Modified: 7th Oct 2019

The impact of drug and alcohol addiction on society is incalculable. No social group or race is immune to its effects. Millions of people from all sectors of society deal with the destruction that addiction causes. If you are in a situation where addiction to drugs or alcohol is wreaking havoc, then please know that you are not alone and that there is help available.

Addiction treatment is costly. As such, many people battling this problem do not seek treatment. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, almost 90% of people suffering in the grips of addiction will never receive any treatment at all.

It is a reality that is changing as the barriers to effective addiction treatment slowly fall thanks to insurance coverage for rehab. Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas is dedicated to providing affordable coverage to those dealing with addiction so they can get the treatment they need.

Signs You May Need Rehab

Every disease presents symptoms, some more so than others. Addiction shows symptoms that are identifiable and indicate the need for medical attention. Denial can be an obstacle to admitting addiction, but when the signs are clear and numerous, addiction is real. The following list contains some clear signs that you or a loved one might be suffering from addiction.

  • Hiding while engaging in alcohol or drug use
  • Lying about consuming alcohol and addictive substances
  • Performing poorly at work
  • Performing poorly in school
  • Ruining longtime relationships with friends, family, and colleagues
  • Ongoing problems with the law
  • Mishandling your finances
  • Not keeping up on personal hygiene
  • Forgetting things
  • Losing weight

When any of these signs are present, you might be dealing with addiction. When two or more are present together, then it is highly likely you re dealing with addiction, and urgent medical treatment is necessary. Your Blue Cross Blue Shield plan may pay for some or all of the treatment you receive. 

Do Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Plans Cover Drug and Alcohol Rehab?

Yes. Your BCBS of Kansas plan covers your rehab. BCBS of Kansas offers a variety of different options for choices. Each one has a different level of coverage. They all include drug and alcohol rehab in some form or another, with some plans providing more extensive coverage than others.

The History of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Blue Shield of Kansas officially became active on Jan 1, 1946, with the introduction of its first contract. It offered premiums to individuals for .90c or $2.25 for families. By the end of the fifties, BCBSKS had surpassed 100 million dollars in payments to medical care providers for their services to BCBSKS policyholders.

Over the next few decades, BSBCKS would grow to be one of the top coverage providers in the country. Along the way, they would spearhead change in the insurance industry and establish programs that provided coverage to the needy. Today, it continues to strive in its mission to provide affordable and effective health care to all Kansans.

Why do We Need Rehab Coverage?

Rehab coverage is necessary because addiction is a real and continuing issue. Society used to ignore addiction and its far-reaching effects. People thought some forms of addiction, especially drug addiction, were like robbery or assault, and that the law should punish offenders. 

Years of treating people addicted to drugs and alcohol like criminals have not helped. After years of research and study, we know that addiction is a medical issue best handled by healthcare workers. When addiction takes hold of someone’s life, it changes their physiology and makes them sick. It also robs them of much of the control they previously had over their of their mental and physical faculties. Medical and psychological health care is the answer and not criminal law. 

How does Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Rehab Coverage Work?

Your plan allows you to visit a list of treatment providers that are approved by the state. Each of these providers will have different policies and procedures, so it’s best to understand the levels of coverage that your policy provides. If you need help understanding the process, then you can get assistance from services that specialize in matching patients and their specific policies with qualified rehab centers.

What is Detox?

Detoxification is the process of slowly purging the chemicals of addiction from the body. During detox, the body is under an immense amount of pressure due to withdrawals. Withdrawal happens when your body has developed a dependence on a chemical and can no longer function correctly without it. 

When you begin to detoxify, your body responds with pain, fever, sweats, and other symptoms indicating that it is in a state of distress. The entire process can last weeks in extreme cases and as little as a few days in others. Because it is a procedure that is so taxing on the body, medically trained professionals should always be present at detoxifications. 

What are the Differences Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment involves round-the-clock availability of medical and mental health care. It is a much different experience than outpatient treatment. With inpatient care, you are generally not allowed to leave the facility and interact with the outside world until you’ve completed your treatment. You will have daily counseling sessions, and the rehab center will provide all of your meals.

During outpatient treatment, your daily life and routine continue as usual. You live at your home, go to work, and usually will head to the rehab center once a week for treatment. It is an excellent option for people who feel to be in control of their addictions. It is also a choice for people who can’t take time off work for treatment. In most cases, inpatient care usually lasts from one to three months.

Get the Help You Deserve Today

Money no longer has to be an obstacle to receiving active treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas offers plans that provide varying levels of coverage for addiction rehab. Contact us for more information on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.