How to Find Drug & Alcohol Treatment When You Have Medicare


To fully recover from addiction, it is important to find a program that will address your issues and provide help for as long as you need it.

Finding the right drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility can be difficult. Finding a treatment facility which also accepts a certain type of payment can be even more difficult. In particular, many Americans struggle to find drug treatment programs that accept Medicare. The Lighthouse Network team has extensive knowledge not only about high quality rehab programs, but also those programs that work with Medicare. If you or a loved one needs help for a drug addiction and you have Medicare, contact us today to find a program that is right for you.

Medicare Has Many Requirements for Drug Treatment Programs

One of the reasons it is often so difficult to find a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program which accepts Medicare is because Medicare is very selective about who they contract with for services like residential addiction treatment. Not only must the facility offer high levels of medical services, but they also must be accredited by several national and state agencies. Becoming accredited takes hard work over several years, recruiting licensed professional staff, developing a solid program, and establishing clear policies and procedures for successful programs. Some facilities are not patient enough or able to successfully meet these requirements, or they simply choose not to put the work into it.

In short, facilities must be willing to work with the federal and state governments to provide the right type of services in order to accept Medicare. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment rehabs are not always willing to go though the difficult process to be reimbursed by Medicare and all the requirements that go along with it. They often prefer to work with insurance companies or private pay clients, because it is easier, entails fewer hassles, and their reimbursement is higher.

Everyone Needs Access to Quality Drug Rehab

At Lighthouse Network we know many people are desperate for help but cannot afford it on their own and do not have insurance to cover the cost of treatment. We believe it is important to come alongside and help these individuals get past their addiction so they can take control of their lives again. We have a comprehensive, nationwide database of the best drug rehabs in the country, and we will use our knowledge to help you.

We understand the process treatment centers have to go through to be able to accept Medicare, and we have partnered with those that offer the very best research-tested programs. The drug and alcohol addiction treatment rehabs we work with use proven techniques for therapy in order to help clients achieve real and lasting results.

Finding the Right Kind of Drug Treatment is Important

Some people find drug treatment programs that will accept Medicare, but they end up being the wrong kind of treatment for the person. Medicare will not always cover treatment past detox, or it puts conditions on whether a person’s residential treatment will be covered or not. Other people find that they are unable to qualify for psychological rehab or any type of long-term care. According to Lighthouse Network’s Dr. Karl Benzio, “It is crucial for individuals to find treatment facilities which have the medical (detox and psychiatric) components to recovery, as well as the psychological rehab components. But most important is a program also incorporating a spiritual component to empower and guide you to the deeper healing you desire. This spirit, mind, and body integrated approach is vital to the recovery process.”

Do not settle for a treatment program that isn’t right for you—it will only lead to relapse. The first step is finding a program that will allow you to withdraw from your substance safely and complication-free. Detox is only the beginning, however. After coming off of your substance, you will need to go through therapy (residential or outpatient) to develop techniques necessary to cope with life without running to a substance, and to heal the inner core issues that have contributed to your addiction.

In the end, it’s all about finding a program that will meet your needs. Dr. Benzio advises, “To fully recover, it is important to find a program that will address your issues and provide help for as long as you need it. Lighthouse Network is able to find facilities which are able to provide intensive treatment for 30 days or longer to give you the best chance for sustained recovery. During intensive treatment, you will not only clean out your system from substances and allow your head to clear, but you will start to learn improved coping skills, get to more of the core issues, and identify any significant underlying psychiatric issue contributing to your addiction.”

When you dial 1-877-562-2565, you are connected with a trained Lighthouse Network Care Guide who will listen to your story, answer your questions, and find your best treatment options available.

Up From Your Mat
Richard Krejcir
God Knows What He's Doing
Gary McSpadden
Do You Have a Strategy to Resist Satan’s Sweets?
Karl Benzio, MD
Powerlessness and the Walking Dead
Danielle Strickland
Seven Reasons Why Addiction Treatment Is Better Than Doing It on Your Own
Karl Benzio, MD
Follow Us

Want to access more exclusive iDisciple content?

Upgrade to a Giving Membership today!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple