Are You Searching for a Rehab Facility?

If you or someone close to you suffers from a substance abuse disorder, seeking help is the first step towards long-term recovery. Emerald Isle Health & Recovery provides clients with a non-judgmental, supportive environment where clients can focus on treatments for their mental health disorders.   

Some Important Factors to Consider Before You Choose a Rehab Facility

Your Specific Needs

Clients should consider whether to start treatment with inpatient care or outpatient therapy. The severity of the substance abuse disorder, the client’s obligations and responsibilities, and the client’s home environment are among the primary factors that clients should consider when selecting a therapy type.

Inpatient programs provide safe and structured environments where clients can focus on their treatment. Inpatient programs generally have onsite care available around the clock. Another plus of an inpatient program is that it separates you from the people and places that may have contributed to your substance use. In other words, you will not have outside influences competing for your attention. A potential downside of inpatient programs is that they usually require you to stay at the facility for an extended period. The result is that in some cases, a person may feel like they are cut off from their loved ones. 

Outpatient programs allow clients to remain in their homes, which will allow them unhindered access to their family and friends. However, this can pose problems when the client’s home environment exposes the client to the substance that they abuse. This aspect of outpatient treatment can impede your progress, which leads to a longer recovery time.

Is Specialized Care Available at This Facility?

Is Specialized Care Available at This Facility

The second factor you should consider is whether a facility offers specialized care. Specialized care can be especially effective when the root causes of the client’s substance abuse disorder is associated with traits specific to the client’s demographics. Types of specialized care include, but are not limited to:

Does My Health Insurance Cover This Facility?

If you carry GEHA insurance, you may need to contact them to find out precisely what they will and will not cover. They can be reached on their website or by simply calling to speak with someone directly. Not all their insurance policies have rehab coverage, but the ones that do work with many different GEHA rehab centers around the country. Clients are strongly advised to review their policies before making a purchase; GEHA’s mental health coverage levels range from no coinsurance to no coverage. Learning that a client’s health insurance does not cover any rehabilitation services can greatly complicate the recovery process. The actual level of coverage and care is dependent upon the specific policy that you have.

GEHA Insurance customers can usually find approved treatment centers online by simply searching for GEHA rehab centers. GEHA wants to help those struggling with addiction get the help they need. The policies often carry options for both inpatient rehab programs, as well as outpatient programs. They may also help with additional services or concepts that can better guide you in long-term recovery. Some of the extra services they cover can include: 

  • Detoxification
  • Screening and assessment
  • Medical exams and treatment
  • Treatment medications
  • Psychiatric evaluation and therapy
  • Inpatient rehab stays

When looking at GEHA rehab centers, you will need to choose between an in-network provider, typically covered in full, or an out-of-network provider. Going out of network may increase the out-of-pocket cost of treatment. However, they do offer coverage for those who struggle with alcohol addiction and those who have a substance abuse issue. The best thing to do is call to verify your exact coverage before rehab begins. Then you will know exactly what portion of the cost you may need to cover if any. 

GEHA health care plans have annual upper limits that limit the amount of out-of-pocket expenses that the client will pay. Once the client meets the limit, GEHA charges no coinsurance or co-pays for the remainder of the year. The upper limits range from $4,000 (high-option and in-network) to $10,000 (high-deductible family plan).Many rehabilitation facilities have in-house finance specialists that can answer any insurance-related questions and establish payment plans. Since rehabilitation facilities want to simplify the admission process and begin clients’ treatments, in-house financial specialists have a more vested interest in helping clients locate financial assistance.

How Does the Facility Support My Recovery?  

Another factor to consider is how the treatment center will support your recovery. The standard substance use treatment protocol calls for a period of 28 days. Note, though, that 28 days is a guideline and not a concrete rule. The actual length of treatment varies due to a variety of factors, including the severity of the client’s substance abuse disorder, the substance being abused, the client’s health insurance and financial situation, and the client’s obligations and responsibilities.

What Treatment Approach is Used by the Facility?

Rehabilitation facilities employ a variety of therapies and treatments to assist their clients. Clients who are already aware of therapies that are most effective for them can benefit from selecting a facility that offers those therapies. Therapy types include, but are not limited to:

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (also known as DBT)
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (also known as CBT)
  • Safety seeking
  • Trauma healing
  • Medical nutrition therapy

Is Medication-Assisted Therapy Available at this Facility?

Is Medication-Assisted Therapy Available at this Facility

Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT) involves applying medications to mitigate the symptoms of withdrawal and to curb the physical and mental craving for harmful substances. MAT is used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy. The medications that are used in MAT are approved by the FDA and are safe for prolonged use.

MAT medications associated with alcohol abuse treatments include, but are not limited to:

  • Disulfiram (Antabuse®) – This drug is used to treat chronic alcoholism. It will cause some very unpleasant effects if the person drinks even a small amount of alcohol.
  • Naltrexone (ReVia®) – This drug is used only with people who have already stopped drinking alcohol and/or using opioid medications. It works by decreasing the cravings for alcohol, and it blocks the effects of opioid medications.
  • Acamprosate (Campral®) – This drug is used strictly with people who have already stopped drinking large amounts of alcohol. It is not useful in avoiding the withdrawal symptoms that occur when a person stops drinking alcohol. 

MAT medications associated with opioid addiction treatments include, but are not limited to:

  • Methadone (Methadose®, or Dolophine ®) – Methadone prevents withdrawal symptoms for clients detoxifying themselves from opioids 
  • Buprenorphine (Subutex®) – This drug is frequently used in combination with Naloxone. Buprenorphine  can prevent the withdrawal symptoms someone will experience when they stop using opioids. 


Selecting a rehabilitation facility that is best suited for a client can be a complex process. However, the effort and research associated with selecting the right facility are worth the long-term recovery. Emerald Isle Health & Recovery’s goal is your recovery. Please do not forget to check with GEHA for coverage, as it is an essential part of your choice. If for any reason, you are unable to check with GEHA, we will contact them on your behalf. Thank you for considering Emerald Isle Health & Recovery.