Health Insurance and Addiction

The faces of addiction are no longer homeless old men sadly wandering the streets carrying a brown paper bag, for addiction affects all walks of life. From professionals battling prescription drug abuse to dads battling street drug addiction or moms struggling with alcoholism, addiction knows no boundaries and wreaks havoc on families everywhere. Inpatient treatment centers provide programs to assist the addict in overcoming the addiction and learning to live life without the drugs, alcohol or whatever their crutch may be. Health insurance plans will often assist in limited coverage of the inpatient treatment of substance abuse.

Addiction is not typically something the affected victim can overcome alone without additional help. Professional help that is available at treatment centers everywhere can provide the support and education needed for the addict to start his or her journey to recovery. Paying for the treatment should not be a deterrent to getting the necessary help. Most health insurance plans will help cover the cost as treatment is often deemed medical care in this day and age. Treatment centers are usually very specific in their program, going by the philosophy that the recovering addict needs the support of a firm schedule that includes good nutrition and exercise as well as individual counseling and group therapy.

Upon arrival at most treatment centers, the addict will check in and remain there for an agreed upon amount of time which is usually whatever time period their health insurance provider has agreed to help pay for. That time period is typically from a week to 30 days or even three to six months in some severe cases of addiction. This time is set aside to allow the addict to be isolated from the stresses and pressures of day to day life as well as being cut off from any access to drugs, alcohol or whatever their particular addiction may be.

By addressing the addiction in several ways, the treatment center can help the addict return to good health. These ways include proper nutrition, exercise and plenty of rest to begin with. Most quality centers offer a comprehensive program that includes one on one counseling to help the addict learn about themselves and how to live a life free of addiction as well as group therapy where recovering addicts come together to share experiences and learn from each other as well as offer a support network. The health insurance coverage will sometimes have coverage for aftercare counseling and treatment plans as well.