Health Net: 5 Things to Know About Your New Covered California Plan

Health Net: 5 Things to Know About Your New Covered California Plan

If you’re one of the million-plus people who get their Health Net insurance through Covered California, then you’ve hopefully just recently enrolled in coverage for the new year. Whether it’s your first time with subsidized healthcare or you’re a seasoned veteran, every year can bring new complications and changes to what you may have thought you understood. Thankfully, we’ve put together this quick checklist of steps to demystify your new Health Net insurance plan.

Check your new provider and plan

Just because you picked up Health Net insurance through the same portal doesn’t mean you have the same insurance coverage you did in previous years. Even if you were pretty thorough when looking at what you were choosing initially, you probably still want to actually check which insurance provider you now have and what’s covered under your current Health Net plan. Networks change for providers all the time — for instance, Roots Through Recovery is now in Health Net’s network — so you may have some new possibilities even if your provider hasn’t changed.

Look into new options

No matter if you’re looking at a brand new insurance plan or just a shift in the same one you’ve always had, there may be new medical providers and options for you that you weren’t aware of. Whether it’s simply finding a new doctor, accessing your substance abuse or mental health benefits, or looking into a whole different approach to your health, many insurance providers offer a wide and constantly changing variety of choices. If you’re not looking for a particular treatment right now, you may as well see what options you have available to you all year.

Understand the financial requirements

Beyond the amount you pay for the insurance each month, different plans have different out-of-pocket costs when actually seeking medical and behavioral health treatment. From co-pays to prescriptions to specialty services, just having health insurance doesn’t necessarily make your healthcare free. As a general rule of thumb, checking with the doctor, facility, or service provider can get you pretty close to the exact cost that’ll be incurred for various treatments — and they can also sometimes help you work with certain financial restrictions.

Keep track of your income changes

Although getting a new job and making significantly more money can drive your health insurance costs up through Covered California, misreporting or incorrectly estimating your income can also lead you to pay more than you should be. The point of Covered California is to make sure people pay an appropriate amount for health insurance, so keeping your income and tax situation up to date ensures that you don’t overpay if you lose your job or go through other dramatic life changes.

Schedule introductory consultations

Getting signed up for health insurance is the first step in making sure you’re all covered for the year. Before you actually need to seek treatment for the first time, you’ll need to figure out which in-network providers are the best for you. The easiest way to do this is simply by calling and scheduling consultations and introductory sessions with each provider you think you’ll need over the course of the year. Whether that means getting in contact with a facility like Roots Through Recovery or simply getting a check-up to add yourself to your new primary care physician’s patient list, getting in with the appropriate services and providers is ultimately the real reason to purchase healthcare.

If you’d like to check your benefits to see what’s covered under your new plan, you can verify your benefits here.

 

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Sam Weiss, LCSW

Staff Spotlight: Meet Sam Weiss, LCSW

Although Sam Weiss may be one of Roots Through Recovery’s newest Licensed Clinical Social Workers, she’s no rookie when it comes to working with the recovery community. Now that she’s completed the licensing process, Weiss can spend her days focusing on her professional passions of handling the initial assessments when new clients come in as well as her individual and group therapy sessions. With big dreams of one day opening up her own practice in order to help as many people as she can within the community, Weiss is keen to continue learning as much as possible in the coming years while staying true to her life’s mission of lending a helping hand to anyone who needs it.

What was it like to complete the process to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
I just got licensed in October, and it was a 3-year long process, so it was very rewarding to finally be able to go and take the licensure test and pass the first time. It’s allowed me to work under my own license and have the opportunity to do more of my own things to help the clients.

What made you want to get into the field of social work within the recovery community?
My first introduction into the recovery community was not actually my choice. I was assigned to work in a mental health hospital and was placed in the dual diagnosis unit during my first internship experience while in undergrad. I worked there before I even knew I wanted to pursue social work. I really liked working with the population just because of the challenge and stigma attached to the population and how underserved they are. I eventually chose social work because of the breadth of the career. You can work one-on-one with people, but if I eventually decided that I wanted to work on an organizational or macro level, that’s something that I’d also be able to do. I like having that flexibility. Working in recovery is extremely rewarding, and I’m glad I was initially introduced to the recovery community early on in my schooling because I’ve fallen in love with the population.

