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 where you stay at the treatment center, which can be a rehab or detox clinic or a hospital. You’ll receive care 24/7 throughout the entire process. Outpatient is when you go to the center during the day but still live at home.
Inpatient often comes with more services and is preferred for patients with significant mental or physical health issues; however, it could cost 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 rarer option is residential rehab, which requires you to live at a center for about for 1-3 months.
How to Pick the Right Program
First of all, create a list of your needs. You can start by asking yourself a few 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 not, an inpatient program might benefit you more. Then you can consider the quality and costs of your available options. You’ll ideally want one with licensed, trained staff, a high success rate, and of course, rates that you can afford.
Before you start calling facilities to inquire, make sure you’ve made a list of your most important questions, including:
Do you take insurance, and if so, what types exactly?
Can you email me one of your current treatment plans?
Will there be counseling, and do you offer medical services?
What measures do you take to help stop a relapse?
Will aftercare be provided?
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. 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. Be sure to inquire about copays and other costs; the exact coverage of your policy (inpatient, outpatient, etc. ); and the process by which they decide on coverage.