The decision to check yourself or a loved one into a rehabilitation facility is not easy. Alcoholics often get many second chances, make a thousand promises, and yet might still end up in jail or suffering from alcohol poisoning or an overdose. Yet, their loved ones might still think next time will be different. However, after enough has become enough, it’s time to seek help.
Rehab may seem like a punishment, and the judicial system makes it seem punitive. But rehab may be the greatest gift a suffering alcoholic can receive. Their drug has enslaved them and often made them miserable to themselves and others. When an alcohol-addicted person is then able to find a reprieve and a solution, they are often full of gratitude when they are finally able to leave all that behind.
Alcohol Statistics in the US
Alcohol is one of the biggest threats to the public health. It has no medical or therapeutic use and is a danger to every system in the human body, not to mention every system in society. In fact, some states spend up to $18 billion per year on issues related to excessive or binge drinking.
Binge drinking is defined as imbibing enough alcohol in a sitting to raise one's blood alcohol content (BAC) to or above .08%, the legal definition for drunkenness. Binge drinking is most prevalent between the age of 18 and 34 and it tends to peak for people between the ages of 25-34, as a full 25% are known to drink to excess.
Given the overall cost to society when weighed against the benefits, alcohol would seem to have no redeeming qualities. Thankfully, addiction rates for alcohol are not out of control and there are solutions available for those who are brave enough to change their lives.
How to Choose an Alcohol Rehabilitation Center for You
When you're looking to choose a drug rehab center, you should consider a number of variables. Perhaps the first on everyone's list is the cost, but you should also consider things like location, religious affiliation, and medical detox facilities. To help sort through the list, which can be quite daunting, you can also consult with an addiction counselor in your town. If you are conducting an intervention, the interventionist should be able to facilitate a treatment plan for your loved one, provided that they choose sobriety after listening to what you have to say.
Most rehabs will accept insurance, so if you're covered for mental health you should be able to use insurance, which can help defray out-of-pocket costs. There is also a wide price range in the rehab world. You can pay big dollars for massage therapists and a spa-resort atmosphere or you could stay in a halfway-house style apartment and remain in the wider community for a drastic cost reduction.
Location is, of course, a huge issue. Some prefer to find a rehab out of town, where they will be far from their old playgrounds and playmates. See what works best for you, but always put sobriety first. A superior facility in a less-than-desirable location may be best in the long run.
If you are an alcoholic, or addicted to benzodiazepines or other drugs, and you haven’t been through an overdose or a medical stay recently, you may need a medical detox. If you have a question, consult medical literature or try a dry period at home and see how you do. Regardless, make sure this type of facility is accessible because your life could be on the line.
Rehab Center Locations
Rehab Center Factors to Consider
How Does Your Healthcare Insurance Work with Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers?
Most drug and alcohol rehab centers take insurance. In fact, under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans must cover any mental health or addiction treatments the same as if they were a medical or surgical treatment. This is terrific news for the vast numbers now affected by the opioid epidemic, not to mention methamphetamine and alcohol.
Before you check-in to a rehab facility, make sure you understand exactly what sort of coverage you have. Though your plan will cover some of your costs, every plan is different, and you might end up with more or less out-of-pocket expenses than you originally planned for.
Luxury Vs. Regular Rehab
Our culture tends to send messages that say that if it costs more then it must be of better quality. While this may be true of blue jeans or automobiles, this standard is not true for drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. After all, the product is not a commodity, nor is it in any way quantifiable. Thus, while a luxury rehab might have much to offer in terms of on-site services and treatments, they don't necessarily deliver long-term sobriety.
While an expensive equine therapy might help you uncover some deep trauma that is instrumental in your sobriety, there is no guarantee of that. Many have similar breakthroughs while working the 12 steps or in a group therapy session. Further, what's more important is that you learn how to integrate your breakthroughs into your daily life.
This integration piece could be why the duration of your stay in rehab matters so much. As more time passes, you gain more practice dealing with life as a sober person. With more practice comes more expertise and longer sobriety.
Therefore, while a luxury rehab might be comfortable and even highly effective, you can attain the same long-term results in a far less expensive rehab. Ultimately, external pressures doesn't necessarily lead to addiction and external circumstances won't solve it. Further, a key part of achieving sobriety can be a degree of discomfort and challenge. After all, as they say, "There's only one thing that needs to change, and that's everything."