Eating disorders affect 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States and carry the highest mortality rate out of all mental health disorders. The most well known substance abuses in the The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM-V) are anorexia nervosa, binge substance abuse (most common substance abuse) and bulimia nervosa. The two other disorders in the DSM-V are known as avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) and Other Specified Feeding and Substance Abuse (OSFED). Eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy behaviors related to food, weight and body shape and generally consist of binging, self-induced vomiting, diuretic and laxative abuse and excessive exercise; however the underlying triggers are not related to food but rather psychosocial factors such as past abuse or trauma, low-self esteem, bullying, poor parental relationships, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, non-suicidal self-injury disorder (NSSI), a perfectionistic personality, difficulty communicating negative emotions, and difficulty resolving conflict.
Eating disorders on average last approximately eight years and carry a high stigma resulting in less number of individuals seeking treatment. Studies have shown that only one in ten individuals will receive treatment for their substance abuse and many believe these statistics are due to the stigma associated with substance abuses, the high cost of treatment, the lack of insurance coverage and the decreasing government and subsidized funds available for substance abuse treatment. Blue Shield of CA, a leading private insurance company has specific standards on coverage for substance abuse treatment. A thorough assessment by a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians and therapists is required in order to assess the level of care needed and whether Blue Shield of CA will cover this specific level of care. The levels of care for substance abuse treatment in Long Beach, CA covered by Blue Shield of CA include acute inpatient treatment, residential substance abuse treatment, partial hospital substance abuse treatment and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment. Blue Shield of CA requires the following elements for all levels of care:
The cost of substance abuse treatment in Long Beach, CA depends on many factors including the type of treatment, the duration of treatment, the type of insurance accepted and the cost of the specific program where the individual receives treatment. On average, a 30-day inpatient treatment course for an substance abuse costs $30,000 however this may be covered by private insurance and many well-established treatment centers offer scholarships to cover out of pocket costs. Assessing the cost of your substance abuse is one of the most important elements of treatment. Finding an substance abuse program that offers scholarships, financial planning and is a patient advocate while working with insurance companies is extremely important in the success of your substance abuse treatment. The cost of substance abuse treatment is dictated by the specific substance abuse program facility however the insurance companies will dictate how much of your care will be covered and therefore it is important that the substance abuse center is knowledgeable of insurance carriers and specific treatment plans that are covered in order for you to receive the best treatment coverage. Seeking professional treatment is the only safe way to overcome an substance abuse and it is important to research specific treatment costs and insurance coverage during your process of choosing a specific substance abuse treatment center.
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