MHN Coverage for Alcohol and Drug Rehab


Managed Health Network Coverage for Substance Abuse Treatment

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Every year millions of people make the decision to recover from drug and alcohol abuse. Pursuing treatment is an important step and can bring along many confusing questions. Concerns over where to seek alcohol and drug rehab and questions about Managed Health Network (MHN) coverage are likely the first questions you will have. MHN offers many different treatment options to help you or your loved one beat addiction and commit to a healthier lifestyle. Taking this step is not easy but it is one that will certainly lead you to a better place.

Substance abuse rehabilitation puts you in contact with doctors, nurses, psychologists, and other providers who know and understand addiction and recovery very well. They are dedicated to helping you identify the triggers for substance use and learning new ways of coping with cravings. With the help of supportive and caring providers patients can regain their health and take their place in life with a clear head and great attitude.

Detox and rehabilitation are often the very first steps people take on their road to beating addiction. Finding the right providers and the care centers that suit your personal needs can feel challenging at first, but Managed Health Network can help. We have a robust network of providers thanks to our partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The BCBSA covers more than 70 million people throughout the United States with the help of regional licensees – including us. Membership in this large association means that you can find affiliated providers in nearly every location. When you are ready to take this important step, just check your benefits materials to find a list of providers. You can also contact any of our customer service agents to learn more about your insurance plan’s coverage.

Does MHN Cover Drug and Alcohol Detox?

Managed Health Network covers detox programs to help people suffering from substance abuse overcome their addiction in the healthiest way possible. We partner with providers who specialize in these services; patients can benefit fully from detoxification when it is undertaken in an environment focused on care and recovery.

Detoxing from drug and alcohol use is an important stage of the recovery process. To be fully successful it must be followed by a period of assessment and rehabilitation. This two-phase process has the best chances of success and long-term efficacy when it is done in an environment focused on care. Managed Health Network coverage includes detox services for people wishing to recover from addiction. We work with facilities that have a proven track record of success and that use techniques shown to be effective on many patients.

Detoxing involves withdrawing the addictive substance(s) from the patient and giving their body time to naturally cleanse itself from the toxins. Alcohol, street drugs, and prescription drugs all have a toxic effect on the body when used excessively and for long periods of time. This excessive use can damage organs and tissues; the body can naturally start to heal this damage but full healing will take a long time to achieve.

The discomfort associated with detoxification is a matter of concern for many patients. Certain medications might be used to help patients through the process and patients going through detox in a managed setting will be monitored and supported by doctors. The detoxing process can be dangerous; in serious cases it might involve seizures or delirium tremens. However, remaining addicted to drugs or alcohol is also a matter of life and death. Substance abuse is a serious matter and needs to be addressed in a decisive manner.

Managed Health Network Coverage Options for Substance Abuse Treatment

Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse is important for living a long and healthy life. Addiction carries many negative implications for health and wellness, as well as for a person’s financial stability, career goals, and family life. Alcohol and drug rehab should be regarded as a medical intervention, a way of treating and managing a debilitating condition. Framing addiction in terms of a medical concern can help patients understand that there is help available and that treatment can help them recover.

Substance abuse rehab can be approached from many perspectives, including that of family health. Addiction affects every member of the family, so dealing with these effects is often an important part of recovery. Therapists and other providers will work with patients in recovery one on one and with families as a group to deal with problems such as communication and trust. Recovery can be a challenging and lonely undertaking; patients will require support and compassion from family, friends, and community members to resist substance abuse in the long term.

Addiction treatment involves seeking mental health care from qualified providers; Managed Health Care provides coverage for many mental health specialists and addiction recovery services. Private therapists and therapists affiliated with hospitals and treatment centers work closely with patients to discuss addiction and recovery. Therapy can be a very helpful part of rehabilitation as it gives patients a chance to explore complicated feelings with an expert who will not judge them. Substance abuse counselors have received extensive training and can help patients find their way to recovery.

Mental health care is often an important part of addiction recovery because patients are often suffering from more than one underlying condition. In addition to addictions, patients may be experiencing the symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety. An expert can help patients see how these different conditions are affecting their daily life. Patients can learn to see their mental health as an important part of their overall well-being.

What Amount of Time Does MHN Cover for Treatment?

Managed Health Network covers many different treatment programs, including:

  • One month programs (28 – 30 days)
  • Two month programs
  • Three month programs
  • Teen and young adult recovery programs
  • Methadone maintenance treatment
  • Long term treatment
  • Executive treatment programs
  • Luxury treatment programs

In the case of programs lasting one, two, or three months Managed Health Network provides coverage in many cases, although the particulars of each patient’s stay can affect the final out-of-pocket cost. Methadone maintenance and other long term treatment solutions are covered by some programs; check the member benefits materials you received upon enrolling for more information. Our customer service line can be called to reach an agent that specializes in coverage questions; they can help you learn more about what is covered by your specific MHN plan.

