It’s unfortunate that anyone would have to deal with the double whammy of addiction and physical disability. Unfortunately, disabled people are just as susceptible to drug and alcohol addictions as anyone else. They have the disadvantage of dealing with the kind of extra health issues that sometimes drive people into the arms of drugs or alcohol.
No matter what causes someone to become addicted to a substance, the solution to the addiction issue is the same. The only viable way someone is going to recover from their addiction is by seeking treatment is a reputable drug and alcohol treatment enter such as ours. Those internet self-help solutions do not work.
Are you disabled and dealing with an addiction issue? If you are reading this information, that’s likely the case. We can certainly understand your concerns about finding a rehab that willing and able to accommodate your with your disability no matter what that might be.
In the following section, we want to provide you with some information that should address your concerns. As a professional addiction treatment organization, we are vested in making sure people like you get the addiction treatment you want and need.
Is a Rehab Center for Alcohol and Drugs Able to Treat Physically Disabled Individuals?
The answer to the titled question is yes, all rehab facilities should be able and willing to offer you treatment for your addiction. What you may not realize is rehab facilities are required by law to offer services to the disabled. What you also might not know is addiction is listed as a disability under The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Let us explain.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. That’s is especially applicable to organizations that provide any kind of healthcare services. Your rights are explained very well in Titles I, II, and III of the law. Here is what those titles require:
- Title I = Everyone is entitled to reasonable accommodations even if specific measures need to take place
- Title II = Everyone is entitled to the same services as they pertain to services, programs, and activities in public education, corrections, and the courts, etc.
- Title III = This section specifically addresses the requirements for sober homes, health care facilities and other private businesses that serve the public.
The above information should address your legal concerns. From a practical standpoint, it’s safe to assume that almost all rehabs will do everything in their power to accommodate your disability. After all, these people are in the business of helping people beat horrible addiction diseases. The point is you can approach any rehab facility with some assurance they are on your side.
When you contact a rehab facility about treatment, it’s incumbent on you to clarify the extent of your disability. You need to tell them about your specific needs as they relate you the equipment you need, your nutritional guidelines, and any medications you might require during your stay.
As for any prescription medications you might be taking, this will be an area of concern. Some medications are prohibited in rehab. If you take prescription painkillers for pain issues, they may want to discuss alternative ways of controlling your pain. This would be especially true if your addiction has anything to do with your medications.
What you need to keep in mind is they must “reasonably” accommodate your needs. For your part, you need to be flexible enough to allow the rehab facility’s personnel to do their job as efficiently as possible.
While in rehab, you can expect to get access to the same detox and therapy programs as any other client. If for any reason you don’t think that is what’s happening, you have the right to file a grievance or seek care in another facility.
Here’s the bottom line: If you want and need proper treatment for your addiction issues, you should have no problem finding a reputable rehab that will more than happy to provide you with the help you need.
In our facilities, we take very seriously our responsibility to treat all clients equally and fairly. When you are ready to start addressing your addiction issues, you should start by calling us at (440) 253-9915. We will gladly provide you information about our services and facilities. We would also be glad to learn about your disability and what steps we can take to accommodate your specific needs.