Addiction is now one of America’s top health problems. Millions of people are battling with this disease and are trying to reclaim their lives. Unfortunately, most of them are doing it without any professional help whatsoever, and this explains the resulting high relapse rates.

Many people fight addiction alone for one reason: They believe that quality medical treatment is out of their reach financially speaking. Well, they’re right that rehab is a very costly medical treatment. However, thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield, detox is also within reach of the everyday person. Premera Blue Cross Regence Blue Shield offers healthcare policies that help cover some or all of the costs for the medical care you need. Keep reading for more information about rehab and healthcare coverage.

Signs You May Need Rehab

Drug addiction is a loud disease. Its symptoms can not hide from those who are willing to see them. That said, addiction can and does hide behind denial. When someone is unwilling to see that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol, they will not know that they have a disease. They will have some other explanation for the existence of a symptom. 

If you notice any of the following symptoms in yourself or in someone you know, then you may be dealing with addiction, and it’s time to get help. Waiting to get help will only cause the situation to get worse and make addiction treatment that much more difficult.

  • Failing health
  • Failing at work
  • Unraveling of personal relationships
  • Mismanagement of money matters
  • Declining standards of personal hygiene
  • Concealing drug or alcohol use
  • Having shame or guilt surrounding drug or alcohol consumption

Premera Blue Cross Regence Blue Shield can help get you or a loved one into an addiction treatment program with their healthcare plans. Each situation is different, but with the right policy, you may pay little to no money at all for medical help.

Do Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield of Washington Plans Cover Drug and Alcohol Rehab?

Anthem Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield know how important rehab coverage is. Each plan offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield has some coverage for addiction treatment. Depending on your particular program and the specific treatment you seek, you may have the entire cost of your rehab covered by your policy. 

The History of Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield of Washington

Premera’s service in Washington began back in 1945, and in 1969, it changed its name to Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska. Regence was founded in 1917 and would eventually take the name of Blue Shield. Since then, Premera Blue Cross Regence Blue Shield has provided comprehensive and quality plans for the residents in Washington State and the rest of the Pacific Northwest.

Why do We Need Rehab Coverage?

Rehab coverage is necessary because addiction is too challenging to overcome without medical and mental health treatment. Willpower is not enough. Addiction causes physiological changes that make it practically impossible to beat the temptation that comes from drugs and alcohol. These physiological changes make addiction a medical issue just like any other disease. It should be treated as a disease through the use of competent medical care and available medicines.

Society has not always looked at addiction as a disease. In the past, it was seen as a failure of moral character and a sign of weak willpower. In essence, being an addict meant you were a degenerate and lower member of society. Certain addictions, particularly addiction to drugs, were handled by the criminal justice system. Penalties and punishment awaited people addicted to drugs. Those who were addicted to alcohol were told to either learn how to hold their liquor or to get their lives together. 

We now know that people addicted to drugs and alcohol can’t merely get their lives together. The answer to the problem of addiction lies out of the reach of an individual’s will. There is no substitute for qualified medical and mental health care for addiction to drugs and alcohol. Without help, people face nothing but high relapse rates and further destruction of their lives.

How does Premera Blue Cross Regence Blue Shield of Washington Rehab Coverage Work?

The plan you choose will detail the exact types and amounts of coverage you have for rehab. After deciding which type of care is best for you, you will have to find a rehab center, which will have a list of treatments that it has available. If you are unsure as to whether or not your plan covers a particular treatment, you can call the center or your insurance provider for help with your plan details.

What are the Differences Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment?

If you are seeking treatment that isolates you from the outside world, then you want inpatient rehab. Inpatient treatment requires you to stay onsite at the center for the duration of the treatment you are receiving. In most cases, you can expect inpatient to last between 30 and 90 days. Your meals are provided, and your daily routine is planned by the staff to include counseling and treatment, both group and private.

If you would like to continue your everyday life without disruption, then you will want to look into outpatient care. With outpatient care, you get to sleep at home, make your meals, and go out whenever you want. Treatment usually happens once a week. 

It is the best option for those who can resist the temptations to drink or use drugs while engaging in a healthy life. Outpatient care also works excellent for those with limited time who need treatment but can not devote 30 to 90 days for isolated inpatient care. 

Get the Help You Deserve Today

Rehab is now available to those who need it the most. Thanks to Premera Blue Cross Regents Blue Shield, you can have access to quality medical and mental health treatment through the various healthcare plans they offer. For more information on addiction treatment and insurance coverage, contact us.