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Finding an Aetna Treatment Center for Your Son in 3 Steps

Oxford, MS 3 Steps

Dealing with a son battling substance use and behavioral health issues is a challenging condition for most parents. Finding an adolescent treatment center that can provide appropriate care and is in network with insurance can be even more of a challenge. Fortunately, one of the leading health insurance providers in the country, Aetna, offers coverage at many adolescent programs. This guide will cover the three essential steps to finding an Aetna-covered treatment center for your son. 


Step 1: Understand Your Aetna Coverage


First things first, it is crucial to understand your specific Aetna policy and what it does and does not cover. You can’t find a suitable treatment center without knowing what services are covered. Get familiar with the ins-and-outs of your policy, including in-network and out-of-network requirements, co-pays, deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, and if there are any pre-authorization requirements. 


Make use of Aetna’s website. It is an invaluable resource for gaining more insight into your policy and its coverage.


Step 2: Find Aetna-Covered Adolescent Treatment Centers


It is time to find a suitable adolescent treatment center once you’ve got a clear understanding of your Aetna coverage. This process starts with identifying treatment programs that accept Aetna. These centers can be located by following these steps:


a. Aetna Provider Search Tool: Aetna has created a user-friendly search tool that allows policy holders to find in-network treatment providers. Visit the website, enter your location and the kind of treatment you are seeking, and it will populate the best options. 


b. Seek Out Recommendations: Talk with a therapist, counselor, or primary care physician and ask for recommendations. They can be valuable resources, especially when familiar with local adolescent treatment centers that accept Aetna insurance and can provide the services needed.


c. Online Research: Online directories and review websites such as Psychology Today and SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator can also be helpful in finding Aetna-covered treatment centers.


Step 3: Evaluate Treatment Centers


Now that you’ve found a selection of Aetna treatment centers, it is important to assess them thoroughly to ensure they can meet the needs of your son. When evaluating an adolescent treatment center it’s important to consider the following factors:


a. Treatment Approach: Consider how each center handles the treatment of addiction. Find out what evidence-based therapies they use and if they offer programs specifically for adolescents. 


b. Staff Credentials: Research the qualifications of the staff members. It is important that all therapists, counselors, and medical professionals are experienced and licensed. 


c. Facilities and Amenities: Whenever possible, take a tour to assess the facilities and amenities provided. Visit the program’s website and look at pictures of the campus.


d. Reviews and Testimonials: Read through the reviews and testimonials from other families who have trusted their loved ones with the treatment centers you are considering. Reviews are a good way to gauge the services being rendered and the level of staff experience.



Understanding how insurance works and the specifics of your insurance coverage, but utilizing Aetna’s resources, seeking out recommendations, and evaluating treatment centers will allow you to make an informed decision about which adolescent treatment program is the right fit for your son. Talking with your child about their needs and goals for treatment will make sure they and their treatment plan are aligned. 

If you’d like to learn more about Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center’s treatment program, call our admissions department today. We are in-network with Aetna and ready to help start your son on his road to recovery. Call today.