Make your dog famous on Instagram: 10 Easy Tips

This article originally appeared on the Puptrait Studio dog photo tips blog

When it comes to keeping yourself sober, most addiction experts agree that it’s important to surround yourself with positive influences. Dogs are one of the most positive and supportive companions that a person can have in their life. Creating an Instagram account for your dog can be a great new happy to dive into to keep yourself busy and happy!

You already know your dog is amazing, but now it’s time to show the rest of the world!

Starting an Instagram account for your best dog friend can be a lot of fun. But if you don’t know what you’re doing posting on Instagram can feel a lot like you’re talking to yourself. What’s the point of posting if no one is going to see your amazing photos or your adorable furry friend, right?

Here’s a check list of 10 easy things you can do to help get your dog’s cute photos more likes and how to make your pet famous on Instagram compiled by your friendly neighborhood professional pet photographers.

How to Get More Likes & Shares on Instagram for Your Dog Account

  1. Take Better Photos of Your Dog
  2.  Focus On What Makes Your Dog Special (Or Different)
  3. Make a Personal Account For Your Dog
  4. Use the Right Hash Tags
  5. Post Consistently & Often
  6. Post at the Right Time
  7. Make Friends
  8. Try Newsjacking
  9. Be Positive
  10. Be Authentic

For more details on each tip check out the original post located

Looking for whimsical dog photos? Checkout famous dog photographer, J.B. Shepard’s Paper Hat pet portraits!

You Won’t Believe These Dogs Are Wearing Costumes Made From Trash

A dog photographer from Baltimore, Maryland put together a series of puppy portraits featuring rescued and adopted pit bulls to help raise breed awareness and funds for a local nonprofit dog rescue rescue.

The photographer, J.B. Shepard, said that the goal of his series Paper Hats was “to show that all anyone or anything needs to shine is a second chance”. To demonstrate that he raided his recycling bin for materials and designed elaborate headdresses and collars for rescue dogs.

Regardless of what he made the costumes from, we think his Paper Hats are adorable.

the Hero from Paper Hats

the Shaman from Paper Hats

a photo of a rescue dog wearing a paper boat as a hat
the Admiral from Paper Hats

a photo of a dog wearing a red and white striped top hat
the Patriot from Paper Hats

a dog photo wearing a crown
the King from Paper Hats


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What Kinds of Addiction Can Be Treated

Addiction is not one size fits all problem

The different forms of addictions can vary in how they present and in how they are treated, but one thing remains true regardless of the type of addiction you are suffering from – you can recover.

REHBS facilities effectively treat substance abuse and addictions to both illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and over the counter drugs, as well as a wide range of behavioral disorders and mental disorders, such as eating disorders, depression and other behavioral issues including but not limited to:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin)
  • Opiates and Opioids (Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Percocet, Roxicodone, Lorcet, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Fentanyl)
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Synthetic Drugs (Spice or Bath Salts)
  • LSD
  • MDMA (Molly or Ecstasy)
  • Crystal Meth
  • Methamphetamines
  • Amphetamines  (Adderall)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis, Hash)
  • Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia)
  • Behavioral Addictions (Gambling, Love, Exercise, Pornography, Internet, Hoarding, Work, Shopping, Video Game)
  • As well as a number of less common behavioral issues.

It does not matter what form of addiction you suffer from, rehabilitation is possible and the first step remains the same, recovery begins when the addict acknowledges they have a problem and commits to change.

Your addiction does not need to ruin your life. Your recovery will likely be an ongoing struggle and it will not be easy, but it is possible and you don’t have to go at rehabilitation alone. With the right lifestyle changes and the support of friends and family, many people do recover, achieving sobriety or putting a stop to the behavior that is having a negative and detrimental impact on their life.

Sometimes, lifestyle changes aren’t enough

Depending on your type of addiction, your personal situation, environment and the resources available, you may find it best to seek outside help from a professional interventionist,  a long term stay rehabilitation facility or a residential treatment program specifically tailored to your disease. Most individuals find they have many options available, it’s simply a matter of doing the research and finding the solution that works best for them and their situation.

Rehabilitation assistance and rehab facility placement services like REHBS can help educate those affected by addiction and make it easier to find a facility that meets your individual recovery, comfort, and financial needs with a simple phone call and at no cost to you. 

