Is Value Options Insurance cover substance abuse treatment?

causes-of-drug-addiction-300x199The majority of individuals with alcoholism or drug addiction are resistant to get treatment, due to their inability to recognize and accept that they have a problem. Many families opt for intervention to help their loved one to identify and to agree that they require professional assistance.

If you have concerns about your loved one who is currently taking drugs or abusing alcohol, speak to a Substance Abuse Professional at the treatment center, that provides a comprehensive program for individuals with drug or alcohol addiction problem. A health care provider will be able to give you an adequate advice, and furnish a basic idea of how to approach this matter.

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Why Teen’s Drug Test was Negative, Do we need a Drug Rehab?

ts_140807_drug_overdose_abuse_800x600Addiction can happen at any age, but unfortunately it often happens amongst young persons. Is your teen has tested negative for drugs?

That means there were no detectible traces of specific drugs the lab was looking for. However, that doesn’t mean that your young teen doesn’t use drugs. Different drug tests provide different results. If your child continues to use drugs despite harmful consequences, he or she may be addicted.

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MURRIETA: Grand jury indicts five for drug rehab death

grand jury picA grand jury has indicted five employees of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation company after a 53-year-old man died under the company’s care.

Kristofer Michael McCausland, James Andrew Fent, Mignon Hernandez Dean and Jerrod Nathan Menz have each been charged with one count of murder and one count of dependent adult abuse, according to court records.

Tami Dawn Scarcella, another employee, was only charged with dependent adult abuse, according to the records.

The five are expected to make their first appearance in court Oct. 1.

All were employed by American Addiction Centers, the parent company of A Better Tomorrow Treatment Center in Murrieta, in July 2010. It was during this time that the treatment center took in Gary Benefield, 53.

Benefield died at the facility July 26, 2010, according to the indictment.

Benefield had recently battled pneumonia and was suffering from congestive heart failure when he was admitted to the rehab for alcohol detox, according to a separate civil suit filed by Benefield’s widow in June 2012. He was also dependent on oxygen.

The suit alleges Benefield was admitted without his prescription medications and without his necessary oxygen. It also alleges that no one checked on Benefield’s medical state during the evening he was admitted.

Benefield was found dead by a rehabilitation center employee the next morning, according to the suit.

A Better Tomorrow Treatment Center was not a medically supervised treatment center. In 2008, the center received a citation from the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs for advertising itself as a medically managed detoxification facility. It was ordered to remove all such wording from its marketing and promotional items, according to the suit.

The 2012 civil suit eventually reached a settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed.

The indictment alleges the defendants admitted Benefield under “circumstances and conditions likely to produce great bodily harm and death” and knowingly allowed him to suffer.

It was filed and sealed July 21 and was unsealed July 29. The grand jury looked at evidence gained during an investigation by the California Department of Justice into Benefield’s death.

Officials with American Addiction Centers say they plan to vigorously contest charges that the company and its employees were liable in Benefield’s death.

The company is not currently aware of any evidence that the company or any of the individuals charged were responsible for the resident’s death,” spokesman David Green wrote in an email. “The coroner concluded the client died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease.”

Kristin Ford, press secretary for the California Department of Justice, said an indictment happened nearly five years after Benefield’s death because of the nature of the case.

This is a complex case, which required time-intensive and significant investigative and prosecutorial efforts,” Ford wrote.

Ford said arrest warrants have been issued for each of the defendants.

Benefield’s death is one of multiple deaths that happened at the Murrieta treatment center.

A Better Tomorrow’s Murrieta location had one patient death in 2008 and two more patient deaths in 2009. The state sought to shut down the home after Benefield’s death, but it had already foreclosed, according to a California Senate report.


American Addiction Centers (AAC) is a provider of inpatient substance abuse treatment services. AAC treat adults as well as adolescents who are struggling with drug addiction, alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues. AAC’s treatment centers include: Greenhouse, Desert Hope, Singer Island, Forterus, The Academy and FitRx. AAC’s treatment services include: Adult Addiction Treatment Programs, Adolescent Drug Addiction Treatment Programs, Dual Diagnosis Curriculum, Systemic Family Intervention Program, Drug Recovery Aftercare Program, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Services for Firefighters, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program for Law Enforcement Officers. AAC’s Addiction Treatment Programs include: Medical Detox, Residential Treatment (RT), Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).



Why do people relapse from Rehab?

gambling-addiction-350Many people who have serious drug or alcohol addiction problem had most likely faced a stint at the rehab center to overcome their substance abuse and dependence. While some people have a positive experience during their drug rehab treatment, others often fail in the form of relapse. No one is really able to predict if the recovered addict will relapse or have a successful recovery period. The success of any drug rehab program consists of proper treatment plan, individualized behavioral therapy, group and individual counseling, and most importantly the commitment of the individual with drug addiction problem to stay and remain in treatment program.

Even with the most sophisticated, evidence-based drug rehab program, some patient may suffer a relapse. The cause of relapse is often associates with stress, life’s dramatic events, loss, and depression. During a professional drug rehab treatment program, the individuals learn to cope with stress and issues of life, without using drugs. A behavioral therapy identifies the causes of drug use, and provides the patient with tools to manage cravings and possible triggers.

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If you or your loved one is faced with alcohol or drug addiction, and you currently have United Health Care PPO coverage, it may be a considerable cost savings to you and or your loved one. Substance Abuse treatment programs are covered by United Health Care PPO Insurance through their behavioral health coverage.

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