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Anthem Insurance Coverage for Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment

In 2004, WellPoint Health Networks Inc. and Anthem, Inc. merged and became WellPoint, Inc. until 2014, when the name was changed to Anthem, Inc.1 Anthem, Inc. is one of the top health insurance companies in the United States. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Association, Anthem provides coverage in 14 states, although members are also able to take advantage of BCBS providers outside of their home state. Since plans and coverage can vary based on state, it is strongly suggested that you check with your plan to determine coverage details that may be specific to your state.
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Anthem Insurance Coverage for Alcohol and Drug Rehab Coverage 

If you are thinking about getting help for yourself or a loved one for a substance abuse problem, you may have questions about cost and insurance coverage associated with treatment. Anthem insurance healthcare plan members may be wondering about Anthem’s coverage for drug treatment, mental health, and out-of-network services. This page will answer some questions about Anthem’s substance abuse treatment and insurance coverage.

If you are unclear about what types of services are offered in a substance abuse treatment facility and which of those are covered by insurance, you are not alone. Navigating the world of substance abuse treatment, mental health, and health insurance can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. You can verify your Anthem insurance coverage by calling the number on the back of your insurance card. You can also contact the rehab center directly to check your coverage based on the information you provide.

Anthem Insurance Therapy Coverage

In the world of addiction and substance abuse treatment, a variety of services may be suitable for you. You and your substance abuse treatment provider will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. While each treatment plan is individualized, there are common services that many people receive when they choose to enter a substance abuse treatment facility; these vary in intensity, duration, and cost. Common treatment services include detoxification, inpatient/residential treatment, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), and outpatient therapy.


It is the process by which substances are eliminated from the body. It is designed to target the dangerous and acute physical and psychological effects of withdrawal.1(2nd paragraph) This experience can be risky and uncomfortable, depending on the person’s health concerns, type of substance used, duration of substance used, and other factors. Therefore, many people choose to complete detox in the controlled environment of a substance abuse treatment facility.

It is important to understand that detox is only the first step in a long process of recovery. Detox doesn’t address the psychological, emotional, social, or other factors that contribute to addiction.

Anthem Insurance for Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment (Rehab)

After detox, the work of recovery often takes place in the controlled environment of an inpatient/residential treatment facility. The potential for relapse is an undeniable component of the recovery process; studies estimate that 72% to 88% of opioid users relapse after completing a detoxification program.2(introduction, 1st paragraph) Inpatient/residential treatment can be a deterrent for relapse due to its restrictive nature. You can’t leave the facility, and you receive 24-hour care from trained addiction and medical specialists. Your Anthem plan may cover some or all of the cost of services, such as individual and group therapy, medication management, case management, relapse prevention services, and room and board.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

PHPs and IOPs are somewhat less restrictive than inpatient/residential treatment. You can expect to spend anywhere from 3–5 days a week and anywhere from 6 to 30 hours a week at a PHP or IOP, depending on the service provider and your treatment plan.

Outpatient Therapy (Individual and Group)

Outpatient therapy are the least restrictive treatments and can range from an hour to several hours a week, depending on your specific needs. Again, Anthem’s coverage largely depends on your specific plan.

Does Anthem Cover Mental Health Therapy? 

Often, underlying mental health disorders contribute to the use of substances. Research demonstrates that people who suffer from anxiety and other mood disorders are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a substance abuse problem.3(page 2, right hand side) The Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010, requires most insurance providers and Health Insurance Marketplace plans to cover mental health and substance abuse services.4(1st paragraph)

Anthem recognizes that substance abuse and mental health issues can occur simultaneously (known as co-occurring disorders), and it’s important to treat them in tandem. More specifically, their mental health and addiction coverage can include:5(bottom of the page)

  • Access to in-network behavioral health providers, including therapists and doctors.
  • Utilization management by licensed and trained care managers.
  • Access to in-network facilities, including free-standing and acute care hospitals.
  • Residential treatment.
  • Intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs.

How Long Will Anthem Insurance Cover For Rehab?

Research has shown us that successful substance abuse treatment outcomes depend on a number of factors. These include making treatment immediately accessible, treating both mental health and substance abuse problems concurrently, using a variety of evidence-based treatment interventions such as medication and therapy, creating a personalized treatment plan based on the person’s unique needs, and spending an adequate amount of time in treatment.6(entire page)

The length of your treatment will be determined by your individual needs, your treatment facility, and your insurance provider. Keep in mind that the longer you stay in treatment, the greater your chances of a successful recovery. More specifically, research demonstrates that most people who suffer from addiction require at least 3 months in treatment to stop and reduce their drug use; the best outcomes occur with longer treatment times.6(5th bullet)

Insurance plans offer a variety of policies and tiers of coverage, so the duration of treatment covered by your insurance provider will depend on your specific plan. Remember, you can check the specifics of your Anthem insurance rehab coverage by calling the number on the back of your card.

