Survey Says: Increase in Treatment of Behavioral Health, Opioid Addiction

Following the Mental Health Equity and Parity Act of 2008, treatment for mental health and addiction has skyrocketed. According to research conducted by FAIR Health, an independent nonprofit, treatment for mental health and addiction rose 320% between 2007 and 2017. When you break this figure into individual therapies, treatment for use and dependence on amphetamines saw a 3,000% spike, while treatments for anxiety diagnoses climbed only 240%.

The Affordable Care Act’s Impact

The passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act further expanded the number of Americans with access to mental health resources covered by their insurance. This explains the most significant uptick in the data, data that has been reasonably steadily rising since 2007. The increase saw mental health increase from just 4% of all claims to 11% in a year.

Addiction Treatment: How Far We’ve Come and How Far We Must Go

Two thousand sixteen also saw an uptick in mental health treatment, potentially due to both the virulence of the presidential election and awareness campaigns about the impacts of the opioid addiction crisis. However, the percentage of the addicted population that is getting treatment is still far smaller than it should be. In a figure released by the Department of Health and Human Services, of the 22 million Americans suffering from addiction, only 10% are getting treatment for it. President Trump’s “Task Force” that he has set up to address the manufacturers of amphetamines and treat those suffering from addiction comes at a critical point in the crisis. In March, Trump declared the crisis to be a “national health emergency,” and created the task force in response. 115 Americans continue to overdose on drugs every single day, despite the administration’s best efforts.

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