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Medical procedures and medical treatments are expensive.
The cost to get an individual through a withdrawal management program, or detox, is no exception. However, when one considers the alternative, entering a detox program is certainly a wise investment. For instance, The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that one year of methadone maintenance treatment costs around $4,700, whereas a year of imprisonment costs about $24,000. Thus, in terms of societal costs, treatment is certainly a better option than the other alternatives for substance use disorders.
If one considers the personal problems associated with having a substance use disorder, such as issues with relationships, financial issues, occupational issues, and the other costs to the individual, it is obvious that detox and addiction treatment save more than just money.
The specifics of coverage will vary between companies and policies.
Specifics regarding your coverage can be obtained from your insurance company in light of the policy you hold. In many instances, the treatment facility will be able to assist you in ascertaining your exact coverage level.
Here are some general tips regarding coverage for detox:
Because pre-existing conditions can no longer be used as an excluding factor for obtaining insurance, any person can shop for health insurance and find insurance plans that suit their needs and are affordable for them at HealthCare.gov. The Affordable Care Act has also tried to ensure that coverage for substance abuse is part of most plans.
If costs are still a factor, you might be able to find a low-cost detox program through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s treatment locator tool. You might also want to contact your state’s mental health agency and ask for recommendations regarding affordable detox programs in your area.
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