Choosing Treatment: Why You Need to Call Rehab Centers for Information

Choosing Treatment: Why You Need to Call Rehab Centers for Information

Depending upon your specific insurance network, the cost of one facility can be significantly higher than another

There are certain things that will remain consistent from one quality rehab center to another. Once you arrive at the choice to pursue rehab, it can feel overwhelming. So many unknowns to deal with, so many choices to make, and so much change that will come as a result. Rehab can be a frightening prospect, particularly when you are unaware of what is considered normal, or what to expect. The best way to address these worries is to reach out directly to a rehab facility.

The Principles of Effective Treatment Should be the Same Everywhere

There are certain things you can be certain of for every solid rehab center, and The National Institute on Drug Abuse has published principles of effective treatment. These principles are the building blocks for any addiction recovery program.[1] However, when you choose to call a rehab, it would be valuable to ask a few questions on these principles. If nothing else, you will gain a strong indication of how the facility will align its treatment practices to these principles.

  1. Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior.
  2. No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.
  3. Treatment needs to be readily available.
  4. Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.
  5. Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical.
  6. Behavioral therapies – including individual, family or group counseling – are the most commonly used forms of drug abuse treatment.
  7. Medications are an important element of treatment for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies.
  8. An individual’s treatment and services plan must be assessed continually and modified as necessary to ensure that it meets his or her changing needs.
  9. Many drug-addicted individuals also have other mental disorders.
  10. Medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug abuse.
  11. Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.
  12. Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously, as lapses during treatment do occur.
  13. Treatment programs should test patients for the presence of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases as well as provide targeted risk-reduction counseling, linking patients to treatment if necessary.

Insurance Coverage and Cost is a Huge Consideration

Understanding the cost and potential insurance coverage for a given rehab center is of the utmost importance. Depending upon your specific insurance network, as well as the difference between providers that are inside and outside your insurance network, the cost of one facility can be significantly higher than another.

The only way to gather this level of detailed information is to pick up the phone and talk with someone at the rehab center. It can be intimidating to approach this conversation, especially when you are likely already dealing with so much anxiety and stress at the thought of rehab. However, you can walk through this conversation with four simple questions:

  1. May I speak with someone in your billing or eligibility department?
  2. Are you considered a network provider for my insurance? (And provide your insurance information here.)
  3. Could you give me a broad estimate of what it would cost on a monthly basis for me to be a resident at your rehab center?
  4. If I am interested in your facility, what are my next steps?

Having the answers to these questions will help you gauge the cost, and know what the given rehab center will need for you to do next.

Personalities Matter for Rehab as Much as Anywhere Else

It could feel silly to consider the personalities of those employed at a rehab center, but nobody wants to be a patient at a place where the staff have drastically opposing personalities. Don’t be afraid to take a critical eye toward the ways others interact with you.

Rehabilitation Does Not Have to be Scary

Even armed with this information, rehab can seem like too big of a shift to manage. To battle this fear, look at the big picture. The risks and the cost of addiction are simply too high. You friends, family and loved ones miss the sober you, and want to see you back at your best. If this is where you find yourself right now, the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about addiction. They can help you find your way.


[1], “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition),” accsed November 29, 2015.