Acknowledging that you struggle with substance abuse or an addiction problem is just the first step in the recovery process. It’s also important to pick a treatment center that fits both you and your needs so that you can get the best treatment possible.
When it comes to getting treatment, you have enough things you have to worry about. Thanks in large part to insurance companies such as Aetna extending their coverage to include things like addiction and mental health treatment, wondering how much treatment will cost you doesn’t have to be one of those concerns anymore.
If you have Aetna insurance and want to know what your plan covers as it pertains to Aetna substance abuse, keep reading to learn more.
Aetna is currently one of the largest insurance providers in the United States, serving nearly 40 million people. Founded in 1853, today Aetna provides not just a wide range of standard medical and dental insurance options, they also offer addiction and mental health treatment coverage including:
At Magnolia City Detox, we are proud to work with Aetna and its clients to make sure they get the help that they need when it comes to drug and alcohol rehab. If you are unsure what your Aetna drug rehab coverage entails you can either reach out to your insurance representative or you can contact us. We will take a look at your Aetna policy and go over what it covers, as well as let you know of any out-of-pocket expenses before you begin treatment.
Aetna offers comprehensive coverage when it comes to substance abuse and mental health treatment. Their coverage will cover you every step of the way, including detox.
Detox is the first step in the treatment process and arguably the most important. Detoxing is done to clean the body out so that both the brain and the body can begin the healing process. Due to the nature of detoxing, and the withdrawal symptoms associated with the process, it is recommended that detox be done under the care and supervision of trained medical professionals. Attempting to self-detox can be dangerous, potentially life-threatening, and lead to an increased risk of relapse.
Aetna understands the importance of detox, which is why detox treatment is covered in most of their insurance plans. At Magnolia Detox, we offer detox for the following substances of abuse, all covered by Aetna:
In some instances, medications might be prescribed during the detox process in order to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the withdrawal process and make you more comfortable. If you need to be prescribed a medication during detox, there’s a good chance your Aetna plan will cover that as well. Aetna plans typically cover the prescribing of both suboxone and methadone.
If you are unsure what your Aetna plan covers and want to make sure that your detox treatment and any necessary medications you might be prescribed are covered before starting treatment, you can reach out to your insurance representative or we can help as well.
Aetna understands that detox, while important, is only the beginning of the recovery process. That’s why their plans typically cover not just rehab, but other services as well including mental health treatment and aftercare programs.
Once detox has been completed the next step is to enter into a rehab program. This typically means starting either an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. Your treatment professional will recommend a treatment option based on a variety of factors including the severity of your addiction as well as which program would work best for you and your needs.
Aetna understands that not everyone is able to put their life on hold and enter into an inpatient treatment program. That’s why most Aetna insurance plans cover both inpatient and outpatient treatment. In fact, depending on your plan, you might be covered in full no matter which option you ultimately choose.
Many who struggle with addiction are also struggling with their mental health as well. Addiction might be the result of an undiagnosed or untreated mental health condition or it might be a side-effect of substance abuse.
Whether you are struggling with your mental health and that led to a substance abuse problem or you developed a mental health condition as a result of your addiction, it is important to get help for both issues.
Aetna understands that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. That’s why their insurance plans also cover mental health services, including dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders.
Not all addictions involve drugs or alcohol. You can also be addicted to activities or behaviors such as gambling, shopping, eating, or even working out.
Aetna not only covers substance addictions but behavioral ones as well. If you are seeking treatment for a behavioral health issue, Aetna often requires precertification or pre-authorization for the following services:
Getting preauthorized or precertified can be done by contacting Aetna Member Services or Aetna’s designated Behavioral Health phone number.
If you are looking for outpatient treatment, most Aetna plans only require a referral from your primary care provider.
Addiction treatment is a stressful enough time on its own. The last thing you should have to worry about is how much it is going to cost.
At Magnolia City Detox, we understand that cost shouldn’t even be something to think about when it comes to getting help. That’s why we work with many different insurance providers and their clients, including Aetna, to make sure that everyone that comes to us can get the detox treatment they need at a price they can afford.
For more information about our detox programs, or to find out if your detox treatment will be covered by your Aetna insurance plan, contact us today.
Dr. Olaniyi O. Osuntokun is a Neurology & Psychiatry Specialist based in Conroe, Texas, and Lafayette, Indiana. He has extensive experience in treating Individuals with substance use disorders and addiction. He earned his medical degree from University of Ibadan College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.