Will my health insurance pay for addiction treatment?
Federal law now requires all health insurance plans to offer equivalent mental health and substance abuse treatment coverage. The Mental Health and Addiction Parity Act and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protect your access to treatment for addiction and mental health using your insurance. How much treatment and what type of treatment varies from plan to plan.
The simplest way to find out if your plan will work at The Bluffs is just to call us and ask for an insurance benefits verification or submit our verification form here. The insurance benefits verification usually takes less than an hour and you can often do the phone assessment with your admissions coordinator at the same time. The insurance verification is confidential and private and it does not obligate you to go to treatment at The Bluffs. The insurance benefits verification and preliminary phone screening are free of charge.
How do I know addiction treatment will work for me?
There is no 100% guarantee of lifetime sobriety after addiction treatment. However, what we can tell you is that the biggest factors determining success in treatment and recovery are willingness and the ability to be honest with yourself. If you or the person seeking treatment truly want to be sober and well and they are willing to follow simple directions and work hard, then their chances are much better than average.
Successful and lasting recovery doesn’t come from medicine or a therapy session alone. Those things are all tools which help you reach your goals. The foundation of long-term recovery is willingness, hard work and a consistent effort to be honest with yourself and others. Any rehab that tells you they can keep you 100% sober for life or that they are going to “cure” addiction with no effort or work on your part isn’t being honest with you.
It’s completely normal to be nervous or unsure of yourself in the beginning. You don’t have to be supremely confident. You just need to have some willingness to change and be ready to listen and learn. A big part of recovery, especially in the beginning, is simply learning to trust. Know that we have your best interests in mind and be willing to try a new way of life. The rest will come to you in good time.
Do I need alcohol and drug rehab? Can I just go to meetings?
12-step fellowships are often an important tool to help people grow in their recovery after treatment. But they are not meant to be a substitute for professional medical care. Meetings and treatment compliment each other, but one doesn’t take the place of the other. Some people benefit from 12-step alternative programs like Rational Recovery or SMART Recovery. Most people get the most benefit from getting professional addiction care and also engaging in the 12-step fellowship programs or alternatives.
A medical detox, when needed, followed by 28 days of addiction treatment or more offers the best chance for success. Quitting ‘cold turkey’ has the lowest success rate of all methods and it can be very dangerous (or even fatal) in the case of alcohol or benzodiazepines. Remember that there is no such thing as getting ‘too much help’ for a problem, but it’s definitely possible to not get enough help.
What is the admissions process like at The Bluffs?
Our admissions process at The Bluffs is designed to be as easy as possible for the prospective client.. It all begins with a phone call. Your Admissions Coordinator will get to work for you right away. Your AC will have insurance benefits verified for you and conduct a preliminary phone assessment so we can better understand your needs. We’ll also answer any questions you have about The Bluffs, of course. Once insurance is verified, we will explain what your plan covers in plain language and what your out of pocket or deductible costs may be.
Your coordinator will be your primary point of contact up until the day you or your loved one enters treatment at The Bluffs. Once your admission is approved, your coordinator will discuss travel with you, the date and time of your admission and what to pack and how to prepare. The Bluffs provides ground transportation to and from airports, train stations and bus stops or local addresses if you have the need.