How is Roots Through Recovery different than the other facilities you’ve worked at?
I love Roots. The facility where I was before looked at clients and staff as a number, so it was very hard to be able to do what I wanted with the clients because I had such an overloaded case load. Here at Roots, you can really tell how much they care about their clients and staff. It creates a really secure environment, and the feedback that we get from clients all the time is how safe they feel here. That’s something I really value in a job; to have clients feel like we care about them and not just because they’re paying for it. The knowledge that the staff has when it comes to individualizing the clients’ treatment plans and meeting the client where they are at is part of what sets Roots Through Recovery apart from other treatment facilities.

What kinds of changes have you seen in the industry since you began working with recovery facilities?
The thing that I think has changed the most is the growing acceptance of addiction as a mental health disorder and not just as a behavioral problem. It’s really opened up the doors for people with addiction problems to get the help that they need, because it’s so common for them to have a co-occurring mental health problem. The more knowledge that people have that it’s not just a behavioral problem but an underlying mental health issue can change the way that people look at addiction, which I think is really awesome.

How do you spend your free time when you’re not working?
I’m a big sports fan, and I think a lot of people know that. I’ll spend a lot of my free time watching sports, because I’m not very good at playing sports. It’s unfortunate because if I was, that’d probably be something I would want to do. Other than that, I love going to the beach, going to the movies, spending time with friends, playing video games, stuff like that.

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Josh Pannell

Staff Spotlight: Meet Josh Pannell

Josh Pannell’s title might technically be “Executive Program and Clinical Assistant,” but he sees that as basically just a nice way of saying that he handles a little bit of everything. Whether it’s facilitating group activities or assisting the admissions team, directing the communication of doctors and pharmacies or helping clients take their first steps into their new lives, Pannell enjoys being a catch-all for Roots Through Recovery. After all, he was one of the facility’s very first employees and comes from a background that gave him plenty of knowledge on the other end of treatment.

Why were you initially interested in getting into this field?
Honestly, I had no clue what else I wanted to do with my life. I’m in recovery myself, and when I became sober I didn’t want to go back into sales. I didn’t know what I wanted to get into, so a counselor at the facility I was at recommended going into this field. They helped me go back to school to get everything I would need. Although I was originally scared to death of going back to school, once I started looking into it I got really excited about it. I dove in head first and started working in admissions and in a residential program while going to school full time. I pretty quickly realized that I wanted to keep going after I got my initial certification, so I’m now pursuing my bachelor’s degree with a plan to get my master’s degree after.

What do you think it is about Roots Through Recovery that sets it apart from other treatment facilities that you’ve seen?
It’s the environment and team for sure. When I was in treatment, I never had the luxury or privilege of going to a facility like this. I always had the standard nonprofit one-size-fits-all mold. We have so many types of treatments, therapies, and experiences here for people to see what works best for them. Every facility says that they have “personalized” treatment, but I’ve never before seen such personalized treatment that really focuses on the individual. It’s also such a tight-knit team that helps everyone. I’ve never been a part of a team that works so closely and communicates so well.

What have you learned while working at Roots Through Recovery?
Kind of like how the treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all, sometimes success isn’t either. Success doesn’t necessarily mean that the client doesn’t relapse, but it might just be about an overall life change or giving them the tools they need to function in society whether sober or not. The goal is not just staying sober, but also about addressing the trauma that they’ve experienced. Identifying that trauma and learning how to address it has helped me recognize some of my own patterns as well.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Well these days I’m mostly going to work, school, and also planning my wedding for May. In the little free time I have, I enjoy going to the gym — I’m trying get back into a shape that’s not round — and I like going new places, having new adventures, and eating new food. I’ve learned in the last year or so that i really enjoy going to amusement parks like Disneyland. My fiancée and I will go to Disneyland for a couple hours on a Friday evening, and we also love going up to Yosemite every year. I enjoy local things too as long as I’m doing something new and having fun.

