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Frequently Asked Questions About Rehab

The first step to acknowledge that you have an addiction issue and decide to attend a rehabilitation program can be a daunting one. Many addicts worry about how the rehabilitation process will affect their lives. Like anything in life, the unknown can be scary. Thankfully, there are answers to all the questions you may have about the rehab process. The more information you can obtain about what to expect throughout the entire process -- from how long to stay in treatment to how to pay for the rehabilitation center -- the better you will feel about your new journey into recovery.

How Long Does Rehab Take?

There isn't a set period of time that applies to everyone when it comes to rehabilitation. Some addicts may need a 90-day stay at an inpatient treatment facility to truly find their path in recovery, whereas others may only need a 30-day program. It simply varies according to the addiction in question, the individual's history with addiction, dual diagnosis conditions, and the individual's specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

Studies find that those who spend longer amounts of time in rehabilitation programs achieve better rates of long-term sobriety. This is because more time spend at a treatment facility means more opportunity to focus on the root causes behind the addiction. If these issues are effectively addressed, the individual is more likely to be able to resist temptations to relapse.

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment doesn't conclude after the patient exits the rehabilitation program, regardless of its duration. Recovery is an ongoing process that will continue for the rest of the patient's life. Long-term recovery often involves ongoing therapy, both in individual and group form, and attendance at 12-step meetings. Some patients find other activities key to their ongoing recovery, such as meditation, yoga, exercise or art.

It's important to note that many addicts don't achieve perfect, lifelong recovery with one rehab stay. Relapse should not be viewed as a failure; instead, it should be seen as an obstacle to overcome on one's lifelong journey to sobriety. Relapse is an opportunity to reassess one's path and get back into a program that offers the support and help needed to maintain sobriety. Many addicts complete more than one stay in rehab before they are able to find their footing in their recovery journey.

How Much Does Rehab Cost?

Addiction rehabilitation programs can range in price dramatically. The cost is dependent on a variety of things, such as whether the rehab is an inpatient or outpatient facility, if the program provides certain amenities, and what the program provides as far as detoxification and rehabilitation services.

Some low-cost rehab options may charge as little as $7,500 per month, whereas high-end luxury programs can cost as much as $120,000 per month. A good amount of evidence-based, high-quality options exist in the $18,000 to $35,000 per month range.

There are four things that will affect the cost of rehab programs. These include:

  • Amenities provided
  • Length of the program
  • Location
  • Type of program

The amenities of a program can include anything from animal therapy to professional chefs. High-end programs offer more alternative therapies that can aid the recovery process, such as acupuncture, massage therapy and yoga classes. Luxury programs are also more likely to offer patients private rooms whereas rooms are generally shared in low-cost options.

The length of the program also affects its overall cost. A short program could last for two weeks to 30 days, so it would cost less than a program that lasts 90-days or even six months. The cost of a program is determined primarily by the length of stay, so it's important to take this into consideration. During your intake session, a counselor will discuss the amount of time they recommend you stay in the program for the best shot at recovery.

A rehab facility's location is another factor in overall cost. Facilities located in desirable areas, such as beachfront locations, will generally garner higher price tags. Also consider if you'll be be traveling to the facility. If so, you will need to consider airfare or other transportation costs.

Finally, look at the type of program you are entering. Inpatient programs will cost more than outpatient programs because they require patients to live at the facility and have medical care available during all hours of operation. You should ask the facility what amenities are included, since some programs charge extra for certain activities.

Cost of Rehab vs. Cost of Addiction: While the cost of rehab may be a deterrent for some people, it's important to remember the cost of addiction. It comes with many financial costs, due to the price of the drugs, lost productivity at work, criminal fines and medical bills for health issues associated with addiction. In addition, addiction costs the addict dearly in other ways -- from the deterioration of relationships and lost career goals to overall unhappiness and poor health.

Thankfully, addicts often don't have to bear the cost of rehab outright. Some insurance plans will offer partial coverage for rehabilitation programs. There are also charity and federally funded programs that can assist with the cost of rehab. Many facilities also offer payment plans, allowing addicts to finance their stay. Once they are sober and healthy, they will be in a better position to maintain a steady job and pay off their treatment costs.

Where Should I Attend Rehab? Should I Choose Something Local or Travel to a Facility?

Many addicts travel to a rehab facility outside their home area. This is beneficial as it takes the addict out of their home environment where they are used to abusing drugs or alcohol. In a separate location, addicts are able to fully focus on their addiction issues, free from outside distractions of work, family and friends.

If you are choosing outpatient treatment, you may wish to opt for a facility that is closer to home so you don't have to travel far each day. If you have familial obligations, a rehab facility close to home can alleviate stress as you balance home responsibilities with your recovery treatment.

