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The Cost of Rehab vs. the Cost of Addiction

The Cost of Rehab vs. the Cost of Addiction

Going to rehab can be very expensive. Even when you go to an addiction treatment center who accepts your insurance there are usually significant out-of-pocket expenses. While we constantly hear about the high cost of getting treatment and going into rehab, many people seem to overlook the very high cost of addiction. Certainly buying street drugs and large amounts of alcohol can get very expensive, to the tune of several hundred to several thousand dollars each week, but there are many more costs associated with heavy substance use. Damaged relationships, loss of jobs and potentially loss of an entire career, loss of your driver’s license or professional license and loss of freedom are just a few of the high costs people pay for their heavy substance use. There can be legal fees from arrests associated with substance use, and probably the greatest cost people pay is with their health and in extreme cases, their lives. Many treatment programs will go to this worst case scenario to scare you or your family into paying for their very expensive treatment. If you encounter a treatment provider using this tactic, you may want to keep looking. This fear mongering will give you a glimpse into the kind of treatment they provide which is largely fear mongering, half-truths and lies. The truth is most people can and do stop their addictions on their own when they get tired of paying the high costs for their addiction. But if you’ve tried to stop on your own and continue to struggle, there is real help available. Finding the right help for you can be life-saving and will be a great investment in your future.

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Is My Insurance Accepted

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Is My Insurance Accepted

When seeking a treatment program, this is the most common question that is asked of a treatment provider. That is why there are now advertisements running on television and online that say, “Call our treatment center, you’re insurance may cover our treatment 100%.” While some treatment facilities do accept insurance, for nearly all there will be out-of-pocket costs to you that can be significant. Most insurance providers will cover the medical detox portion of treatment which can be from 3 days up to 2 weeks, but for many providers their coverage ends there. When seeking a treatment program you don’t want to stop at that first question, “do you accept my insurance?” Your next question should be, what will be my out of pocket costs? They may not want to be forthcoming with this information because they don’t want you to end the conversation if you think it will be too expensive. At that point you can let them know that you need to know that number prior to making a commitment, and that you want that number in writing. They may tell you that no one will be willing to give you a firm cost, and that is not true. There are a few very reputable programs out there that will provide you with the full cost for their services up front so you can plan for the expense.

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Should I Choose Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment?

Should I Choose Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment?

Many people struggling with an addiction wonder what kind of treatment will be right for them. Here are a few things to consider when choosing:

1. Are you engaging in your addiction daily? If you are engaging in the activity you’re trying to change daily and it’s negatively impacting your daily life, then this is a strong indicator that an inpatient treatment program or residential retreat may be the right choice for you.

2. Are you taking care of your personal responsibilities such as going to work as scheduled, caring for children, and other daily obligations with minimal disruptions? There are many people that struggle with binge usage. They can seem to keep it together enough to tackle their personal responsibilities, but feel out of control occasionally. Outpatient treatment options can be quite helpful for this population as they can get the help they want and feel they need with minimal disruption to their life.

If you feel as if your life is spinning out of control and you’re stuck in a downward spiral, then taking some time away from your everyday life can be life changing. There are many options out there from long term inpatient treatment programs and rehabs to shorter term residential retreats and wellness retreats. But if you are seeking help and are not able to get away or don’t feel you need to go inpatient, then outpatient treatment options are available that can help you to improve the areas of your life you wish to improve.

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Should I Get Addiction Treatment Locally or Away?

Should I Get Addiction Treatment Locally or Away?

This is a common question for substance users seeking help for addiction. If you ask this question of any treatment program, their answer will be totally dependent on whether you live close to them or farther away. More than anything they want you to choose their facility, so if they are far away they will say it’s good for you to get away so you can get out of your comfort zone to gain new perspectives, and also stay focused on your treatment without distractions. If they are closer to your home they may tell you that it’s best to seek help close to your family for support. The truth is both answers are right. There are pros and cons to going close to home and going farther away. The most important factor when choosing a treatment program is not location, but whether or not the program will actually help you to solve your problem. 

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What Happens in Addiction Rehab?

Not too many good things happen in addiction rehab. I realize this was not what you expected to hear, but it’s true. Addiction rehab is based on the faulty premise that you cannot control your choices and that you are a mindless victim of the elusive powers contained in drugs. None of this is actually factual. Yes, people do feel hopeless. However, that is a feeling, a state of mind, and not an inevitability if you use substances, even habitually. However, addiction rehab teaches their patients just exactly that regardless of the fact that drugs and alcohol do not inherently contain addictiveness like an orange contains vitamin c. And here is why this is important:

What happens in addiction rehab is that people are taught to think as victims, not as powerful agents building their own destinies. When you adhere to the addiction rehab mantra that you will always crave, even in “recovery”, you are taking on the myths of the false addiction disease idea. This does nothing but build a slow degradation into hopelessness and the feeling of losing your free will to a lifeless substance.