We recommend, even if you decide to contact the knowledge consultants at REHBS, to supplement their advice with your own research by learning more about your disease and the recovery options available to you. Remember at the end of the day, you are in control of this process, as regardless of your support system, your recovery inevitably begins and ends with the decisions you make. And, as with any decisions, it helps to be as informed as possible.




An Introduction to Rehabilitation, Recovery & Addiction Treatment

You have questions. We have answers. 

The first step in recovering from any addiction is to acknowledge the addiction and choose to recover. It sounds simple, but it the process can be daunting. The rehabilitation process can take time and will often require an addict to greatly change their lifestyle or environment, and like with anything, the fear of the unknown can be intimidating – but they’re not insurmountable.

If you would like to learn more about what to expect when seeking treatment keep reading. We’ve compiled a few of our most commonly asked addiction and rehab questions. It is our hope that these answers will help you feel better and more at ease with your path to sobriety.

If after reading these responses you still have questions, call us. The REHBS recovery consultants are here to answer your questions and help make your transition as smooth as possible.

Which Is Better — Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

The short answer is – maybe.

Either may be a better fit for you and your personal situation. There are a number of factors to consider when debating whether enroll in inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation. Inpatient facilities differ from outpatient facilities in a number of ways the type of addiction, the presence of any comorbid issues, relapse risk, financial and insurance restraints, familial obligations, career or work obligations, and other environmental factors should all be considered.

Inpatient rehabilitation centers operate and are staffed 24-hours a day by professional staff and generally speaking offer medical support at all times. While detoxing from certain substances, such as alcohol, this can be a much needed necessity to ensure a safe transition to sobriety and to discourage a patient from relapsing simply to alleviate withdrawal symptoms that are the hallmark of negative addiction and the detox process.

Most inpatient programs or stay rehab facilities include group therapy, individual therapy and often other complementary or holistic therapies – such as exercise, meditation, animal therapy or outdoor activities. Inpatient treatment more often than not represents the most comprehensive form of addiction treatment. Being removed from the stress of their regular lives, as well as the environments and lifestyle choices that lead them into their downward spiral into addiction, patients are free to focus fully on recovery and to dedicate their efforts to combating their addiction.

Inpatient facilities often cost more than outpatient programs for the simple fact that they provide more to the patient including meals, lodging and activities.

Outpatient addiction therapy is similar to inpatient in many ways, with one main exception – the patient may go home at the end of their treatment sessions. The nature of outpatient treatment allows patients more flexibility in regards to work, school or family life while seeking treatment.

Like any treatment, there is no one size fits all option and outpatient programs do vary. Some outpatient programs involve all-day sessions, where other programs may only treat patients for an hour or two per day. As there are significantly fewer amenities  provided and fewer staff hours involved in direct care, outpatient programs tend to cost much less than equitable inpatient treatment programs and facilities.

REHBS recommend inpatient rehab for those with long-standing addictions, relapsing patients, addictions to multiple substances, and dual diagnosis or comorbid conditions. If you have been through the rehabilitation process previously, it is generally not recommended that you seek outpatient addiction treatment. Outpatient rehabilitation is best for those with short-term addictions.

What kind of inpatient programs are there?

Treatment methods can vary significantly, adapted to fit the specific needs of different forms of addiction. But that said, the culture of a facility may vary widely even among similar treatment systems. Regardless of whether you are religious (Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Scientologist), spiritual,  vegan, vegetarian, agnostic, atheistic, rich, poor, gay, straight, fat, small, skinny or tall, there are rehab facilities available to you that can help you feel more comfortable. There are even single gender facilities, specifically designed to help those who may feel more comfortable recovering without the distraction of the opposite sex.

Can I go to rehab in another state?

Absolutely! Many individuals find that leaving their hometown can help distance themselves from distractions and many of the root causes of their addiction. While we would never compare a rehab stay to a vacation, it is by nature a form of a get away, and there is nothing saying that you can’t go somewhere beautiful, tropical, warm or cooler for your treatment. There are a number of facilities located in Hawaii, California and Florida, some of whom do take most forms of insurance. Though it is important to note that in most instances the patient is responsible for some if not all of the costs associated with getting to the rehab facility.

How Long Does Rehab Take?
It’s hard to say. When it comes to rehab, there is no set timeframe that applies to everyone.

Some addicts find they need a 90-day stay at an inpatient treatment facility to recover, others get by fine enrolling in a shorter length 30-day program. The addiction in question, the individual’s addiction history, comorbidity, and the individual’s specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs are all factors that should be considered while seeking rehabilitation.

