Making help affordable: Ways to pay for addiction treatment

Paying for addiction treatmentWhen you are considering addiction treatment, cost can feel like a prohibitive factor, preventing you from reaching out for help. Even though your health matters most, anyone with limited resources can understand how paying for treatment can seem intimidating. But treatment centers have trained staff who specialize in building payment options to make your treatment possible. Use the following information to guide you through financing addiction treatment.

Do you have funding?

When you inquire about getting treatment, the financial conversation boils down to these questions:

“Can you afford to go to treatment?”

If your answer is “No,” consider the follow-up question:

“Can you afford not to go to treatment?”

Your health is valuable, and selling your life to an addiction is robbing you of the life you could be living. The future costs of avoiding treatment could easily outweigh the present cost of getting treatment. If you don’t have personal funding available, you still have options.

Do you have insurance?

People are often surprised to learn that their insurance will cover a significant portion of their treatment program. In the process of coordinating with your insurance, you might be relieved at how little burden falls on you. When you reach out to The Walker Center, you will be asked to provide your insurance information. We go through the steps of contacting your insurance provider and researching your benefits. Once we find out your deductible and/or copays, we put together a plan that shows the portion you are obligated to cover. We accept major credit cards and structure payments to meet your needs.

Ultimately, we want you to get the help you need. While we are a business with operating costs, we partner with you as much as we can to make your obligation as feasible as possible.

Do you have support?

If you don’t have insurance, don’t rule yourself out from being eligible to enter treatment. We often hear inspiring stories of family, friends, churches, and other donors contributing to someone’s treatment plan. While it may feel humbling to ask for help, you might find support from multiple sources to help fund your overall plan.

If you don’t have help from others, you may still have an opportunity to get financial assistance. If you demonstrate financial inability to pay, The Walker Center can refer you to BPA Health to apply for state-funding for those residing in Idaho.

The return is worth the investment

The cost of addiction treatment can be intimidating, but the outcome can return a healthier life and newfound sense of purpose. Too often people assume that they could never afford treatment, but they neglect to take into account the cost of their addiction. How much are you spending on your habit? Think of the financial toll your habit is taking on both your wallet and your health. As substance abuse deteriorates your body, your need for medical attention rises. When you add up the long-term costs of the substance(s), doctor bills, potential legal costs, and/or lost jobs, addiction treatment becomes a more viable option.

Once you make the decision to get help, learn some of steps to anticipate on the road to recovery.