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How Much Does an Intensive Outpatient Program Cost?

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

May 16, 2023 (Originally Published)

July 20, 2024 (Last Updated)

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If you or your loved one is ready to get the addiction treatment they need, it’s important to become familiar with the costs that may come with it. This page will help you understand the cost of three forms of drug and alcohol addiction treatment and discuss a little bit on Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) programming. 

Please note, this piece will discuss all aspects of private pay costs. In order to get the real cost out of outpatient addiction treatment that can be covered by insurance, give us a call. One of the first things you should do is call an addiction treatment center. We can determine the different types of treatment plans for you or your loved one. There are different levels of care and every level costs differently. Detox and attending an inpatient treatment center are typically more expensive than PHP, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. 

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How Much Does IOP Cost?

First off, health insurance is usually the best way to pay. Many private insurance plans cover mental health and substance abuse, including all levels of care. That being said, IOP treatment cost ranges between $3,000 and $10,000 before health insurance. Insurance will often cover most of an intensive outpatient program cost, and can even cover the price of traveling to out of state facilities.

While a patient is being pre-screened for acceptance into the program, it’s often too early to tell how much treatment is needed and for how long. Most professional addiction treatment centers know this, and will recommend a treatment program after an initial screening interview. They will also help you understand your options for inpatient rehab vs. outpatient rehab, which can make the journey to recovery seem less overwhelming.

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How Much Does Rehab Cost?

A recent study looked at the cost of an intensive outpatient program to determine regional price variations. When the study was completed, each of the major forms of addiction recovery had been examined. The results showed the average price range from around the United States. These ranges for how much rehab costs are broken down by inpatient program vs. outpatient program (OP) cost:

Inpatient Care Options

  • Basic low-cost, 30-day residential rehab – $2,000 – $7,000
  • Standard 30-day residential inpatient treatment- $10,000 – $20,000
  • Premium/luxury 30-day residential inpatient care – $25,000+

Types of Outpatient Care

  • Addiction treatment therapy and counseling – Free – $1,000
  • Intensive outpatient care – $3,000 – $10,000
  • Detox treatment costs anywhere from $300-$800 a day
  • Aftercare support groups – Free

Factors That Affect The Cost Of Rehabilitation

We’ve all seen some of the celebrity rehab facilities made famous from tabloid TV shows. As you can imagine, these places are extremely pricey. For most people, this isn’t a viable option. The reality is that facilities vary wildly from their approach and their amenities. 

With the ultimate goal being recovery, it’s best to focus on a distraction-free environment. That being said, here are some of the factors that will influence the costs:

  • If detoxification is necessary as this is an added expense.
  • For outpatient rehab treatment, it depends on how many meetings per week you’ll be attending, the level of counseling needed, and the hours per week that you’ll be visiting the center.
  • For inpatient rehab treatment, the length of stay, the type of accommodations and the amenities, will greatly affect cost.
  • Geographical location plays a role in the cost of treatment.
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How To Pay For Treatment

Insurance Coverage – Most health insurance policies will pay for all or a portion of rehab costs. A deductible likely may need to be paid and thereafter coverage varies.

Payment Plans & Financing – Most treatment facilities will offer payment plans to pay your bill monthly or weekly at a slower pace. Interest may or may not be added on.

Sliding Scale – It is possible to find a treatment center that will work off of a sliding scale based on monthly income and offer financial aid to lower-income levels.

Free of Charge – Local health departments and social services do offer free or subsidized options, but these can be harder to find and beds are often booked for months or years.

Cost Of Addiction vs Cost of Rehab

The cost of seeking addiction treatment can appear to be expensive. However, when you consider the cost associated with staying stuck in addiction, it’s a small price to pay for your health, freedom, and a better quality of life. Addiction can lead to medical conditions, criminal problems such as arrests, and even death. 

Not to mention the cost of keeping up a habit over time, which can range from anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000/year. This can far outweigh the cost of treatment. Substance abuse treatment is available to everyone and is more attainable and affordable than people understand. If you or someone you love is facing substance use disorders, reach out today to learn more about programs and turn your life around.

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Different Levels of Care

Treatment plans differ from person to person. It depends on if there’s a dual diagnosis, treatment providers, medication management, substance abuse history, and much more. While one might think intensive outpatient is the proper program, it’s usually not the case. Each case is different as not everyone abuses the same substance or has the same financial situation. 


Detox often depends on what type of drug you are using, and when the last time you used it was. For example, alcohol withdrawal can be deadly. Therefore, having the support of a 24/7 medical staff is critical to survival and the success rate of sobriety. Detox can be anywhere from one to ten days. 

Inpatient or Residential Treatment

Inpatient ranges from lengths of stay. There are also both long-term and short-term stays. It can depend on the length of substance abuse history, type of drugs or alcohol used, ad well as the last time you used it. 

Inpatient drug rehab is a more intensive form of treatment. 

Individuals stay inside of a treatment facility for an extended amount of time. This is a more costly option as the residential treatment center provides the person with room accommodations, 24-hour monitoring, medical attention, food, bedding, supervision, and a daily curriculum. 

This type of substance abuse treatment is suited for those who require around-the-clock supervision. We understand that recovery isn’t always an easy journey. Bridging the gap between addiction and getting sober can be hard. At Renaissance, our community is here to provide support and remind you recovery is within reach even on the days you don’t feel your best. Inpatient treatment is perfect for people who need that extra support, a clinical team, group therapy, and a community of recovery clients in their corner. This method helps people move towards sobriety with intimate therapy sessions and round-the-clock physical assistance.

Partial Hospitalization

Depends on the length of sobriety. Typically, PHP has more hours of programming but has the flexibility to work on vocational development. It is also a great option for co-occurring mental health disorders.

Intensive Outpatient 

IOP also depends on the length of sobriety. You must qualify based on length and time of sobriety, type of substance abuse, and mental health disorders. 

What Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient drug rehab in Orange County simply refers to a treatment program that does not require staying in a facility. Clients in the program often find this option attractive because it allows the patient the ability to stay in their own home or live more freely. Outpatient treatment is a remarkably popular choice because it gives clients the full range of rehabilitation treatment and none of the hassle.

Additionally, outpatient rehab requires patients to attend regular individual therapy, group therapy, educational development, and counseling sessions. They will also make regular visits to a treatment center. As you can imagine, there’s a high risk of relapse for those patients who have not gone through detox or for those patients who are new to sobriety. This varies of course, based on many factors.

Typically, intensive outpatient programs come into play after a person has gone through an inpatient program. It helps keep them regimented and on a good routine. In some cases, patients of intensive outpatient programs bolster their care by choosing a sober living home.

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Get Assistance for The Cost of IOP at Renaissance Recovery

Don’t let the costs of an IOP treatment program prevent you from getting the help you deserve. If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness. At Renaissance Recovery, we care about you getting back to your healthiest self and offer a wide range of treatments to facilitate your wellness. We have a Florida rehab as well as California rehab programs available to help all those who are seeking treatment.

Getting help finding the right intensive outpatient drug rehab doesn’t have to be hard or complicated, our team is ready with open arms to walk you towards sobriety and transformation again. Start today and call any of our representatives at Renaissance Recovery for information about the best plan for you. We offer a variety of addiction treatment options, including:

Kickstart recovery and take sobriety by the reins today. Let’s take a step towards a healthier you today and come learn more about the costs of an intensive outpatient treatment program.



At Renaissance Recovery our goal is to provide evidence-based treatment to as many individuals as possible. Give us a call today to verify your insurance coverage or to learn more about paying for addiction treatment.

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