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What to Consider When Choosing an Alcohol Rehab Center

Everybody has unique needs when it comes alcohol addiction treatment. Depending on the specific symptoms, the condition can be anywhere 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.

The two primary types of alcohol rehab programs are inpatient and outpatient. 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 you go to the center during the day but still live at home.

Inpatient generally provides more services and is recommended for patients with serious medical or mental health problems, although it tends to be more expensive. 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 less common option is residential rehab, where the you temporarily reside at a center, often for 1 to 3 months.

How to Pick the Right Program

First off, make a list of your needs. You can start by asking yourself a few questions. For example, are you dealing with any medical or mental health condition that calls for special attention? Do you have a network of family and friends who support you? If not, an inpatient program might benefit you more. Then you can consider the quality and costs of your available options. 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 email me one of your current treatment plans?

Are counseling and medical services part of your package?

What is your approach to relapse prevention?

Will aftercare be provided?

Insurance Coverage

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’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. 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.

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