Q: What should I expect after alcohol rehab?
A: Alcohol rehabilitation isn't a magic cure; after treatment, substance users won't be easily alcohol-free forever. Recovery is a lifelong journey and may involve multiple relapses and recoveries. After treatment, program participants are encouraged to use the tools they learned while in rehabilitation to avoid temptation, employ healthy coping habits, and prevent relapse. Rehab is intended to be a foundation upon which to build, not a definitive answer to permanent sobriety. Staying abstinent of alcohol won't necessarily be easy, but a good rehab program can offer the best possible foundation for success.
Q: Does insurance cover rehab for alcoholism?
A: In some cases, depending on the nature of treatment and the insurance plan itself, insurance does cover treatment. However, this can vary based on both the treatment center in question as well as the duration of treatment. For example, public facilities may be covered while more expensive private facilities are not. Some plans will pay for a portion of care but not an entire program.
Q: How long is alcohol rehab?
A: The duration of alcohol rehab isn't constant; different programs can last different lengths of time. Detox may last several weeks to a month, while treatment itself can be anywhere from four to 12 weeks. Some step-down programs that combine both outpatient and inpatient care can span months. Rehab duration can vary based on program specifications as well as patient preferences.
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