People have their own needs in terms of treating alcohol addiction. Depending on the particular symptoms, the condition runs the gamut, from mild to severe. The care you’ll need is dependent in part on where you are within that range, but your options are mainly the same for everybody.
There are two main types of alcohol rehab programs, namely inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. Inpatient is when where you stay at the treatment center, which can be a rehab or detox clinic or a hospital. You’ll get care round the clock all throughout the process. Outpatient is when you visit the center for your treatment but still live with your family.
Inpatient often comes with more services and is preferred for patients with significant mental or physical health issues; however, it could cost more. Outpatient, on the other hand, is a most cost-effective option that’s typically recommended for people with mild to moderate alcohol withdrawal.
A third but rarer option is residential rehab, which requires you to live at a center for about for 1-3 months.
Finding the Right Program
First of all, create a list of your needs. You can start by asking yourself a few questions. For example, are you dealing with any medical or mental health condition that calls for special attention? Do you have a network of family and friends who support you? If you answered no, an inpatient program might be the better option. Then you can consider the quality and costs of your available options. You’ll ideally want one with licensed, trained staff, a high success rate, and of course, rates that you can afford.
Before you start calling facilities to inquire, make sure you’ve made a list of your most important questions, including:
Do you take insurance, and if so, what types exactly?
Can you send me a copy of a treatment plan that you’re currently using?
Are counseling and medical services part of your package?
What is your approach to relapse prevention?
Do you provide aftercare?
Typically, insurance will cover alcohol rehab, but how much you spend out-of-pocket costs will naturally be affected by your health policy and your selected program. One thing usual for everyone though is that your insurance provider will only cover services that are medically important. Alcohol rehab and hospital mental health care are part of Medicare Part A coverage, while outpatient alcohol rehab benefits are provided under Medicare Part B.
In any case, make sure to take down notes and speak to your insurance agent. You’ll want to know about copays and other costs; the exact services covered by their plan (inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, etc. ); and what factors they consider when deciding what to cover.