The price of your drug treatment center depends on a variety of factors and is usually difficult to assess without one-on-one communication with the center representative. The price depends on the type of treatment you or your loved one needs to receive, the location of the center, the length of your stay, and of course, your insurance policy. 

Since the whole process is pretty confusing, complex, and depends on a variety of unrelated factors, utilizing a treatment consultant to coordinate your treatment plan would be a good idea. They can help you find quality treatment programs your insurance and/or budget can cover. Depending on your location and the alcohol/drug rehab center of your choice, the cost of treatment could be anything from free, to thousands of dollars per day. Regardless of your budget and insurance status, there is a rehab facility for you, and addiction recovery is a real option. Take a look at our guide, and see which option best fits your needs and your budget.

Rehab Costs with Insurance Coverage

When addicts or loved ones call their insurance company to inquire about their coverage of addiction treatment centers, the company will likely recommend the lowest cost option. This might not be the best choice for you, so it’s not a bad idea to try researching other options. Still, even a facility that does not charge their services can help many addicts make real changes in their lives. Most substance abuse treatment centers accept insurance, offer financial assistance, and have multiple financing options. 

Your insurance might cover the entire treatment costs, offer partial coverage, or ditch your case altogether. Either way, the best way to find out is to have your addiction treatment facility of choice call the insurance company and find out if they are in your provider network, how long you can stay, and which treatment centers are best for you and are covered by your insurance / fit your budget is to utilize a patient advocate (recovery coach.) 

Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, and Aetna are the biggest insurance companies that cover millions of Americans. As for the types of insurance you might be working with to cover addiction care, you can choose from the following:

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

Sometimes, family members can be included in a family package insurance coverage, so insurance-based financing should not be a problem. 

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost Without Insurance

Depending on the type of service you need, the cost of American addiction centers varies immensely. If you have no other choice, you could look into a free or a low-income recovery center. But keep in mind that these institutions have impossible waiting lists and limited funding to provide the expert help you might need, especially if you are in the advanced phases of addiction. 

The cost of a rehab program depends on a number of factors, such as what kind of treatment you choose, where the rehab center is located, and how long you stay.

  • Inpatient treatment: from $10,000 to $80,000 for a 30-day program
  • Outpatient treatment: from free to $10,000.
  • Drugs and/or alcohol detox: from $500-$1500 per day.

Regardless of treatment costs, keep in mind that the costs of addiction outweigh the costs of addiction rehab. Especially when you take into account the happy, stable, and dependable life you’d be living after your rehab treatment is completed. The new job and career advancement opportunities are waiting for you around the corner, so getting to the point of sober living is more of an investment than an expense. Taking on debt, or having a loved one take on debt, therefore, would not be as bad an idea as it appears at first glance. Over time, it will pay off. 

Price According to the Types of Addiction Treatment

The total cost of getting sober depends on a number of factors, but increases with the severity of the addiction – this is why every type of treatment affects the total price. You might need prescribed drugs to ease the withdrawal symptoms, and a physician to ensure your body takes the blow caused by alcohol and drug detox. That’s an addiction psychiatrist and an addiction physician working together to help you get better. 

Naturally, there are also luxury rehabs for celebrities and people with money, that contain many amenities, such as tennis courts, massage parlors, huge individual rooms, and even celebrity chefs. These can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars per month. Still, don’t worry. When it comes to addiction treatment experts, average and slightly above-average cost centers provide equally qualified staff. The luxury prices are mostly there just because of the amenities.

Take a look at some more in-depth explanations for rehab costs based on the type of treatment:

Inpatient Rehab: Depending on the length of your stay and the severity of your symptoms and your substance addiction, a 30-day program can cost $10,000 or $80,000. If you need to stay in the care of an addiction facility for longer periods of time, such as 60 or even 90 days, most good places will keep clients for the duration all for the initial agreed upon price.

Outpatient Rehab: Much cheaper than the cost of inpatient care, outpatient rehab programs are meant for people who suffer from moderate addiction or are recovering from inpatient care. A three-month program can cost only $5,000. There are still luxury options with outpatient care though, so the Betty Ford clinic would cost you up to $10,000. The price again depends on the severity of your addiction, as well as the number of times you visit the treatment facilities, and how long your sessions last. Our services include a step down level of care for people who have completed inpatient treatment, and are no longer chemically dependent. 

