Answers to Questions About Addiction Treatment
Transformations Care FAQ
We’ll always shoot you straight here. Honesty and integrity are kind of our thing. After all, addiction treatment doesn’t work without recovery. And recovery doesn’t work without honesty and integrity. So let’s get to it. We get asked a lot of questions as you can probably imagine.
Here are the questions people ask us most and our answers to them. We hope you’ll find our answers helpful and maybe you’ll learn something new. If you have any questions that you don’t see answers to here, just pick up the phone or jump on our chat and we will be happy to help.
Do I really have to go to addiction treatment or rehab? Can I just go to AA or NA meetings or something?
The 12-step fellowships are often a major part in helping people grow in recovery after addiction treatment. We are big believers in AA and NA in fact. They also absolutely qualify as evidence-based care too, so don’t let anyone tell you different. That means clinical research has shown they work. But by themselves, they are not a substitute for professional medical care. Also, people find they are just more comfortable in alternative programs like Rational Recovery or SMART Recovery and that’s OK too. Even AA says it’s way isn’t the only way. The main thing to remember is that treatment and recovery fellowships are two different things. One without the other often isn’t enough for a person to get sober, change and grow the way they need to for sobriety to last.
A medication-assisted detox, followed by 30 days or more of addiction treatment gives you the greatest odds for success. Trying to quit ‘cold turkey’ has a terrible success rate. The smart, scientific way to go is to get all the professional help you can get. Addiction is not to be trifled with, its out here killing people all say, every day.
You’re in a war. A lot of the time it’s a battle for our lives even though we don’t always know it at the time. You want EVERY edge you can get here, trust us. No one ever wishes they “got less help”, right? But we run into people who wish they’d gotten more all the time. So if you are lucky enough to be able to get addiction treatment for yourself, see it for the blessing it is and take the help that is being offered. There are millions of people who would do anything to be in your place, that’s the truth.
TL:DR: You don’t have to go to rehab, but it’s a scientific fact that your chances of staying sober are much, much better if you do.
How do I know addiction treatment will work for me?
But you do control one of the biggest variables that decides if you succeed with addiction treatment or not. It may sound corny, but your willingness, attitude and ability to be honest play a bigger role in your success in recovery than anything else. Successful addiction treatment and lasting recovery don’t come from a magic pill or a therapist saying just the right words. They come from willingness, hard work and really being honest with yourself and others. Any rehab that tells you they can keep you 100% sober for life 100% of the time is full of it.
In fact, any addiction treatment center that’s quoting “success rates” in the 90% range isn’t being straight with you. What do they mean by “success”? Is it being sober for 1 month after the program? One week after? Five years after? What about after that? The bottom line is it’s best not to focus on so-called “success rates”. They are more often than not just marketing BS. It’s a lot smarter to just look for an addiction treatment program that has all the ASAM levels of care and to focus on your own willingness and honestly.
Programs that offer that integrate all of those levels are more complete and they will give you more choices. It also helps to look for only state-licensed facilities with accreditation. Transformations Care has Joint Commission Accreditation, state licensing and we are associated with reputable sober housing. Look, it’s normal to worry about whether or not addiction treatment will work. Everyone knows recovery is hard. Try to focus on what you know, which is:
- You are definitely more likely to succeed if you DO get addiction treatment.
- Recovery comes down to YOU at the end of the day. Own that. It’s your recovery after all.
- Do your homework. Choose a rehab that has the services you need and read reviews.
- Trust your instincts when you talk to a rehab. Are they walking the walk or just talking the talk?
Will my insurance pay for addiction treatment at Transformations Care?
Probably, but it depends on your insurance and what you’re using and how much.
Federal law says all health insurance plans must offer comparable mental health and substance abuse treatment. So, chances are your plan does cover addiction treatment. The Mental Health and Addiction Parity Act says they have to. Thanks to that and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), it’s way easier to get insurance to cover rehab than it used to be.
How much treatment and what kind they will cover depends on your insurance. If you have a private health insurance plan (like from a job, not from the state) and it has what they call “out of network” benefits, then there’s a very good chance it will let you come here. If your insurance plan is an HMO or have “in network only” benefits, then it just depends on whether we’re in network for you or not. Give us a call with your insurance card and we can usually find of the answers pretty quick for you.
How does the admissions process work there? How do I get in?
Our onboarding process is pretty smooth. We aren’t a giant corporate rehab, everybody works here, including the founders. In fact, there’s a good chance one of those guys will be the one who answers the phone when you call. We go to work immediately when you call. Usually getting your insurance check done so you know what your coverage will do for you is the first step.
After that (or while you wait for insurance check) we’ll do a phone interview with you. Get to know you a little and what you need help with. We’ll ask you some medical stuff, answer your questions and put together a profile for you. The next step is approval. As long as everything checks out with insurance or we work out self-pay and your clinical intake doesn’t say you have a medical problem we can’t help you with, then you’ll likely be approved
We will explain what your insurance plan covers in plain English and what your out of pocket or deductible costs are (if any). After your admission gets clinical approval, we can talk about getting you here, set a time for your admission and tell you what to pack and how to get ready to come in. Transformations Care provides has ground transport to and from airports, train stations and bus stops or local addresses. We can pick you up, it’s no problem.
How long is Transformation Care’s addiction treatment program?
If you start at our medical detox, that usually adds about a week to the total length of stay, depending on what you’re using and how much detox you need. We suggest keeping an open mind and remember you can’t get “too much help” for a problem. No one ever went to addiction treatment and wished they had gotten less time and less therapy. But whole lot of people have decided to do detox only or even left against medical advice (AMA) and were sorry about it later.
Your insurance company also has some say in this, but part of our job is to go to bat with them for you and we are very good at that. We will make the case for continued treatment for you each week if we think it’s what’s best for you and you’ll benefit. We will always recommend a length of stay that meets your needs and fits your means. Ultimately the decision is up to you how long to stay (as long as your insurance is on board).
Some patients who begin at detox with us and stay with us through IOP and outpatient may get as many as 90 days of treatment all-in. Other people are closer to a month or a few weeks. Remember the length of stay in addiction treatment is one of the biggest factors in determining outcomes. Bottom line: People who stay in rehab longer and finish the program are proven to stay sober longer. That is a fact backed by clinical research. Remember that when weighing any decisions about how long you or your loved one should remain in addiction treatment. We just ask that you keep an open mind, weigh the facts and consider how your decision could affect your recovery and what it will mean to the people you love.
It’s Time for Change
Transformations Care is ready to help. You just need enough willingness to pick up the phone. We can help you or the one you love to start or resume a life in recovery. We have been down this road ourselves and we have the scars to prove it. Rest assured, we get it. Our mission is to help you heal and give you the tools you need to get healthy again. We want to help build the durable recovery you need to stay sober for the long haul. We’ve got your back and we won’t let you down. All you need to do is make the call and all that can be yours.