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Cost of rapid detox


Can you afford rapid detox? While rapid detox is not medically necessary (and some experts feel it puts you in danger), the services associated with detox under anesthesia can also be expensive, costing in the thousands of dollars. Some studies have even shown that it may not be any more effective than traditional detox. Learn about the process of rapid detox and its costs here.  Then, we invite your questions about rapid detox at the end.

What is rapid detox?

Rapid detox is a type of alcohol and drug detoxification that is meant to speed up the withdrawal process. This is achieved by administering medications such as narcotic antagonists, which blocks receptors in the brain to bring on withdrawal faster than cold turkey would. In many cases, other medications are administered to treat withdrawal symptoms; anesthetics might also be used to render a person unconscious, so they “sleep” through the uncomfortable withdrawal. Those that go through rapid detox can usually complete withdrawal in one to five days.

While rapid detox might seem like the perfect first step toward recovery, there are a couple of disadvantages to it. First, some experts state that this type of detox can be dangerous.

What’s the cost of rapid detox?

The cost of rapid detox varies depending on a number of factors, but it usually ranges from a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars. If you’re considering rapid detox, it’s best to shop around first, since different facilities will have different fees. Some studies suggest that larger detox and rehab facilities are somewhat more affordable, as are those run by non-profit organizations. Your individual situation will also have an impact on your cost of rapid detox. For instance, if you’ll be detoxing from more than one drug, you’ll pay more for the different drug antagonists administered. Severe withdrawal symptoms and the decision to be under anesthesia will also raise the cost of rapid detox.  The factors that influence the cost of rapid detox include:

  1. Anesthesia vs. none
  2. Multiple drug withdrawal vs. single
  3. Non-profit vs. private detox
  4. Severe withdrawal symptoms vs. mild
  5. The facility you choose

Average cost of rapid detox

Since rapid detox is a relatively new service, there have been few studies or surveys conducted on it. However, if you’re looking for rapid detox, you can expect to spend roughly $5,000 or more. The average cost of rapid detox for some facilities is $10,000 and higher.

Low cost rapid detox

As of 2011, most insurance companies will not cover the cost of rapid detox, nor will government assistance programs, primarily because it is considered to be experimental. Your best option for finding low cost rapid detox programs is to research local facilities thoroughly. Some may be much more affordable than others.

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A handful of facilities that offer rapid detox may offer sliding scale fees for low cost rapid detox, however, these may be difficult to find. You may also be able to find a facility that offers financing for this service. While it won’t reduce your overall cost, it will allow you to make payments over a period of time, making rapid detox affordable.

No cost rapid detox

There may be a few no cost rapid detox programs around the country, but they’re very difficult to locate. In fact, if you’re looking for no cost rapid detox, there’s a good chance you’re out of luck. So if you can’t afford rapid detox, you may be better off choosing a more traditional detox path. Inpatient and outpatient detox programs are both highly effective, especially when paired with an intensive rehab program. There’s also a better chance that you’ll be able to find low or no cost options for this alternative.

Cost of rapid detox questions

Taking the first step toward recovery can be difficult. We urge you to look closely at all of the different types of detox options available, and make a decision based on both your budget and your needs. And remember – we’re here to help you during every stage of your journey. Questions and comments can be left below, and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Reference Sources:  Cigna HealthCare Coverage Position: Ultra Rapid Detoxification
NIH: Study Finds Withdrawal No Easier With Ultrarapid Opiate Detox
Spiritual River: What are My Options for Opiate Detox?
Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment: A Treatment Improvement Protocoll Tip 45
Treatment of Acute Intoxication and Withdrawal from Drugs of Abuse
USA Today: ‘Rapid detox’ a quick fix for opiate addiction?

