How much does addiction rehab cost?

If you are considering rehabilitation (rehab) as a solution to your drug and alcohol addiction, you will need to know the cost of treatment, what treatment options are available at different price levels, and ways of obtaining the funds to pay for your treatment.

Before you begin to think about how much addiction treatment is going to cost, there is always one steep cost that the victim, their family, and the rest of society will have to pay — the cost of not having any drug or alcohol addiction treatment at all.

Unfortunately, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, lack of financial resources or a lack of health insurance was cited as the second-most reason why people do not receive treatment for addictions.

The cost is worth it – for you and for society

For the entire country, the cost of drug addiction has been reported to reach more than $700 billion per year in costs associated with crime, lost work productivity and healthcare. It has been shown that the cost of drug addiction treatment is much less than the cost of addiction itself, both to the individual and society. One year of methadone maintenance treatment can cost a patient around $4,700, while a one-year prison sentence costs around $24,000 per inmate.

According to some sources, every $1 spent on addiction treatment yields a $4-$7 reduction in drug-related crimes, criminal justice costs and thievery. Add in savings to healthcare, and the total savings reaped by addiction treatment surpass the cost by a ratio of 12:1.

The cost of treatment depends on a variety of factors:

  • Type of facility

Inpatient facilities will tend to cost more than outpatient programs, since they accommodate the patient with meals, housing, activities, etc.

According to most sources, a standard addiction treatment program for inpatients can be expected to cost between $2,500 and $27,000 for a 30-day program. Outpatient programs can range anywhere from being free to $10,000.

  • Facility location

Whether the facility is located on the beach or in the mountains, near urban or rural areas, etc. The further away the facility is, travel expenses will be added to the cost. Programs that are secluded in the mountains or on a beach are going to cost much more than a program located in a city.

  • Program size

Large programs with many participants will be priced differently than a smaller program or individual therapy programs. A smaller program will allow for more intimacy and personalized care, but smaller programs tend to be more expensive.

  • Types of treatment

These may or may not include detoxification (detox), medications, therapy, or aftercare.

  • Length of program

A rehab program generally lasts from 30 to 90 days, and a longer stay will be priced differently than a shorter stay.

Well-known centers might charge upwards of $20,000 for a 30-day program. A 60- or 90-day program could cost anywhere within the range of $12,000 to $60,000.

As for outpatient programs, many will cost only up to $5,000 for a three-month program.

  • Additional features

Some rehab programs offer more amenities than others, which include a gym, swimming pools, massages, nutrition counseling, etc. These added features will drive up the cost of an inpatient addiction treatment program very quickly.

 

Detoxification

Detox is a method of removing the harmful, addictive substances from the body, and that costs between $600 to $1,000 per day.

Many inpatient programs include detoxification in their treatment options. Inpatient detoxification might run you an average weekly cost of $1,000 to $7,000.

Detox is separate from treatment. Before you begin addiction treatment you need to remove the harmful substances from your system.

Why Inpatient Treatment is Worth the Cost

Many people learn about the higher costs of receiving inpatient addiction treatment and wonder if an outpatient treatment program would be better because it is more affordable. But while an outpatient program may cost less money, the kind of care you will be receiving will not be as structured.

An inpatient program is almost always worth the higher cost. You won’t have to live in the outside world, distracted by your daily life. An inpatient program offers comprehensive treatment. When you are in a facility, all of your attention can be focused upon recovery, and relapse is far less likely. You can address your addiction problem head-on when you are removed from your regular life.

While it is possible to become sober on your own, people who do so are an extreme statistical minority. Participating in a group addiction treatment program has been proven to reduce the likelihood of relapse and the raises the chances that you will stay sober.

According to a survey conducted by the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Studies, among cocaine addicts who went through an inpatient addiction treatment program, after five years, only a quarter of those who had participated were still on the drug weekly.

Other statistics show criminal activity — arrests, illegal activity, alcohol use — plunged drastically among those who seek treatment in an inpatient rehab program.

The cost of no treatment

As you consider what kind of addiction treatment that you can afford and that you need, remember that not receiving any treatment is just not an option. Your addiction will not get better, it will not go away on its own — you need to address the problem by receiving help for your deeper issues.

An alcoholic who consumes a 12-pack of beer every day for a year will have spent more than $3,000. That doesn’t include the possible legal issues, such as drunk driving or misbehavior, that could cost far more. It is even harder to determine the price of an illicit drug addiction, but these can run very high.

Then there is the cost of your family and all your meaningful relationships, whose value can hardly be quantified by money.

The cost of doing nothing about addiction is the highest price of all.