Piece of Cake

My brother left rehab yesterday. His insurance ran out. After two-and-one-half weeks. Insurance companies are mind-bogglingly stupid. They’ll pay for him to go to rehab three times. But apparently only two weeks each time. How fucking asinine is that? It’s proven the longer you stay the greater your chances for maintained sobriety, 30 days being the minimum. But they cut him off. I read the policy from cover to cover. I didn’t see anything about a two-week limit for alcohol and chemical dependency rehab. I’m really hankering for a fight and would like the adjuster to explain where in the policy it says two weeks and he’s out.

But my brother has not asked for my help. So I shall not interfere.

Aside from the insurance issue, the news has been encouraging. My brother is hopeful. And although he now goes home each night, for the next two weeks he’ll continue meetings with his original group from 8:00 to 4:00. After that, they’ll continue to meet every Saturday for a year. He has a sponsor. His first ever. The fact that he’s reporting all this to my mother is encouraging. It means he has intention. It means he wants to continue in his recovery. I feel optimistic. But also fearful. But since I can’t control it, I will think happy thoughts.

I daydreamed today about baking him a birthday cake on December 29. His sobriety birthday. I recall German chocolate is his favorite.

Now I'm craving cake. Dammit.
Now I’m craving cake. Dammit.


Ella a/k/a unConfirmed Bachelorette

Ella a/k/a Confirmed Bachelorette (f/k/a Unconfirmed Bachelorette) is a 50-something recovered lawyer who left the practice of law to embrace a full-time writing life. Never-married, child-free Ella resides in Austin, Texas and Ontario, Canada with her four bad cats.


  • Our current state of health care insurance is asinine. They will pay to treat the symptoms (at $8000 per night in the hospital), but they won’t pay for the prevention (at a much lower cost) to keep you out of there in the first place.

    Hopefully your brother can stick to it this time. Maybe your recent family history and your current level of support for him will make the difference.


    • Insurance companies are asinine generally, but health insurers are the worst. It’s not like a commercial liability policy where the policyholder can afford to file a lawsuit to get the coverage they paid for.

      I sure hope so, BV. The cool thing is, now I do have hope, where a month ago I had none.


  • Your brother can do whatever he sets his mind to.. Let us hope it’s sobriety and a future with clarity and joy 🙂
    yes to the cake!


  • it is a shame about how and what the insurances will pay, doesn’t make sense, but things do look promising. Here’s hoping your brother maintains his position reinforcements and that you’ll get to have that cake!


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