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What is the Cost of Drug Rehab?
The price of treatment generally depends on the following:
- Type of facility—for example, inpatient facilities tend to cost more than outpatient treatment programs because they provide meals and lodging in addition to therapeutic interventions and wellness activities.
- Location of the facility—such as near home or not, or in the mountains or on a beach.
- Size of the program—whether it’s a large program with more participants or a smaller, more intimate rehab.
- Treatments provided—which may or may not include detoxification (detox), medication-assisted treatment, various therapy options, and comprehensive aftercare.
- Length of the program—which can vary from 30-90 days depending on a person’s needs.
- Amenities offered—such as a swimming pool, an on-site gym, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, and more.
But whatever the monetary cost of treatment, the price of not treating addiction—in terms of future health expenses, lost productivity, and other social costs—could ultimately prove much greater.1
Whether you choose to participate in a more standard addiction rehab program that is fully staffed with qualified medical and mental health treatment professionals or you opt for more upscale, luxury treatment, you can find an addiction rehab that fits your personal needs and budget.
Standard Addiction Rehabs
Participants in any addiction treatment program can expect certain basic components. Inpatient participants—those who live at the facility during treatment—can expect to undergo an intake, assessment, and evaluation process; have access to qualified counselors; and have round-the-clock supervision from professionals. Outpatient participants can expect access to group therapy, individual therapy, family counseling, or a combination of these options when they are at the facility and live outside the facility when treatment sessions are completed for the day.
Though program costs will be variable, one might expect standard inpatient addiction treatment facilities to cost between $14,000 and $27,000 for a 30-day program, and outpatient treatment can range from free to $500 per session.2 Detoxification (detox)—the period during which the body rids itself from the influence of substances—costs about $600 to $1,000 a day.2 Some or all of the cost may be covered by health insurance or paid in part or in full (subsidized) by government programs. These costs are estimates based on the experience of Rehabs.com in working with hundreds of treatment centers throughout the United States.
Standard inpatient addiction treatment facilities cost between $14,000 and $27,000 for a 30-day program, and outpatient treatment can range from free to $500 per session.
The rooms at most standard addiction rehab facilities are relatively basic. They generally include a comfortable bed, bathroom, and space for personal items. Costs may be slightly higher for those who opt for a non-shared room. In some locations, participants may have access to a swimming pool or an on-site gym, and some standard facilities accommodate children and pets.
Standard treatment offerings can be set in either inpatient residential facilities or outpatient treatment centers, and they cater to individuals who need short-term or long-term treatment. Inpatient programs generally last for 30, 60, or 90 days, if not longer depending on a person’s needs.
Even standard facilities may offer a variety of treatment approaches and additional services to participants. Although standard rehab facilities may have fewer luxury amenities, many still offer some of the best addiction treatment programs in the world.
In 2016, data were collected by Recovery Brands that asked patients leaving an addiction rehabilitation center what facility aspects they saw as the most valuable aspects to take into account when considering a program. At the top of the list was the facility’s financial practices, such as insurance accepted, payment options, and financial support. They also prioritized facility offerings (recreational activities, food quality, room quality, etc.) a lot more after experiencing treatment. People new to treatment will want to look at a clinic’s financial options as well as the clinic’s offerings to help them make their final facility choice. Read More
Low- and No-Cost Addiction Rehabs
Even if you have financial constraints, you can still get treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD). Many addiction rehab programs are willing to help you find a way to afford rehab so you can achieve recovery and live a safer, healthier life. Both low-cost and no-cost rehab programs are available. Government-funded drug and alcohol treatment centers may also an option.
To keep out-of-pocket costs as low as possible, find an addiction treatment facility that offers comprehensive services that are largely covered by any private insurance you might have. The number of drug and alcohol rehab facilities accepting insurance has started to increase, and many insurance plans cover addiction treatment.
Your insurance plan might not cover all of the services the facility offers, but certain treatment types are covered under many insurance plans. Many people who have private insurance opt for outpatient treatment to save on housing and food costs, which can be expensive. People who choose this option can work, attend school, and manage responsibilities at home during the rehab process. Consultation with a treatment professional prior to choosing a rehab can help you determine if your addiction issues will be adequately addressed with outpatient approaches.
Your insurance plan might not cover all of the services the facility offers, but certain treatment types are covered under many insurance plans.
You can also ask the coordinator of a treatment facility to put you on a payment plan. Some facilities let you make a single down payment and small monthly payments during your treatment, or they might provide services on a sliding-scale fee based on your income.
If you don’t have insurance and have little or no money, you still have options for quality addiction treatment. Some neighborhood health clinics offer free treatment or sliding-scale fees for healthcare to people who don’t have health insurance. Also, some rehab facilities may offer scholarships for people looking to attend rehab. These scholarships provide financial assistance for those who would otherwise be unable to afford addiction treatment.
While some facilities offer addiction treatment services for free, others may provide government-subsidized drug and alcohol rehab services based on your income. If you qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, you may be able to receive detox and withdrawal treatment at no cost to you, and the facility staff can help you apply for insurance.3
There are also free support groups for people in any stage of recovery, and these can be found in most local areas. Church groups, charities, and nonprofit organizations may provide free services to individuals who struggle with SUDs. These programs cater to individuals with limited financial resources who desperately need help. Some churches and nonprofits also offer sober-living housing to individuals who are committed to getting sober and changing their lives.
Luxury and Executive Rehabs
While some addiction rehabs may be relatively low-cost, other facilities can cost tens of thousands of dollars. More expensive treatment facilities are designed for clients who want to live in a high-end, luxurious setting during treatment while receiving top-notch and highly individualized therapeutic techniques.
Luxury and executive rehab centers provide exclusive, advanced drug and alcohol treatment to clients in a private, upscale setting. These facilities are the most expensive type of addiction rehab, averaging $25,000 and up as estimated by Rehabs.com.2 Most participants who desire these services can afford to pay for addiction treatment and amenities of this quality, but some insurance plans cover at least a portion of the costs for luxury addiction treatment.
Luxury rehab facilities focus on providing treatment in a tranquil, serene, highly confidential, and strikingly beautiful setting. These private rehab centers allow people in the public eye to maintain a low profile as they receive professional help for a SUD without giving up the luxuries they’re accustomed to.
Most participants who desire these services can afford to pay for addiction treatment and amenities of this quality, but some insurance plans cover at least a portion of the costs for luxury addiction treatment.
Many luxury treatment centers have massage therapists, nail technicians, aestheticians, personal assistants, personal trainers, private nurses, and gourmet chefs on staff. These upscale rehab offerings aren’t just for comfort—some can also play a role in the addiction treatment process, including animal-assisted therapy.
Executive rehab centers are designed to suit the needs of high-profile clients, such as professional athletes, business professionals, CEOs, celebrities, and politicians in need of discreet yet functional addiction treatment. These facilities are ideal because they allow executives to continue to participate in their career duties during treatment.
Finding an Affordable Addiction Rehab
Anyone with an SUD can get help regardless of insurance coverage or financial status. If you need help recovering from addiction and want to find an addiction rehab program you can afford, take action to find the right treatment program for both your health needs and your budget.
Additional Resources on Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Using Insurance to Pay for Rehab
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): Is drug addiction treatment worth its cost?
- American Addiction Centers. (2017).
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Insurance and Payments.