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Treatment Q&A

Treatment Q&A

Getting ready for addiction treatment?

If you’re about to enter rehab or are looking at your options, we’ve got you covered. Here, we review the most commonly asked questions about treatment for addiction. Then, we invite your questions about addiction treatment at the end. We try to respond to all questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Cost of addiction treatment

Addiction treatment costs (on average) about $100 per week of treatment, or about $7,500 per treatment episode. But inpatient rehab is two to three times more expensive than outpatient treatment. In fact, most cases of inpatient treatment can cost thousands of dollars without much more success than outpatient programs. While we know that the benefits of addiction treatment far outweigh the costs, learn more about the out-of-pocket costs for both inpatient and outpatient treatment of addiction here.

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Financing addiction treatment

There are many ways that you can finance addiction treatment. Private treatment centers can arrange sliding scale, income-based fees. Or you can seek public assistance. States provide most of the resources for addiction treatment, and some cities and counties fund specific programs or facilities. Some costs for addiction treatment may also be furnished under the Medicaid program. More here on ways to finance addiction treatment without breaking the bank.

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Health insurance and addiction treatment

Overall, private insurers cover only about 20% of the costs of addiction treatment. Insurance services are rarely tailored to individual needs. Instead, insurance plans are based primarily on an acute care model rather than recognizing the chronic nature of addiction. In this section, we explore what today’s insurance covers in terms of addiction treatment and how you can learn more about your benefits or restrictions.

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Identifying addiction

In order to be treated for addiction, each patient requires comprehensive assessment of the extent and severity of the disease and determination of a clinical diagnosis. Learn how experts identify substance abuse, drug addiction, and alcoholism here.

More on how to identify addiction problems

Addiction interventions

How can you plan an intervention for a loved one? We review the main principles and techniques for interventions here. Whether you need an informal intervention for drug or alcohol use or prefer the help of a specialist, we guide you on the planning, execution, and follow through for an intervention for family or loved one. Guidelines on drug and alcohol interventions here.

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Treatment tailored by population

Certain populations – such as pregnant women, youth, or seniors – are more vulnerable to addictive effects of alcohol and other drugs. Additionally, people diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders are also at higher risk of developing addiction problems. Treatment programs exist to meet each group’s specific needs. In fact, treatment approaches for certain populations can be tailored to meet particular neurochemical, physical, cognitive, emotional and social requirements. We explore special populations and how addiction treatment is tailored to meet specific needs here.

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Reference Sources: NCBI: Spending on substance abuse treatment: How much is enough?
CASA Columbia: Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice
NIDA Research Monograph: Economic Costs, Cost-Effectiveness, Financing, and Community-Based Drug Treatment
NCBI: Updated Estimates and Cost Bands for Program Assessment and Reimbursement

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11 Responses to “Treatment Q&A
5:39 pm April 10th, 2015

I drink constantly and am now on Xanax which works “wonders” for my anxiety and panic attacks. I refuse to give up either. I know the usual response to this but nothing’s gonna change. Am I gonna be ok if the alcohol and Xanax aren’t even close to one another?

12:48 am May 15th, 2015

how long will 25mg of zanax stay in your urine.

10:47 am May 15th, 2015

Hello Julie. If it was a one day use of Xanax it should be out of your system within a day or two. If you’ve been taking 25mg throughout the day, for some time now, it may take about a week for you to test clean on a urine test.

5:20 pm October 3rd, 2015

I am 54 years old and have been so called trying to quit opiates Since I started at 11. I’ve seen and done it all. Right now I am finally down to 8mgs. of suboxone a day. All this stuff about how long does it take to drop clean is part of the manipulation of addiction. I’ve had it all and lost it all over and over. Unless you come face to face with what controls you, you will always be trying to pass a drug screen or find help. You are helpless at most of your stages of addiction but not hopeless. When you are truly shown by God that drugs are your enemy and your soul lets him handle your situation not until then will you start to heal. Its a lifelong problem that only the being that created you can remove. We all knew this might happen but we took the chance anyway, now we have to walk that long road of addiction. We actually let a little tiny pile of powder run our whole life. That is very weak.

12:23 am October 18th, 2015

is it my 20 yr methadone daily addiction that is causing my sexual disfunction, bearing in mind im not on any other drug prescribed or not, i have a left sided varicocele & suffer from bph of which I don’t take any meds for, id like advise if possible if I taper of my methadone addiction will my sex drive come back or is it my bph or varicocele that is causing my sexual disfunction,any information would be helpful

5:55 pm November 6th, 2015

Hello John. Men on methadone maintenance have a higher prevalence of erectile dysfunction. Practitioners should screen for sexual dysfunction in men receiving opioid replacement treatment. Besides decrease of libido, men have also reported orgasm dysfunction. I’d advise you to report these symptoms to your doctor.

4:00 am December 11th, 2015

I am having an MRI and am terrified of the tube and am somewhat clastrophobic. My doctor has prescribed for me two 10 mg Valium tablets , to take one an hour and a half before the test, and the other one a half hour before the test. I am 76 years old and in decent health, and weigh 195. Do you think this will relieve my anxiety about the test? Thanks.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:08 pm December 11th, 2015

Hi, Gerry. Valium is used for treating anxiety, so it may help you to relax before the test. Good luck!

5:45 pm April 6th, 2016

how long does coke cane stay in your system…only one time I used on vacation..not going to do it again

4:36 pm April 8th, 2016

Hi William. Generally, cocaine stays in your system and can be detected in urine for 2-4 days after use. However, heavy or chronic cocaine users may have an extended detection window of up to a week or 10 days.

3:14 pm September 8th, 2016

my cousin is on the methadone program was wondering is you can sweat the med out?

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