Cost of drug rehab

Living with a drug addiction is expensive enough. Getting help for your addiction shouldn’t be. Find out more about the cost of drug rehab and how you can pay for it here.

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What’s the cost of drug rehab?

It can be hard to pin down the exact cost of drug rehab. Drug rehab costs can actually range from zero to thousands of dollars per day. The cost of drug rehab for you or your loved one is usually determined by several different factors.  These include:

1. Addiction treatment services you receive – Finally, the services offered during your drug rehab will also usually influence how much you’ll pay for drug rehab. For instance, the cost of drug rehab will often go up if the facility that you choose offers dual diagnosis treatment, pharmacotherapy, or luxury spa services.

2. Live out vs. live in drug rehab – The type of rehab facility that you choose is one of the most influential factors when it comes to the price of drug rehab for you. Because it includes room and board as well as intensive daily treatment, for instance, residential drug rehab is generally much more expensive than outpatient rehab.

3. Private vs. public drug rehab – Additionally, private facilities will also usually cost more than those run by non-profit groups.

4. Size of the drug rehab facility – Some studies have also shown that large rehab facilities with several clients were also slightly more expensive than smaller rehab facilities.

Average cost of drug rehab

If you’re considering drug rehab, there’s a good chance that you’re wondering about the overall cost of drug rehab programs in the United States. While we can’t give you an exact estimate, we can provide you with some information about the average cost of drug rehab in the United States.

Traditional inpatient drug rehab, which lasts up to a month, has an average cost of $10-19K per episode.  This means that most people pay from $300-700 per day when attending a 28 day inpatient drug rehab program. The average cost of a long-term therapeutic community, has been estimated at around $21K.   And outpatient drug rehab is thought of as the least expensive option, by far. On average, individuals spend just above $2K for traditional outpatient drug rehab and $4K for intensive outpatient treatment.  A separate study estimates the cost of outpatient drug rehab at $6,800 for a 10 week treatment.

Low cost drug rehab

After looking at the prices for drug rehab programs, you may feel a bit deflated. However, it’s important to keep in mind that low cost drug rehab is available. In order to lower drug rehab costs, many individuals will turn to their health insurance companies. The majority of health insurance programs may pay for part of the cost of drug addiction rehab.  But what can you do to lower the cost of drug rehab further?

1. Ask for help

One idea for receiving low cost drug rehab is simply by asking. Many drug rehab facilities offer sliding scale fees. This means that they base your price on how much money you make and how much you can afford to pay. This is often the best way of going about securing low cost drug rehab.

2. Look for public programs

Check with your state’s Department of Health to investigate state funded programs in your area.  The paperwork may be crazy, but you can find many low cost drug rehabs where you live.  Programs usually require some form of assessment and confirmation of financial need.

3. Tax deductions

Write off time that you spend in drug rehab on your taxes.  Check with a tax accountant to confirm whether or not the costs associated with drug rehab can be taken as a tax deduction.

No cost drug rehab

If you’re really strapped for cash and you truly can’t afford drug rehab, there’s still hope. There are a few ways you might be able to get no cost drug rehab.Non-profit organizations will sometimes offer no cost drug rehab to addicted individuals who are truly needy. For example, the Salvation Army offers no cost drug rehab, and so do some churches.  Further, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also makes it easy to find all types of drug rehab programs in your area, including no cost drug rehab. Simply go to their website and search for the “Treatment Locator Tool” and restrict your search to only programs that have payment assistance.

Cost of drug rehab questions

Living with a drug problem is difficult, to say the least. While drug rehab may SEEM expensive, thisjust isn’t the case. Even if you are unable to find low or no cost drug rehab, overcoming your habit will save you money in the long run.  Your quality of life will improve significantly as you get clean.  And what price isn’t worth paying for that?

If, after reading this article, you’re still concerned about covering the cost of drug rehab, questions can be asked in the comments sections below. We look forward to helping you take the first steps toward kicking drug addiction.

Reference Sources:  SAMHSA: Free Treatment Available 
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SAMHSA: Free Substance Abuse Treatment
The Addictiot Recivery Guide: Residential Treatment Centers
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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