These programs offer a range of valuable services that suit the needs of different patients. One month programs are available in many places and offer valuable services to those experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of addiction. Following detox patients are assessed and will participate in group and individual therapy sessions.

Two month programs are among the most typical of all treatment services and so are easily found at many different centers. Public and private hospitals may offer two month addiction recovery programs; faith-based centers and other organizations also provide two month detox and rehabilitation programs. These programs are a good balance between long- and short-term treatment; patients do not have to spend too much time away from work or family and enough time is available for building new skills and learning healthy living techniques. Therapy plays an important role in two-month substance abuse rehab. Counselors and psychologists work closely with patients in individual and group settings. Some centers integrate family into patient recovery; family and couple’s therapy may be part of the recovery process.

Three month programs are designed for people with serious addiction problems, including relapse and multiple addictions. These programs give ample time for deep detoxification and provide skillful support at every stage. As detox runs its full course, patients are introduced to new coping skills and techniques that help them resist the temptation to use. Therapy, nutrition, fitness, and healthy living may all play vital roles in a 90 day program.

Teen and young adult programs may last for a few weeks or even months; the type of program selected depends in part on the nature of the addiction, its severity, and how long it takes for recovery. Many facilities offer programs designed especially for teens and young adults, although not all centers do. These programs help patients understand the harmful effects that addiction has on health and lets them see that the best parts of life can be impossible to enjoy when addicted.

Luxury and executive treatment programs are usually offered in private hospitals and treatment centers. They are typically more expensive than other forms of treatment but they can be effective for some patients. This form of drug and alcohol detox is usually overseen by doctors as well as nurses and other technicians. Nutrition and fitness are important facets of these programs and patients regain health with the help of food and activities selected for their support of detox.

Methadone maintenance programs are long-term and may last for a very long time. Patients must commit to taking daily doses of this important mediation; obtaining it may require making a trip to a methadone clinic or other special pharmacy. Because methadone is a specialized medication, not every doctor is able to prescribe it and only some clinics offer it. This maintenance program is used for people recovering from opioid addiction; methadone provides similar effects as other opioids but without the euphoric high that makes these medications so addictive. This is not an ideal maintenance for everyone; speak with a doctor about methadone maintenance before beginning.

Important Questions to Ask

Seeking treatment for addiction, mental health disorder, and any other complicated health concern naturally raises many questions. Knowing what to ask will help you clarify what help you or your family member needs.

  • Are luxury rehabilitation centers the only option for private treatment?: All rehabilitation and recovery facilities conform to strict privacy and confidentiality guidelines, including HIPAA.
  • What happens during treatment?: The first stage of treatment is detox, when the patient’s body is cleared of addictive substances. This can take many days, especially when the addiction is severe or has a long history. The second stage involves learning to manage cravings and to deal with additive impulses in a positive and constructive way through self-talk and other skills.
  • What happens after treatment?: No matter whether you opt for a 30, 60, or 90 day program your road to recover does not end after you leave the clinic. In many ways recovery is a lifelong process that requires patients to continually chose to resist addiction. This gets easier with time and support is always a phone call away.
  • How much does treatment cost?: The out of pocket costs associated with various treatment programs can vary considerably. Speaking with a financial agent at a hospital or clinic can help you learn about costs; call the Managed Health Network support line to speak with an agent about the coverage associated with your particular insurance program.
  • Do I have to travel for treatment?: The answer to this question depends in part on the patient’s needs and on what resources are available in your area. Addiction relapse can be triggered by the people and places associated with a patient’s substance abuse; in this case, going through detox and rehab in a new location can be very helpful. Other patients may need to travel a little distance to find a facility that meets their needs. Check your coverage materials for more information about clinics and other facilities that accept MHN as insurance.
  • Do I have to stay for the entire time?: The length of a program is carefully planned to give patients the fullest benefit of each aspect of care. Cutting the stay short prevents you from receiving the maximum value of the detox, therapy, and rehabilitation available. Committing to addiction recovery is very important; patients must be willing to stick with their treatment in order to have the best chance at recovery.

Anyone suffering from addiction can feel confident that help is available. Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction can be found at a dedicated clinic in your area. Managed Health Network is here to help; contact us today or call the Addiction Hotline at (866) 578-7471.

Also see Health Net Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment.