery from drug addiction. Options include the following:

  • Health insurance. Most (but not all) major insurance carriers include coverage for substance addiction, usually on a once-in-a-lifetime basis.
  • Medicare. This federally funded program covers drug and alcohol addiction treatment for those who qualify.
  • Medicaid. This coverage is administered by states, so criteria vary from state to state. Recipients must meet income qualifications.
  • Hospitals. Most hospitals have funding to treat low-income patients, and some hospitals have drug treatment programs.
  • County mental health boards. Many county mental health boards have drug treatment programs available for low-income patients.
  • Non-profit or charity rehabilitation. There are approximately 2000 nonprofit rehab centers in the United States. These facilities admit people based on need and not on ability to pay.
  • Some private rehab centers have subsidies to care for low income patients. These services are unlikely to be free, but they may be surprisingly affordable.
  • Salvation Army/rescue missions. These programs are not luxurious, but they are free and open to all. They offer sanctuary, long-term treatment and faith-based ministry.

Get the Addiction Treatment You Need

If you need drug addiction treatment, don’t let financial considerations stand in your way. Solutions are available; sometimes the hard part is just finding the right one. We can help. Our number is toll free, and we are available 24 hours a day. Please call today and learn how we can help.

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