Now Covered: Treatment for Substance Abuse Enters Primary Care Arena

alcohol or drug issues, healthcareFinancial barriers are a big reason individuals generally prolong seeking professional treatment for alcohol and drug abuse issues. However, that barrier is no longer an issue for hundreds of thousands of Americans. That’s because treatment for substance abuse is now recognized as one of the 10 essential health benefits covered by health insurance per the provisions of The Affordable Care Act.

As of January 1, 2014, hundreds of thousands of Americans who need help working through addiction issues now have access to professional treatment via health insurance.

In this new era of healthcare, it is more important than ever for individuals to practice preventative health care management to promote healthy aging. And, while it may be tempting to twist the truth about how many drinks you consume each week, it is in your best interest to be honest because you just may learn something new like:    

  • Where you range on the scale between moderate and binge drinking.
  • The risks associated with the use of prescribed medications, especially opioids.
  • How symptoms of anxiety or depression may relate to alcohol or drug use. 
  • Why you need to be extra vigilant about adhering to moderate drinking if a family history of alcoholism exists.

 Make the most of your medical check-ups by being honest about your alcohol and drug use because an open dialogue with your healthcare professional is just what the doctor ordered.

If alcohol or drug use is a problem for you or a loved one, Gateway Treatment Centers offer Outpatient Treatment Programs available in the morning and evening hours and centers located throughout Illinois, including Chicago. To learn more about our free, confidential consultation, please call Gateway at 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit


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