In 2008, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed which established legislation that required the insurance industry to provide the same amount of treatment for mental health and substance abuse as they provided for medical and surgical care. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act has now made health insurance coverage more accessible. It includes prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders as an essential health benefit that must be covered by health plans that are offered through the health insurance marketplace. If you’re looking for a way to pay for medical detox, carefully evaluate your options and choose the one that makes the most financial sense to you and your recovery.
Suboxone is actually the combination of two different drugs: buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (a pure opioid antagonist). As a partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine’s job is to deliver very diminished opioid doses to a patient who is addicted to a stronger opioid. It provides a way for the client to be gradually weaned off their pre-existing addiction, while minimizing the opioid withdrawal symptoms that would come from the process. Naloxone shuts down the opioid receptor, blocking agonists from reaching the receptor and even reversing the effect of opioid agonists already in the individual’s system by intercepting the signals the receptors send to the nervous system.