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Considerations for Choosing the Right 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. You’ll receive care 24/7 throughout the entire 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. 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.

Finding the Right Program

First and foremost, list down your needs. A good way to begin is to ask 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 strong support network? If you answered no, an inpatient program might be the better option. From there, you can study the quality and costs of different options available to you. Focus on those that employ only trained and licensed personnel, boast a high success rate, and are affordable.

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?

How do you help prevent a relapse?

Do you provide aftercare?

Insurance Coverage

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’s for sure thought: only medically essential services will be part of the coverage. 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, make sure to take down notes and speak to your insurance agent. 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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