Now Accepting American Indian Health Program for Addiction Treatment
Native American youth are twice as likely to develop a substance addiction than their counterparts in other ethnic groups. In fact, they generally begin abusing drugs and alcohol at least one year before they do. Addiction help is available and accessible. Let’s discuss how the American Indian Health Program can play a role in your lifelong recovery from addiction.
What is the American Indian Health Program?
The state of Arizona has resources for obtaining the medical and mental health care its residents need. Let’s go over some basic information about this program first. It’s called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System is a health insurance plan that the state of Arizona pays for. The state bases your monthly premium payments on your income level. Some Arizona residents may not have to pay a monthly premium at all.
The state plan encompasses a small collection of insurance programs for residents to choose from. For example, American Indian Health Program (AIHP) is one of these choices. Its purpose is to basically facilitate the medical needs of its members. They cover medically necessary services, as well as preventative and behavioral health services. They cover addiction treatment, as well.
American Indian Health Program
Recovery in Motion is proud to partner with AIHP in the addiction treatment of its members. If you need addiction help and are already a member of the AIHP, contact us at 833.418.1070. We’ll get a little bit of information from you, first. Then we’ll work with the program directly. You can begin focusing on your recovery immediately.
You may already be on the AHCCCS plan but need to move to the American Indian Health Program. If so, you can choose one of three options to do so.
- Online: healthearizonaplus.gov
- Phone: 602.417.7100 for Maricopa County residents
800.962.6690 for residents outside of Maricopa County
Call Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm
Subject: AHCCCS Administration/DMS/OCARE/Enrollment
Why is the American Indian Health Program Important?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), the rate of addiction is highest among American Indians. School systems are 70 percent more likely to recognize emotional disturbances among American Indian children, which often leads to addiction. Additionally, the rate of suicide among Native Indians is 2.5 times higher than the national average for native male adolescents between 15 and 24.
With these solemn facts in mind, it’s certainly no surprise that addiction treatment is a glaring need among these populations. SAMSHA says that between 2003 and 2011, American Indians “were more likely to need alcohol or illicit drug use treatment than persons of other groups by age, gender, poverty level, and rural/urban residents.”
Several complex factors lead to addiction in American Indians. Some of these include genetics, loss of culture, and socioeconomic factors. “The socioeconomic picture for many tribes is bleak,” says the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse. “Unemployment rates are high, school completion rates are low, and basic support systems are underdeveloped.”
These challenges can certainly hinder efforts to recover. However, programs are available to help American Indians overcome their addiction. These programs are generally accessible to Native Americans at all income levels. The overall good news is that regardless of the root cause of the addiction, you can overcome this disease.
There’s no way to cure it, but like diabetes and asthma, you can maintain it for a lifetime. Countless Indian Americans live a happy, healthy, and purposeful life in recovery. For that reason, the American Indian Health Program makes addiction treatment accessible for Native Americans who don’t have the resources to pay for it on their own.
Addiction Treatment for American Indians
Addiction treatment plans encompass all aspects of the person: mind, body, and spirit. We start with physiological stabilization. In other words, as your body adjusts to functioning without substances, we carefully monitor its response. If complications arise, then our medical staff is standing by with evidence-based medications to keep our patients safe and comfortable.
After physical stabilization, mental health addiction treatment becomes the focus. This includes individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, life skills, and much more. During treatment, patients chiefly learn to effectively communicate, cope with cravings, and live a healthy lifestyle. Following treatment, patients have an aftercare plan that they prepared. It generally becomes key in maintaining your sobriety outside of treatment.
Making the decision to get healthy can certainly feel overwhelming at first. At the present time, just start by taking one step at a time. There will be a moment in your life of recovery in which you look back on this time fondly. You’ll realize that it was all worth it.
If you’re ready to take back your life, it’s not too late. Resources are available and treatment is possible. Take the first step today.
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