Aug 18

This is my third blog post on the subject of alcohol/drug rehabs.  I pointed out in the first that with few exceptions insurance no longer covers rehab (meaning the month-long version that most people think of), though they may cover detox (a few days) followed by a day program (sometimes with optional self-pay lodging).  Rehabs (like some of the best known and most reliable ones, such as Hazelden and Caron) cost well over $30,000 or $40,000.  I have also cautioned about sorting out fact from hype when reading impressive claims about success rates when you attempt to choose among the many, many rehabs with glossy brochures and web sites (most of them outside Massachusetts).  Continue reading »

Jul 24

If you or your family member is a candidate for alcohol/drug rehab of the month-long (or longer) inpatient variety, we have noted in a previous blog post that your health insurance plan will probably not help you with the cost.  So you are in the position of trying to make a choice as an “educated consumer.”  This is not easy, even for us at LCL, since we make very few such referrals in this era when access to that level of care is beyond the means of most of our clients.   Continue reading »

Dec 23

For those in recovery, especially new recovery, the holidays can bring increased risk of relapse.*  AA provides a wonderful extra resource at this time of year:  the “Alkathon,” a very long, ongoing meeting welcoming walk-ins at any time with a sober, encouraging embrace.  Click here for a link to the Boston-area list of alkathons for both Xmas and New Year’s. (Scroll down to Page 3.)

*Watch out, too, for the post-holiday relapse phenomenon, that goes something like this.  “I got through the holidays; the danger is past, and now I deserve…..”

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