Are you unsure where to attend rehab? Use our contact form or call us today 1-888-992-3387 and we can discuss your options with you and help you choose a facility that makes the most sense for your needs and lifestyle.

Is Insurance Accepted?

Insurance is often accepted at drug rehabilitation programs; however, this will vary according to the particular facility. Your insurance plan may or may not cover a portion of your rehabilitation stay so it's important to check your plan prior to enrolling in drug rehab. Some facilities require patients to pay up front and then seek reimbursement from their insurance company.

If your insurance plan does not cover the cost of rehab, you can discuss other payment options with the facility you choose. They may offer sliding scale payment options or financing plans to make the cost more manageable.

If you would like more information on whether insurance is able to cover your rehabilitation, call us at 1-888-992-3387.

Which Is Better -- Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

Inpatient facilities differ from outpatient facilities in a number of ways, from costs involved and intensity of treatment to the overall environment throughout the recovery process.

Inpatient facilities are 24-hour facilities that usually have medical staff members present at all times. These facilities allow patients to live there, and they provide medical support whenever necessary. Inpatient programs include group therapy, individual therapy and often complementary therapies, such as meditation, animal therapy or outdoor activities. Inpatient treatment is the most comprehensive form of treatment, allowing the patient to fully focus on their addiction and recovery. Since they are removed from the stress of their regular lives, patients are better able to attack their addiction issues. Inpatient facilities often cost more because the patient is provided with everything -- therapy, meals, lodging and activities.

Outpatient facilities allow a patient to come for treatment, therapy and other services, but then leave at the end of the treatment sessions. This lets a person have a normal work, school or home life while seeking treatment. Outpatient programs vary; some involve all-day sessions whereas others may only treat patients for an hour or two per day. Outpatient care generally costs less because there are fewer amenities and fewer staff hours involved in direct care. Because patients can leave, patients do not have to pay for the around-the-clock care that often makes inpatient treatment much more expensive.

Inpatient rehab is recommended for those with long-standing addictions, addictions to multiple substances, and dual diagnosis conditions. It is also advised for those who have had previous rehab stays and then relapsed. Outpatient rehabilitation is best for those with short-term addictions.

What Is Luxury Treatment?

Luxury rehabilitation offers far more amenities and posh surroundings than standard rehab facilities. They are often located in secluded areas, so patients are afforded maximum privacy during their stays. Luxury rehab centers may offer holistic programs, adventure therapies, gourmet meals prepared by professional chefs, and innovative recovery therapies. High-level executives, celebrities and other public figures often choose luxury rehab for the exclusive amenities, privacy and the likelihood that they will be among their peers.

If you have any other questions about rehab programs, feel free to call us at 1-888-992-3387. We would be happy to talk with you about your options.

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9 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions about Addiction Rehabilitation”

  1. Chris D.

    I want to start rehabilitation in a quiet setting, but it is expensive. Are there options I can look into?


      Yes. Many private programs accept insurance plans so you can offset the cost of treatment somewhat if your plan covers rehabilitation. Private facilities also frequently offer loans and financing, so you can get well in the best environment possible. We’re happy to discuss payment options with you and connect you with a facility that will work best for your financial situation.

  2. Vincent R.

    I’m not sure if I want to go to an inpatient or outpatient facility. Which one is best?


      This depends on your particular situation — the type of substance you use, how long you’ve been abusing it and at what dosage levels. If your addiction involves a physical dependency, inpatient care with on-site detox is often recommended so you can safely remove the substance from your body. It’s essential to have 24-hour medical care during this process.

      When you choose inpatient rehabilitation, you are removed from your “regular” life and all the temptations that come with it, and able to put your sole focus on your recovery. Generally, those with severe addictions, negative home environments, and dual diagnosis conditions benefit most from inpatient care.

      If you have career or family obligations that you can’t get away from for a period of time, outpatient care is your best option. Generally, outpatient rehab is recommended for those with less severe addiction issues.

  3. Michelle W.

    Is a rehabilitation clinic the same as a detoxification clinic?


      No, but they often overlap. Many rehabilitation programs have a detoxification program that they offer to patients, although those patients will not be allowed to participate in the standard rehabilitation program until they have completed the detox process. It is important that the patient completing detoxification is in a supportive environment, with medical staff on hand to keep withdrawal symptoms under control. This decreases the likelihood of relapse and health complications.

      The true recovery work is completed during the rehabilitation portion of treatment. This often involves one-on-one therapy sessions with a counselor, group therapy sessions with other recovery addicts, and complementary therapies that can help addicts embrace a healthier lifestyle.

  4. Paul S.

    Where can I learn more about my options?


      If you would like more information about your choices for rehabilitation or detoxification, contact us at 1-888-879-7780. We can help you understand the costs, benefits and options that you have when it comes to your recovery.

  5. Hunter

    I’m looking for a low cost inpatient treatment facility located in Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana. Please help!

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