All individuals have distinct needs as far as treating alcohol addiction is concerned. Depending on the specific symptoms, the condition can be anywhere from mild to severe. The type of care you’ll need is largely influenced by where you fall in that range, but the options are usually the same for all.
There are two main types of alcohol rehab programs, namely inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. 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 generally provides more services and is recommended for patients with serious medical or mental health problems, although it tends to be more expensive. In contrast, outpatient is a less costly option that is effective and usually safe for treating 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.
Finding the Right Program
First of all, create a list of your needs. Get started by asking yourself some questions. For example, are you dealing with any medical or mental health condition that calls for special attention? Is your support network, if any, strong enough? 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 honor insurance, and if so, are there any particular types you prefer?
Can you send me a copy of a treatment plan that you’re currently using?
Are counseling and medical services part of your package?
What measures do you take to help stop a relapse?
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 common for all though is that your insurer will only cover medically necessary services. 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, the best thing to do is to take down notes and talk to your Insurance provider. 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.