As well as reducing an individual’s prospects of maintaining employment in the first place, studies suggest that unemployment significantly heightens the risks of addiction. This can lead to a self-perpetuating cycle, where the person in question struggles to seek further employment and is also more likely to turn to desperate measures to fund their addiction. Worse, treatment can feel like it isn’t an option when individuals don’t have the funds or insurance necessary to make it possible.

This can lead to an incredibly negative mindset that soon gets stuck on addictive behaviors without an end in sight, but it’s important to realize that it doesn’t have to be this way. In reality, plenty of unemployed people manage to find the help they need in a range of different ways. That’s why we’re going to discuss everything that you need to know about getting help while you’re unemployed and needing addiction treatment.

Talking is the first step toward the treatment you need

We’ve all heard it said that admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery, but the power of talking takes on a new dimension when you’re dealing with unemployment. This is especially true if you have a strong support network, any of whom would likely be more than willing to at least loan you the money for a detoxification program if they knew what was happening. Of course, opening up is far from easy, and asking for help can be even harder, but it could be the best thing you do to turn things around at last.

Understand your options

In some rare cases, loved ones may not be understanding, or you may not have that support network around you, making it important to understand the options available even without help, including – 

  • State-funded programs: State-funded rehab facilities can be a fantastic way to access at least initial treatment for free. At the very least, this will get you back on track enough to hopefully find a job that can pay for a more specialized or intensive outpatient program later on.
  • Payment plans: Most major rehab facilities accept insurance, but others also offer payment plans that could see you accessing the treatment necessary and paying for it in a way that’s easier for you to manage. 
  • Opt for outpatient programs: High-dependency inpatient programs can be both difficult to undergo and expensive as you also cover costs for accommodation, food, etc. By comparison, outpatient programs tend to be far more affordable, not to mention that they buy you the freedom necessary to continue job-seeking as your recovery gets underway.

RAC rehab is only a step away

Experiencing unemployment and addiction can be crippling, but the reality is that rehab programs are accessible to everyone who’s willing and ready to get the help they need. RAC’s tailored outpatient programs especially provide an example of accessible rehab done well, providing you with the opportunity to get your life back on track no matter how impossible you previously thought your situation to be.

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