The Danger of Isolation in Recovery

Why Supported Recovery Is Important

Support groups, recovery staff, sponsors, and mentors help those in recovery to stay accountable, to feel a sense of community, and to know that they are not alone if times get tough. A support network and limited isolation, including the presence of family members at meetings and appointments, helps to create a strong foundation. Also, when family and loved ones attend meetings with someone in recovery, they can better understand addiction and how they can help.

At Fresh Start of California, we understand the importance of 24/7 support and care when you are building your foundation for sobriety. Our Orange County detox and rehabilitation professionals are here to work with you to create the ideal environment for recovery from addiction.

When you are ready to start fresh, and need a team to cheer you on, contact the recovery specialists at Fresh Start of California. Call us now.

The Dangers of Recovering Alone

The biggest danger of isolation in recovery is the increased risk of relapse. Isolation increases and amplifies feelings of:

  • Boredom
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Restlessness
  • Frustration

All of these emotional states may contribute to the desire to pick up where you left off. Adversely, if you have a support network that you trust, you have someone to call when these feelings creep in. Isolation breeds the negative emotions associated with social rejection and social disconnection. It is like the old saying, “Misery loves company.” Once you are in a cycle of feeling socially distanced and disconnected, that feeling of being alone and the thoughts that go with it will grow.

Humans are social creatures by nature therefore we need social interaction that offers coping mechanisms, encouragement, and opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. Disconnection specifically can increase stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, insomnia, and depression. The importance of having a solid support group, even if it is just a small circle of people, is immense.

Interactions with others keep our energy and ideas in motion. Support from mentors, sponsors, and trusted recovery teams keeps thoughts fresh and prevents the mind from growing stagnant resulting in ideation of using. Interactions are a source of new perspective while isolation depletes perspective and decreases fresh thinking. Isolation allows the inner voice, often the voice of the addiction, to be heard and unchallenged.

Without connection and interaction, we are more apt to act on self-harming thoughts and possibly, return to the habits that we used to cope with before: namely using a substance to not feel our emotions. A support network of loved ones and professionals in addiction is crucial in finding strength, confidence, and happiness in a new life of sobriety.

Find Support at Fresh Start of California

The evidence is clear. Isolation during recovery and while you build your foundations of sobriety is a dangerous path to choose. Your success and happiness moving out of addiction count on your choices to create the best environment for change that is possible. This is one filled with supportive friends and family and a caring and knowledgeable team of detox and recovery specialists. At Fresh Start of California, you have access to professionals in a multitude of treatment modalities, and support from those who understand what you are going through.

Don’t walk the path of recovery alone. Contact the Orange County detox and rehab specialists at Fresh Start of California today.

Will Insurance Cover Detox and Rehab?

Insurance Coverage for Substance Abuse Treatment and Detox

The simple answer to this question is yes, most insurances in California will cover at least a part of your treatment for substance abuse or addiction. Many companies (especially private insurance or established large company insurance) offer coverage for all or part of substance abuse treatment for their members. Most insurance companies are also now required to cover substance abuse treatment by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Thankfully, California regards substance abuse treatment as an essential health care benefit, so most insurance companies cannot deny coverage. This means that at Fresh Start of California, we may be able to work with your insurance, whether company-based, state-based or private, to make sure that you get the treatment that you need.

Let the team of Orange County detox and rehab specialists at Fresh Start of California help you take the steps you need to start a new life in sobriety. Contact us today to discuss your options.

Factors that Determine Your Coverage

Your addiction treatment coverage and the amount your insurance company provides in benefits depends on several factors. One factor that affects your insurance coverage is the state in which you purchase your insurance policy and your residency status. Each state has a different coverage system and different requirements for treatment services. The second determining factor in treatment coverage is the level of benefits that you choose. The plan you choose will determine the benefits offered, the amount of coverage, the in-network or out-of-network provider options, and lastly, the copays and deductibles.

The Affordable Care Act and Your Treatment Coverage

The Affordable Care Act makes the availability of coverage more accessible and affordable while helping to release the stigma that comes with seeking treatment. The ACA opens up treatment as an option to those who may not have been able to afford it before, or whose insurance did not cover any part of treatment.

Through the Affordable Care Act, all plans that are included within the umbrella of the ACA have agreed to provide coverage for mental and behavioral health services. Substance abuse treatment and detox fall under this category of medical care. With the ACA, the mandated coverage of mental illness helps the underlying issues of substance abuse. It is very common for there to be co-occurring conditions of substance abuse or addiction and mental health conditions.

Contact Your Insurance Provider to Ask About What They Cover

The bottom line is that the majority of insurance companies typically cover treatment of substance abuse including rehabilitation and detox because it is now considered a medical disease. Required treatment options under the Affordable Care Act include inpatient behavioral services, counseling, psychotherapy, behavioral care, and detox. Although some insurance companies put restrictions or requirements on treatments or will inflict strict timelines on their members, it is worth it to look into what is covered and what your options are.

If you are ready to make a change in your life for the better and want to put a stop to your addictive behavior because you know it not what you want for your future, call our team. At Fresh Start of California, we can work with you to create a detox and treatment plan that can work for your specific needs.

Contact Fresh Start of California to discuss treatment and detox options for you in Orange County.