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Sliding scale rehab centers


Article Overview: Rehabs that offer sliding scale payment offer people to pay for treatment in accordance with their income. This means that even people with low income can afford a treatment. Find more in the article that follows.


  • Who Needs Treatment?
  • Is It For Me?
  • Average Costs Of Addiction Treatment
  • Factors That Influence The Costs
  • Ideas For Low Cost Rehab
  • What Is The Sliding Scale Payment?
  • How To Find?

Who Needs Treatment?

Individuals who struggle with substance use disorders and want to change their life with healthy habits, need addiction treatment. But, how many there are?

The 2016 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health found out that about 22.5 million people aged 12 or older were diagnosed with a substance use disorders in the past year. Further, this number is divided into two categories:

  • 15.1 million people aged 12 or older diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder
  • 7.4 million people aged 12 or older diagnosed with drug use disorder (further classified into drug of choice)

Moreover, the same report stated that about 21 million people age 12 or older needed addiction treatment. This means that 1 in 13 people aged 12 or older need rehab. The numbers break down in age category:

  • 1.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 need help.
  • 5.3 million young adults aged 18 to 25 need help.
  • 14.5 million adults aged 26 or older need help.

The numbers are alarming…

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But to spice things up, the National Institute on Drug Abuse claimed that in 2016 there were about 64,000 drug overdose deaths.

Is It For Me?

If you are using substances, there is a huge possibility that you may need rehab. But, before taking any step, be honest with yourself. Then, check out the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) which is used not only as a diagnose tool by many addiction specialists, but it is also used as a billing tool for insurance payment. The manual lists 11 criteria:

  1. Use the substance in larger amounts or longer than intended.
  2. Want to cut down or stop using the substance, but fail to succeed.
  3. Spend a lot of time obtaining, using, or recovering from the use.
  4. Experience cravings and an uncontrollable need to use the substance.
  5. Fail to perform normally at work, home, or at school due to substance use.
  6. Continue to use, even when it causes problems in relationships with family, friends, and partners.
  7. Give up important social, occupational or recreational activities because of use.
  8. Use the drug again and again, despite being aware of harmful risks and side effects.
  9. Continue to use despite the risk of developing health problems or worsen physical or physiological condition.
  10. Need more drug to get the desired effect (tolerance).
  11. Experience withdrawal symptoms which can be relieved by taking higher dose (dependence).

Additionally, the DSM-V has certain criteria that should met for a professional to diagnose the severity of addiction:

2-3 criteria indicate mild substance use disorder
4-5 criteria indicate moderate substance use disorder
6+ criteria indicate severe substance disorder.

Average Costs

The final cost of every rehab program depends from the services you get. For instance, outpatient rehabs are cheaper than inpatient once because they don’t offer living space for their patients. But, there are some general cost of the most common services that you may follow them:

Detox: An analysis published in the medical journal Health Services Research found out that the average cost of detox can cost between $6 to 12K. The final cost depends from the duration of the detox, doctor’s consultations, prescription medications, and the drug testing.
Psychotherapy: Counseling therapy sessions varies from almost free to $150 or more per hour.
Outpatient Rehab: This rehab program can cost anywhere between $50-$135 per day. A typical treatment session of 10-12 weeks can cost around $6,000.
Inpatient Rehab: A day in inpatient program may cost between $235-700. The final outcome of one 30-day treatment session can cost thousands of dollars, depending on location, services, and specialty you choose.

Check out these research papers to find more information on the average costs here:

Factors That Influence The Costs

The final outcome of any rehab depends from many factors. If you take them into consideration, you may even safe some many, and get a quality treatment.

The most common factors include:

1. Type of program.

Since inpatient rehabs offer constant medical supervision, and living space for their patients, there are far more expensive than the outpatient ones. Also, private rehabs are more expensive than those run by NGOs.

2. Therapies you receive.

Rehabs proved a set of therapies such as aroma therapy, spa, acupuncture, etc. Some of these therapies are paid extra, so always ask the staff what’s included in your program.

