Insurance company provides at-home drug rehab program

An 18-year-old client at Aware Recovery Care walks his new puppy. After struggling with opiate addiction for five years, and after multiple stints in treatment centers, he is now five months sober and planning to begin trade school soon. (WTNH / Maks Danilin)

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced a partnership with Aware Recovery Care today, offering coverage to those who meet criteria and want to enroll in the novel, Madison-based at-home drug rehabilitation program.

An intensive yearlong, home-based treatment program, Aware Recovery Care (ARC) treats addiction as a chronic condition, providing an alternative to brief, inpatient stints. For years, ARC tells News 8, patients struggling with alcohol and drug addictions have had limited treatment options.

Research in New England reveals that 87 percent of patients admitted to detox units have had previous admissions; over half have been there more than five times. Similar data exists for long-term residential programs, where 75 percent of patients have been there multiple times. Additionally, recent studies by leaders in addiction medicine show that those who can maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs for a full year gain a much better chance of achieving sustained recovery.

Stephen Randazzo had worked in recovery for more than 20 years before founding Aware Recovery Care in 2011.

“For most of the last 75 years, addiction treatment has been defined as a process involving a fixed amount or duration of treatment, such as a week in detox or a month in rehab, in the steadfast belief that this will ‘fix the problem.’ Working with addiction specialists at Yale, Aware Recovery Care has developed a new model that provides private and comfortable care for people throughout Connecticut seeking individualized addiction treatment while living in their own homes.”

In addition to frequent random drug and alcohol tests, and the option of continuous GPS monitoring, clients are equipped with a team of healthcare professionals including an addiction psychiatrist, a registered nurse, and a certified recovery adviser, who helps patients adjust to life free of drug dependency.

Chairman and founder Randazzo is enthusiastic about the recently announced partnership.

“We are excited that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut will be providing its members throughout Connecticut the opportunity to experience successful addiction recovery in the privacy and security of their homes. Recovery from addiction is possible – when the problem is properly treated as a chronic disorder for an extended period of time.”


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