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Does insurance cover programs for alcohol use disorder?

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Usually, some services will be covered. But how much you’ll pay out of pocket depends on your health plan and the program you choose.

For those 65 and older, Medicare Part A covers mental health care, including alcohol treatments, in hospitals. Medicare Part B pays for outpatient services for alcohol problems.

Your best bet is to grab a pen and paper to take notes and call your health plan.

SOURCES:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Support and Treatment,” “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5.”

HelpGuide.org: “Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse,” “Overcoming Alcohol Addiction.”

Recovery.org: “Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Process,” “Alcohol Detox Treatment Programs and Process,” “Alcohol Withdrawal,” “Drug Rehab Treatment Information,” “Partial Hospitalization and Day Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse,” “Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse,” “Using Insurance to Help Cover Addiction Recovery Costs.”

Medscape: “Delirium Tremens (DTs) Clinical Presentation.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “What Is Substance Abuse Treatment?” “Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment: A Treatment Improvement Protocol,” “A Quick Guide to Finding Effective Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment.”

American Addiction Centers: “Drug Rehab Guides for Addiction and Mental Health.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on July 19, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Support and Treatment,” “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5.”

HelpGuide.org: “Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse,” “Overcoming Alcohol Addiction.”

Recovery.org: “Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Process,” “Alcohol Detox Treatment Programs and Process,” “Alcohol Withdrawal,” “Drug Rehab Treatment Information,” “Partial Hospitalization and Day Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse,” “Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse,” “Using Insurance to Help Cover Addiction Recovery Costs.”

Medscape: “Delirium Tremens (DTs) Clinical Presentation.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “What Is Substance Abuse Treatment?” “Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment: A Treatment Improvement Protocol,” “A Quick Guide to Finding Effective Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment.”

American Addiction Centers: “Drug Rehab Guides for Addiction and Mental Health.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on July 19, 2018

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