Though it is important to note that studies have found that longer term stays do tend to be associated with higher success rates and longer bouts of sobriety. It is believed that longer stays allow patients to spend more time focusing on the root causes of addiction, and by addressing these issues directly individuals have a better chance of resisting the temptation to relapse.

Does recovery end with rehab?

Most drug addicts and alcoholic find addiction to be a lifelong struggle, a life skill that needs to be both learned, practiced and honed over time, a process that rarely concludes when a patient exits rehab.

Long-term recovery often involves ongoing support therapy, such as 12-step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and participating in both group and individual cognitive therapy. Some patients find other activities, such as meditation, yoga, exercise, and art, to be helpful aids in the effort to maintain sobriety.

It’s unfortunate, but relapse happens. Relapse should never be viewed as a failure, it’s simply one more obstacle, a wrong term on the path to lifelong sobriety. In fact, many addicts attend rehab multiple times. If you or someone you love has relapsed into addiction, they still can recover and they can find a rehab program that provides the support and help they need to once again become sober.

How Much Does Rehab Cost?
Rehab programs that treat drug and alcohol addiction can dramatically vary in price. The variance in cost is dependent on a wealth of factors, such as whether the rehab is an inpatient or outpatient facility, if the program provides luxury amenities, comorbidity, and what the program provides as far as detoxification services and medical support.

There are some low-cost rehab options that charge as little as $7,500 per month. High-end luxury programs, however, may cost as much as $120,000 per month. That said, a good number of evidence-based facilities are priced in the $18,000 to $35,000 per month range.

There are five basic factors affecting the cost of a rehab:

  • Addiction Types Treated
  • Amenity Offerings
  • Program Length
  • Location
  • Program Type

Program amenities can include anything from animal therapy to pool access to professional chefs. High-end and higher cost programs generally offer more alternative therapies that can aid the recovery process, such as acupuncture, yoga, and massage therapy. Luxury programs are also more likely to offer patients private rooms whereas rooms are generally shared in low cost and lower cost options.

The length of the program also affects its overall cost. Much like a hotel stay, the cost of a program is determined primarily by the length of stay, so it is important to take this into consideration. During your intake session, a counselor will discuss the amount of time they recommend you stay in the program for the best shot at recovery.

A facility’s location is another factor in overall cost. Unsurprising, facilities located on beachfront property and other desirable locales will generally demand higher price tags. Another cost to consider how you will get to the facility. Traveling out of town may require modest considerations by patients for airfare or other costs.

Inpatient programs almost always cost more than outpatient programs for the simple fact that they assume the cost of patients living at the facility and provide medical care during all hours of operation. It may be worth inquiring with the facility as to what amenities are included in your stay cost as some programs do charge extra for certain premium activities.

Why is rehab so expensive?

Simply put, because it’s worth it.

As high as the cost associated with inpatient treatment may be, it’s important to remember the cost of addiction. Drugs are expensive, addiction can negatively affect productivity at work and even cost you a job, it can incur criminal and civil fines, and generate a slew of what would under normal circumstances be unnecessary medical costs. Addiction can take its toll on other aspects of an addicts life, destroying personal and family relationships as well as an individual’s happiness or sanity.

Another thing to consider is the simple cost of room and board. Chances are you’re not paying $30,000 a month for your mortgage or rent. But how much would you pay to stay at a hotel every night for a month? Now imagine you ordered room service for every meal. Then saw a doctor and therapist every day. As you can plainly see, the costs associated with treatment add up quick.

Thankfully, most addicts are not forced to pay the cost of rehab outright and entirely out of pocket. Since 2012’s Affordable Care Act legislation, most insurance plans offer at least partial coverage for medically necessitated rehabilitation programs. There are also a number of charity and federally funded programs that can help assist with the cost of your rehab stay. Many facilities, even the so called “cash” programs, offer payment plans, allowing addicts to finance their stay over time or later when they are in a better position to maintain a steady job and pay off their treatment costs.


Is Insurance Accepted?
Insurance is often accepted at drug rehabilitation programs; however, this will vary according to the particular facility, your form of addictions, comorbidity and the specifics of your plan. Your insurance plan may or may not cover a portion of your rehabilitation stay, so it is important to call your insurance provider prior to enrolling in alcohol or drug rehab. It may be worth noting that some facilities require patients to pay up front, before treatment and then seek reimbursement from their insurance company.

