Getting Sober / Staying Sober

Rehab in Florida – What does it cost ?

The first, or perhaps second question that most people will ask about a rehab in Florida is, what does it cost ?

Going into rehab is notoriously expensive, pretty much like all forms of health insurance related ttreatment.

Most rehabs will work with the major insurance companies to enable their plans to cover the cost of going into rehab.

That is definitely your first port of call. See if going into rehab is covered under your insurance plan if you have one, or an insurance plan of your partner that is more relevant.

If your insurance plan covers the cost of going into a rehab or treatment center, check with the rehab that you intend to enter that they are accepted by the insurance company.

Most rehabs will have a dedicated team of people who can advise you on the insurance related aspect of cost.

If the cost of entering rehab in Florida is covered under your insurance plan, make sure that the rehab specifies any additional costs that may not be included and which you might be liable to pay for separately.

This could include a number of alternative therapies, or certain medications etc. Make sure the rehab is clear and statesin advance which if any additional costs you might be liable for that are not covered under your insurance plan.

Rehab in Florida – no insurance !

If there is no insurance cover available, then obviously options are more limited. The first thing to do is to contact a number of rehabs see if they can help at all financially. Some rehabs are non-profit and may have scholarships or bursaries or some type of fund available to help defray the cost of treatment.

Some rehabs have their own in-house loan companies with agents that they described as loan advisers or some other type of term.

Be under no illusion that this is a credit agreement for which you will be liable for a considerable amount of money. Enter into such an agreement with great caution and make sure you explore other options first – check out any potential loan agreement with a trusted independent financial advisor first.

Most rehabs websites will give no figures at all as to what the cost of treatment is. The one exception is the main Hazelden website, which estimates the cost of treatment for a 4 to 6 week stay at between $20,000 and $32,000.

Whilst this might seem a lot of money, this could well be a significant under estimate of what some rehabs might charge for a similar period of residential treatment.

Rehab in Florida – other options

Whilst for some people a rehab in Florida might seem the ideal route to recovery, there are many other options available. A number of rehabs will offer outpatient or outreach facilities, in effect some type of a day programme which are significantly cheaper than a residential stay.

Often the attraction of a rehab is that it is a bit of a bubble that takes people away from their normal environment and gives them an opportunity to examine things away from their ordinary lives.

This can undoubtedly be of benefit to some people, but also presents problems when people have to re-enter their normal lives and integrate the experience of having being in a rehab into a normal life.

Many people, get sober and stay sober by going directly to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, in fact this has been the traditional route for getting sober since AA started in the mid 1930s.

If the cost of a rehab is prohibitive, be assured that it is perfectly possible for someone to get sober and stay sober and rebuild their lives without the need to go into a rehab in the first place.

Rehabs, whilst performing a valuable function, do often present themselves as the main wayor best way to get sober and stay sober. This simply isn’t the case, and is really just a marketing tool for what is a very significant industry.

 

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