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How is TRICARE helping people struggling with addiction? – TRICARE has taken many steps to keep its members informed about how they can access treatment and other related services during the current pandemic. Currently, they are providing telehealth services, which has been essential for recovering addicts. The Military Health System is working to offer health-options while people are practicing social distancing. The telehealth options include crisis management, family therapy, or even group therapy. Other support programs are available for those struggling with opioid addiction. Online support and therapy have been essential, especially for former addicts who have completed treatment and are continuing to receive support.

However, what happens to those who are addicted to drugs, how do TRICARE members use their insurance coverage to get help? How are families accessing treatment for a loved one who is unwilling? Contacting your TRICARE provider is the first step. Yet, convincing a drug user to get help requires family intervention.

The uncertainty of today’s new world has left many struggling with addiction in a dark place with nowhere to turn. Families across the nation with a loved one addicted to drugs or alcohol are unsure of where to go. Addiction is a problem of isolation, and as it stands every day, more people are becoming isolated. Countless households in America are witnessing an increased use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. There is nationwide fear and worry about personal health and the health of loved ones.

Staging an Intervention Saves Lives – TRICARE health insurance offers numerous resources for its members who require treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction. Yet, someone struggling with addiction is not always willing to accept treatment. Professional intervention is a practical and effective solution. The first step after hiring a professional intervention team is carefully selecting who is involved. An intervention is not a courtroom drama. No one should be making sweeping accusations and controlling the narrative through force. A family intervention is a compassionate engagement with another person. Addicts are incredibly vulnerable to their feelings. Anyone involved should be people whom the addict trusts and will not judge them.

A family intervention team will help everyone involved practice what they say. Rehearsing your most salient points is incredibly important. No one is there to give a speech, but it is crucial to get your point across. Listen to your interventionist, and they will guide you in what to write, how to word it, and how to say it. Also, have a contingency plan in the event your loved one does not choose to attend the rehabilitation center. A skilled interventionist will help your loved one enter treatment. If the rehabilitation program is operated through TRICARE, they can also help you organize the admission process.

Addiction Among Active Duty Personnel – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic U.S. military has been deployed to secure the southern border, and countless National Guard troops have been deployed across the country and its territories to support COVID-19 response. Priority testing is also being done for nuclear forces and troops deployed in combat zones. Along with the standard operating duties, the United States Military has been providing civilian support during this pandemic. Active duty service members must cope with the stress of deployment, being away from family, being deployed in COVID-19 hot zones, and aiding fellow Americans.

Alcohol use has increased among the civilian population during this pandemic, along with drug-related overdose and addiction. It would be safe to say that some of these problems have transferred over to active duty service members and their families. Per a 2015 Health-Related Behaviors Survey, 30% of service members were binge drinkers. Across all services, 5.4% of personnel were heavy drinkers. More than one in three service personnel met criteria indicative of hazardous drinking.

Most liquor stores across the nation have been deemed essential services—rates of alcohol use increase due to stress, boredom, and a lack of routine. However, front lines responders and any U.S. Military personnel on the front lines of this pandemic are facing an increased level of stress. Unfortunately, alcohol and even illicit drugs or prescription drugs become a means of coping.

TRICARE Insurance and Drug Rehabilitation – TRICARE covers medically and psychologically necessary mental health and substance use disorder care. The treatment options include inpatient and outpatient services. Any active duty service members, their family members, or retired service members with TRICARE insurance can access the treatment services they need. If you are working with a professional intervention team, they will help your family locate and arrange proper detox and rehabilitation. Even during a global pandemic, help is available. No one struggling with addiction must go without help; the resources are there, and so are the people to provide the treatment and guidance.

Sources:
https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9955z7.html
https://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Mental/Treatments


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