If your insurance plan does not cover the cost of rehab, it may be worth asking about other payment options with the facility you choose. They may offer sliding scale payment options or financing plans to make the cost more manageable.

If you would like more information on whether insurance is able to cover your rehabilitation, we encourage you to contact REHBS.

What Is Luxury Treatment?
Luxury rehabilitation offers posh surroundings and many more “premium” amenities than typically offered by a standard rehab facility. These rehabs are often located in secluded areas, so their patients are provided maximum privacy for the duration of their stay. Luxury rehab centers vary and may offer adventure therapies, holistic treatment programs, gourmet cuisine prepared by professional chefs, and innovative or groundbreaking recovery therapies. High-level executives, celebrities and other public figures often choose luxury rehab for the exclusive amenities, privacy and the increased likelihood that they will be free to recover among their peers.

If you have any other questions about rehab programs, feel free to call us. We would be happy to talk with you about your options.

How to Find the Right Rehab

Finding the right drug or alcohol rehabilitation center can be difficult

It’s an unfortunate reality, but addiction has become an increasingly common affliction, with thousands of Americans entering rehab every day.

But addiction remains a personal experience, one that can vary greatly from individual to individual. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that treatment plans and facilities can also vary widely – tailoring environments and treatment plans to fit a wide host of situations, beliefs and lifestyles. And, what is effective in your individual situation may not be effective, or even financially accessible to another, or for that matter, in say the instance of a relapse, even appropriate in consideration of your current situation or environmental concerns.

So, the question remains – how does an addict find the right rehab facility?

The answer is REHBS

REHBS (Sex Alcohol Narcotic Gambling Rehab And Intervention Locator)  is intended to be the “holy grail” of addiction recovery tools.

Regardless of whether you are personally struggling with addiction or simply seeking help for a friend or family member, the knowledgeable addiction consultants at REHBS can help you find a clear and accessible path to recovery.

REHBS operates with a firm understanding of two principles:

Recovery is possible – You can get sober. Regardless of whether you have just recently realized that you might be an addict, or if this is simply your latest of many relapses, we firmly believe that any individual can find sobriety.

You’re not alone – We are here to help. It doesn’t matter if your last friend has walked out on you or if you are coming to rehabilitation with the full support of your friends and family, it can be easy to succumb to feelings of isolation or helplessness. But this is not a struggle you must overcome alone, we are here to help you reach your addiction recovery goals.

If you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism, substance abuse or any form of addiction, we encourage you to contact us today.

We are here and we are listening

Signs of Addiction

The specific signs of addiction can vary, often changing depending on the personality of the individual affiliated and the type of addiction they are suffering from, often making it difficult to determine whether the individual is or is not an addict. However, it is important to note that addiction, by its most basic definition, is unfortunately an ongoing and recurring, if not systematic, pattern of behavior, use and abuse, which can make the signs of addiction quite apparent over time.

While the specific signals or behavior markers for addiction do tend to vary from individual to individual, there are a few common signs that are applicable across most, if not all addictions.

These common addiction indicators include:

  • Increased desire to consume or using a substance or participate in a behavior.
  • Irritability, stress, or difficulty when not consuming or using a substance or participating in a behavior.
  • Major shifts in mood related to the presence or absence of the substance or behavior.
  • Inability to stop, or decrease their consumption or use of a substance, or participation in a behavior, particularly if the substance or behavior is having a negative or unwanted effect on the individual’s life or well being (i.e. creating a strain on finances, causing strife in interpersonal and romantic relationships, impacting their employment, legal troubles, etc.)

When seeking treatment, it’s important to remember that approaches to recovery, like addiction and the individuals who suffer from it, vary on a case to case basis. Therefore, it’s important to find a treatment center that will address the specific addiction, meet the unique needs of the individual addict, and cater a treatment plan based upon what is needed at that particular point in the addict’s recovery.

If you’re unsure of how to best proceed with your recovery process, we recommend contacting the knowledgeable consultants at REHBS. They can help you or your loved ones, craft a recovery plan specifically tailored to your individual recovery, comfort and financial needs, whatever they may be. 


Are there rehabs for individuals under 18?

