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  1. The Importance of Recovery Therapy for Families

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    If you’re not abusing drugs yourself, it may seem silly to attend a group therapy session, even if you do have an addicted loved one. However, it’s not just the addicts themselves who are hugely affected by addiction, nor are they the only ones who can benefit from knowledge. Addiction isn’t an isolated problem; it involves and causes a whole lot of others.

    Family rehab isn’t about sharing culpability for someone’s addiction; it’s a chance for everyone to get their thoughts in the air. You didn’t cause your loved one’s addiction, nor can you cure it, but you can help. Part of that is educating yourself. You can’t get that entirely from books; sometimes you need to hear an addict speak directly from the heart.

    Family Drug Rehab Programs include:


    Family Orientation

    During orientation a family counselor will teach you the fundamentals of family drug addiction rehab, what to expect, and the costs. You will also have to fill out a questionnaire or undergo a survey to help determine your needs. You only have to do this once.

    Family Education

    A typical family counseling program will involve several weeks of education and meetings, with different topics. Communication, codependency, enabling, and boundaries will certainly be covered, as will the familial nature of alcoholism and other substance addictions.

    Family Rehab Parent Groups

    These groups typically meet for several months. Many parents feel that only other parents can understand their situation, so these groups are popular.

    Family Process Groups

    These particular groups are for conveying improvements and setbacks to licensed counselors. In times of concern, struggles, and triumphs, it’s easy to take a misstep.

    Family Aftercare Program

    Aftercare is a broad term for long-term addiction treatment services. It begins while the patient is in treatment and continues for one year after discharge. It takes place in either a group setting led by trained aftercare facilitators or some other sober-minded activity, so long as it demands regular attendance.

    Al-Anon meetings

    Al-Anon is a 12-step program for anyone who has been affected by someone else’s addiction, whether or not they have an addiction themselves. AA helps loved ones create a more peaceful lifestyle. They’re completely free and they can be found almost anywhere.

    3-Day Family Workshop

    At some facilities, short days-long workshops are available by appointment. They’re meant for people just emerging from rehab and are intended primarily to help transition the patient toward some of the more rigorous treatments outlined above.


    Family counseling services are of great importance to us here at Sustain, since we recognize addiction is a family problem. To get started with our recovery services, give us a call at 949-407-9052

  2. Will Rehab Be Covered by My Insurance?

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    Will Rehab Be Covered by My Insurance?Drug addiction is a public health problem, and health insurance will generally cover at least a portion of the costs associated with rehab. This is true for both private health insurance that an individual might receive through his or her employment, and public health insurance that is available through Medicaid. The health insurance that is available through the private health exchanges that were established as part of the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a “Obamacare”) will also cover rehab to a greater or lesser degree. Finally, public and private funds and grants that are separate and apart from insurance might be available to cover a portion of the costs of rehab.

    Rehab is Almost Always Covered by Insurance

    Although this insurance coverage is generally available, the question of whether your insurance will cover rehab cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”. In the United States, rehab costs an average of $7,000 per month. Some rehab programs, including the type of celebrity rehab programs that are occasionally highlighted on reality television programs, can cost $70,000 or more per month, but in all likelihood, no public insurance coverage and very few, if any, private insurance plans will cover luxury costs. Moreover, most rehab programs are described as requiring at least twenty-eight days, but in reality many recovering addicts need two or three months in rehab before they are ready to return to their active lives, and even then they may need to stay temporarily in a neighborhood recovery facility, and they will likely need ongoing therapy for several months or years after their initial rehab. Even at the average monthly cost of $7,000, the aggregate costs of rehab over a longer period of time can easily exceed $75,000. Even if your insurance covers rehab costs, you will need to understand the full scope of those costs over the duration of your recovery and then compare those costs to the limits of coverage in your plan.

    Addicts who do not have private health insurance will be relegated to public programs and grants, all of which are legally obligated to provide insurance coverage for rehab that is at least equivalent to the coverage they provide for other mental health services. Public health insurance that is offered through Medicaid, as well as the benefits provided by that insurance, varies from state to state.

    Ask Your Insurance Provider

    Addicts who are looking for answers to this insurance coverage dilemma should first talk to their insurance carriers to determine plan deductibles and copays, and annual and lifetime benefit limits. This will at least provide general information on what the insurance company will pay for and what out-of-pocket costs the recovering addict will incur. He should also determine the insurance carrier’s criteria for qualifying for that coverage. Some insurers have established a higher threshold that must be met before coverage begins.

    If a recovering addict is relying on Medicaid or another public program, he should determine what information he needs to supply to the insurance carrier about the addiction treatment provider that he wants to use. Medicaid might have stricter limitations on the types of programs that it will cover, and it will likely reject programs that are not administered by individuals who do not have the requisite licenses. The recovering addict should also ask if any one person is coordinating his rehab coverage. Finally, if privacy is a concern, he should ask whether of his information or treatment therapies will be shared with other groups.


    Rehab therapy can be expensive, but whether with or without insurance, it is never as expensive as a drug or alcohol habit.

    For assistance in understanding your insurance coverage options for rehab therapy, please call Sustain Recovery Services at (949) 407-9052. We can review your insurance plans and provide an outline of the rehab costs that those plans will likely cover.

I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

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