The American Medical Association now recognizes alcoholism (alcohol use disorder) and substance addiction (substance use disorder) as “diseases,” forcing health insurance companies to acknowledge the need to cover treatment for these conditions. But drug and alcohol treatment is expensive. For many who are dealing with these chemical-related diseases – as well as mental health conditions…

Mental health and substance use conditions often co-occur. In other words, individuals with substance use conditions often have a mental health condition at the same time and vice versa. Approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders. Only 7.4 percent of patients receive treatment for both conditions, with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.1 Co-occurring…