Addicts under the age of 18 present unique and challenging concerns during rehab. Many recovery centers are simply not set up to handle their specific rehabilitation needs. If you or your child is an addict and is currently under 18, we recommend finding a facility specifically tailored for servicing minors. If you know of someone who is under 18 suffering from addiction, you may want to consider calling your local municipalities department of child protective services or their equivalent.

Recovery Milestones

The road to recovery can be a long one.

But it’s not a journey you have to take alone or one that need to be completed all at once. Most experts agree, it’s best to take things day by day and step by step. Here are a few landmarks to help guide you along your way.

  1. Committing to Sobriety or an Intervention

    By choosing recovery you’ve already taken the first step down the road towards sobriety or ending your addiction and getting healthy.  It may sound cliche, but remember that every journey, regardless of its length or difficulty, begins with a single step. Sometimes it’s difficult for individuals to realize the severity of their problem or to acknowledge that they can do anything they can do about it. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, realize that if not for someone, such as yourself, intervening or confronting them about their disease they may never recover.

  2. Treatment Assessment

    The nature of addiction and the treatments that lead to recovery often vary, changing upon the environment the patient lives in, the resources they have at their disposal (such as health insurance and other support systems), and the severity of their disease.  Fortunately, most questions in regard to treatment specifics can be answered by calling and speaking with a knowledgeable REHBS representatives. REHBS can help guide you through the basic ins and outs of recovery as well as help direct you to a recovery center that can meet and address your specific addictions needs, regardless of the financial resources or restrains.

  3. Detox and Managing Withdrawal

    Many forms of addiction, particularly substance abuse and alcoholism can trigger withdrawal symptoms. Many of which can be fatal, all of which are unpleasant.  Fortunately, these physical and psychological symptoms are predictable in nature. It is important to learn what to expect and how to cope as soon as possible. This another thing that a REHBS agent can help you with during your consultation,

  4. Rehabilitation

    Recovery isn’t easy, but with the right guidance, environment, and personal commitment it is possible. Many individuals find that being placed in the right rehabilitation program can help tremendously, spending hours online doing research to find a facility that meets the demands of their individual situation. However, you can save yourself time and headache of research by calling and speaking with a REHBS agent who will interview you, discover the nature of your addiction and recommend a facility that will meet your unique recovery, comfort and financial needs.

  5. Long-Term Care

    You may need extended support, fortunately these long term stay and outpatient facilities are readily available to meet your long term recovery needs.

  6. Relapse Prevention and Aftercare

    Recovery is a lifelong process. It’s not exactly something you can sprint through, so it’s important to define and reinforce healthy lifestyle habits and behaviors. It doesn’t hurt to have someone you can lean on and trust in the process. So, be sure to reach out and educate your friends and family on the best ways to help you keep from relapsing.

  7. Recovery Support

    Remember, you are not alone. There are many support groups and systems that can help you in your recovery, that can help support you in your struggles and help you navigate living in the modern world as an addict.

If you want to recover we want to help.

Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

Alcohol is a very popular drug over much of the world. However, dependency and regular abuse of the drug, also known as alcoholism, is exceptionally dangerous. And due to the prevalence and often, cultural significance of the drug, relapse is an all to common occurrence.

Often, alcoholics crave alcohol, and if  their cravings are strong enough, an alcoholics may go to extreme measures to obtain more alcohol, even participating in fraudulent, criminal, or violent activity in order to obtain more alcohol. Combined with the acute symptoms of alcohol intoxication, it should come to little surprise to anyone that the behavior of an alcoholic may be out of character for what one would expect from the individual before they made their descent into alcoholism.

Due to the cultural saturation of the drug, peer and advertised pressure, and the positive chemical feedback processes its use presents, alcoholics are often unable to control their drinking. Even if they intend to cease drinking altogether or simply “cut back”, they may be unable to reach their sobriety goals on their own, often unable to stop at the planned number of drinks, instead drinking much more than they had originally set out to consume.

Developing a Tolerance

Both alcoholics and those who abuse alcohol generally develop a tolerance to alcohol. This means that more alcohol is required to achieve the same ‘buzz’ that the individual could previously achieve with less. The body becomes accustomed to alcohol so more and more is required to affect it.

Physical Dependency and Tolerance

All alcoholics inevitable develop a physical dependency on alcohol over time as their body becomes accustomed to and tolerant of the presence of alcohol in their system, effectively establishing a new baseline. At this point, the body has literally become accustomed to alcohol and a higher level of consumption is required to achieve the same level of intoxication. In these instances, when the body is void of alcohol, the deficiency can shock the system and result in withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include sweating, shakiness, nausea, and fluctuations in temperature. Detoxing can be uncomfortable, painful, and without proper medical supervision, withdrawal symptoms can in fact, be life threatening. So it is no surprise, that alcoholics often return to alcohol and relapse in an effort to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal.

