4 Things to Know Before Shopping for Rehab

4 Things to Know Before Shopping for Rehab

Under the Affordable Care Act, you can get treatment for your addiction

It can feel a bit overwhelming when looking into treatment options for addiction. There are a lot of options out there. If you have been using a substance, such as Xanax, it is important to know some of the side effects that can alter your mind and make it more difficult to think clearly. Some known side effects include feeling depressed in mood, having racing thoughts, unusual risk-taking behavior, feeling confused, agitated, hostile, having hallucinations; drowsiness, feeling tired and having memory problems. So if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your doctor. Don’t delay. You want to be as sober as possible when making important decisions about treatment. Once you are thinking more clearly, it is time to look into different options for rehab.

But what are some things you should know before shopping for a treatment facility? The following are four important things to consider.

Go to Someone You Trust, and Talk

Choosing a rehab center is a big decision, so it is wise to get outside counsel. Your doctor can likely help you. Maybe a trusted friend or family member can help you start to look at treatment facilities. This is also a great way to build your support network that will help you after you get out of rehab, as well. It might sound a bit scary, and this is understandable as you are making yourself very vulnerable. Instead of holding your emotions in, when you take the time talk to others, you may be very emotional. This is normal. If you are not sure where to turn—as your addiction to Xanax has really isolated you from others—feel free to call our helpline, and one of our counselors would be glad to talk with you.

Find out About Your Insurance Coverage

Before making assumptions about what is covered for addiction treatment, call your insurance provider. Ask what options are covered and what options are not. Your insurance provider likely has a website you can use to view local providers. If you find out that your insurance does not cover very much for treatment, depending on what time of year it is—you may be able to just switch to another insurance plan. Employers have an open enrollment period during the year where you can get another insurance plan.

Another thing to consider is that with the Affordable Care Act, you can get treatment for your addiction. Under current law anyone can get addiction insurance coverage in recovery as it is a preexisting condition. Thanks to this new law, over 32.1 million Americans will gain access to coverage that includes mental health and/or substance use disorder benefits that comply with the federal parity requirements. The Mental Health and Parity Act of 2008 has also made it so health insurance companies cover addiction treatment and other mental health issues as much as any other coverage. If there is a 20 percent co-pay for a doctor visit, the same percentage would apply toward a session with your therapist. However, there may be a timing delay if your current insurance does not cover treatment and it is not during the open enrollment period. Then there will likely be a waiting time period.

Now it is possible that your insurance plan does not cover much toward treatment for addiction to drugs like Xanax. In those cases, you can start contacting rehab centers. It is very helpful to have a friend help you with this process for moral support and to encourage you. The states that not having any insurance at all is one reason why there is a gap between the number of people who need rehabilitation services and the number of people who actually receive those services. If your insurance policy does not cover the rehabilitation services that you need, please know there are other options available to you. Many rehab centers offer payment plans or installment billing to help ease the burden of paying for treatment. In some situations, there may even be a cash discount. These options may not be listed on the facility’s website, so it is very wise to call or even go in person. Ideally you want to talk to a live person. That way there is no confusion, and the communication is direct. Sending an email often does not get the response that a phone call does.

Have Your Specific Questions Ready to Ask

Other than the insurance and payment issues, you should know other specific questions you want to have answered. For example, you should find out if there is medical supervision on the premises, what kind of treatment is used and how long treatment lasts. Another concern maybe what a normal day’s schedule looks like. Are there inpatient and outpatient treatment options available?

Don’t Stop Looking for Help

Know you might not find the right treatment facility right away. Be persistent, and don’t give up. Refuse to be discouraged. You can go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting even before you start the rehab process. You can also go to a therapy session now too.

Continue to lean on your friend or family member who is helping you find a good rehab center for your addiction to drugs like Xanax. Talk with them, and discuss which one you feel is the right fit for you. If you would like someone to talk to right now, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline, and talk to one of our counselors. They are there to help you in recovery and will answer all of your questions.

Are you ready to seek treatment?

If you are ready to beat a Xanax addiction and start a new life in recovery then we can help. We have admission counselors standing by 24 hours a day to take your email, live chat request, or phone call to get you in the addiction treatment center that best fits your unique & specific needs.