Anthem BlueCross BlueShield is one of the leading insurance providers in the United States, serving millions of Americans throughout the country. While many Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield policies provide a range of benefits to cover addiction treatment, options and programs vary depending on the state you reside in and your individual plan.

Depending on the Anthem BlueCross BlueShield insurance plan that you have, you may be eligible for various treatment programs that we offer. Some of these programs include:

This page is aimed at addressing any other questions or concerns you may have as it pertains to your BlueCross BlueShield Insurance plan and addiction treatment.

What Does My Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Insurance Plan Cover?

No two people are alike and as a result, no two addictions are alike. While multiple people might suffer from the same combination of addiction and mental health issues, the way they are treated is unique to them and their needs. Anthem BlueCross BlueShield understands that, which is why they cover a wide variety of addictions and subsequent treatment plans for those addictions. 

Does Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment?

At Discovery Institute, we provide a number of treatment options. Some of these include: 

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Benzos
  • Cocaine
  • Opioids
  • Prescription drugs
  • Mental health

Based on the Anthem BlueCross BlueShield plan that you have, your treatment might be covered with little out-of-pocket expenses required. If you are unsure about what is and isn’t covered with your BlueCross BlueShield plan you can reach out to your provider, or you can even reach out to us. 

At Discovery Institute, we know that your top priority and focus should be getting the help you need and not how much it will cost. That’s why we make a point to work with both you and your insurance company to get the treatment you need at a cost that you can afford. 

Will My Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Plan Cover Detox Treatment?

Before starting any sort of treatment where drugs or alcohol are involved, you will likely need to undergo detox first. Detox allows your body to rid itself of the substance or substances that resulted in you entering treatment. 

The length of time someone spends detoxing can vary based on a variety of things including the severity of the addiction and how the person’s body reacts to the detox process. Depending on these things, detox can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete. 

It is important that you undergo your detox treatment under 24-hour medical supervision. That’s why it is strongly recommended that detox be done at either a medical facility that provides detox services, a dedicated detox facility, or a treatment facility that does detox like Discovery Institute. Attempting to self-detox can be incredibly dangerous and even potentially life-threatening. 

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield understands that detox treatment is a vital first step on the road to recovery. That’s why most Anthem BlueCross BlueShield policies cover detox treatment to varying degrees.

If you have any questions about your Anthem BlueCross BlueShield policy as it pertains to detox, or aren’t sure how much it will cover, no need to worry. You can either reach out to your insurance representative or just give us a call at Discovery Institute. We will take a look at your policy and see what is and isn’t covered. Additionally, we will let you know what out-of-pocket expenses you will incur on your end before you enter treatment so there are no surprises.

Which Treatment Programs Does Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Cover?

After completing detox, you will then enter a treatment program for your addiction. The two most common treatment programs that we offer at Discovery Institute are inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Inpatient Treatment

Also known as residential treatment, inpatient treatment is performed at a dedicated facility where you will live for the duration of your treatment. Inpatient treatment is the preferred treatment option by professionals because it allows the patient to go through treatment while under around the clock care and supervision. 

It also allows the patient easy access to a variety of different therapies including individual and group sessions. By living at the facility, it eliminates the risk of relapse occurring during treatment since there are no outside distractions or temptations.

Outpatient Treatment

While inpatient treatment is the preferred treatment method for most treatment professionals, it is just simply not feasible for everyone. Some people simply can’t live in a treatment facility for weeks or months while undergoing treatment. Some people, for one reason or another, can’t just abandon their daily commitments for that long. Additionally, there are some people whose addiction isn’t bad enough to warrant a need for inpatient treatment. For all those people, outpatient treatment is a great option.

While outpatient treatment involves many of the same components as residential treatment, such as a heavy reliance on therapy, the major difference is that you don’t live at the facility while undergoing treatment. 

One of the benefits of outpatient treatment for those that choose that option is that they go to the facility during the day to go to their therapy sessions as well as other parts of your treatment and then go home. Because there is no housing involved with outpatient treatment, the cost tends to be significantly less than inpatient.

Most Anthem BlueCross BlueShield plans cover both inpatient and outpatient treatment. This allows us to provide you with the treatment option that works best for you and your schedule. If you aren’t sure which treatment option is best for you, or if you want to make sure you can afford treatment, contact us today. We will take a look at your Anthem BlueCross BlueShield policy and let you know if there will be any out of pocket expenses and how much they will be.

What Else Does Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Cover?

Not everyone that undergoes treatment suffers from just a drug or alcohol addiction. Many people who are suffering from substance misuse issues are also suffering from some sort of mental health issue. When someone is suffering from both a mental health issue and a substance misuse issue, it’s called a co-occurring disorder

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield knows and understands that many people entering treatment are doing so for more than just a substance misuse issue. That’s why they provide coverage for a variety of other types of issues that someone might need to address when undergoing treatment, including co-occurring disorders.

Not every treatment option is right for every person. At Discovery Institute we understand that, which is why we are proud to offer a variety of holistic treatment options. Some of those holistic treatment options that we offer to our patients include:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Adventure therapy

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield covers many of these alternative therapy options. Depending on your policy, some, if not all, might even be covered in full. If you aren’t sure what your policy covers, or want to learn more about our alternative therapy options, you can reach out to us. We will answer any questions you may have and let you know what, if any, out-of-pocket expenses you might incur.

Is Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Considered In-Network?

Unfortunately, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield is not an in-network provider. However, that does not mean that you can’t get the treatment that you need at Discovery Institute. 

While your Anthem BlueCross BlueShield plan is not “in-network” that does not mean that you can’t receive treatment. While you will likely incur some costs for your treatment, it is still our number one priority to make sure you get the treatment you need at a price you can afford. Depending on your plan, you still might have part of your treatment covered by insurance. 

Contact Us Today Regarding Your Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Plan!

While not in-network, At Discovery Institute, we will still accept Anthem BlueCross BlueShield insurance plans. Should you have any questions about your insurance or the treatment programs that we offer, contact us today. We will answer any questions that you may have and get you on the road to recovery. 

Your number one priority during this time should be to get the help you need. You already have enough going on, you shouldn’t need to stress about financials or how you are going to pay for treatment. That’s why at Discovery Institute we take care of all that for you. You focus on recovery, and we will take care of the rest!

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.