After thirty years of research, the myths of addiction and perpetual recovery that are promoted in addiction rehabs across the country have been exposed in a book called The Freedom Model. It is time to address exactly what happens in addiction rehab, and provide a solution that counters the misinformation that is being taught there. It is time to promote freedom, not addiction.

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What Is Addiction Rehab?

What Is Addiction Rehab?

Most people know addiction rehab from the stories they hear in the media, from loved ones who went to rehab, or because they attended an addiction rehab at some point. This perspective is the commonly held experience people have with rehabs, as most rehabs are 12 step oriented, and are a control-based model. Addiction rehabs of this ilk are highly ineffective, and in some cases cause a person’s chances of success in sobriety to actually go down. The good news is there is an alternative to this common treatment method, The Freedom Model. 

Not all people want to attend an addiction rehab because they know that addiction treatment does not work. And so they seek anything that is not 12 step related, or they look for any model that does not push the addiction disease narrative. They do not want an addiction rehab’s staff to label them as alcoholic or as a drug addict, as they simply desire a way to move past their habit and stage in life. This is not a small point. The idea that you can move past an addiction without being a part of a “recovery” centered lifestyle is unheard of in the addiction rehab world. Rehabs always push the need for endless recovery. But it doesn’t need to be that way, The Freedom Model has no need for the trappings of recovery.

So while addiction rehab is the common model that exists in Western culture today, it is slowly becoming obsolete. Non-12 step models are becoming commonplace, and now there are at home options such as Freedom Model Private Instruction that are replacing outpatient addiction rehabs. The great news is that individuals struggling with an addiction are not stuck in a one size fits all addiction rehab system any longer! 

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What is Inpatient Addiction Rehab?

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What is Inpatient Addiction Rehab?

Inpatient addiction rehab is also called residential addiction treatment. There are some people struggling with substance use problems and addiction that feel they need time away from their environment and daily lives. Inpatient addiction rehab provides a clinical setting and immerses patients in addiction treatment for a period of weeks or months. The average length of stay at an inpatient rehab is 28 days, but some can be as short as two weeks or as long as one year. While in an inpatient addiction rehab your day is usually quite structured. Primary treatment modalities used include medication, group therapy, counseling and support group meetings. Most inpatient addiction rehabs in the US are based on the 12-step program (Alcoholics Anonymous) and diseased based treatment models. You can tell if a program incorporates the 12-step program by learning if they have 12 step meetings as part of their treatment or if they recommend them for aftercare. Additionally, it is now common for inpatient addiction treatment programs to dual diagnose patients with mental health issues such as clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder and bi-polar disorder to name a few. Psychotropic medications are usually prescribed for these conditions, as well as ongoing therapy after discharge from the inpatient rehab. While most inpatient addiction rehabs are very similar, there are alternative residential options available such as educational and/or wellness retreats.

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What is Outpatient Addiction Rehab?

What is Outpatient Addiction Rehab?

The vast majority of people who seek help for a substance use problem or an addiction do not want or feel they need a residential treatment program or rehab. Many are seeking help that they can fit into their current schedule and will not require them to take a leave from their job and families. Outpatient treatment can be the right option for these people. Some outpatient treatment is considered intensive outpatient treatment. These programs usually require the individual to be in a treatment for several hours each day, at least 5 days per week. The treatment usually entails group therapy sessions, support group meetings and counseling. In some cases medication may also be provided and drug testing is usually done as well. Less intensive outpatient treatment is also available where people meet with a counselor or therapist once or twice per week and also attend group therapy and/or support group meetings. As technology has advanced there are now outpatient treatment options that can be done online and through video conferencing. This allows even more flexibility of scheduling for those seeking this kind of help.

What Should I Know Before Calling a Helpline

When seeking help for a drug or alcohol problem most people now go to the internet. They may type into the search engine, help for addiction, or help, I’m an addict or alcoholic. They then will see multiple listings. Many are directories that contain the names of thousands of rehabs around the country. Often you will see a main number on the directory that appears to be a “helpline”. It may even say it’s a hotline or helpline for people who are struggling. You may think if you call that you will be talking with a trained counselor or addiction professional, but sadly those numbers usually will get you to a call center whose sole purpose is to direct your call to the rehab that is paying the most for your call. Then when you’re transferred to the rehab, their primary goal is to get your insurance information and get you admitted to their treatment center. That may be ok if that’s what you want, but if you’re seeking someone to talk with who can provide you some guidance, then it’s best to contact a treatment provider directly and ask to talk with a counselor or addiction professional. Let them know that right now you just want some guidance and are gathering information. If you don’t want to be called back, tell them, as some rehabs will call you repeatedly for several days to try and get you to enroll in their treatment. There is reputable help out there, but you have to be diligent in your search. If you feel pressured or harassed, or if they use fear tactics to rush a decision, then it’s best to steer clear of those programs. Seek someone who will listen to you and answer your questions directly, and provide you with hope for a better future.

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