Just like people, and much like the addictions that people suffer from, no two rehabs are created equally. As such, it is important for you to research the treatment and rehabilitation options that are available to you prior to making a choice in care.
The decision to seek help for an addiction to drugs or alcohol does not go unnoticed—it’s no small feat to muster up the courage to say “YES, I DO NEED HELP.” The journey you’re about to take, through rehab, treatment and recovery, may be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be quite so confusing.
Many of your questions will be answered below, but if you have additional questions, or would like help finding a rehab center that’s right for you, we encourage you to call our helpline toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-743-5860(Who Answers?).
How will I Pay for Treatment?
Usually, the first thought that comes to mind when the decision is made to seek help, is “how am I going to pay for rehab?” Let’s face it, treatment is healthcare and healthcare can be expensive—it’s your life we’re talking about, it’s important, and the cost of care often directly correlates with the level of or effectiveness of the care that you receive.
Rehab costs vary based on the level of care that is required. Location, length of treatment, and various other factors can also come into play. If you’re not sure how you will pay for treatment, consider the following options that can help:
- Insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act
- Insurance coverage through an employer
- Insurance coverage through a spouse’s employer or a parent’s employer
- Federal and State funded health insurance coverage options
- Sliding fee options
- Privately funded treatment
The Affordable Care Act makes treatment substantially more accessible than it was just a few years ago. In fact, most policies that are purchased through the Affordable Health Care Act provide coverage for 60-90% of rehab or addiction treatment related costs.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way—and paying for treatment just requires your will to seek out options that you can leverage to your advantage. For additional information, or to find out if your insurance coverage will help you pay for rehab, call 800-743-5860(Who Answers?).
How Much will Rehab Cost?
The next major question that tends to arise is “just how much will treatment cost?” The cost of rehab can vary greatly as previously noted. Regardless of your budget, there’s a treatment option that can assist you in taking the steps towards recovery—but finding low cost rehab may be challenging.
Generally, drug and alcohol rehab programs vary in cost based on the following factors:
- Length of treatment
- Level of care provided
- Type of care provided
- Level of support provided
- Amenities provided
When considering the overall cost of treatment, it’s important to recognize that the alternative is to remain addicted—and addiction is both costly and dangerous. In the long run, remaining addicted to drugs or alcohol can cost tens of (or potentially hundreds of) thousands of dollars in the form of:
- Loss of productivity
- Loss of employment
- Increased healthcare costs associated with disease, injury and illness as a result of the substance abuse
- Loss of personal relationships
- Money spent on the substance of choice (many prescription painkiller abusers report habits that cost upwards of $300 per day)
Do I Really Need Help?
If you’re questioning things like whether your addiction is bad enough to seek help or whether you can try “just one more time” to quit on your own, it’s time to take another look at the treatment options that are available for you.
The age old myth that you must first hit rock bottom before you can get sober is WRONG. You or your loved one does not have to suffer from addiction to the point of losing everything before he or she can get the help that is necessary—the sooner you choose to seek help, the sooner you can begin the journey to recovery.
If you suspect you are addicted, or if you know someone suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call our helpline at 800-743-5860(Who Answers?) for immediate assistance. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The best time to beat your addiction is now!
What Should I Bring to Rehab?
Before you go into a treatment program, you must consider the individual rules of the program regarding what you can (and cannot) bring with you. Each rehab center has a list of specific items that are allowed and those that may be strictly prohibited.
If you’re unsure about whether you can bring things like electronics, medications, or certain types of clothing, the best thing to do is to call the rehab center and ask directly what items are permitted. Generally, the following items are NOT allowed:
- Drugs or alcohol
- Toiletries that may contain alcohol such as mouth wash
- Clothing that depicts drug or alcohol use
- Paraphernalia that is used to abuse drugs
- Certain aerosol products
Should I Travel for Treatment?
Making the decision to seek help close to home or far away is a common concern. Rehab centers are located throughout the country, in your area and in many areas you may not even have thought of attending for treatment.
Leaving your comfort zone to get treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol may make the difference between whether you remain committed in your recovery or not. While local rehab centers can offer you ease of access and quality care, traveling out of town is recommended to ensure that you get the most out of the help that is provided for you in a rehab program.
For additional information about rehab centers that can help you get well, call 800-743-5860(Who Answers?) to speak with a caring treatment advisor.
How Long will Treatment Take?
There is no single length of treatment that is guaranteed for everyone—just like it can take various amounts of time to heal from any disease, the amount of time that you will spend in treatment may vary based on your needs, your commitment, the care you receive and various other factors.
There are several different “general” treatment lengths found in most rehab centers. These programs average from:
- 30 days
- 60 days
- 90 days
- 6 months
Anything less than 30 days of treatment is not recommended, and in most cases, 90-days or more is recommended for ideal chances of recovery and healing.
When choosing a rehab center, be sure that you choose a program that provides at least 30-days of ongoing supportive care to ensure your recovery. Recovery changes improve with extended care and while a longer duration of treatment may seem intimidating, you may find your success in a program of 90-days or more. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey, give us a call at 800-743-5860(Who Answers?).