Keli McLoyd works for the Treatment Research Institute and she’s not afraid to educate people on addiction.
Although they are many methods to the road to the recovery, McLoyd acknowledges and approves of medication-assisted treatment. Medication-assisted treatment is when a person who is struggling with addiction take either Buprenorphine, Methadone, or Naltrexone to help with their recovery process.
McLoyd is the only one of the guest speakers thus far that we have had so far to be confident in medication-assisted treatment.
“They work, period. They save lives, period,” she said.
The key, according to McLoyd, is that medication will not be effective without psycho-social therapy. Psycho-social therapy includes 12-step programs, Intensive Outpatient Care, etc. Medication will not solve someone’s addiction alone.
Unfortunately, the problem arises when it comes to public policy. Addiction services vary depending on the state. In addition, the majority of states will only help to fund rehab, but not other vital services like IOP.
“Only 10% of people who are in need gets these services,” McLoyd said.
She is worried that with the upcoming repeal of the Affordable Care Act, her industry will take a hit. Under Obamacare, it was required that Essential Health Benefits were covered. Essential Health Benefits include mental health.With the pending repeal, it is possible that the requirement may disappear. In addition, some cost-effective drugs may not be as inexpensive.