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It’s an unfortunate truth that money is one of the biggest obstacles that prevents people from getting the addiction treatment they need. However, there are many programs in place to help children, the elderly, and the poor access medical care and addiction treatment. You may not need to use them, though, if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of Arizonans who already has Medicare or Medicaid. In either case, you can receive drug addiction treatment through your government health benefits with America’s Rehab Campuses.

What Are Medicare and Medicaid?

There’s often some confusion about the differences between Medicare and Medicaid, but the key difference is who they serve. Medicare primarily serves elderly US citizens and permanent residents who paid into the system in the past. On the other hand, Medicaid serves children, people with disabilities, and people living near or below the poverty line. Additionally, Medicaid is more susceptible to variance on a state-by-state basis as some states have expanded the program while others haven’t.

Thankfully, Arizona citizens have easier access to Medicaid benefits than some others thanks to the 2014 expansion. As a result, members of families that live within 133% of the poverty line and childless adults at or below the poverty line can turn to Medicaid for various forms of drug rehab treatment.

Types of Drug Rehab Covered by Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid coverage varies by plan as well as your area, but both programs will always offer their beneficiaries some benefits for addiction and behavioral health. Inpatient rehab at accredited institutions is reliably available through Medicare and Medicaid, although this isn’t the only benefit available. Detox, outpatient care, and other options should be available.


Detox is a foundational stage of recovery that helps a person manage their initial withdrawals and symptoms as they quit using the drug. This is considered a form of inpatient rehab and is often included as part of a residential treatment program, but it’s also possible to attend detox separately.

Inpatient Residential Treatment

Inpatient drug rehab is the classic, traditional approach where a person spends weeks or even months living at a rehab facility. During this time, they benefit from a safe, community-oriented environment in which to turn their life around and rebuild their life.

Pharmaceutical Treatment

There are numerous medications available today to help people cope with addiction, and they may be available through Medicare and Medicaid. This can take the form of medications that we use in medical detox to mitigate withdrawals as well as prescribed, take-home medications.

Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization is an intensive form of addiction treatment that provides similar treatment to inpatient rehab while allowing the patient to return home each day. While the immersion of traditional rehab is a valuable advantage, partial hospitalization can often be a more practical alternative for some people.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient counseling and group therapy for addiction is an invaluable option to have if your insurance covers it. On the one hand, it can help keep you steady in your recovery if you’ve already completed inpatient rehab. Alternatively, you might go without inpatient rehab and combine detox and outpatient care as part of a more practical, accessible care plan.

Use Medicaid or Medicare for Drug Rehab at ARC

At America’s Rehab Campus, we understand that all the expertise and advanced methods in the world won’t help those who can’t pay for it. As such, we take pains to provide care for as many people as possible by offering many avenues to pay for treatment. If you do qualify for Medicaid or Medicare coverage, you can use them for detox, inpatient rehab, and other treatment services. On the other hand, if you have private insurance you can verify your insurance to make sure they’ll pay for the care you need. We also offer custom financing and payment plans to those without insurance, as well.

No matter your circumstances, we want to help you get clean at a price you can afford. Reach out today to find out more about using Medicare, Medicaid, and other health benefits to pay for drug rehab