Aetna Rehab and Internet Addiction
Internet addiction isn’t typically treated with the gravity of compulsive drug or alcohol abuse. Yet they share many things in common — including the ability to do serious harm to the lives of those who are afflicted.
According to a recent study, the rate of Internet addiction in the United States and Europe could be as high as eight-percent among frequent users. Even more worrisome, rates of Internet addiction are significantly higher in Asia, where the governments of South Korea and China have launched public initiatives to combat this growing trend.
If you feel your Internet use has become compulsive in nature, admitting you have a problem is a key first step. Once you’ve done that, you can begin a comprehensive review of your insurance coverage to see which treatment avenue best aligns with your needs.
Common Treatments for Internet Addiction
Like any compulsive behavior, there are a variety of therapeutic approaches one can pursue to treat Internet addiction. Some of the more common treatments include:
The treatment that works best for you will depend on a variety of factors. These include the severity of your problem, the duration of your problem and your work and family obligations. Someone with a relatively new or mild addiction may wish to pursue outpatient rehab, while someone with a seemingly intractable problem may wish to pursue inpatient rehab, which is typically a more intense and immersive experience. If you’re struggling with additional mental health issues, or substance abuse, you may wish to pursue other treatment options, such as medical detox, as part of your overall recovery.
Will Aetna Pay for Internet Addiction Treatment?
Aetna is a large and prominent insurance provider with comprehensive mental health offerings. As such, Internet addiction treatment may be covered, depending on the specifics of your policy. Your level of coverage, co-payments and deductibles will all typically vary from plan to plan, so it’s important to review your coverage before scheduling treatment at a rehab center. Inpatient rehab and outpatient treatment also typically differ in terms of coverage. For example, outpatient rehab may be capped by total dollars spent or number of visits, while inpatient rehab may be capped at a certain number of days.
Your Next Step
If you feel inpatient or outpatient rehab could help you regain control of your life, please visit Aetna’s website for more information about Internet addiction coverage.