When it comes to addiction, treatment options vary depending on an individuals specific needs however, detox services are typically part of a treatment plan. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the United States requires that health plans cover both substance abuse treatment and mental health services as essential health benefits, which include detoxification. However, all insurance coverage is not equal and some do have restrictions on care, including healthcare providers that may be used for detox. It is important to understand what detox is, the different kinds of detox, and what your insurance covers for detox treatment.

Medical Detox is support with medical supervision to help those with addiction safely withdraw from substances and get to a better state. The severity of one’s addiction and the specifics of their addiction are all taken into account when selecting the best detox method.

Common procedures and detox methods include:

  • Determination of care through medical review: This is the first step to examine treatment options that are right for the patient as well as risk or complications to create a treatment plan. This is also a great time to align with an Addiction Treatment Specialist that can help discuss options for treatment and how your insurance covers them as well as financing.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): The ACA has helped many people access MAT that uses medications to help an individual slowly detox. MAT helps with withdrawal symptoms, can help reduce cravings, and prevent relapse which all aid in successful detoxification..
  • Around the clock medical supervision: The 24/7 method of detox is intended to help ensure an individual’s comfortability as well as safety during the detox period.
  • Counseling / therapy: Detox services include emotional support, prevention strategies, help manage co-occurring disorders, and much more. Many detox from trauma as well as addiction in these areas of care.
  • Detox nutrition: This includes nutritional counseling about fluid intake, good nutrition, and how it can help support overall well-being.

In the United States, health insurance plans fall again under the ACA, which requires them to cover drug and alcohol detox treatment or services, as detox falls under health coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services. In addition, the level of coverage must echo that of other medical benefits and can not have annual or even lifetime financial limits; however, many plans carry restrictions. It is important to understand the extent of detox coverage based on your insurance plan. Contact your insurance company or call us to understand your plan and any out-of-pocket costs you may be responsible for.

To learn more connect with our team at Scottsdale Recovery and Detox Center. We have a vast array of support and services for those struggling with substance abuse. If you or someone you love is in need of treatment, we can easily verify your insurance and help provide options. Learn more by visiting or call 1-888-NODRUGS.

Talk to Someone Who’s Been There. Talk to Someone Who Can Help. Scottsdale Recovery Center holds the highest accreditation (Joint Commission) and is Arizona’s premier rehab facility since 2009. Call 602-346-9142.