May 19, 2022

AIHP Approved Alcohol Rehab Programs

Rehabilitative services for substance use disorders like alcoholism are covered by the American Indian Health Plan (AIHP).


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What is the American Indian Health Program?

The American Indian Health Program (AIHP) is an acute care program for eligible American Indians that compensate for services provided through and by the Indian Health Service (IHS), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Are you in need of an AIHP alcohol rehab? Read on to learn more about AIHP-approved alcohol rehab programs like ours at Cornerstone Healing Center.
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The Indian Health Service provides medical and public health services to the native people of Alaska and members of federally-recognized Native American Tribes.

The American Indian Health Program (AIHP) is administered by Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). AIHP is designed to provide healthcare to American Indians who qualify for financial and medical needs.

It covers behavioral and preventive health care services for enrolled members.

American Indians and Alaska Natives enrolled in Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or Children’s Health Insurance Program, may choose to get coverage through AHCCCS Complete Care Plans or the AHCCCS American Indian Health Program (AIHP).

Will the American Indian Health Plan (AIHP) cover Alcohol Rehab?

Rehabilitative services for substance use disorders like alcoholism are covered by the American Indian Health Plan (AIHP). An AIHP-approved rehab may include inpatient and outpatient services depending on the substance use disorder severity.

Other healthcare services under an AIHP-approved drug rehab include partial care, behavioral management, psychosocial rehabilitation, and individual, group, and family counseling and therapy.

However, an AIHP-approved rehab does not include some types of therapy options outside of inpatient programs.

Therapy services are only covered if prescribed by a certified healthcare provider and performed under the supervision of a licensed therapist.

Physical, behavioral, occupational, respiratory, auditory, and speech therapy is included in the coverage offered by AHCCCS. However, there are some limitations to this coverage. AHCCCS covers only 30 sessions of occupational and physical therapy per year.

The Medicaid agency does not pay for physical therapy if there are no expectations for improvement. Children under 21 and members enrolled in the Arizona Long Term Care Services (ALTCS) program are eligible for outpatient speech services coverage.

Behavioral services are covered only if provided at an Indian Health Service (IHS) facility, a tribally-owned facility, an operated 638 facility, or an AHCCCS registered facility that accepts a fee for service.

AHCCCS provides access to behavioral health services to individuals determined to have a chronic mental illness and enrolled members eligible to receive healthcare funds through federal block grants.

An individual determined to have a chronic mental illness must be 18 years or older with a behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder that adversely impacts their everyday life.

When Do you know it’s time to get help for an Alcohol Abuse Disorder?

Regardless of how minor a drinking problem may seem, you should not ignore warning signs of alcoholism. The severity of your alcohol abuse plays a significant role in the warning signs that you exhibit.

It’s time to enter an American Indian Health Program Approved Alcohol rehab when you start experiencing physical symptoms of alcohol abuse disorder.


Physical symptoms include:

  • bloodshot eyes
  • appetite changes
  • sleep irregularities
  • runny nose
  • sudden weight changes
  • deterioration of physical appearance
  • tremors
  • slurred speech
  • impaired coordination
  • unusual odors on body, breath, and clothes.


  • engagement in suspicious and secretive behaviors
  • neglecting responsibilities
  • increased drug tolerance
  • use of drugs under dangerous conditions
  • financial problems
  • frequently getting into legal trouble
  • withdrawal from enjoyable activities
  • continued use of substance regardless of negative consequences.


Severe psychological symptoms are also an indication that you should seek treatment.

Psychological warning signs of alcoholism include:

  • fear and anxiety for no reason
  • paranoia
  • loss of motivation
  • mental fatigue
  • absent-mindedness
  • periods of unusual increased energy
  • nervousness
  • increased irritability
  • anger outburst
  • mood swings
  • unexplained changes in attitude or personality.

How to Enroll in AIHP?

