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.
There are two main types of alcohol rehab programs, namely inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. Inpatient is when you live at the place where you are getting treatment, such as a hospital or detox clinic. 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 generally provides more services and is recommended for patients with serious medical or mental health problems, although it tends to be more expensive. 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.
Tips for Choosing a Program
First and foremost, list down 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. From there, you can study the quality and costs of different options available to you. You’ll ideally want one with licensed, trained staff, a high success rate, and of course, rates that you can afford.
Before calling a facility for the first time, list down a few essential questions that you have to ask, such as:
Do you take insurance, and if so, what types exactly?
Can you forward me a sample treatment plan?
Are counseling and medical services part of your package?
How do you help prevent a relapse?
Do you provide aftercare?
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 common for all though is that your insurer will only cover medically necessary services. 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.
Anyhow, you will do best to write notes and talk to your insurer directly. 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.