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What to Do When a Loved One Needs Treatment

When you in the middle of a crisis, chaos, panic and have a distressed loved one in front of you asking for help -like most you panic and start calling anyone and everyone - getting lots of rejections, confusing directions and more stress than you had when you started.  

Do this BEFORE it happens.  

Call the phone number on the back of your Insurance card and ask how they handle 'Mental Health/Addiction Treatment' - it is handled differently than regular medical help.  Most often it is contracted out to another company that 'manages' who can provide care.  That other company works with providers in advance - setting up terms and costs in advance - containing their costs.  Often this has NOTHING to do with quality - other times it does.  But if you go to a treatment center that is not covered  or 'in network' you may be stuck paying the entire cost yourself.   To avoid this from happening - as soon as you finish reading this - get your insurance card out - call the number on the back and ask specifically about mental health/addiction providers.  You may need to call the contracted company yourself - then they will direct you to who they will work with and pay for.   

Get those approved facilities - Physicians - Counselors - Psychologists phone numbers - write them down - save the list and program them into your phone - so you have them ready - easy to access when you're probably going to be very stressed already.   

Once you select the proper provider - check out their website and research what they need -want - require - and restrict to enter treatment.   Most have forms, rules, procedures, and outlines of what happens in treatment - what they offer - so you are better prepared for how to be ready.   Often they will send transportation to you!   You can take a person - but you can also let them intervene - they are professionals that manage resistance, confrontation, denial and acceptance often - that ride might be the best 'start' you can ask for!  

So prepare in advance if your situation is critical and requires medical detox, security, a step away from 'drug/alcohol lifestyle' - this is only the first step - and with advance preparation it can go much more smoothly.   

Hope this helps!   

I provide counseling for those who prefer 'self-pay' and quality individual attention - usually after  a person has had a rehabilitation experience.    I can be the 'aftercare' professional and will work with physicians to provide collaborated care.    Add me to your list of contacts today! 


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