Medications: Depending on how dangerous the substances in your system are, and how risky the withdrawal can get, medication-assisted types of treatment are sometimes a must. In some cases, the more moderate type of addiction does not require medication at all. Still, if you feel like you are struggling, you can ask your psychiatrist for this type of assistance anyway. Medications mostly treat extreme alcohol and opiate addiction. The costs are not too prominent and can amount to several thousand dollars per YEAR. 

What Factors Into the Cost of Addiction Treatment?

There are several factors that affect the cost of rehab. Some predominant factors include:

Type of Center

There is a big divide in the price of inpatient and outpatient programs. The costs of inpatient programs are higher because the costs of housing and intensive care are higher. This is typically due to the fact that there are additional overhead costs associated with a residential program that are not required with an outpatient program, including the cost of meals and accommodations. Smaller treatment programs typically cost more than larger ones because they offer more personalized care with more opportunity for one-on-one interactions and patient-therapist connections. The cost of these programs also depends on the length of the program and location.

Treatments Offered
Some people don’t need medical detox when they start rehab. Cocaine users usually don’t experience dangerous withdrawals when they stop using, so there is no technical detox other than being monitored. But alcohol and heroin users often experience intense withdrawals during detox and usually need medication.
Those requiring more medical care tend to pay more for rehab. Certain therapies like professional counseling also affect how much you could pay. Longer stays in treatment cost more than shorter stays. The longer you choose to stay at a facility, the longer you have in a sober living environment. But it also means that the facility has higher costs to account for to keep you comfortable and sober.

The amenities offered by a rehab don’t come for free. Amenities may include massages, acupuncture, swimming pools, tennis courts, large individual rooms or award-winning chefs. Luxury rehabs typically frequented by the rich and famous are expensive because of amenities.
Luxury centers can cost tens of thousands of dollars per month. While most rehabs aren’t this expensive, more amenities mean a higher price tag. Luxury drug recovery prices are typically higher than normal recovery services at other facilities. The more lavish and comfort-focused the facility, the higher the program’s overhead expenses.

The Cost of Addiction

While it is difficult for some marginalized groups to afford the cost of alcohol and drug treatment, one must consider the cost of addiction as well. In the long run, addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, even the abuse of prescribed drugs is immense. Addicts are more likely to skip work, be unproductive during work hours, and even frequently switch jobs. Some are unable to work at all. 

Additionally, due to lower inhibition levels and an overall lack of self-control, legal costs of addiction can go through the roof. Car accidents, fights, and similar illegal, high-risk activities can cost people their savings, their freedom, and even their lives. 

Alcoholics can spend over $4000 per year on various beverages, while some drug addicts report spending tens of thousands of dollars on their addiction. Sober, collected and mentally stable individuals are more likely to get long-term employment and provide themselves and their families with a dependable source of income. 

Another cost of substance abuse is the inevitable damage to people’s personal lives, relationships, and connections. This is why family therapy and group therapy are extremely important for all addicts – connections with one’s fellow man reduce the risk of suicide, as well as the risk of relapse in the future. 

Comparing Cost of Rehabilitation to Cost of Addiction

As you can probably tell from the paragraph above, the cost of addiction will always outweigh the cost of rehabilitation. Here is some more detailed information on why that is. 

Health Care Costs of Addiction

Alcohol and substance recovery programs can literally save your life and undo the damage to your body caused by years of substance abuse and mental health issues. Some short and long-term consequences of addiction can include:

  • Brain damage
  • Liver damage
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Mental health issues
  • Chronic viral conditions such as hepatitis, HIV, and other diseases communicable through the blood.

Financial Costs of Addiction

Addiction can cost you up to $100,000 per year, depending on how much money you have to spend. The following factors are included in this figure:

  • Fines for driving under the influence, and likely repeat offenses
  • Divorce costs and custody battles
  • Losing any source of income due to job-hopping or inability to work at all
  • Medical costs for addiction-induced injuries to yourself and others 

Final Words

As you can see, drug treatment centers can cost a lot of money, whether we’re talking about inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, or simple detox services. Your insurance may cover the entirety of your medical bills or only some of it. Some cheaper insurance options will refuse to offer any financial assistance. Still, the cost of addiction is immensely higher and leaves no room for a bright, productive, and fulfilling future. If you or your loved one suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues, we urge you to get help ASAP. Remember, the sooner you reach out for help, the less costly your addiction treatment. 

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