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    How Much Does Rehab Cost?

    If you or a loved one are considering attending drug and alcohol rehab, your first question may be, “how much does rehab cost?” Unfortunately, worrying about the cost of rehab is one of the biggest motivators behind individuals avoiding attending treatment. However, there are ways to afford rehab no matter what your financial situation is. With that being said, you should never avoid attending addiction treatment due to the cost of rehab.

    Because many factors contribute to the cost of treatment, it is difficult to give a straight answer on the exact price of addiction treatment. However, there are standards of program costs, with each program becoming more expensive depending on the luxuries, amenities, and types of treatment offered. Let’s take a look at the main financial factors in drug and alcohol rehab programs and how much each form of program typically costs.

    The Type of Treatment Program

    There are two main types of treatment programs: inpatient and outpatient facilities. Typically, inpatient or residential programs are more expensive than outpatient, as they provide food, shelter, and treatment.[1] Patients are at residential rehab centers 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, requiring staff to be on-site around-the-clock. Additionally, residential rehab programs provide medical care, meaning there is always a doctor or nurse on duty or call.

    On the other hand, outpatient programs tend to be less expensive, as the patients do not eat or reside on-campus. Oftentimes, patients only attend outpatient programs a couple of times a week for a few hours at a time, requiring employees to be present less often than those in residential programs. This makes outpatient treatment a less-expensive option.

    To continue, outpatient and inpatient programs also differ by their level of care and comfort. For example, there are luxury programs, traditional treatment programs, and low-cost or free programs. Each type of rehab will vary in cost.

    Luxury Treatment Programs

    With luxury treatment programs, attending drug or alcohol rehab does not mean you have to give up the luxurious surroundings and amenities that you are accustomed to. If money is not an issue, you can find a rehab program that provides you with all of the services that you desire. However, you should expect to pay an average between $20,000 to $80,000 a month for your treatment program. Additionally, depending on how many extra services you require, you may have to pay up to $120,000 a month.

    Traditional Addiction Rehab Programs

    Most drug and alcohol residential treatment programs in the United States offer very few, if any, luxury amenities. They typically provide only what is needed: a room with a bed, bathroom, television, and space to store your items. At some facilities, you can save money if you do not mind sharing a room with another individual.

    If you do not need luxury amenities and are looking for a facility that offers high-quality drug and alcohol treatment services, you can find many of them with an average cost between $10,000 and $20,000 a month. Of course, these prices are usually covered by insurance. This helps individuals be able to afford drug and alcohol treatment.

    Low-Cost Treatment Programs

    If you have medical insurance, it is easy to find low-cost treatment options by looking for programs that accept private insurance. Your insurance plan may not cover all of the costs of your alcohol and drug treatment, but most of them will pay for detoxification services, treatment of withdrawal symptoms, and therapy for substance abuse issues. Additionally, insurances like Medicaid and Medicare often cover a majority of the costs of rehab programs, so if you qualify for these insurances, you can find affordable rehab with ease.[2]

    Unfortunately, many insurance plans will no longer pay for residential treatment. Because of this, a majority of patients who rely on private insurance choose outpatient programs instead, as they are generally cheaper. The typical cost of an outpatient program is around $1,400, but some outpatient programs may cost up to $10,000 a month if they provide luxury amenities.

    Free Rehab Programs

    If you do not have insurance and you have limited financial resources, you can still find ways to pay for rehab. In fact, many state health and social services departments offer low-cost or free alcohol and drug treatment programs. Oftentimes, the price of these programs is based on your income and ability to pay. In other words, these rehab programs typically operate at a sliding-scale fee. Because they are free, however, there may be a waiting list to get into the programs.

    Length of Treatment Required

    Before you begin addiction treatment, you will be assessed to decipher how long of a treatment program you require. Unless you are on a court-order to attend rehab, you will be the deciding factor in how long you attend addiction treatment. If you require detox, your overall treatment time may be longer, and therefore, more expensive. The longer that you are in a rehab program, the more your treatment is going to cost., it is important to remember not to sacrifice your recovery to save some money.

    Does the Facility Offer Amenities?

    If you are looking for a rehab program with tons of amenities, such as a spa, gourmet chefs, personal trainers, and private nurses, you are going to be looking at an overall higher price tag. If you do not have the financial ability to afford luxury rehab, it is important to remember that amenities do not equate to recovery. In other words, all you truly need is a comfortable, safe, and medically-professional environment to heal from addiction.

    When looking for cheaper options for rehab, make sure you will be provided with medical care, mental health counseling, individual therapy for addiction, and group counseling. Other amenities such as hot tubs, workout facilities, and saunas are only additional costs, they do not necessarily affect your ability to recover from addiction.

    Attending Addiction and Substance Abuse Rehab

    If you or a loved one require addiction treatment, do not let the cost of rehab stand in your way. There are many ways to make substance abuse rehab more affordable, including looking into state and local resources for free or low-cost addiction treatment. Contact Addiction Intervention today for help in finding a rehab program that fits your budget.

    References:

    1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4768843/
    2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30080460/

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