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How Much Does Rehab Cost?

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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How much does rehab cost is a nuanced question, with many variables impacting the overall cost of treatment.

A study funded by NIAAA (the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) shows a wide gap between those diagnosed with addiction and those obtaining specialized treatment. If you or a loved one are looking for help, the team at our Orange County rehab and Southern California recovery center can help you.

The study shows that one-third of all adults in the United States develop alcohol use disorder at some point, but only 20% receive professional treatment.

With 10% of adults in the US developing substance use disorder at some point and only 25% ever receiving any form of care, we can again see a glaring disparity between those requiring treatment and those obtaining treatment.

Why is this?

Well, the perceived cost of treatment is perhaps the primary barrier for many people ready to commit to recovery but unable to meet the costs.

There’s good news, though. There are many types of rehab that don’t involve packing your bags and heading to an upscale inpatient treatment center for a month or more.

Even better, if you opt for outpatient addiction treatment, you’ll find most health insurance policies provide coverage, so you could kickstart your recovery sooner than you imagined.

Does Rehab Cost Money?

Whether it’s you or a loved one grappling with addiction, you’ll need to think not only about getting the right type of treatment but also about how you’re going to pay for that treatment.

If you have already started trying to establish a benchmark for addiction costs, you have doubtless found that most recovery centers will not openly disclose the cost of treatment programs on their websites. Beyond this, if you contact rehab centers to discuss treatment, cost is not disclosed early on in the discussion. There is a good reason for this, too: you’ll need a thorough evaluation before the treatment center can accurately predict the overall cost of the most appropriate program.

In many cases, people pay for addiction treatment out of pocket using savings.

If you intend to pay for treatment but you lack the funds to pay upfront, many treatment facilities will offer payment plans and financing if it helps to spread the load. You may or may not pay interest for this.

While some local health departments offer free or subsidized addiction treatment, these programs are hard to find, with books often booked for months ahead.

Fortunately, most health insurance policies will now pay for rehab costs. You will most likely need to pay a deductible, and coverage will vary from policy to policy. Where some policies will cover IOPs (intensive outpatient programs) and PHPs (partial hospitalization programs), others will only cover regular outpatient treatment.

What is the average cost of rehab, then?

What is the Average Cost of Rehab?

The type and scope of care offered by a treatment center will impact the average cost of drug rehab or alcohol rehab.

Many other variables influence the overall cost of addiction treatment, including:

  • Whether or not you need medical detox
  • Geographical location
  • Any medications required
  • For inpatient treatment, the length of the program, the standard of accommodation and the extent of the amenities will all dramatically affect cost
  • For outpatient treatment, the number of weekly sessions and the level of counseling required will impact the cost

The following estimates of rehab costs are based on studies and reports from individual treatment facilities.

DetoxOutpatient detox ranges from $1,000 to $1,500 in total, but to be candid, detox/rehab has a MUCH better chance of succeeding if it’s tied to an inpatient program. Most inpatient rehabs include detox in the cost of a program. The exact cost of detox depends on whether it’s part of an inpatient program and the type of drug addiction being treated. Substances with dangerous detox side effects require more careful monitoring, making the price higher.
Inpatient RehabSome inpatient rehabs may cost around $6,000 for a 30-day program. Well-known centers often cost up to $20,000 for a 30-day program. For those requiring 60- or 90-day programs, the total average of costs could range anywhere from $12,000 to $60,000.
Outpatient RehabOutpatient programs for mild to moderate addictions are cheaper than inpatient rehab. Many cost $5,000 for a three-month program. Some outpatient programs, such as the program at Hazelden Betty Ford, cost $10,000. The price tag depends on how often the individual visits the center each week and for how long.
MedicationsThe type of treatment and medications needed affects the price tag on rehab. Some people don’t need medication for their addiction. Medications most often treat alcohol and opiate addiction. It can cost several thousand dollars a year. Year-long methadone treatment for heroin users costs around $4,700.

Average Cost of Rehab with Insurance

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Rehab cost for insurance will vary from plan to plan and from provider to provider.

With treatment ranging from completely free to over $100,000 a month, you’ll find most treatment programs cost anywhere from $2,000 to $25,000 monthly, whether you’re using insurance or paying out of pocket.

The most important thing is to establish whether your health insurance policy will cover all or part of the costs of treatment, and whether you are entitled to inpatient or outpatient treatment under your policy.

There is no substitute for speaking with your insurer directly, so you can quickly and easily determine your best course of action now you’re ready for recovery.

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost

Just like with addiction treatment more generally, there is no universal and average cost of alcohol rehab.

The price of treatment for alcohol use disorder is contingent on many factors, including:

  • Length of treatment
  • Type of program
  • Amenities offered
  • Accommodation (for inpatient rehab)
  • Geographic location
  • Amenities offered
  • Medical detox
  • Medications required

National Drug Helpline data shows the following average costs for alcohol rehab:

  • 90-day outpatient program: $1,400 to $10,000
  • 30-day intensive outpatient program: $3,000 to $10,000
  • Inpatient rehab: $5,000 to $80,000, depending on the length of stay

Even if you look at these costs and find them initially overwhelming, it is always possible to find a way to fund addiction treatment.

The ACA (Affordable Care Act) compels health insurance providers to offer coverage for drug addiction and alcohol addiction.

In the case of an alcohol use disorder, you’ll need to check the details of your policy closely. Many insurance providers only cover up to 30 days in residential rehab. If you have been drinking heavily for decades, this may not be long enough for your needs.

Paying for Rehab at Renaissance Recovery

The most important thing is not to let the potential costs of addiction treatment put you off getting the help you need.

Here at Renaissance Recovery Center, we specialize in personalized outpatient treatment programs for substance use disorder and alcohol use disorder. We are also more than happy to accept insurance for treatment.

Take advantage of the following treatment options to build a firm foundation for sustained recovery:

By investing in yourself and investing in addiction treatment, you can avoid the ongoing costs of addiction, physical, psychological, and financial while restoring order into a chaotic life. All you need to do to get started is reach out to the friendly admission team at 866.330.9449 and we’ll be happy to outline the costs of rehab so you can kickstart your recovery.

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Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country