Alcohol consumption is linked to several health problems. Approximately 17 million adults develop alcohol use disorder (AUD). For chronic alcoholics, it is inevitable to seek professional help. The best thing to do is quitting the habit or if that is too much to ask at the very least cutting the habit down to a healthier level.
Overcoming any addiction is not easy, it has a long and bumpy road. Rehabilitation centers are the first option for people who finally decide to get rid of alcohol addiction.
Finding a satisfying rehab is a challenge itself. There are plenty of rehabilitation centers with different amenities and programs. Generally, rehabilitation centers differ in the number of days and the programs they offer. Most of the rehabilitations offer:
- A 30-day program
- A 60-day program
- A 90-day program
- Extended programs – these include sober living facilities and halfway houses
A 30-day program for an inpatient is the best way to start the treatment. This program helps in coping with the withdrawal symptoms and establishing relapse prevention strategies.
A 60-day program offers a thorough treatment. It gives ample time for detoxification and provides time to develop and maintain sobriety. Some insurance programs do not cover the full 60-day program.
A 90-day program is proved to be the most successful. This is best for patients who have a long-term addiction problem.
Rehabilitation centers work best for inpatients because it helps reduce the chances of relapse. An inpatient rehab should have a higher standard of care when compared to an outpatient rehab program. The inpatient facility offers round-the-clock access to physicians, mental health experts, and specialists for substance abuse treatment. All these work together to increase the chances of long-term sobriety.
Admission Process and Choosing a Rehab Facility
For admission to a rehab facility, the first step is to contact a treatment provider. This is people seeking help as an inpatient. Treatment providers discuss the types of rehab facilities available. Considering each case, they suggest what best suits the patient.
The next phase involves gathering the information, it is known as a pre-intake screening. Patients are screened over the phone in an interview where they speak to the admission coordinator. This helps in matching the facility and the patient’s condition. The treatment provider determines the level of care needed by the patient. Vital information gathered in the pre-intake screening involves:
- Patient’s drug history
- Types of drug abused
- The duration of the drug used
- Patient’s treatment history
- Any emotional or underlying mental issues or disorders
- Employment situation
- Family life
- Family medical history
- History of abuse
- List of medication used previously
Insurance and Financial Options for Patient
The very next step is discussing financial options and insurance for treatment. Patients should also be aware that many inpatient alcohol treatment facilities offer financial help to people without insurance. Treatment providers get information about insurance and contact the insurance providers for verification. Some rehabilitation centers accept common insurance providers while some do not. Patients can opt for financial plans, self-pay options, or look for other alternatives to cover costs.
A few good questions to ask when visiting a rehab facility:
- What facilities and amenities are included?
- Are there any financial plans for inpatients?
- What would be the total cost of the treatment with and without insurance?
- In case of inability to pay will the cost impact credit score?
- Is the insurance in-network or out of network?
- What is the recommended level of care for the patient?