People often dread going to the doctor. You have to take time out of your day, you might have to go through uncomfortable tests or procedures, and you may have to answer personal questions. But for many adults, the worst part isn’t needles or waiting rooms. It’s the bill.
Health care can be expensive, especially if you go through inpatient programs or long-term care. However, sometimes it’s the difference between getting the help you need to live a healthy, meaningful life and physical and mental health consequences.
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Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease. That means it’s long-lasting and that it often gets worse without intervention. Substance use disorders (SUD) are classified as mild, moderate, and severe. A mild SUD may mean that a person has a pattern of binge drinking without any chemical or psychological dependence. However, since addiction is progressive, frequent binge drinking can lead to moderate and even severe disorders.
You may be able to manage an addiction for a while, but as your dependence progresses you will need more of the drug more frequently. It can start to affect your health, job, relationships, and even your legal status.
The price of addiction treatment is one of the most common barriers to treatment for people who need help. However, because addiction can affect multiple aspects of your life, including your work and finances, addressing a substance use disorder early can help you to avoid some of the most serious consequences of a substance use disorder. Without treatment, your finances and ability to hold onto your job may be affected.
But what are your financing options if you do decide to get treatment? How do people usually pay for and access addiction treatment? Learn more about financing drug rehab.
How can you end addiction? Get a call from our experts and find out!
How can you end addiction? Get a call from our experts and find out!
Does Insurance Pay for Drug Rehab?
We’ve come a long way in our understanding of what addiction is, and there is still more to learn. We used to treat addiction as a bad habit or moral failing. However, we’ve come to understand that addiction is a disease that affects the brain and that it can be treated with medical and psychological treatment approaches.
Today, many insurance companies have come to the same conclusion, and they offer financial coverage for addiction treatment just like they would for a variety of other chronic diseases.
Most private insurance companies offer coverage for at least a portion of the costs it takes to treat addiction effectively.
The full extent of the coverage that they off will depend on your specific company and policy. Some insurance companies may pay for the majority of the cost of treatment while others just cover a portion of treatment. Coverage will also depend on the drug you are seeking treatment for.
For instance, a person who is dealing with an alcohol use disorder may receive robust treatment. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening without medical treatment, so people seeking treatment need to start with high levels of care. On the other hand, marijuana users may not receive as much coverage, because marijuana doesn’t cause chemical dependence or life-threatening withdrawal.
On the other side of the industry, drug rehab centers accept coverage from most private insurance companies. Treatment facilities work hard to make sure your insurance company is giving you the coverage you need. Providers often require robust progress tracking and other reporting to make sure you are actually getting the treatment they are paying for. Conversely, quality treatment centers will work with them to make sure you can get coverage for the treatment you need.
Private treatment centers often don’t accept federal insurance. Programs like Medicare and Medicaid require healthcare providers to do much more paperwork and reporting than private insurers. For many treatment centers, the time and work requirement would require clinicians and medical professionals to devote more resources to administrative work rather than client care.
What If You Don’t Have Private Insurance?
If you don’t have private insurance, you may have fewer options, but you still may be able to get the treatment you need. Many treatment centers try to offer a few pro-bono beds to people who can’t afford treatment, but these options can be difficult to find. The federal government also offers treatment options through government-provided insurance and programs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a variety of programs and financial aid opportunities to people who might struggle to pay for treatment services.
You may also be able to find programs that are for specific groups like veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers resources to connect veterans to treatment programs for mental health and substance use disorders. The government also programs to help homeless people who dually have mental health issues and addiction.
If you have a mild substance use disorder that doesn’t require medical services, you might be able to take advantage of community resources like support groups, 12-step programs, job placement services, and more. Programs like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous are free to people who are seeking sobriety, and it can be a helpful way to prevent alcohol abuse from turning into dependence or addiction.
How to Find Treatment
If you are not sure if you qualify for treatment or if you don’t know if your insurance will cover your treatment, finding treatment can be difficult. However, you don’t have to go through the process on your own. If you have private or public insurance, you can call your provider or your policy representative to learn more about your specific policy.
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Nobody intends to become addicted to drugs or alcohol, so it’s highly likely that you may not have thought about addiction treatment options when you first bought your insurance policy. But your provider should be able to tell you what kind of coverage you might receive if you attend treatment.
If you don’t have insurance, you may be able to call a government helpline to learn more about your options and the treatment services that might be available to you.
An intake or addiction treatment specialist at The Palm Beach Institute can also help you find treatment options that you do qualify for. They can help verify your coverage options with your insurance company and determine how much of your treatment might be covered.
Starting Your Road to Recovery Today
It’s important to seek help as soon as you recognize that you might have a substance use problem. Treating addiction early can help you to avoid some of the most severe consequences of addiction like physical and mental health problems, financial ruin, strained relationships, and legal issues. If you believe that you may have a substance use disorder, there is help available in deciding how you should take your next step in seeking treatment.
Addiction is a chronic disease, but with the right services, you may be able to achieve long-lasting sobriety. Speak to an addiction treatment specialist at The Palm Beach Institute to learn more about the treatment options that might be available to you. Call 855-960-5456 at any time to hear about the therapy options that may be able to help you escape from active addiction and start on the road to recovery.
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