Does BCBS Cover Rapid Detox Centers?

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 877-978-3125 to discuss admission or ask general questions about addiction, recovery, and detox.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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