Here are a few frequently asked questions about drug and alcohol rehabilitation. If you have a question that is not on here, contact us any time by calling the toll-free number on the site or by filling out a form on the right. One of our representatives will be glad to assist you.
How long does treatment last?
Treatment for substance abuse and other mental health issues can be as little as a few days or last for several years. It really depends on what types of services are being administered and how well the individual is responding to the treatments.
Most inpatient rehab centers offer 30-day programs, and there are also a number of them that have long-term residential programs lasting 90 days to 6 months or more.
I’m not an addict. Do I really need treatment?
People often make the mistake of relying on labels to determine whether or not they need a rehab program. Sometimes this is like splitting hairs. The short answer is that people don’t have to fall into the category or see themselves as addicts or alcoholics in order to seek treatment.
If drug or alcohol use is starting to ruin a person’s life or causing harm in other ways, then getting help is recommended. There are many forms of treatment and therapy available in a wide variety of costs and settings.
Will my insurance pay for a rehab program?
In most cases, private health insurance will pay at least a portion of the cost of treatment, but that is not a guarantee. Despite their claims of wanting to protect the people who have insurance through them, their actual goal is to keep more money than they spend, so they try to pay out as little as possible in coverage benefits.
However, we can help you find rehab centers that have an excellent track record in getting insurance companies to pay for the treatment they are supposed to cover. It is rare, though, for a policy to cover 100% of the cost of treatment, as there is usually a deductible and/or co-pay required for residential care.
Can I avoid jail time if I go to rehab?
While people should never use a drug or alcohol rehab only as a means to avoid punishment, it is true that many first-time offenders and other drug-related offenses can result in a form of alternative sentencing such as attending a long-term rehabilitation center. It is becoming more widely recognized that it is statistically better for society and more cost-effective for people to complete a treatment program than it is to lock them up.
Arrests can act as a form of intervention on people who are abusing or addicted to drugs, and getting help instead of going to jail or prison is usually in the best interest of everyone involved.
Should treatment be gender-specific?
While it usually is not necessary to go to a rehab that is for women only or men only, there are some definite benefits to receiving gender-specific treatment. In fact, even many coed programs have tailored therapies for each gender because there are certain issues that are better dealt with in such a way rather than lumping them all in together. Whether addressing problems in individualized settings or group sessions, sometimes it just helps to be around other people who know what you’re talking about because they have experienced something similar.
At the same time, there are also a list of other benefits to coed treatment. One of the main ones is to make as normal an environment as possible to keep regular interaction with different types of people. After all, as soon as someone is discharged they have to start interacting with people of other genders, which is why doing so in treatment helps with that transition back into society.
How much does treatment cost?
The shortest answer is that residential drug and alcohol rehab programs typically cost about $10,000 – $20,000 per month. There are some that can be less then that per month, while others are considerably more. We work with people to help them find programs that are close to their price range without having to compromise in other areas. Sometimes there are ways of help to defray or delay these costs, such as insurance policies, payment plans and financing options.
Should I go out of state for treatment?
Like many options in choosing an appropriate rehab center, location may be something to consider. It is very common for people seeking treatment to leave their state in order to enroll in a program. It is more likely that the better options for you are not in your backyard, though that isn’t true for everyone. Keep an open mind when it comes to location and don’t automatically rule something out because it isn’t in your state.