People have their own needs in terms of treating alcohol addiction. Depending on the specific symptoms, the condition can be anywhere 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.
The two primary types of alcohol rehab programs are inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient is when you get the treatment while staying at a hospital or rehab center. Care will be provided 24/7 for the entire duration of the process. Outpatient is when treatment is provided in-house at the center but you still go home at the end of each day.
Inpatient typically offers more services and is intended for people having serious health issues (medical or mental), although it may cost significantly 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 less available option is known as residential rehab, which requires living at a center for the whole treatment period, usually lasting around 1-3 months.
Finding the Right Program
First off, make a list of your needs. A good way to begin is to ask 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 strong support network? If not, an inpatient program might benefit you more. Then you can consider the quality and costs of your available options. Focus on those that employ only trained and licensed personnel, boast a high success rate, and are affordable.
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?
Do you provide counseling and medical services?
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’s for sure thought: only medically essential services will be part of the coverage. Hospital mental health care in hospitals, including alcohol rehab, is covered by Medicare Part A, while outpatient alcohol rehab falls 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.