Beacon Health Options currently serves more than 50 million people through the United States. This insurance company specializes in providing behavioral health services for those with autism, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders, to name a few.
For more than 30 years, Beacon has provided expert care in the treatment of substance use disorders, making them a leader in the provision of services designed to help those who struggle with this disease.
If a member of Beacon is in need of addiction treatment services, it is recommended that he or she fully understands his or her plan prior to making any decisions as to what type of care to receive. This can help prevent outrageous healthcare bills due to obtaining services that were either not covered at all or not covered enough. As each member has his or her own unique needs, checking with Beacon when searching for addiction treatment is a must.
What Does Beacon Cover?
Beacon Health Options provides coverage for several different types of addiction treatment programs and services. For example, Beacon tends to cover the majority of all inpatient addiction treatment programs within network, however, a member’s plan can affect how much coverage he or she receives. This also goes for those who seek outpatient addiction treatment. Some of the most common services that Beacon covers include the following:
- Prescription medications for addiction treatment
- Detox services
- Medical exams and subsequent treatment
- Screenings and assessments
- Psychiatric evaluations and therapy
- Residential treatment stays
Inpatient Addiction Treatment vs. Outpatient
Depending on the needs of the client, he or she can receive care from an addiction treatment program that best meets those needs. For many of those struggling with substance use disorder, inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment are both viable options for care that can help them stop abusing drugs and/or alcohol and begin a life of recovery.
Inpatient addiction treatment is a form of care that is usually best suited for those who are struggling with a difficult case of addiction, who have made several attempts but have been unable to get sober, and those who require medical and/or psychological supervision on a regular basis. When a client is receiving inpatient addiction treatment, he or she can participate in several different services. Many people go to inpatient treatment because they need to detox prior to doing anything else for their recovery. Inpatient treatment can help clients get physically sober and then work to treat the mental and emotional components of their substance use disorder prior to them transitioning back into everyday life.
Outpatient addiction treatment focuses on providing clients a place to work on their recovery all while encouraging them to continue to carry out their everyday lives. This means that clients will go to the treatment facility of their choosing for a few hours a couple of days per week and work on their recovery. This usually includes engaging in a number of different therapies, ranging from individual and group therapy to behavioral and family therapy. Through outpatient addiction treatment, clients can also receive help managing medications, getting connected to local resources, and work on relapse prevention skills.
Inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment both provide high-quality treatment for substance use disorders, however, do so in different ways. Those who enroll in an inpatient addiction treatment program will reside on campus for the duration of their treatment (usually anywhere from 30-90 days) while clients of an outpatient program will continue to live at home. A stronger focus on supervision occurs within inpatient treatment, and outpatient care is more geared towards allowing clients the freedom to incorporate their treatment into their everyday lives. When attending an inpatient program, clients will be connected to several different addiction treatment professionals such as psychiatrists, experiential therapists, holistic treatment advisors, doctors, nurses, and so on. In an outpatient treatment setting, there is not such a broad variety of professionals.
The most important thing to consider when choosing between an inpatient and outpatient treatment program is the needs of the client. Both programs are very different, making it imperative that clients get the appropriate care they need.
Verifying Coverage and Finding the Best, Most Appropriate Treatment
Rather than calling around to different treatment facilities to find out who accepts Beacon and who does not, it is much easier to reach out to Beacon itself and speak to someone who can help. This way, members can be made fully aware of their insurance plans and what types of coverage they can receive when getting treatment for substance use disorders. In addition, Beacon can help guide members towards treatment that is not only covered, but is also best for his or her personal needs.