All individuals have distinct needs as far as treating alcohol addiction is concerned. The condition can go from mild to severe, depending on the symptoms. 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.
Alcohol rehab programs come in two key types – inpatient and outpatient. 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 typically offers more services and is intended for people having serious health issues (medical or mental), although it may cost significantly more. On the other hand, outpatient is a cheaper option that’s often safe and effective for those with mild or 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.
Tips for Choosing a Program
First off, make a list of your needs. A good way to begin is to ask yourself a few questions. For example, what medical or mental health condition or conditions do you have, if any? Do you have a network of family and friends who support you? If not, an inpatient program might make sense. Now check quality and costs for the various options you have. 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:
Will you accept insurance, and if so, which specific types?
Can you forward me a sample treatment plan?
Do you provide counseling and medical services?
What measures do you take to help stop a relapse?
Will aftercare be available?
In most cases, alcohol rehab will be covered by insurance, but your out-of-pocket costs will of course depend on your health policy as well as the program you choose. 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.
Anyhow, you will do best to write notes and talk to your insurer directly. 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.