Finding affordable alcohol treatment centers is something that many struggle with. It is one of the biggest barriers to seeking drug treatment for people that want to get help. Navigating the waters of affordable alcohol treatment centers can be a daunting task, but it is out there.
The first step in finding affordable alcohol treatment centers is to research your health care insurance coverage. Many people don’t realize that most health care plans will cover a stay at an alcohol treatment center at little or no out of pocket cost. Most states (43 of them) have laws that require plans to cover a stay at an alcohol treatment center. Because of the stigma associated with addiction, you may have to be prepared to challenge your health insurance carrier if they deny coverage. Some states find it difficult to enforce the laws regarding alcohol treatment centers because of this stigma. Keep in mind that group health insurance is required to comply with state law, but financially, it is beneficial to them to deny coverage. Research your state laws before you contact your health insurance carrier and don’t take no for an answer. With the right attitude and information, you can find affordable alcohol treatment centers.
Once you know what kind of benefits you have and which places accept your insurance, it is important to research the affordable alcohol treatment center. Affordable alcohol treatment centers vary widely in the kind of care they provide and the success rate of the patients. Write down all of your questions before you contact the affordable alcohol treatment center. Find out if the affordable alcohol treatment center provides detox in house or at an outside facility. If it is outside, make sure that the detox facility is covered by your insurance as well. Ask about the length of alcohol treatment, and what happens if your benefits run out before you are finished with the program. Often, affordable alcohol treatment centers can contact your insurance and find out what kind of benefits you have.
Even if you don’t have health insurance, you can still find affordable alcohol treatment centers. Many alcohol treatment centers will work with you financially; most offer a discounted rate for those without health insurance coverage. Several affordable alcohol treatment centers offer some type of scholarship program for certain individuals to help offset the cost of treatment.
Additionally, if you do not have health insurance coverage, you can contact your state’s lead agency for drug addiction and alcoholism. All states have a lead agency to plan and administer drug and alcohol abuse prevention and addiction treatment services. These agencies have access to funds for people with little or no insurance coverage so that they too can find affordable alcohol treatment centers.
Most importantly, do not delay getting help because you do not think you can find afford an alcohol treatment center. If you are planning to confront a loved one about their drug or alcohol problem, find an affordable alcohol treatment center before you meet with them. This is a life and death disease, and people who want help are dying every day while trying to find help. These alcohol treatment centers can provide Intervention services if needed.
If you or someone you know is looking for an affordable alcohol treatment center call us at (877) 711-HOPE (4673) or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.