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Paying for Treatment

Addiction is one of the most common diseases in the US, and in New Jersey, it is a growing problem. However, one of the most frequent concerns of those who need treatment, is how they will pay for addiction treatment. Sometimes, these concerns over paying for alcohol and drug rehab are serious enough to stop the individual from seeking help. This can put their lives in danger. 

Many people don’t know, however, that health insurance, whether private or provided by the Affordable Care Act, can often cover the cost of treatment for those struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. This makes paying for addiction treatment much less of an issue, though there are still some things to consider. We’re going to look at what paying for addiction treatment may entail.

Understanding the Cost of Addiction Treatment

The first step to knowing more about the cost of addiction treatment is to know what addiction treatment consists of. When you work with a professional treatment facility, you can expect to receive individual and group therapy sessions, addiction counseling sessions, educational programs that help create healthier coping techniques, and more. There are also support group activities that encourage safe expression of shared experiences so that those in recovery know that they aren’t alone in fighting a very isolating disease.

What Factors Into the Cost of Rehab?

One of the most significant factors that can affect the cost of treatment, is the type of treatment. There are outpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, and inpatient or “residential” programs. These each require a different level of commitment on the part of the individual and become more expensive as the level of intensity rises. 

Outpatient programs are generally only for those who are well into their recovery journey and allow the patient to maintain a much less structured life, putting most of their recovery into their hands. They will often visit a facility just one or two times per week and will apply their sobriety and coping mechanisms constantly in their daily life. Outpatient programs are typically the cheapest option.

Intensive outpatient programs will be slightly more expensive and will involve several visits to a facility each week, often spending 10-20 hours in counseling or therapy each week. This program still allows the patient to go home each night and gives them opportunities to use their coping techniques in daily life.

Partial hospitalization programs, often called partial programs, will be the most intense level of treatment that Absolute Awakenings offers, and are more costly than outpatient or intensive outpatient. It requires the individual to check in at a facility each day, spending 6-8 hours there in various counseling and therapy activities. 

The final type of treatment, and the most expensive, are inpatient programs. These are facilities where an individual will often live for up to 90 days, receiving constant therapy, as well as group and individual counseling. Since residential programs are the most expensive, insurance often provides the least amount of coverage for them. 

Paying for Treatment 

You should not have any issues paying for treatment, since substance abuse is classified as a disease, and can be covered by private insurance companies as well as the Affordable Care Act. Paying for drug and alcohol rehab is always one of the most common concerns of anyone entering treatment. Luckily, paying for addiction treatment is considered part of your essential health benefits, and is required to cover most, if not all, of the cost of treatment for your substance abuse.

Common Questions About Rehab

When Should I Seek Treatment?

You should seek treatment the moment your addiction begins to affect your daily life, or if you feel any form of withdrawal symptoms when not using.

Does My Health Insurance Plan Cover Addiction Treatment?

Absolute Awakenings takes many different forms of insurance, and chances are good that yours will be accepted. 

What Should I Look For In A Treatment Center?

You should look for one that, primarily, can offer you the type of treatment that you need. Being local is also a good perk since you’ll need to visit the facility periodically.

Getting Started at Absolute Awakenings 

To learn more about Absolute Awakenings, or to begin the admissions & enrollment process, reach out today. The treatment plan that you and your addiction expert will create will be tailored to your needs and will give you the best start to your recovery journey.