Earlier this month President Obama issued a proclamation declaring May 2014 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. One of the highlighted statements was that in a given year, roughly 20 percent of adults will experience some form of mental illness, but less than half of them seek any type of treatment.
The President extolled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by stating that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are now available for over 60 million Americans. Prior to this and the Mental Health Parity Act of 2008, most people had limited coverage for their behavioral health conditions. These laws help to reduce out-of-pocket costs for people with insurance to be able to receive the help they need.
Behavioral health conditions can affect anyone, and they are often co-occurring disorders. Whether these includes substance abuse or some other illness, it is important to recognize that effective treatments are available. According to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, significant advances have been made in understanding and improving care and support fo people with behavioral health problems.
At Decision Point Center, we take a holistic approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders, which means all professionals and programs work together to address all appropriate areas for each client. Regardless of the combination of the behavioral health disorder and addiction, we can help clients construct a recovery program that helps them to alleviate the most intense symptoms of each and live a sober, happy, and peaceful life.
Helping to create greater awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as providing more access to successful treatment programs like Decision Point Center, will continue to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from behavioral health conditions and others around them.