Does BCBS Cover Rapid Detox Centers?

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Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is one of the most popular health insurance plans that people have. According to their website, one in three Americans are covered by BCBS. The popularity of BCBS can be attributed to their affordable, quality plans. However, coverage for addiction treatment remains an ambivalent area of coverage with all health insurance companies. Common issues people run into for coverage with addiction treatment are

They May Not Cover Enough Time

Most insurance plans only cover 30 days of treatment because that is the amount of time it takes for the drugs and alcohol to detoxify from the system. Many studies have shown that 90 days or more of treatment is the most effective for long-term success. Insurance companies seem to only be willing to cover the time to treat the physiological component, not the psychological component of addiction.

They May Only Cover a Percentage

Most insurance plans tend to cover only a certain percentage of the costs of addiction treatment, which is typically not even 50 percent. Some insurance plans may not cover addiction treatment at all until the deductible is met.

They Might Only Cover In-State Treatment Centers

Going far away to rehab has been proven to produce the highest success rates. The reason going to an out-of-state rehab is better than an in-state rehab is the recovering individuals can avoid relapse triggers before they have developed the tools to deal with them. A relapse trigger can simply be passing by the McDonald’s that they used to go to when they were high or running into a friend that they have used with. Another reason going to an out-of-state rehab is better is it makes it harder for the recovering individuals to give up on treatment during intensive periods. Addicts in treatment tend to develop doubt and resentment as part of the process. If they are merely a ride or walk away from their home, it will be easier for them to give up, as opposed to if they were an airplane flight away.

Detox is the first step in the recovery process to allow the recovering individual to safely and comfortably go through withdrawal. It is vital because withdrawal symptoms can be excruciating and fatal if not overseen by medical professions. Rapid detox is a quicker, less painful method of detox. Because rapid detox is considered a luxury procedure, it is typically not covered by insurance. Whether or not BCBS cover rapid detox is dependent upon your individual BCBS plan. You would need to contact a representative of your insurance plan to know for sure whether or not a rapid detox center is covered.

How Rapid Detox Works

Rapid detox involves putting clients under general anesthesia and giving them an opiate blocker (e.g. naltrexone) to accelerate the detox process. When they wake up, the drugs will be fully detoxified from their system, but they are still experiencing some withdrawal symptoms. They may be prescribed an opiate blocker to take regularly for several months to work on the psychological component of addiction. Traditional detox can take several days to two weeks; rapid detox takes hours.

Rapid detox was introduced in the 1990s and was a controversial procedure due to the safety risks. The rise of the opiate addiction epidemic has caused rapid detox to be increasingly talked about. Though rapid detox seems appealing because it greatly accelerated the detox process and decreases the severity of withdrawal symptoms, it presents many risks.
Once people become addicted to drugs, their bodies’ new homeostasis becomes having the drugs in its system. When their bodies do not receive the drugs, the body reacts to the disruption in the biochemical balance by causing violent, fatal withdrawal symptoms to come on. Though the traditional detox method is painful and extensive, it works in the body’s favor by gradually getting it back to a normal homeostasis. Rapid detox puts the body into shock because it is taking the body from one extremity to another within hours. The risks include:

• Complications from general anesthesia
• Coma
• Worsening of mental health symptoms
• Death

Medical detox is the best option for detox because it respects the body’s natural progression while keeping the client safe and comfortable. It also takes a holistic approach to the detox process through counseling, supplements, and nutrition to heal the mind, body, and spirit. However, if you feel that rapid detox is the best option for you or your loved one, make sure that you choose a reputable facility that is well-experienced in rapid detox.

Sail through Detox by the Coast of Florida

Coastal Detox is state-of-the-art detox facility in Stuart, Florida. Their luxurious facilities and beautiful environment by the coast provides an ideal healing environment to begin your new life. They offer detox services for drugs and alcohol and are connected with the best rehab facilities for the next step in the recovery process. They value the dignity and privacy of their clients. Their treatment protocol is personalized to each individual. In addition to the medical approach, they use counseling and other methods to heal the mind, body, and, spirit during the difficult detox period. They accept most major insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield. If you or your loved one are interested in sailing into recovery with Coastal Detox, call them today at 866-802-6848 to discuss admission or ask general questions about addiction, recovery, and detox.