Our partnership with Aetna is so much more than getting your costs covered – it’s about supporting clients with access to evidence-based treatments and personalizing a plan that’s right for them. In 2016, Aetna strengthened its commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic by launching the Enterprise-Wide Opioid Taskforce (EWOT) and creating a three-pronged strategy of prevention, intervention, and support to achieve these goals by 2022:
- Increase the percentage of members with chronic pain treated by an evidence-based multimodal approach by 50%
- Reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing among its members by 50%
- Increase the percentage of members with opioid use disorder treated with medication-assisted therapy and other evidence-based treatments by 50%
Not only is Aetna making moves within the organization to reduce opioid addiction, it’s also working with behavioral health providers like Rally Point to make alternative therapies and medication assisted treatment (MAT) more accessible to clients.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
MAT is the use of medications alongside counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose. It’s primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids and heroin. The medication works to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids (the “high”), relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.
For example, Aetna covers:
- Vivitrol: A type of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly treatment shot that is used to prevent an opioid relapse after detox. It’s classified as an “antagonist” or “block” medication because it blocks receptors in the brains from the effects of opioids.
- Narcan: Nasal or injectable naloxone is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. It’s covered under all Aetna plans. Coverage must be tied to the member who is using it, through the pharmacy claims system. Clients can also pay for it themselves and then submit a claim for reimbursement.
Vivitrol is the only MAT we offer at our facilities, however, Aetna covers other types of MAT such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. MAT is only part of the puzzle for treating opioid addiction – see how alternative therapies can help you.
Alternative Therapies For Opioid Addiction
Our drug rehab facilities in West Palm Beach, FL allow us to offer a wide variety of alternative therapies because of our close proximity to beautiful natural environments and year-round warm weather. Our treatment programs can include therapeutic activities (aka ‘physiotherapies’) that incorporate nature like adventure therapy, fishing, and yoga/meditation.
Participating in physiotherapy helps our clients:
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Improve coping skills
- Promote physical well-being
- Increase feelings of accomplishment
- Create fellowship with other patients
- Sleep better
In addition to holistic and alternative therapies, we also offer other addiction treatments such as individual and group therapy, family counseling, substance abuse education, life skills training, and more. When you arrive for opioid addiction treatment, you will meet with one of our counselors to determine what kind of therapy and addiction treatment services will be best for your long term recovery.
Thanks to our partnership with Aetna, we’re able to bring our personalized approach to treating opioid addiction to more and more people. Contact us today to get started in one of our opioid and alcohol rehabilitation programs.