Rehabs Not Covered by Anthem Insurance Policy

Every day in addiction is another day that is stolen from your life. Many treatment facilities will work with you to help you get the services you need to begin your recovery journey. If you have no insurance or if required services are not covered under your specific plan, you may be eligible for scholarships or financing. Some rehabs offer financing or scholarship options. They understand that it’s critical to get treatment now rather than pushing it off until later.

Anthem Insurance In-network Vs Out-of-network Rehab Centers

To help manage the costs of substance abuse, physical health, and mental health services, many insurance companies contract with specific facilities, suppliers, and professionals. These providers are considered in-network. 7(top of page) It is important to know whether your treatment provider is in network or out of network, as this could be the difference between being covered for substance abuse and mental health services or not. The rehab center you choose can confirm whether they are in or out of network, or you can contact Anthem directly to verify coverage at that facility.

What Rehab Centers Take Anthem Insurance?

American Addiction Centers (AAC) has various rehab facilities around the country that provide drug and alcohol addiction treatment. If you have an Anthem insurance plan, the following AAC facilities accept Anthem for drug and alcohol addiction rehab.

  • AdCare Rhode Island: With various facilities located in Rhode Island, AdCare provides innovative, quality, and cost-efficient addiction treatment. Its integrated system of care offers an inpatient treatment center in North Kingstown and a network of outpatient offices throughout Rhode Island. AdCare’s continuum of care includes detox services, residential treatment dual-diagnosis treatment, intensive outpatient services, inpatient and outpatient services, and tele-health.
  • Desert Hope Treatment Center: Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, Desert Hope provides individualized care programs as well as offering a full continuum of care including detox services, residential treatment dual-diagnosis treatment, intensive outpatient services, and tele-health.
  • Greenhouse Treatment Center: Located in Grand Prairie, Texas, Greenhouse offers individualized treatment plans and many levels of care including detox services, residential treatment, dual-diagnosis treatment, intensive outpatient services, outpatient services, and tele-health, all in a luxurious setting with high-end amenities.
  • Laguna Treatment Center: Located in Orange County, California, Laguna is a chemical dependency recovery hospital that focuses on treating people who are medically compromised and need 24/7 oversight. Provided care includes detox services, residential treatment, dual-diagnosis treatment inpatient treatment, and intensive outpatient services.
  • Oxford Treatment Center: Located in Etta, Mississippi, Oxford offers gender-specific rehab while offering an opportunity to connect with nature and try new activities. Provided care includes detox, residential treatment, dual-diagnosis treatment, inpatient and outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient services, and tele-health, all with individualized treatment programs.
  • Sunrise House Treatment Center: Located in Lafayette Township, New Jersey, Sunrise House provides treatment for people suffering from substance abuse from a medical and holistic standpoint. With various evidence-based therapeutic interventions, personalized care is provided through detox, residential treatment, dual-diagnosis treatment, and outpatient services.

There are various treatment programs for individuals struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, so don’t give up if the first program you check out doesn’t meet your individual needs. There are rehabs near me that can provide the treatment you need. Check out the directory to find a list of facilities and programs. You can search by location and filter by Anthem insurance.

How To Check Anthem Insurance Coverage & Benefits?

American Addiction Centers (AAC) is a leading provider of substance abuse treatment across the country. AAC offers rehabilitation facilities in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, Florida, and California. AAC understands how important it is to get help for your addiction now. Enter your information to immediately see if AAC is in network for your plan. You can also call AAC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at and speak with one of our admissions navigators, who can check your benefits while you’re on the phone with them.

Most of our admissions navigators have a personal experience with addiction, so you can rest assured that you will be treated with respect and compassion and that your call will remain 100% confidential. In the world of addiction and substance abuse, time is of the essence. Don’t wait to seek treatment—contact AAC now and begin your journey toward a life worth living. You are not alone, and recovery is possible.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of drug addiction treatment: a research-based guide (third edition) Types of treatment programs.
  2. Chalana, H., Kundal, T., Gupta, V., Malhari, A. (2016). Predictors of relapse after inpatient opioid detoxification during 1-year follow up. Journal of Addiction, 2016,
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2010). Comorbidity: addiction and other mental illness.
  4. US Department of Health and Human Services. (2019). Does the affordable care act cover individuals with mental health problems?
  5. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield. (n.d.). Anthem’s behavioral health and substance abuse services.
  6. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of drug addiction treatment: A research-based guide (third edition) principles of effective treatment.
  7. US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Network.
  8. Anthem. Company History.
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