Everybody has unique needs when it comes alcohol addiction treatment. Depending on the particular symptoms, the condition runs the gamut, from mild to severe. The care you’ll need is dictated partly by where you fall in such range, but the options are more or less the same for everyone.
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. Care will be provided 24/7 for the entire duration of the process. Outpatient is when you go to the center during the day but still live at home.
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 common option is residential rehab, where the you temporarily reside at a center, often for 1 to 3 months.
Finding the Right Program
First and foremost, list down your needs. Get started by asking yourself some questions. For example, what medical or mental health condition or conditions do you have, if any? Is your support network, if any, strong enough? If you answered no, an inpatient program might be the better option. Now check quality and costs for the various options you have. Look for one where the entire staff is licensed and trained, the success rate is high, and the rates are within your capacity.
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 send me a copy of a treatment plan that you’re currently using?
Are counseling and medical services part of your package?
How do you help prevent 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 usual for everyone though is that your insurance provider will only cover services that are medically important. You will be covered for hospital alcohol rehab by Medicare Part A, but if you go outpatient, you will receive benefits under Medicare Part B.
In any case, make sure to take down notes and speak to your insurance agent. Ask about copays and other costs; the exact coverage of their plan (for example, inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab or both); and issues they consider when determining coverage.