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Frequently Asked Questions

What to Know About Your Stay in Addiction Treatment

There is no one specific medication that will be perfect for every patient during Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT). In some programs, methadone is used to control withdrawal symptoms. However, we do not use methadone for addiction treatment because it is an opioid and can be as addictive as heroin.

We use another medication called Suboxone and other non-Suboxone options in our Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs to ensure our patients are getting the addiction treatment they need. Additionally, we strive only to administer medication if necessary.

Depending on the kind of addiction treatment, people will have different experiences. At Pathways Recovery, we offer Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT). In Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT), the client will come to our facility and be monitored by our medical team for withdrawal symptoms. The medical team will assess each patient’s condition and prescribe medication if needed to help control withdrawal symptoms.
Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) is widely considered to be one of the safest ways to go through the addiction treatment process.

It is usually recommended that patients continue their usual prescription medications during addiction treatment. If there are any concerns or issues with the medication during addiction treatment, our medical team will be available to assist with changes as necessary. We do ask individuals to bring their prescription medications with them to addiction treatment, but they must be in their original containers. The containers must be labeled with the prescribing physician’s contact information, medication name, dosage, and dosage instructions. Any medications brought to addiction treatment without this information on the container will be considered to be illicit drugs and destroyed on site.

Yes, most insurance plans have coverage for addiction treatment. To determine how much of your stay with Pathways Recovery will be covered by your health insurance, the first step would be to contact us to perform a verification of benefits (VOB). While we don’t accept Medicare or Medicaid, your private health insurance policy can cover a large percentage of the costs related to your addiction treatment. When you contact Pathways Recovery have your insurance membership information available, and we will be happy to run a VOB to determine how much of your addiction treatment will be covered by your insurance.

While it can be difficult to discuss with your employer (or anyone), most employers provide for a family medical leave which you can use during your addiction treatment. Contact your employer’s human resources department to begin this conversation, but do not let it be the reason you avoid getting the addiction treatment you need. Pathways Recovery can support you during your stay with us by providing you with any employer required information you might need to start your recovery.

This can depend on the level of care you choose. For all, it starts with a phone call to Pathways Recovery. Our compassionate staff will help you determine which level of care is best.


An assessment will then be done by the admissions team and/or the case manager. If the client and Pathways Recovery are a good fit and the financial piece is in order (VOB works or cash pay), then an admission date is set.


Additional screenings will begin by the medical team to ensure we can provide the correct level of care. If the client appears to meet the health requirements after a phone screening, then an admission date is set. Once in the facility, a face to face physical and mental screening is done by the medical staff including a detailed nursing assessment.

We can pick you up or arrange for transportation from the airport. Pathways Recovery does not pay for airfare.

This depends on the drug of choice, as well as physical and mental wellbeing. Detoxification usually takes 7 to 10 days.

Many people think of addiction  treatment as 30 days.  However there are multiple factors to that need to be evaluated in order to set a person and their family up for successful long term sobriety. If an individual is relying solely on Insurance to pay for their time in treatment then the length of stay could be brief.  1 to 3 weeks in residential care generally.  What Pathways Recovery finds more successful is when an individual comes prepared to slow the process down and really focus on their long term sobriety. Detox is generally a week. Residential treatment for 5-6 weeks is generally recommended as a minimum. Some people suffering from a more advanced substance use disorder may need 2-3 months to really begin to build a solid foundation for early recovery. Following residential care with our 6 week intensive outpatient program creates a supportive after residential treatment care plan. It is a type of “training wheels” for early sobriety.  So for many 6 weeks in residential treatment followed by 6 weeks of intensive outpatient creates a 3 month continuum of care that is much more likely to help an individual build a solid foundation for long term sobriety.  What we would like each person  to consider is that addiction doesn’t happen overnight for most.  It is the slow build up of a lifetime of pain that needs to delicately be unpacked, processed and healed. The first year of sobriety is generally incredibly fragile. Through our assessment process we will determine what an individual needs medically and therapeutically and we will make recommendations prior to all admissions.