How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

Published: 04/7/20

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If you’ve decided to go for drug treatment, you’ve taken an essential first step! But you may be wondering how much rehabilitation costs. There are more than 14 million treatment facilities in the United States and they vary in notable ways. Read on to find out the factors that influence the price of treatment, and the number of dollars you can expect to pay, if any. 

Factors that Influence Cost of Rehab

What Kind of Treatment Do You Need? Once you’ve spoken to a doctor or relevant expert, you will know which of the following factors apply to you.

Duration of Program

If your substance use results in criminal activity, a court can order you to attend rehab for a set period. Otherwise, you decide how long you attend treatment for. Normally, there’s an assessment and the healthcare professional will recommend a duration. 

The worse your drug problem is and the more addictive the substances, the longer you will need treatment. More treatment equals greater expense.

Type of Treatment Center

  • For-profit facilities cost more than not-for-profit facilities.
  • Private treatment costs more than treatment in a state facility.
  • Outpatient rehab does not involve room and board costs. As a result, it’s more affordable than inpatient treatment. Outpatient services allow you to continue earning an income. You can stick to the functional aspects of your routine for stability all while accessing therapy.
  • In-patient treatment is expensive but round-the-clock monitoring can prevent post-detox relapses. Less than 20% of people with a substance use disorder need residential treatment.

Location and Features of Treatment Center

If the cost of living is high in a state, treatment costs will rise. Some treatment centers provide online therapy. This means you could receive counseling at home without incurring any transport expenses.

Upscale rehabs cater to those with a high-net-worth. They offer everything from gourmet food to animal therapy and pool-side massages. These wellness retreats are tucked away in calming natural surroundings. 

Millions of people access substance use treatment in the country every year. These patients are, largely, getting effective treatment in facilities that are far from glamorous. 

It’s important to beware of deceptive marketing. Some treatment centers use flashy promotions to hide a lack of evidence-based treatment. This can end up costing you more than is necessary.

Number of Patients 

Larger programs with more participants can be more cost-effective than smaller programs. This is off-set by less one-on-one time with counselors and physicians.

Type of Drug

Certain facilities focus on a single substance and others are geared towards addiction in general. The more addictive a drug, the greater the chance of relapse. 

It’s worth noting that relapse does not mean failure. There are many people in long-term recovery who had lapses soon after early bouts of treatment. But beside the danger of potential overdose, there is a financial cost attached to relapsing and going through detox again.

Services Offered

There are various stages to treatment. A single facility may offer some or all these services:

  • Detox
  • Therapy
  • General medical care
  • Integrated treatment for co-occurring mental disorders
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Aftercare

How Much Does Inpatient Treatment Cost?

  • Inpatient treatment can cost from $2,000 to $7,500 a month for standard rehabs. This can increase to more than $15,000 for treatment with extra amenities. Room-sharing may lower the cost of accommodation.
  • Luxury rehabs for celebrities can cost about $80,000 on a monthly basis.

Bear in mind that residential treatment programs can go on for three months or even longer.

How Much Does Outpatient Treatment Cost?

  • Outpatient therapy can be free or it tends to range from $500 to $1,400 per month.
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) costs about $3,000 to $10,000 a month. 
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) requires more of a time commitment than IOP. It can amount to about $400 per day.
  • Methadone maintenance treatment costs at least $4,700 for a year.

Get Treatment for a Substance Use Disorder 

Don’t let concerns about the cost of rehab prevent you from seeking treatment. You have options. Low-cost or no-cost programs exist but they can have long waitlists.

If you qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, you can apply for public insurance. You can also buy private insurance. Coverage may only exist for offerings such as counseling or withdrawal management. Contact your provider to check the limits. 

If coverage doesn’t meet your needs or comes with out-of-pocket costs, there are other routes. Government subsidies, charitable organizations and crowdfunding can often assist.

In addition, treatment centers are usually willing to draw up payment plans and offer discounts and sliding scale fees. And you may be able to apply for a low-interest credit card or healthcare loan.

Rehab is costly. But its benefits can be priceless. From better health to better relationships, treatment helps and it’s within reach of everyone who needs it. Call Recovering Champions today to speak to a consultant about the best options for you.

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