Do you have questions about SunCloud Health and if we’re the right program for yourself or your loved one? Read some of our commonly asked questions below to learn more about us. Or see our video FAQ page to see this in video format.
What We All Know
PROPER TREATMENT WORKS, AND IT’S “WORTH IT”: The case for duly treating mental health as vigorously as we treat “medical” health could not be any more substantiated. Proper treatment saves lives and it can save billions in healthcare dollars. Researchers have noted that, “the vast majority of individuals with mental illness who receive appropriate treatment improve….. For major depression, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder rates (of improvement) are about 70%. This is comparable to rates of improvement for people who suffer from physical disorders, including diabetes and asthma at 70-80%, cardiovascular disease from 60-70% and heart disease at 41-52%. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and 7$ in reduced drug related crime, criminal justice costs and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1! The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and 7$ in reduced drug related crime, criminal justice costs and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1! (13). The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that for every $100,000 invested in treatment for substance abuse (measured in California, New York and Washington), there are savings of $484,000 in health care costs and $700,000 of crime costs were shown to be avoided. (14) In a comparison of medical expenses of Medicaid clients who received treatment, the following savings were noted (measured in Washington): $170.00/month for patients receiving inpatient; $215/month for those in outpatient treatment, and $230/month for those receiving medication assisted therapy (specifically methadone). In California treated patients have been shown to reduce ER visits by 39%, hospital stays by 35% and total medical costs by 26% (14). By working together to provide integrated care, we will be better able to provide our patients with the care they deserve and we will help them save total healthcare dollars in the process.
VIDEO: DOES ADDICTION TREATMENT WORK?
Chris Stewart, MD. Board Certified Psychiatrist answers, does addiction treatment work?
At SunCloud Health, we treat those with addictions and disorders simultaneously. We do not classify one group as eating disordered and another as substance addicted; clients are never labeled by a diagnosis. Instead of identifying by their disease, we want people to identify as human beings who deserve to live a balanced, healthy life. As such, we view every single client as a distinct individual, a unique human being.
While in our care, we strongly encourage everyone to abstain from drugs or alcohol. This includes those with eating disorders, mood disorders, process addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
VIDEO: WHY DO WE ASK OUR PATIENTS TO BE ABSTINENT WHEN AT SUNCLOUD HEALTH?
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, MD, Medical Director, CEO and Co-founder at SunCloud Health, answers the question, why do we ask our patients to be abstinent when at SunCloud Health?
Our stance on abstinence often leads to a question such as this: “Why must I forgo cannabis at night when I am only in treatment for a gambling addiction?”
As with all program components, our commitment to abstinence is well thought out and very intentional due to the following reasons:
- Diagnostic Implications
Pharmaceuticals are frequently instrumental in the treatment process. In order to determine the value of any medication, we must start with a clean slate, one that is not tainted by other substances. Say a person is prescribed medication to counteract depression, then consumes wine every evening. Because alcohol is a known depressant, it is nearly impossible to get an accurate read on the pharmaceutical’s efficacy.
- Community Commitment
SunCloud offers a level playing field. No addiction or disorder is more important than another. Everyone is on the same team in the quest for recovery. A cohesive group is a powerful group. One of our uniting principles is that no one self-medicates in order to mitigate unpleasant feelings and emotions. Everyone presents as their authentic self, ready to relate to one another in truth and honesty. This is how healing begins.
- Emotional Access
Psychiatric illness manifests in myriad ways. However, each disease typically contains one shared commonality: underlying trauma. Whether emotional, physical, or sexual, a traumatic event or lifetime of trauma often fuels the disease. By definition trauma is associated with pain. In order to effectively address, work through and move beyond the pain, each person must be absolutely available to go deep inside and explore the trauma. This simply cannot happen if a person is impaired or disconnected by drugs or alcohol. The truth is, access to feelings is imperative for true recovery.
It is important to note that although we encourage abstinence, we would not discontinue care if someone who was not an alcoholic had an occasional cocktail. We just want the best possible outcome for each client and believe that this prudence helps achieve that end.
SCH is accepting most forms of ComPsych coverage.
SCH is accepting most forms of TRICARE insurance.
SCH is accepting most forms of Humana insurance.
SCH is accepting most forms of Aetna insurance.
SCH is accepting most forms of United Healthcare Optum insurance.
SCH is accepting most forms of Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance.
SCH is accepting most forms of Magellan Healthcare insurance.
SCH is accepting most forms of Cigna insurance.
SCH is accepting Beacon/Value Options insurance.