Drug rehab costs

Drug rehab can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Read here, what makes the cost of drug rehab vary, and what options you have to make rehab affordable.

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What is the cost of drug rehab?

To many, the cost of drug rehab may seem too high. However, what some people may not realize is that rehab costs can range from nearly free to exorbitantly expensive. There are a number of factors that contribute to the cost of drug rehab in different facilities. The cost of drug rehab can be affected by:

1. Type of treatment

Outpatient drug rehab treatment is generally more affordable than inpatient drug rehab. The main reason for this is that outpatient rehab costs do not include the cost of room and board.

2. Services offered

Many public drug rehab facilities only offer the necessary basic services, such as a bed to sleep in and quality counseling sessions. So-called luxury rehab facilities, on the other hand, typically offer a number of spa-like services, such as therapeutic massages and personal trainer sessions. While nice, these services aren’t necessary during recovery and can drastically increase the cost of drug rehab.

3. Types of treatment offered

Drug rehab facilities that offer basic treatment methods, such as counseling and group therapy, typically tend to be more affordable than those that offer more advanced treatment methods. This includes treatment methods such as pharmacotherapy and rapid detox.

4. Length of treatment

It’s not surprising to learn that the length of time a person spends in a drug rehab program, the more money that they’ll spend. For example, long-term residential drug rehab programs are typically more expensive than short-term programs. The same is true for long and short-term outpatient rehab programs.

How much does inpatient drug rehab cost?

According to one study, the average cost of inpatient drug rehab generally ranges from $10-20K per treatment episode. The average daily cost of residential drug rehab was roughly $715 a day. These amounts include accommodations as well as psychological, pharmacological, and educational modalities.

How much does outpatient drug rehab cost?

Outpatient drug rehab tends to be a much more affordable option for most people. The average daily cost of non-methadone outpatient treatment was estimated to be around $140, with an estimated average cost of $2-3K per episode. Intensive outpatient drug rehab, however, can be slightly more expensive.

How much does drug rehab cost without insurance?

If you don’t have health insurance, paying for drug rehab may seem impossible. However, this isn’t usually the case. Many facilities offer sliding scale fees. This means that your fees for drug rehab are calculated with your income taken into consideration. The lower your income, the less you pay for drug rehab. A list of local drug rehab facilities that offer sliding scale fees or other types of assistance can be found using the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

You may also qualify for free or reduced cost drug rehab under Medicaid, a government funded medical assistance program. To see if you qualify for free or reduced cost drug rehab, contact your county or state assistance office.

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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