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You can file a letter of appeal. In your letter, describe the problem you have encountered and provide your name/address/phone number, and the names/addresses/phone numbers of the insurer/managed care firm or health plan. Send your letter of appeal to your insurer or health plan and to the following organizations:
Health Care UnitOffice of Attorney GeneralStrawberry Square, 14th FloorHarrisburg, PA 171201-877-888-4877Fax (717)787-1190
Deb BeckConsumer Advocacy Project of PA2033 Linglestown Road, Box 230Harrisburg, PA 171101-717-657-7702Fax (717) 657-7784
The treatment agency may also be able to assist you in the appeal process. You may be eligible for county support if you insurance does not pay, or only pays a portion of the cost. Please discuss your situation with the admissions staff at the treatment facility and/or with one of the administrative case management staff.
If the person refuses to get the intensive treatment needed, he/she might be willing to start with outpatient services. This may be the first step in the right direction. It is important that you not blame yourself for the person's behavior or decision to use alcohol or other drugs.
Many other self-help groups have adopted the twelve-step philosophy. These groups include Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, cocaine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. Likewise family and friend support groups like Al-Anon, Alateen, and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) have adapted the 12 steps for their own use.
Information on local Twelve-Step groups can be obtained by calling the following numbers:
Answering "yes" to any of these questions may indicate a problem with drug or alcohol use. If you are concerned, call and ask about your options for treatment services.
The following are suggestions for reaching out to your child/teen:
When the mother drinks, the alcohol passes through her system and into the baby through the placenta. Since the baby is much smaller and not as well developed, the alcohol remains in the baby's body for a much longer period of time, at much higher levels. This can cause life-long damage to the child.
No level of alcohol use during pregnancy is safe. Since a woman may not know for several weeks or months, anyone who may be pregnant or is trying to get pregnant, should not use alcohol in any amount. March of Dimes - Alcohol & Drugs
Enabling is habit-forming, and is hard to stop once you start. We are afraid of losing that person or we may fear we won't be needed anymore. However, you must put a stop to your own enabling behaviors to help break down the alcoholic's/addict's system of denial.
What can you do?
Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous. Pain medications such as Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, and Codeine are highly addictive and can result in death if misused or combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Another category of dangerous medications are classed as benzodiazepines. Anti-anxiety medications such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan are also highly addictive and can be medically dangerous during detoxification.
Finally, youth and teens may have access to central nervous system stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderal which are often prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These can also be abused and are addictive.
It is critical that prescription and OTC medications be taken only as prescribed. They should be monitored and kept away from youth and teens. Dispose of extra medications when you have finished them, and do not use old prescription medications or others' prescription medications. Do not be fooled into thinking that these types of drugs cannot be addictive and dangerous.