As the US Federal Government considers healthcare reform, the highest priorities need to be where the public wants it the most.
The poll below shows that people strongly favor including alcohol and drug treatment
coverage under the new plan. It appears that more and more people understand that by providing treatment for alcohol dependence
and drug addiction
, costs for healthcare, incarceration, and crime will decrease.
California legislators and the governor should also take note of these figures.
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Poll: Open Society Institute/Lake Research Partners
This study, sponsored by the Open Society Institute, examines attitudes toward the accessibility and affordability of alcohol and drug addiction treatment for the many Americans who need these services, including veterans. The poll shows that Americans of all walks of life are personally touched by addiction, and half of them say they could not afford treatment if they or a family member needed it.
Key findings include:
- Three-quarters of Americans (76%) know someone personally who has been addicted to alcohol or drugs. Personal experience with addiction spans all demographic groups.
- Half of Americans (49%) do not think they would be able to afford the costs of treatment if they or a family member needed it. This concern about affordability is highest among Americans with incomes under $50,000 (67% say they would not be able to afford treatment).
- Three-quarters (75%) of Americans are concerned that people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs may not be able to get treatment because they lack insurance coverage or cannot afford it.
- Nearly three-quarters (73%) support including alcohol and drug addiction treatment as part of national health care reform to make it more accessible and affordable. This support cuts across all demographic groups.
-- Source: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/treatmentgap/research/poll_20090616
Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers
has locations all over Southern California
in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, and in Santa Ana.