Drug and Alcohol Recovery Centers, the truth......

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Centers, the truth......

There are many types of drug and alcohol recovery/rehabilitation centers located throughout the United States. Like every type of service program, some are better than others. The centers offer programs ranging in price, quality, duration and treatment methods. Some centers may be partially or fully covered by health insurance while others must be paid for out-of-pocket. A center that may work for one individual may not work for another. Each type of center has pros and cons and varying “success” rates. However, the ultimate goal of every program is the same: leading patients to full recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Here are some of the most common types of recovery centers available to patients:

  • Long-Term Rehab Centers: Evidence shows that these types of centers/programs are considered the gold standard of rehabilitation because of the long-term success results. Patients live in the recovery centers for at least 60 days and possibly longer. Outside distractions and interruptions are eliminated and very strict schedules and routines are followed. The care is very comprehensive.
  • Short-Term Treatment Centers: These centers offer many of the benefits of long-term programs, but because of the shorter duration, success rates are not as high. The uninterrupted, residential care is beneficial and is particularly successful for those who have developed recent addiction problems and are not “lifelong” addicts. These programs get patients out of their current, toxic situations.
  • Outpatient Centers: Many people find this the best option because they are unable or unwilling to stay in an inpatient facility. Patients who receive treatment at these centers must have strong discipline and eliminate the toxic environment outside of their outpatient facilities. This often proves very difficult. However, it may be a start for many addicts.
  • Luxury Options & Private Facilities: In addition to the luxury rehab facilities that celebrities frequent, many regular patients choose these centers because of the individualized care and amenities. These options, as you might expect, are not cheap. Many private facilities are often paid for by health insurance companies or directly out the patients’ pockets. They offer good, quality care, but waiting periods may be significant.
  • State-Funded Programs: As with many state-funded programs, these facilities are often very basic and staffed with very hardworking, underpaid counselors. Patients of these programs contribute little to no cost, and waiting periods are often extremely long. Until more federal and state funds become available for these crucial programs, not much will change.

What is the Process for Admission to a Recovery/Rehab Center?

The process for admission to any of these programs begins with a single step: making the call. This is often the most difficult step in an addict’s road to recovery, but it is the most important. While some people are “forced” to enter into these programs in order to avoid jail time, losing their children and/or completely being cut off from family, many people make the decision to get help on their own. Once the individual makes the decision, there is a significant number of administrative tasks such as filling out paperwork and obtaining insurance coverage pre-approval if applicable. For state-funded programs, income checks must be completed.

Additionally, a contract between the patient and the facility must be entered into: one in which the patient agrees to abide by all rules, regulations and philosophies of the program. Acceptance into these programs is a privilege and not a right, and individuals can be expelled for many reasons.

Once accepted into a program, and following any waiting periods, a patient will begin treatment. It will not be easy; it will require hard work; and it will require a willingness to be “coachable” and accept the realities of the situation.

Does Insurance Pay for the Program & What if it Doesn’t?

The United States is in the midst of a heroin epidemic and there are more addicts than ever before. And, this problem is certainly not limited to the poor and homeless. Addiction to any substance affects doctors, lawyers, businessmen and women as well as their families and friends. As a result, some insurance companies have expanded coverage to include at least some treatment for those with addiction problems. Before committing to any type of program, it is very important to check with your insurance company to see if there is partial or full coverage. You might be surprised.

For those who have no health insurance or for those whose plans do not coverage addiction treatment, there is the possibility of taking loans out. After all, your health is worth the cost. Government funding may be available. Seek out all of your options and leave no stone unturned in order to find a way to get the help you need.

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