Getting someone into rehab can be a very complicated process. Many factors should be considered when trying to get someone into a treatment program including, but not limited to the person’s motivation, the time span of the process, location of where the person currently resides, the type of insurance, finances, employment, family involvement and the list could really keep going. The most critical part of the process is that there needs to be a plan to address all of the potential barriers for someone to enter treatment.
Getting a Plan Together Quickly
If someone you know is saying they are ready for help and they want to get into rehab, then you need to act quick. If you are able to already have the above listed information, then you have a good chance of being able to execute a plan quickly.
Location, Location, Location
Knowing where the person is currently will be a big part of it, because if you are not with them or close to them then you may have a hard time getting that person to the rehab before they change their mind. Another part of why location can be so important is that if a rehab is close to them, then you can likely get them admitted quicker rather than if the program requires a good amount of transportation to get to, which could make transportation more of a barrier.
Timing is Everything
From the minute someone says they are ready to go to rehab, think of that window of time closing almost immediately. For example, family members and friends of the person may have been waiting years for that person to say they want help with their substance abuse issues. Right at that moment that the need for help is expressed, a plan should be formulated. Many times, someone asks for help and by the time that help is there, it is too late. Whether the person has decided they don’t want help anymore or something worse happens, such as an arrest or even an overdose, time is of the essence when someone wants to go to rehab.
Insurance and Cost
Insurance and any associated costs for treatment can be a big barrier for most, because depending on what type of insurance or how much money that person has will likely determine if they are eligible for a rehab. Different rehabs cost various amounts, just like certain rehabs only accept certain insurances. If you know what type of insurance the person who is seeking treatment currently has, then you can really start the process of planning before they even say they are ready.
Calling a rehab with the name of an insurance carrier or better yet, the card information could really save you time, because the treatment provider can usually give information on associated costs for treatment or if the insurance is even accepted at the facility. Associated costs like a deductible amount or co-pays should be expected when using someone’s insurance, so having an idea of the person’s financial situation is also a good idea.
If the person does not have any insurance, they can still get into rehab, but the process may look different. Some facilities and hospitals can admit someone in an emergency type situation and then look into finding resources like drug and alcohol funding or even help the person apply for state funded insurance plans which could pay for the full cost of treatment. Paying out of pocket and not using insurance is usually an option as well, but the costs can be dramatically much higher than expected when someone is seeking inpatient treatment.
Will They Lose Their Job
A lot of people worry about losing their job if they were to go to rehab, but fortunately, there are various types of medical leaves from employment that exist in order to protect someone’s job if they must admit to a medical facility such as a rehab. The Family Medical Leave Act and American’s with Disabilities Act are both government sponsored guidelines for a person to take a medical leave from work and still keep their job intact while they are away. Typically, the process of getting a medical leave started can be as easy as having the person who wants help call their human resources department and leave a voicemail that simply states that they need to take a medical leave. Finishing the medical leave process once that person is admitted into the facility can be done by staff.
The more support someone has, the easier it may be to get that person into rehab. Family members who are supportive can help with all of the process in different ways such as taking on tasks like driving the person or keeping them safe while they are waiting to get admitted. Family members can even split up parts of the research that may be needed to find the right facility for the person seeking treatment. Sometimes, family support may be even more critical, because an intervention of some type may be needed in order to get the person ready for help. Most of what has already been discussed should be considered before any type of intervention takes place.
Starting the Journey
Everyone’s process of getting into rehab can look very different from one another, but if you can try and develop a good plan with adequate information about what type of treatment may be needed for the person, then it is likely that they will get into rehab. A person’s motivation and willingness will also be a key part to the process, but if you have a plan and act quick when that person says they are ready for help, then the process will be a lot easier.