Alcoholism: Will Health Insurance Cover Treatment?

If you run the risk of being an alcoholic, you may be the last person to recognize that you are in fact struggling with the disease of alcoholism. If you tend to drink more than you’d like, friends and family may have come to you concerned about your drinking behaviors, but you assured them that you’ve got it under control and you can quit anytime you want.

Most alcoholics know deep down that they really can’t quit when they want because they’ve already tried several times before. Maybe you’ve done this. You thought you should cut down on drinking or quit completely. Maybe you got into some trouble because of drinking or just wanted to live a healthier lifestyle.

You tried to quit, and maybe you did well for a while, but eventually, you started drinking again. And maybe again. This happens quite often for those teetering on problem drinking or alcoholism.

Signs of alcoholism

Yet, if you’re still wondering if you are, take a look at the following signs of alcoholism and see how many you can relate to:

1. You have told yourself numerous times that you are going to quit drinking, but you end up drinking again and again.

2. The first thing you think about when you become angry or very sad is drinking.

3. When others ask you about your drinking, you lie to them and tell them you’re not drinking that much or that you’ve quit.

4. Your family and/or friends have come to you concerned about your drinking. They think you’re drinking too much and/or doing crazy or hurtful things when you’re drinking.

5. You and the police have gotten acquainted at least once due to drinking too much, whether it was DUI, domestic violence, assault, or other issues. Even so, you keep drinking.

6. You’re struggling with depression more and more, which causes you to drink more often. It’s not a solution, but you just can’t help it. Sometimes you may even think about getting professional help, but you may not have the best health insurance, so you opt out.

7. You hide your alcohol or at least some of it. You’re ashamed to own up to how much or often you really do drink.

8. You obsess in your mind about alcohol. When you’re at work you cannot wait to get home and get that drink in you. You begin revolving your life around alcohol. You may even drink at work sometimes.

9. When you go to the store to buy alcohol, you feel guilty or watch to see if you know anyone in the store. You may pass by the alcohol aisle and have an inner struggle, knowing you shouldn’t drink, but you end up buying booze anyway.

10. When you do try to stop drinking, you experience withdrawal symptoms, which eventually cause you to start drinking again.

Do you see yourself in any of these? The more you can relate to, the more likely you are to be struggling with the disease of alcoholism. If this does sound like you, know that you’re not alone. There are millions of alcoholics who want to cut down or stop drinking completely.

Alcoholism is treatable

Good news is that if you are an alcoholic, you can get help and manage the disease. Remember, alcoholism is a disease (like diabetes, Crohn’s, etc.) and as such, there are treatments available to help you get free from the symptoms of the disease, so you can live a happy and healthy life. In fact, your health insurance may cover the cost of your treatment.

The first step is, to be honest with yourself. There is absolutely no shame in admitting that you are powerless over your addiction. Reach out for help. It’s not always easy to reach out for help, but if you’re tried to quit on your own, reaching out for help can help you immensely. Dig down deep to gather the courage to take your first step toward recovery. It’s a decision that you will not regret.

Should you attend Alcoholics Anonymous?

If you’re in recovery, you may grace the doors of the 12 Step meeting group AA. If so, that’s wonderful, as AA helps millions of people get and stay sober. This is especially helpful if you have health insurance that does not cover treatment for alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous is free, and it’s likely that you’ll be able to receive face-to-face support that you need to help you get and stay sober. There are various meetings throughout many cities in the United States and around the world. In fact, there are usually two to three meetings per day in the bigger cities. It’s definitely worth attending a meeting and giving the program a chance. Get yourself a sponsor and begin working the 12 steps for the most effective free treatment available.

At the same time, there are some people that go to AA for a while and then decide to drop out for one reason or another. Now dropping out doesn’t necessarily mean that they go back to drinking, but it can be a red flag for some who do not have another support system to keep them encouraged and accountable.

Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons recovering alcoholics stop going to AA:

• They feel out of place. Some people leave AA because they feel like they do not fit in with the crowd. Even though they all have one common denominator (wanting to stay sober), some people still feel out of place. Maybe they have some anxiety issues or just aren’t comfortable around others. Or perhaps they have insecurity issues. Either way, it’s important for AA members to reach out and make newcomers and other members feel welcome.

• They don’t have reliable transportation. If the member does not have consistent rides or reliable transportation, he/she is less likely to attend AA meetings.

• They are not keen on the Higher Power talk. Some people do not like to hear anyone talk about God or a Higher

Power, so they end up leaving. They could, however, overlook such talk and focus on recovery principles and how they can encourage others.

• They want to drink again. Some people stop attending meetings or really decrease their visits because they really want to drink again. They will become slack in attending meetings and begin entertaining more thoughts about drinking.

• They think they are boring. Some people stop attending because they get bored during the meetings. They think that they have heard everything or that the people are just saying the same things over and over. They’d rather be doing something else for that hour.

• They get into an argument with someone. If someone gets into an argument at a meeting or there is some sort of drama going on between the members, some people stop going to meetings altogether.

• They find a different support group. Some leave because they have found another support group out in the community. Some go to church or maybe some go to a different 12 Step group.

If you’re in recovery and haven’t tried an AA meeting, perhaps you can give it a try. If you have dropped out of AA, consider giving it another try. You can always go with the intention of being a source of encouragement to others. AA might not be for everyone, but it certainly helps millions of men, women, and youth around the world.

SMART Recovery

If you are opposed to Alcoholics Anonymous completely, and your health insurance won’t cover rehab treatment, there’s another recovery support group called SMART recovery. While this isn’t as widespread as Alcoholics Anonymous, there are many people who find it quite helpful for their recovery. You can check online to see in what cities they have meetings, and you can learn a lot by reading their literature online and check it out there YouTube videos.

Alcoholism is a disease that can be treated. If we don’t have health insurance that covers recovery treatment, rest assured that there are other ways that you can get free from the grip alcohol has on you. Perhaps your health insurance will cover seeing a substance abuse professional. Consider spending a season attending counseling to learn more about the disease of addiction and contend with any emotional issues or mental health issues that you could we dealing with.

There is hope for you if you are struggling with drinking. Should you need help, feel free to reach out today. We are here to assist you in finding the best type of treatment for you. Give us a call today.