Using Insurance to Cover an Opiate Detox Program

Over the past decade, the opioid epidemic has continued to rise in the United States. Opioids are medications that are known to have a relaxing sensation and are also capable of relieving pain in the individuals who consume them. In nature, opioids are derived from the plant known as the opium poppy. However, they are also produced synthetically in research laboratories. Some opioids are legal and commonly prescribed under familiar brand names such as:

  • Fentanyl
  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • OxyContin

Unfortunately, many individuals also obtain and use opioids without a prescription. In addition, some people use heroin, an illegal form of opioids that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. The feeling of euphoria the drug produces is what many users find most appealing, yet the sensation subsides quickly and causes the user to develop an addiction. After a tolerance has been built up, opioid users require higher doses of the drug to experience the same initial high. Due to the addictive qualities of these medications, the need for opiate detox programs has drastically increased.

Does private insurance cover an opiate detox program?

Fortunately, if you or a loved one who is covered under your private insurance plan is diagnosed with an opioid addiction, you have more options when deciding on a detox program than public insurance (for instance, Medicare). Although private insurance is often more costly than public insurance, if your insurance plan includes drug rehabilitation, most of the expense is usually covered after you meet the plan’s deductible. In addition, these plans offer a wider variety of program types and amenities including:

  • Inpatient drug rehab – allows the patient to stay in a safe environment for an extended time while focused on recovery.
  • Outpatient treatment – allows the patient to remain at home during recovery, and often includes therapy and group or individual counseling sessions.
  • Holistic treatment – an Eastern approach to recovery that relies on healing the patient mentally, physically, and spiritually, without the use of medications during withdrawal. Practices include acupuncture, music or art therapy, organic foods, and herbs.

The Bottom Line

If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction to opioids, there is hope for a recovery. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 800-737-0933 today and begin your journey to a brighter tomorrow without drug dependency.