Tricare is considered one of the best health insurance plans in the United States. It is managed by the United States Department of Defense Military Health System. Veterans, their spouses, and their dependents are eligible to receive Tricare health insurance.
Addiction is a common problem among veterans. Many veterans end up developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and end up self-medicating before receiving professional help. When military personnel are injured in combat, their pain is typically treated with strong narcotics. The right combination of genetics, previous life events, and the traumas of war trigger the military personnel to become addicted as a result of medical treatment.
Since Tricare is military insurance, addiction treatment is covered by most plans. However, there may be some ramifications that you may run into with some plans.
Length of Time
Generally, most insurance plans cover no more than thirty days of inpatient treatment. While thirty days is the amount of time it takes to completely detoxify the system of the addictive substances, ninety or more days is the most effective length of time to treat addiction. Addiction is a physiological, psychological, and -depending on the person- a spiritual disease. The psychological and spiritual components are much more complex than the physiological component. Veterans who have become addicted as a result of developing PTSD or the traumas of war would definitely benefit from at least 90 days of treatment.
Insurance plans typically have a list of providers that are in their network. The addiction treatment centers that may be on your list of in-network providers may not be New York luxury treatment centers. Most likely, most of the addiction treatment centers will be similar to state-funded treatment centers that have less amenities and experienced staff to implement a holistic approach to addiction treatment. Specialty treatment centers (e.g. gender-specific, LGBT, Christian, etc.) are typically not listed on in-network provider lists. However, since Tricare is a superior health insurance, there may be several luxury treatment centers listed.
Location of Treatment Centers
Insurance plans favor treatment centers that are in the same state in which you reside. Going to treatment in the same state is not the best option for your recovery. Studies show that the success rates for those who go far away to rehab are significantly higher than those who stay close to home for rehab. The reason behind that is being far away gets you away from relapse triggers, which are people, places, and objects that remind you of using. Most recovering individuals will report being tempted to give up on intense days in treatment. Giving up is harder when you are a airplane ride away than when you are a car ride or walk away.
Percentage of Coverage
Many insurance plans only cover a percentage of addiction treatment, which is typically less than 50 percent. Some insurance plans may not cover addiction treatment until after the deductible is met.
The specifics of coverage vary plan by plan. Many of the common ramifications with using Tricare insurance for inpatient New York drug rehabs may not apply to you. You will need to contact a representative of your insurance plan to get a specific answer about whether or not your Tricare insurance plan will pay for an inpatient drug rehab in New York.
Silent Sufferers: Police, Firefighters, and Military Personnel
Addicts are not always disheveled people who live on the streets and use drugs during their every waking hour. Addicts can be your communities heroes. Police, firefighters, and military personnel are a population that commonly suffers from addiction. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over 800,000 police, firefighters, and military personnel suffer from addiction. There are a variety of factor behind the prevalence of addiction in the most respected community members.
Constantly Being Exposed to Trauma
Police, firefighters, and military personnel experience trauma as a part of their job. They witness people who are grotesquely injured, painfully dying on a daily basis. They deal with people when they are at their lowest points (e.g. domestic violence, addiction, engaging in criminal activity, etc.). Though many become numb to the atrocities that they witness on a daily basis, many internalize it to the point that they need an escape. Unfortunately, many find it in drugs and alcohol.
Lack of Support
There is not much emotional and psychological support available for police, firefighters, and military personnel. Confidentiality policies forbid them from discussing cases with co-workers, family, and friends. Civilian family and friends cannot empathize with their struggles and are often not willing to listen to them, and professional counseling is costly.
The work and personal life balance is difficult for police, firefighters, and military personnel. The majority of them work nights, weekends, and holidays. They miss important family events and opportunities to do activities that they enjoy. Military personnel can be deployed for as long as two years. Even when they are not on the clock, the memories are inescapable.
Stigma Surrounding Addiction and Other Mental Health Disorders
Police, firefighters, and military personnel hold themselves to a higher standard in their communities. Since there is still a stigma attached to addiction and mental health, they are ashamed to open about it, which leads to worsening of their depression, anxiety, and addiction issues. The fact that they are police, firefighters, and military personnel make it easier for them to fall into denial because they have a well-respected job in their communities.
It is is imperative for police, firefighters, and military personnel who are suffering from addiction to receive the help that they need. There are confidential resources that they can turn to for help. Though they may be functioning in the beginning of their addiction, their ability to function will slowly deteriorate as their addictions progress.
Just Believe Recovery Center
Just Believe Recovery Center is located in Jensen Beach, New York. We offer detox, residential treatment, partial-hospitalization, and intensive-outpatient treatment resources. We accept most major insurance plans, and verify your benefits upon entering treatment so there are no surprise costs. At Just Believe, we take a holistic approach to treating addiction. Call us today at 877-813-9235