Addiction Treatment with AetnaInsurance

Alcoholism and drug addiction derail our lives. They are each tricky adversaries. Both use a similar trick. Addiction is a disease that will convince you that there is nothing wrong. However, that is far from reality.


At the moment someone suffering an addiction thinks they’re managing everything fine, they plummet backwards. One relapse is followed by yet another. Eventually, alcoholics and drug addicts tell of a point where they cannot imagine life with or without drugs and alcohol.


There seems to be no hope. Thankfully, there is hope and it’s through treatment. Millions of people thought to be hopeless cases have the recovery family. A vast majority of these miracles started their journey with a treatment program. Insurance providers such as Aetna appreciate how hugely successful these programs can be.


Various policies from Aetna Insurance will pay for all or part of treatment. But, what does treatment look like and how do you get started? Here is some information to help get you started on the wonderful journey in recovery.


Two Basic Treatment Models


You may have heard about outpatient vs. inpatient treatment programs. While each provides a different level of intensity, the key difference is where you will live. Outpatient is a program where you attend counseling, group sessions and fulfill other responsibilities at an outpatient facility.


You continue to live at your home. Inpatient treatment programs are exactly as the description indicates. You will live in residence at a licensed treatment facility. This treatment model is often referred to as residential treatment.


Both treatment models are designed to establish a foundation for living clean and sober. However, there are a number of advantages of choosing inpatient. Here are a few addiction characteristics that point to inpatient treatment being a better option.


  • Your problem with drug abuse or alcoholism has been a longstanding problem.
  • You drink and use excessively despite the reoccurring consequences.
  • Your alcohol or drug abuse has created serious psychological problems.
  • When you stop using or drinking, you experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms that require a medically supervised period of detox.
  • Your home and living environment are unstable or full of triggers for relapse.
  • You have previously tried an outpatient treatment program, but either didn’t finish it or relapsed at some point soon after completing the program.


While any one of these individually should make you seriously consider inpatient over outpatient, a combination of issues turns it into an imperative choice. Your first reaction may be concerns about your job, over your family, or school. However, if you lose your life to drug abuse or alcoholism, all of these other things won’t really matter now will they.


Inpatient Treatment Program Overview


Either type of treatment program will offer you a chance at a fresh start. However, there are no guarantees offered. Living a clean and sober life takes daily effort on your part. A treatment program will help teach you how to do that.


Inpatient treatment has a number of advantages. Therefore, the suggestion, that if you suffer through any of the previously mentioned challenges staying clean and sober, you should strongly consider inpatient. Here are a few points that further support the inpatient choice.


  • Residential treatment facilities are drug and alcohol free zones. You will not have to fight off the urges in early recovery that might exist in the outside world. Removing these relapse triggers is often one of the most important advantages of inpatient treatment.
  • You will have scheduled counseling sessions and group meetings to build a network and establish a recovery foundation. However, unlike outpatient treatment centers, someone is usually available to talk with you face-to-face 24-hours-a-day.
  • There will be other people in residence at an inpatient treatment facility with the same goal you have. Together, you become a family-like unit dedicated to supporting each other’s recovery.
  • The fourth benefit we’ll share may be the most important. While living away from home may be an inconvenience and disrupt your life, inpatient treatment has a higher success rate than outpatient.


Usually, you will be free to choose which type of treatment program you want. Keep in mind, the consequences of your choice can get worse with every relapse. After you make the commitment to seek help, speak with your Aetna agent to discuss what options you have available with your insurance policy.


Depending on your type of coverage or the state you live, Aetna may pay for all or part of your recovery program. If you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, do one vital thing first. Ask for help. Don’t wait to make that decision because waiting could be the worst decision you ever make in your life; and the last.

You Are Not Alone

Addiction does not need to define your life forever. With help and through treatment, you are given the tools to live your best life, being the healthiest version of yourself. To start your newfound journey toward sobriety and recovery, make the first steps and seek assistance today.