Sober Living, Drug Testing and Insurance: The Thin Line

Sober livings do not accept insurance and that’s the bottom line. But sometimes you may be asked for your insurance information to cover the cost of services such as drug testing. Read more to find out why this is grey area and how you can avoid paying more than you should.

Sober Livings Do Not Accept Insurance

Because of the fact that sober livings are unable to receive contracts with insurance companies, you will never find one that accepts insurance outright. While some may work in tandem with various treatment facilities or outpatient rehabs in order to lower the cost, the brass tax of what it costs to stay in sober living must be private pay.

It is important to be aware of these types of facilities as they typically do not have the same level of staff qualifications or structure as stand-alone structured sober livings do, and at the end of the day, the safety of you or your loved one and their recovery is on the line!

Charging Insurance for Drug Testing: The Thin Line

When drug testing is conducted at a sober living environment, it should be made clear that it is not necessarily done for the safety of the individual who is being tested, but the community as a whole. If the sober living is doing its job correctly, drug testing should only have to be done when using is suspected, rather than as part of the curriculum.

The problem is, various programs may ask to charge your insurance for this kind of testing, as the process can be expensive when the tests are sent out to a lab. Be aware! This can be a red flag. Unless it has been made clear to the resident before entering the facility that these services need to be charged through insurance, you could be accruing an extra and ultimately unnecessary charge to your insurance.

Make The Right Choice With Sober Livings

Sober livings are meant to be a safe place for individuals to recover from addiction and learn about life skills before they reintegrate back into society. It should not be treated as a place where every resident is a dollar sign and relapse means failure. Make sure to do your research and choose the right sober living environment for you or your loved one. For more information about structured sober living do not hesitate to call call our toll-free number at (888)357-7577.