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 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. In contrast, outpatient is a less costly option that is effective and usually safe for treating mild or moderate alcohol withdrawal.
A third but less available option is known as residential rehab, which requires living at a center for the whole treatment period, usually lasting around 1-3 months.
How to Pick the Right Program
First and foremost, list down 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 make sense. 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 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 forward me a sample treatment plan?
Do you provide counseling and medical services?
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’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.