If you are eligible for AIHP and are not enrolled, here’s how to do so:

American Indians and Alaskan Natives are eligible to receive physical and behavioral health services under the American Indian Health Program (AIHP).

You can enroll in either the AHCCCS American Indian Health Program (AIHP) or the AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) plan. What healthcare services you receive depends on your chosen plan and the providers in its network.

It’s also possible to switch enrollment between the AHCCCS American Indian Health Program (AIHP) and the AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) plan.

You may also enroll to receive behavioral healthcare services through a Tribal Regional Behavioral Health Authority (TRBHA). However, you must live within the geographic area that the TRBHA serves.

Types of Alcohol Rehab Programs that AIHP Covers

The American Indian Health Program covers several types of alcohol rehab programs.


The first step in the treatment of alcoholism is alcohol detox. During this stage, alcohol is expelled from the body of an individual. AHCCCS pays for alcohol detox in a residential rehab facility. The AIHP Alcohol Detox is included in all AIHP-approved rehab programs to treat alcoholism.


AIHP residential treatment for alcohol addiction involves low or high-intensity programs in 24-hour treatment settings. AHCCCS provides 24/7 supervision and care to an individual living at a rehabilitation center to treat alcohol abuse disorder.

Residential treatments for people with alcoholism are quite expensive without coverage. AIHP-approved inpatient rehab typically lasts between 28 to 30 days. The length of the program solely depends on the experience of the provider.

These programs provide the highest level of rehabilitative services for victims of people diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder.

An inpatient alcohol rehab program typically includes medical detox and integrated mental health services.

A team of healthcare providers works with patients to determine their treatment plan.

The types of therapy offered at rehab facilities may vary. Therapy services included in inpatient rehab programs include cognitive therapy, mental health counseling, speech therapy, music therapy, recreational therapy, pain treatment, nutritional counseling, and vocational therapy.


An intensive outpatient program is a non-residential treatment for alcoholism. These programs address alcohol use disorders that do not require detoxification through psychotherapy.

Intensive outpatient treatment does not include group-based psychotherapy, individual psychotherapy, strategies for encouraging motivation and engagement, family counseling, and educational groups.

This type of treatment for alcohol use disorder operates on a small scale and does not involve intensive residential or partial day services. These programs are not as comprehensive as inpatient rehab programs.

A typical intensive outpatient program provides group therapy and facilitates 6 to 30 hours of programming for alcoholism treatment per week.

Patients pursuing intensive outpatient treatment can participate in their everyday affairs and then [participate in rehabilitative activities at an appropriate facility.

With an intensive outpatient program, classes, workshops, therapy sessions, and meetings are scheduled throughout the day, and patients must adhere to the program’s structure.


Outpatient rehab is designed for individuals motivated to quit drinking but requires flexibility in the program’s structure.

An outpatient alcohol rehab program is of different types and includes different services, including counseling, education, and a network of support. Individuals pursuing an outpatient rehab have to participate in different activities throughout the week.

The flexible structure of outpatient programs allows patients to seek treatment while carrying out their daily responsibilities and living in their homes.

Reach Out to Cornerstone: An AIHP Approved Rehab Program

If you suffer from alcohol addiction and have American Indian Health Plan, Cornerstone Healing Center can help you. Reach out to us today at (800) 643-2108 to learn about our programs and success rate.

Cornerstone is a substance abuse treatment center in network with the American Indian Health Program.


[1] AHCCCS: AIHP Handbook 




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susana spiegel recovery writer and SEO expert

Susana is a recovery writer and advocate with over 8 years in addiction recovery. She is passionate about sharing accurate and helpful information about mental health, addiction, and recovery. She holds a Bachelor’s in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University and has over 7 years of working in the addiction field. 

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Lionel is the Clinical Director of Cornerstone’s Scottsdale treatment facilities. He has had over 4 years at Cornerstone. He is personally in recovery and passionate about helping others overcome substance abuse and mental health challenges; he is trained as an EMDR, adopting a trauma-informed approach to treat the underlying issues.

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