Consequences of Addiction

The effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism can be far-reaching and often impact many different parts of an addict’s social life, having a direct detrimental impact on career opportunities, wealth, family, romantic and other social relationships. As an alcoholic loses control, it can be difficult for them to maintain order in any area of their life. The effects of long term alcoholism or alcohol abuse can be devastating on an individual’s health, causing brain damage, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, and even birth defects in their children. It is also important to note that as acute alcohol intoxication is associated with a decrease in decision making abilities, reflexes and coordination, those who regularly abuse alcohol are more likely to be involved in traumatic accidents, auto related or simply by falling, are at a higher risk of committing suicide, generally speaking, far more likely to cause bodily injury to themselves or others than they might have while sober.

When it comes to recovery from severe alcohol abuse or addiction, treatment at an experienced alcohol rehab facility is often a necessity. As mentioned above, detoxification from chronic alcohol abuse can be dangerous if not completed under proper medical supervision. When proper support is available 24/7, such as at a dedicated rehabilitation facility, alcoholics are far more likely to successfully complete the detox process. Medications may be administered to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms during the detox process.

Detox alone is not enough

A post-detox addiction treatment program is where most alcoholics find that true recovery takes hold. During which, under the guidance of therapists, an addict can freely examine causes behind their drinking, addressing the issue at the root, helping them avoid succumbing to alcohol when times inevitably get tough again. Most programs include both an individual and group counseling component, so that they may work on specific issues with their therapist, as well as learn from the experiences of others.

Some programs also offer family therapy services, where family members are invited to join their addicted loved one, offer support, examine any familial issues that may have been a factor, as well as address any issues family members may have experienced as a result of the addict’s behavior.

There is no magic bullet

Like all addictions, there is no one cure for alcoholism. Even in sobriety, an addict remains an addict, and true recovery requires a lifelong commitment. Aftercare plays a crucial role in the recovery process and many alcohol addiction treatment facilities provide aftercare planning and touch-up sessions, scheduled for after an addict have completed a program in their facility. Recovering alcoholics may also benefit by reaching out to local support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, that can help serve as a source of strength when relapse or temptation to relapse occurs.

Relapse is not inevitable, but it does happen

If you are a recovering addict, please realize that there is no shame in relapsing. Addiction is a lifelong struggle and while all of us wish it were not the case, many addicts do suffer at least one relapse in their lifetime. If this happens, remember, recovery starts with you and your commitment to sobriety. As long as you are trying to recover, there are resources available to help, including rehab. Even if you fail the first time, you can detox, enter a treatment program and try again, as many times as you need to.

Remember, you are not alone and you can get sober.

If you need help with recovering from alcoholism, please contact REHBS -they are discreet and their help comes at zero cost to you.


Will insurance cover my behavioral addiction?

At the moment, behavioral addictions or “soft” addictions such as compulsive gambling, sex addictions, work addictions, love addictions, internet addictions, and shopping addictions are not generally defined as to be medical conditions by most health insurance plans, and as such most insurance plans do not cover these behavioral addictions.

This is not to say that these addictions are not very real or potentially harmful to an individual. In many ways they can just as or more harmful than many “real” addictions. If you are struggling with a behavioral addiction and you believe that it is negatively impacting your life you may wish to seek treatment regardless, as the out of pocket expense very likely is minimal in comparison to the damage such an addiction may cause on your emotional, mental and financial well being.

That all said, while behavioral addictions are not generally considered medical conditions, they are however often co-occuring or comorbid with other addictions or medical disorders that are.

To give a specific and extreme example, compulsively browsing Facebook 12 hours a day may be having a negative impact on an individual’s life and as such, would make it something worth treating, but many health insurance plans may not cover treatment. However, if an addict habitually smokes crack cocaine while browsing the internet 12 hours a day, there is a good chance insurance would cover treatment as that behavior pattern presents a significant health risk to the addict. Again, this is an extreme example, but it demonstrates that these issues rarely occur in a vacuum and a comprehensive therapy solution that targets the root cause of your addiction may be able to help with both issues simultaneously.