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Q: How much does addiction treatment cost?

A: From $135 to 700 per day.

Addiction treatment costs – on average – about $100 per week of treatment, or about $7,500 per treatment episode. However, keep in mind that inpatient rehab is two to three times more expensive than outpatient treatment.  While we know that the benefits of addiction treatment far outweigh the costs, learn more about the out-of-pocket costs for alcohol and drug treatment programs here.

Q: What’s the average cost of inpatient treatment?

A: From 10-20K per treatment episode.

Residential addiction treatment costs, on average, more than $700 per day for inpatient treatment. According to one recent government study, the average price of addiction treatment per residential patient episode has recently been estimated at $11,260.  However, a private study has set the average price of 28-day inpatient addiction treatment at around $19,000.

As a general rule, inpatient addiction treatment is more expensive than outpatient addiction treatment. This is attributed to the daily intensive counseling and therapy sessions, as well as the structured drug-free environments offered by these facilities. 24-7 care can be costly, as well.  More on the costs of inpatient treatment programs here:

Q: What’s the average cost of outpatient treatment?

A: Addiction treatment costs, on average, about $135 per day for outpatient treatment.

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Outpatient treatment may require several hours per day of clinical treatment, but does not require additional staffing or overhead costs. The average price of addiction treatment in an outpatient setting was $2,325 per episode in the same government study referenced above and $6800 for a 10 week program in the private study.


Q: How much does detox cost?

A: It depends.

Detox can be a very expensive part of any addiction treatment program. Why? Because the cost of medical and alternative detoxification depends on your length of stay in a detox center, the use of prescription medication(s), as well as the number of doctor consultations, testing and procedures.  Each of these factors can impact the final cost. More here on the costs of detox:

Q: What’s the cost of psychotherapy for substance abuse disorders?

A: It depends. 

Ranging from almost free to $150 or more per hour, counseling for issues related to substance abuse disorders can be expensive. Learn more about addiction counseling costs and how you can afford counseling here.

Q: How much does it costs to live in a halfway house?

A: About the same as living in a similar modest home in your area.

Halfway houses cost about the same as living in a modest apartment or home. However, many supervised facilities will have additional costs related to management of  drug testing and  regular monitoring. Read on to learn more about halfway houses and their costs, including utilities and security deposit, here.

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10 Responses to “Costs
12:20 am January 13th, 2015

Wow that is a very ecspensive treatment my girlfriend has nO INSURANCE, some one one in her postiotion Has NO INSURANCe so rather she make the decision that shat she lives our dies. it is someone like her that myheart breaks for, not these pople that will come in get there daiu dose nd then 5 days later die, and then and or leave, Please she is ready ot come in fuk=ll duited and ready give her a chance please?????? iam akkig you???? love Arlyia

4:47 pm January 13th, 2015

Hi Arlyia. Yes, treatment can cost an arm and a leg, but it doesn’t have to. You can start searching here: for info on paying without insurance. Also, you can call you state’s department of health and human services for more information about voucher based programs or state offered treatment. I hope these links provide enough answers and guidance, so your girlfriend can get the needed addiction treatment. If there is anything else we can help with, please write again.

3:42 am July 23rd, 2015

What are your sources for this cost information and how current is this information?

11:16 am July 23rd, 2015

Hi Carrie. Thanks for a good question. You can click on individual articles within a category and see all reference sources at the end of each article. Check out this one for example:

11:32 pm March 3rd, 2017

How do you start a halfway house and also what are the steps to get clients does there insurance pay for there stay?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:41 pm March 20th, 2017
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Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:21 pm April 27th, 2017

Hi Priya. Call a toll-free Alcohol Helpline on 1-888-675-1820 to find a high-quality alcohol addiction treatment program. This helpline is accessible 24/7 and gives you the chance to speak with trusted treatment consultants who can help you find an alcohol recovery program suited to your husband’s individual needs.

10:34 am July 22nd, 2017

,,,I’ve been in treatment a couple of times (residential), ABOUT this time last year. That, was my first time entering treatment, i was totally new to this..i did one month the first time, and 50 day’s the second time…which, now i see how serious this DRUG addiction is. I’ve been sober a total of 124 days, today I’m struggling really bad, hiding my RELAPSE from EVERYONE,,,which is driving myself insane!!! I’ve been using again for bout three month’s, and I’m at my WORSE! I need HELP desperately, I’m WITHOUT health insurance and a job. I need REHAB now!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:25 pm July 27th, 2017

Hi Rosanne. Call the number displayed on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

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