Sarah Armstrong 2/10/2020English 2010Flash Memoir- Why we need more affordable rehabsIn January 2015, my older brother who had been struggling with addiction, was lookingfor rehabs that he and my family could afford to send him to. After his most recent arresthe was finally ready to get help; After days of looking there was only one company that our medical insurance would cover. This program had two locations in thestate of Utah, one in Southern Utah, the other one up in Northern Utah when we can’t find a rehab center close to home, one that could have a support system near us, it made the progress a whole lot more difficult. And it is already a hard progress even when you have a good support system. The reality of rehab facilities as we have found that to have a rehab to work it needs to be 90 days, wealso learned that it cost 10,000 per month, we also looked into scholarship options, and other detox programs available. I am going to take you back to October 2017; As white house gov “President Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency.He advised that he is setting aside federal funds to help with this epidemic.” (2019) I was overcome by many emotions, thoughts and feelings that are difficult to describe when I heard this declaration.I felt there were so many emotions going on in my head. Some that always stands out are happiness, sadness and the feeling of finally it's about time we as a nation acknowledge how many people have been hurt and killed by opioids. Not only was I happy about President Trump acknowledging the problem but also, I had the hope that there was finally going to be able to help the average person goes to affordable rehabs, and have enough space for everyone who has an addiction problem.It has now been 5 years since my brother was first looking for a rehab, and 3 years since Present Trump declared a national emergency. Yet, there has not been a lot of changes with accessing rehab for the average person, it is still overpriced so a lot of people cannot afford it, and still limits on programs that insurance companies covers. I am still hopeful that in the next few years we will see more substantial changes besides more people being aware of the problem.