Certainly, having good health insurance is helpful when it comes to securing a spot in a detox facility in New York. After all, since the passing of new legislation, more insurance companies are covering larger portions of detox treatment.
However, while it’s a good thing that more people are getting the help they need for addiction and related mental health issues, increased accessibility means that there are fewer spots available in detox centers. And while most centers will try to accommodate as many people as they comfortably and safely can, the fact is that you may not always be able to get in for treatment immediately. Having good health insurance may mean that treatment will be covered at more treatment centers than if your insurance was less comprehensive, but it may not guarantee you a spot.
However, if you can’t be admitted immediately, many detox centers will be able to put you on a waiting list and give you a wait time. This wait time may seem extremely difficult at first–after all, coming to the decision to undergo treatment for addiction or related issues takes a tremendous amount of courage and strength. You may become concerned that you’ll lose momentum or resolve, but there are plenty of things you can do in the meantime to prepare yourself for detox.
What Can You Do If You’re Having Trouble Finding a Facility?
With good insurance, chances are good that you will be able to secure a spot in a detox facility. However, if wait times are high, you may want to find an alternative detox center. Many people first find information about detox centers by conducting an internet search. And while this can produce some results, in order to make sure you aren’t missing any potential options, be sure to check on your insurance company website. Sometimes, a detox center is not well-advertised, and taking this additional step might help you find an option you hadn’t previously considered.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that your initial search was completely thorough, and that your only option is to take a spot on the waiting list for a New York detox center. Having to wait for treatment after having made the life-altering decision to pursue addiction treatment may feel anticlimactic, but the fact is that there are several things you can do to prepare for detox before you are admitted.
I’m on a Waiting List for a Detox Center–What Can I Do Now?
What’s most important for you to do before being admitted to a center will vary significantly based on a few factors. In particular, your level of functionality and severity of substance use plays a major role in what you might want to do in the days leading up to detox.
For example, if you are very functional in your addiction, you may opt to continue working and going about your daily routine. Depending on your drug of choice, you may choose to quit cold turkey, taper usage, or continue using as usual. As you likely know, with many substances, abruptly stopping use without medical supervision often is dangerous and not recommended. If you want to stop using or taper use on your own, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Whether you choose to taper use, stop entirely, or continue as usual until you are admitted to a detox center, there are a few things you can do in the meantime.
Seek Outpatient Treatment and/or 12-Step Groups
In outpatient treatment, you have the option of seeing and working with an addiction counselor. While you don’t have the benefit of supervised detox as you do in inpatient detox, outpatient care lets you confront your addiction and begin doing the important (and challenging) work of healing.
Unfortunately, even with insurance coverage, money is often an obstacle to treatment. If your insurance coverage will allow you to seek treatment in an inpatient facility, but you only have enough money to cover inpatient treatment, the wait time until being admitted can prove difficult. While 12-step programs do not include medical supervision, they offer community support and the wisdom of those who have struggled with their own addictions. These groups are free, and most communities have meetings throughout the day to accommodate most schedules.
Navigate Your Transition from Work and/or Home to Treatment
Part of why detox centers work is because they disrupt your normal routine. When you struggle with an addiction, it’s something that starts to feel as automatic as brushing your teeth, going to work, or cooking dinner. However, taking yourself out of that routine may require some logistical work.
If you are employed, be sure to coordinate with your employer regarding your time away from work. Similarly, if you have children and/or pets who need daily care, make sure you determine who will be responsible for their care while you are away. Doing so will not only help them, but it also will go a long way toward giving you peace of mind while you’re in treatment. If you have monthly bills that need to be paid, it may also help to make sure you have made arrangements for them as well.
Are You Ready to Get Started?
The road to recovery is often a long one, especially if you are having difficulty securing a spot in a detox center. But perseverance is vitally important. Persevering when you’re having trouble finding a center will help ensure you find a detox center, and perseverance in the form of looking after yourself and taking steps to address your addiction before going into treatment will help ensure you are in a better mental space when you arrive at the center. After all, seeking information is a major step when it comes to confronting an . If you’re ready to get started, or if you have questions about detox, our friendly and helpful counselors are available to talk to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Give them a call today at (866) 840-6411