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12 Responses to “Cost of rapid detox
7:55 pm January 12th, 2016

I need information on the cheapest detox center close to Kingsport tennessee. I am trying to help my ex husband, the quote he gave me was $5000. Need information on places in that price range. Thank you

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:09 pm January 14th, 2016

Hi, Kym. I suggest you consult our trusted treatment provider to learn more about the treatment options. The number is displayed on the site. Also, you can try SAMHSA’s treatment locator:

1:08 am January 21st, 2016

Unfortunately, rapid detox has become a catch-all term including a broad range of unregulated treatments, which ignore the basic safety protocols, to reduce costs and treat a larger number of patients. All too often, patients are not educated enough about the crucial considerations and precautions vital to the effectiveness, comfort, and safety of the process, when seeking a rapid detox center.

Some rapid detox centers are performed under general anesthesia or even as an outpatient, without following sufficient safety measures or the necessary inpatient amount of time to provide responsible medicine. Some of these rapid detox procedures have resulted in unnecessary physical and emotional suffering, immediate relapses, emergency admissions and even fatalities.

When considering rapid detox cost or any other medical treatment, is important to make sure that the quality of care is not being minimized to reduce the price. When administered responsibly, in a hospital with medical recourse and allowing adequate inpatient time, rapid detox can be a great opiate detoxification option.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:16 pm January 23rd, 2016

Hi, CK. Thanks a lot for the info. Hope our readers will find it useful!

10:25 pm January 22nd, 2016

Is their places in Phoenix az that does rapid detox under anesthesia cost wise and safety wise I can do the research . Hopefully there is and then I can make a decision that is right for me. Thank you so much . Hopefully you can help me help myself thanks again.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:04 pm January 25th, 2016

Hi, Diane. I suggest you call the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers who can help you access adequate treatment program. Also, you may try SAMHSA’s treatment locator:

11:28 pm April 15th, 2017

I sent my kid to a rapid detox in Michigan because it was cheaper and he almost died. He vomited for 3 days straight until we hospitalized him. The reason we decided on rapid detox is because his cousin was so successful in California at the Waisman detox, but we decided to go cheaper and I almost lost my kid.
CK is absolutely right. If is not a real hospital and if you are not in for a few days, run the other way. These places charge half because you get less than half of the medical care you need.

3:14 pm April 20th, 2017

Hi Michael. This is a horrific experience that you had to live through. I am glad that you acted quickly and that your son is OK now.

Speaking of his cousin’s successful detox, we recently did an interview with practitioners of The Waismann Method® about how rapid opiate detox works, its safety, and what to expect during the procedure. If interested, you can check it out here and share with others:

11:45 am April 20th, 2017

Lesson learned!! Had a great experience with a rapid detox in California. Was there for a week , half the time in a real hospital and half the time in their recovery place . Relapsed and tried a less costly rapid detox center. OMG!! Was puking in group. Miserable. Simply crazy stuff! Could have saved the 10 grand and be sick at home. Hopefully I won’t need a next one but if I do 20 grand is well worth for a week of total medical care, but 10 grand is not worth a group detox in a surgery center for a day.
You pay for what you get ..

6:31 am February 10th, 2018

I don’t have but maybe two or $3,000 I’m fixing to get back on my taxes was doing so good for 2 years on methadone and now I have lost my job due to the methadone clinic and they got my job waiting as soon as I can get detox and healthy enough to get back to work if any kind of detox you can please help me with please send me the information

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:17 pm February 13th, 2018

Hi Jonathan. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab program for you.

Waismann Method Rapid Detox Center
8:30 pm July 30th, 2018

Dear Jonathan,

Because Rapid Detox is a medical procedure that speeds a slow metabolism through a detoxification phase, it should ONLY be performed in a full-service hospital. Overnight clinics and surgical centers, simply do not have the needed medical resources needed.
Rapid Detox is a wonderful and safe method of detoxification from opioids, especially to a dug like methadone, but it does need its necessary safety precautions, and sadly enough they are expensive. If you cannot afford to have it done safely than look at other forms of Methadone detoxification, that might be slower but at least are safer.
All the Best!

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