3. Duration.

The length of the program have a great impact on the final price. The less time you spent in inpatient program, the lower the cost. 30-day programs are cheaper than 3-6 months stay.

4. Destination.

Local-based, and standard programs are cheaper that rehabs located on islands, resorts, or far-away places.

Ideas For Low Cost Rehab

Some ideas that could help you find a low cost rehab include:

1. Check your health insurance coverage.

If you have health insurance, you can call the insurance provider, and ask. Some insurances cover only a part from your treatment, but that will reduce the final costs that come right out of your pocket.

2. Search for rehabs that provide sliding scale payment options.

Many treatment facilities offer sliding scale fees based on your income and ability to pay.

3. Look for scholarships and government programs.

Some NGO offer scholarships, reduced costs, or monetary grands for addiction treatments for people without insurance. Moreover, you may be able to get help form your local or state government. For instance, Medicaid is a government program for low-income individuals, and if you are qualified for it, you may get free or almost-free rehab.

What Is The Sliding Scale Payment?

Are you looking for advise on how to pay for addiction treatment? Find out the details about the sliding scale payment, and learn how you can find sliding scale rehab and make addiction treatment more affordable.

The sliding scale payment method is a type of fee structure that is based on a person’s ability to pay. This is because financing addiction treatment can be expensive. In sliding scale rehabs, recovering addicts will typically only be required to pay an amount of money that they can reasonably afford. Individuals with lower incomes, for instance, will be required to pay less than those with higher incomes.

Income is one of the most influential factors when rehab centers calculate a person’s sliding scale fee. Some rehab centers may also consider factors such as a person’s expenses as well as the size of his or her household when calculating sliding scale fees.

The 2014 Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality Report reported that 62% of treatment centers in US offer a sliding-fee scale as a payment method.

How To Find?

1. Check our treatment locator tool above

We offer a service to help you find addiction treatment based on pricing and payment options. You’ll need to select a city, state, and zip and then set the payment options to sliding scale.

2. Research SAMHSA’s website or hotline.

Finding sliding scale rehab centers is not usually very difficult, as there are typically at least one of these centers in most communities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website offers the Facility Locator, a quick and simple way to find sliding scale rehab centers in your area. To start, visit the SAMHSA website and click on “Find Treatment”. Click on Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator, and enter in your location information. Click on “Select Services” and check the box next to “Sliding scale fee” before clicking on the search button. Alternately, call 1-800-662-HELP for telephone assistance in locating a sliding scale center near you.

3. Use your local and personal resources.

You can also get recommendations for sliding scale rehab centers from loved ones, physicians, mental health professionals, and employers. Once you have a list of rehab centers, contact each one to find out more about their sliding scale fees or any other financial assistance they may be able to offer you.

Got Any Questions?

Taking the first step toward treatment is often very nerve wracking, particularly if you’re unsure of how you’ll pay for it. There are other ways to lower costs when paying for rehab, and sliding scale payment is just one. If you have any questions about sliding scale rehab centers or other types of financial assistance for addiction rehab, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below. We look forward to helping all of our readers get started on the road to recovery.

Reference Sources: SAMHSA: Free Treatment Available
SAMHSA: Free Substance Abuse Treatment
DHHS: Treatment Services
OASAS: Services 
SAMHSA: Find Facilities Near You

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4 Responses to “Sliding scale rehab centers
4:22 am October 20th, 2017

I have a friend in jail that has a drug problem with meth. She’s wanting help but doesn’t have any insurance. We’re trying to make her bond so she can get help. She’s wanting and needing help real bad. Can you help?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:25 pm November 1st, 2017

Hi Gloria. You may do a research on SAHSA’s treatment locator:
Also, call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

3:32 pm April 13th, 2018

do u have location in eastern north carolina

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:52 pm April 24th, 2018

Hi Tony. Call the hepline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find a treatment in eastern North Carolina.

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