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Home Detox vs. Medical Detox

Home Detox vs. Medical Detox

To break the cycle of drug or alcohol addiction, you must first conquer your physical dependence upon the substance. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines “detox” or “detoxification” as a process that lets the body rid itself of a substance as withdrawal symptoms are managed. NIDA acknowledges detox as being the first step in drug rehabilitation programs, which is then followed by behavioral therapy and medication if needed.

Methods of Detox

Detox means cleansing the system of the drugs that have been affecting the mind and the body which have been harmful to yourself and to those who care about you. It is imperative that the detoxification phase takes place before rehab begins in order to remove all traces of addictive substances from your body.

When the detox process is undergone, the body goes through a state of withdrawal that can cause certain symptoms, some of them painful or dangerous, depending upon the substance being cleansed and the length of time addiction has lasted.

There are basically two methods to undergo the detox process. These include medical detox and at-home detox.

Natural Detox at Home

At first glance, accomplishing or going through a natural detox process in your own home sounds like a good idea. The words “natural” and “at home” may be attractive to many who do not want to venture out to a clinic, rehab center or physician to rid themselves of substances when they feel it can be done in a more comfortable setting: their own home. However, there are quite a few good reasons why home detox is not the answer for most people seeking to achieve sobriety.

Home detox can be dangerous, especially if you decide to attempt the process on your own, without the support of friends and family. Performing detox at home by going “cold turkey” can be harmful and even deadly, most notably if you attempting to withdraw from alcohol, benzodiazepines or opiates.

The withdrawal symptoms during detox can include heart palpitations, seizures, hallucinations, delirium tremens (DTs), panic attacks, depression, confusion, insomnia, irritability and depersonalization. These are just a few examples, based upon different substances of abuse.

Without the support of medically trained assistants, an at-home detox procedure can be extremely uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally.

Another reason for not attempting at-home detox is that this type of detox does not usually have successful outcomes.

Without the additional support of cognitive behavioral therapy and medications to control withdrawal symptoms, many people give up or end up relapsing in the short term.

Medical Detox

Because in-patient detox focuses on lessening the severity of withdrawal symptoms and on providing support to clients throughout the process, this method is preferred over at-home detox. With medical detox, patients overcome addiction by careful oversight of the detox process by medical professionals.

The symptoms of withdrawal that can be so discomforting are managed with medications at a high-quality in-patient facility such as Roots Through Recovery. Physicians can prescribe anti-anxiety medications to calm patients and treat tremors. Other medicines are available to help patients through detox, a few of which include:

  • Suboxone for opioid addiction. It blocks opioid receptors that block pain.
  • Naltrexone helps prevent the effects of opiates and decreases the desire for taking opioids; it also reduces the pleasure received from drinking
  • Acamprosate reduces cravings for alcohol
  • Disulfiram induces sick feelings in the abdomen when drinking

Medical detox is agreed upon by most doctors to be the most successful path to withdrawal and eventual lasting sobriety.

Detox And Withdrawal: How Long?

Detox And Withdrawal: How Long?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, individuals who participate in residential or outpatient treatment programs are most successful when that treatment lasts for 90 days or more. Determining how long to detox includes program intake, detoxification and then a variety of therapies and counseling sessions that may incorporate medical care, career development training, relapse prevention training and aftercare planning.

Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms Timelines

The detox process can take anywhere from 3 to 14 days or more. How long to detox all depends upon the substance that has been abused and the length of time the abuse has taken place. Different substances take different lengths of time to cleanse the body of toxins.

Users of stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine will experience mood swings, sleep disorders and food cravings for days and maybe weeks following detox. After the first three days of detox, patients will feel an intense lack of energy.

