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The Cost of Addiction Treatment

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Understanding the Cost of Rehab

The cost of addiction treatment can vary widely based on what type of facility you’ve chosen, the programs they offer, the on-site amenities and even the location.

Some programs are free – supported by private donations – but these are extremely rare and extremely difficult to get into.

Others may cost thousands of dollars per day.

Despite these variations, there is an addiction treatment center for you, so don’t let the cost of addiction treatment dissuade you.

The opportunity to heal is accessible to anyone if they know what resources are available to help them. There are also people who can help you find a way to pay for treatment as soon as possible.

Most addiction treatment facilities offer financial aid, accept insurance or have financing options. You should always ask about this up-front.

Insurance is one of the most common ways of paying for rehab. The amount insurance covers depends on the insurer and what the health provider accepts.

Types of insurance that may cover addiction care include:

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • State-financed health insurance
  • Private insurance
  • Military insurance

Not everyone has insurance, but there are still ways to get the help you or a loved one deserves. One way is to look for a free or low-income center. The other is to look into programs that offer financing options. Financing is often a better choice because free rehabs often have limited funding and waiting lists.

Many inpatient rehabs offer financing options for those without insurance.

Some people may be anxious to take on debt, but it’s important to view addiction rehab as an investment. Over time it pays off. Getting sober gives people the tools to get their life and career on track. Recovered addicts are also able to save more because they aren’t spending on drugs or alcohol.

Types of Addiction Treatment and Costs

The type of care offered by a rehab affects the total cost of getting sober. Treatment types are also different for some addictions. There are many other factors that affect the cost of rehab, from medical care to amenities. The following estimates are based on costs reported by studies and individual 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.

The Cost of Addiction Treatment is Cheaper than the Cost of the Addiction

In the long run, rehab is not nearly as expensive as drug and alcohol addiction. Alcohol and drug users are more likely to skip work and switch jobs more often than sober individuals, which has a negative impact on income. The price of drugs, legal problems, health issues and loss of productivity at work all add up over time.

An alcoholic who drinks a 12-pack a day consistently for a year spends over $3,000. This cost doesn’t include potential legal issues that can cost thousands more. Add in the cost of a DUI, lost time from work, perhaps a lost job, higher car insurance, it becomes harder to pin down the exact costs of having an addiction.

It’s no secret that heroin users have reported spending tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on their addiction.

The financial costs of addiction are only part of the equation. The true costs come from the consequences of an addiction.

If your or someone you know is suffering from addiction, call us now to discuss options.

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Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

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