While the first step is admitting you have a problem, there has to be an action towards getting treatment to actually improve. However, finding out how to proceed and where to look might be quite overwhelming. There are a lot of options and ways to go. Therefore, you must first find out who to talk to – and that would be a treatment expert.
When speaking to a treatment expert, they will tell you about your options. They can recommend centers and treatments based on the needs of the patient. That means you can tell them your limitations regarding budget, location, duration, and even medical issues. They can take all of that into consideration and make a recommendation.
During this call, you will have to provide some information and answer some of their questions. If you contact the center directly, that might help speed things along. You can contact multiple centers in case you are not sure of where to go for New Jersey addiction treatment.
For this call, you should have with you any medical records you might have. Anything you can provide regarding your addiction is important, and documents related to it are, too. Finally, you should gather your insurance information beforehand in order to provide it. This is also important for this next step, called pre-intake screening.
What Is Pre-Intake Screening?
This second step, also done through the phone (usually for free), is meant to gather information about the potential patient. This is meant to make sure they are going to be referred to as the right facility and program. Also, it is when patients mention what they want or do not want regarding treatment – if they are willing to travel, how much they can afford, if they can time off or not, etc. The questions that are going to be asked usually have to do with
- The patient’s drug history, including relapse
- What types of substances were abused
- How long have they been abusing substances
- The patient’s treatment history
- Whether they suffer or could suffer from a mental or emotional disorder
- The patient’s employment conditions or limitations regarding time off
- Family life, relationships, and dynamics
- Legal issues deriving from substance abuse
- Any medical issues, even if not related to or not necessarily caused by addiction
- Family history with substance abuse and/or mental disorders
- The patient’s history of trauma or abuse
- The patient’s history of psychiatric care
- Information on any medication being taken
While it might be hard to give extensive information on all these topics, it is important to tell them as much as possible. Honesty is of utter importance because it will ensure that you will be assigned to the right center and the right treatment. There is no shaming or judgment at this moment, so there is no need to hide anything.
Payment, Insurance Coverage, and Financial Options
This next step can take some work and might be a bit harder to understand for some. Knowing all your financial options can be hard if you are doing it on your own. That is why it is also addressed by the experts.
The good news, and we can tell you this now, is that all insurers provide some level of coverage for rehab. Mental and behavioral services are essential benefits, and therefore must be covered by insurers on some level. Still, what only an expert can tell you is how much coverage you can get, and what centers accept your insurance. Details regarding the amount, insurance, and financing options are all discussed before treatment in order to make sure there are no surprises.
There are many details to find out about deductibles, premiums, and how rehab affects all of that. Another topic of importance is in-network facilities, which are the ones covered by your plan. Without knowing that, you might enroll in an out-of-network facility, making it harder to get rehab coverage.
They can also tell you whether the center you are hoping to enroll in accept Medicare or Medicaid. In fact, they can tell you about your options outside of insurance. For instance, they can tell you about centers that offer grants, payment plans, or sliding scales. You can ask about state-funded programs, too, which are meant to help those who cannot afford rehab.
You should take advantage of this moment to ask everything you might want to know about the financial aspect of rehab. This call is not just about giving information, but also about learning what your options are.
Considering an option outside of town, or even the state, can be viable and beneficial for many reasons. It is not necessarily more expensive – in fact, some options farther away might turn out to be cheaper in the end. Though some might prefer to stay close to home, going somewhere else for treatment can be the best option for some.
If you do decide to travel somewhere else to get help, you will have to make travel arrangements – and not just financial ones. Finding out all the transportation options to get there should be the first step. See what you can afford, how early you can buy tickets, what times they have available, etc.
Then, you will need to figure out your work arrangements. Talking to your boss or manager about leaving is important to make sure everything will go smoothly while you are gone – and once you come back, too. You can try to figure out what laws protect your job, like the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and how they work. You can discuss it with the treatment expert you contact as well
If you have children or pets, you will also have to check who can take care of them while they are gone. You should also check if someone can drive by or go into your house, to make sure everything is in order, too. These and other details should be finalized before your trip.
Finally, you need to figure out what you will do to get to the facility once you arrive. Some centers provide transportation from airports or stations, or a staff member might meet them there. Admissions coordinators can set up arrangements for patients and/or their families as well. In case the patient is in crisis, it is possible to expedite the admission.
Starting The Intake Process
Once you arrive at the facility, the intake process can begin. At this stage, patients go through an assessment where their medical condition will be evaluated. That means medical and mental examinations. The questions you answered and the results of the examination will give the team a better idea of where to go next.
For some, there might be a need for a detoxification process before beginning treatment. Many centers will provide that service, allowing patients to go through medical detox. The medical team can finally assign the patient to a treatment program once they figure out the best service setting for them. And treatment can finally begin.
We Can Help You Find The Right Rehab
While admission might be the right step to receive treatment, there is much that comes before that. Finding the right rehab for you or a loved one is important, and it is possible to make that process easier. We at NJRehabs.org can offer the help you might need.
We specialize in rehab placement, helping hundreds of people figure out the right facility for them and their treatment. Our team can tell you all about the options available to you and answer any questions you may have regarding rehab admission. We are focused on New Jersey and options in the state, and we can help people from all over the country.
If you or a loved one need help to find which center in New Jersey is the right one for them, contact us today. You can call us at any time on our 24/7 hotline at 973-858-5125. All calls are free and 100% confidential.
***If you do not have insurance to cover addiction treatment, please contact SAMHSA for governmental assistance.