Withdrawal symptoms from heroin and opioids set in after 6 to 12 hours of the last use of the drug. After about 7 days, symptoms abate and the body is cleansed of the toxins.

Withdrawal and detox from benzodiazepines are usually completed after a few weeks.

Alcohol detox can take about one week to ten days, with withdrawal symptoms being most intense by the fourth day.

What Happens During The Detox Process?

People often wonder what is actually going on while someone is undergoing detox. Physically, the withdrawal of drugs or alcohol from your body is occurring as you cease taking substances.

During your time in a rehab treatment facility, you will have around-the-clock access to medical care. A physician can prescribe medications to help you with some withdrawal symptoms and speaking with a therapist can help you cope with the emotions that accompany withdrawal.

Things To Do While In Recovery

Being in detox and recovery sounds like it will be boring and fixated on just one thing. Experts, however, realize that boredom is the enemy of recovery and is listed as a relapse trigger. There are lots of options for things to do to keep yourself entertained and distracted while undergoing detox and recovery. Your counselor may give you ‘homework’ to complete to help you work on your recovery. But what will you do when you have some downtime?

If you have a hobby or had one you once enjoyed, continue with it or find a new one. Jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, board games, doing crafts, sketching, performing or listening to music or
writing songs, poetry and essays are all hobbies you can participate in while in detox or in treatment.

Watch television or movies to get your mind off your troubles. Read a book or magazine, play video games alone or with others. Whatever you choose to do, it’s important that you don’t check your watch nor keep track of time; instead, immerse yourself in what you are doing.

Make sure you see the humor in everyday life. There are comedians who specialize in recovery humor and perform for recovery groups. If that can’t be arranged, watch a funny movie or try to write jokes to share.

Relapse Prevention During Klonopin Withdrawal

Relapse Prevention During Klonopin Withdrawal

This is the fourth article of the five-part series Benzodiazepines: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You. Read part three, Professional Help for Benzo Withdrawal is Essential for Success.

Klonopin is a long-acting benzodiazepine, which means that Klonopin withdrawal will typically start between two and seven days after the last dose and may last for eight weeks or longer. Because symptoms may last longer with long-acting benzos, you may be at a higher risk of relapse during Klonopin withdrawal.

Cravings and stress are major triggers for relapse, and coping with these and other triggers during Klonopin withdrawal and withdrawal from other benzodiazepines is essential for getting through detox successfully.

Detox is Not Addiction Treatment

It’s important to understand that detoxing from benzodiazepines is not the same thing as being treated for an addiction to them. Addiction is characterized by compulsive drug use despite the negative consequences they cause for your health, finances, legal status and relationships.

Addiction almost always has underlying causes that must be addressed in order to successfully beat the addiction for the long-term. Getting off benzos for good also depends on developing essential skills and strategies that help you cope with stress, negative emotions, cravings and other triggers.

Therapy during Klonopin withdrawal helps you develop essential relapse prevention skills, and it’s a crucial factor in ending an addiction to Klonopin or another benzodiazepine medication.

Three Relapse Prevention Strategies for Klonopin Withdrawal

Some relapse prevention skills you can practice during Klonopin withdrawal include:

Urge surfing. When you have a craving during Klonopin withdrawal, it’s important to understand that the craving is temporary. Most cravings last 20 minutes to a half hour. You can reduce the intensity of the craving by acknowledging it and mentally riding it like a wave until it peaks and then fades.

Meditating. Regular meditation practice reduces stress, which is a major factor for relapse. Meditation changes the structures of the brain and reduces anxiety, depression, pain and other psychological stressors, according to Harvard Medical School.

Exercising. Exercise during Klonopin withdrawal can improve your mood, reduce stress, increase your sense of well-being and reduce cravings. Regular exercise is an important part of addiction recovery and goes a long way toward helping you restore good physical and mental health after an addiction.


Read part five of this five-part series, Benzo Buddies Support Groups: Do They Help or Hurt?, or download the entire series as a fully illustrated eBook, Benzodiazepines: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.


Benzodiazepines: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You