Narcotics Rehab Cost

Addiction to narcotics is typically very difficult to overcome without rehab. But the cost of narcotics rehab should not prohibit you from seeking help. Still, cost is one of the biggest reasons that addicted individuals don’t seek treatment. If you or a loved one need narcotics rehab but are concerned about the cost, read on to get the facts.

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ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Inpatient rehab is expensive and can cost several hundred to thousands of dollars per day. Outpatient programs are generally less pricey, and can range from $50-500 per day. More here on the average costs to expect, plus ideas for how to finance a stay. Don’t let money get in the way of your freedom from drugs!


Narcotics Definition

Narcotics (technically opiate or opioid drugs), are those that are derived from the seeds of the opium poppy. Some drugs are natural and others are man-made. Common examples of narcotics include heroin and morphine. Newer, synthetic versions sold as prescription pain killers include medicines with oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, or tramadol.

All of these psychoactive drugs are highly effective and extremely addictive.

If you want to stop the repeated cycle of narcotic abuse, you can truly benefit from medical treatment. But how much money should you plan to spend for recovery? How will you be able to afford a costly rehab stay? We review here. Then, we invite your questions about rehab at the end.

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What’s The Cost of Rehab?

The cost of a stay in rehab is typically influenced by a few factors:

  1. The type of treatment program a person chooses.
  2. The services offered.
  3. The amount of time a person stays in rehab.

In fact, the price of inpatient  treatment can range from a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars for each day. If methadone is used, the cost of narcotics rehab will also usually be higher. The same is true for luxury narcotics rehab and intensive long-term inpatient rehab.

Outpatient narcotics rehab is usually billed per hour, though, and can range from less than $50 per hour to several hundred dollars per hour.

Average Costs

According to a study conducted by Open Minds Consulting, the average price of a 28-day rehab program was nearly $20,000 in the United States in the early 2010’s. This same study concluded that the average price of 10 weeks of outpatient rehab was just under $7,000.

This price differential makes sense: inpatient rehab requires that programs cover the costs of accommodations, room, and board. Outpatient rehab mainly covers the charge of psychotherapies and modalities alone.

Finance Options

Because it’s expensive, very few people are able to pay for narcotics rehab out of their own pockets. Fortunately, you may not have to. There are a number of resources that you can use to help offset the fees. Health insurance companies, for instance, will often pay for a good portion of rehab. Some rehab facilities also offer sliding scale fees and only expect clients to pay what they can afford based on their income. Finally, you may qualify for government funded voucher programs.

Covering these costs can trouble all those who are considering to enter treatment. Even if you have insurance, there’s a good chance that you’ll still have some out-of-pocket costs. There are a few ways that can make your treatment more affordable.

OPTION #1: Use money from your personal savings. If you have been saving for rainy days, now is the perfect time to use them. If you have retirement accounts or life insurance policies, you can usually borrow money from these as well.

OPTION #2: Make financial arrangements directly with the rehab. Treatment centers have understanding for those who can’t afford treatment or those who have financial difficulties. Talk with the staff at the facility about all the combinations and possibilities for payment such as sliding scale fees.

OPTION #3: Apply for a scholarship. Search for help through a local addiction community center. Foundations or individuals often sponsor people during rehab and may pay for part of all of your time in rehab to honor a loved one.

OPTION #4: Raise money through donations. Online platforms have helped millions of people raise money for different purposes.

OPTION #5: Ask your employer to help you cover the cost of treatment. Some companies have policies that help employees with disabilities in their recovery. all you  have to do is ask. Some insurance companies will cover the cost as well, so families need to find out what their insurance plan will and will not cover.

OPTION #6: Borrow some money from friends and family. Your loved ones might be pleasantly surprised of your decision to enter treatment and willing to lend you some of the money you need for treatment.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

A reputable rehab program will address addiction as a medical condition using psychotherapy and substitution medications (when necessary). But what’s it like to attend rehab? What can you expect if you stay in a rehab vs. travel to your sessions daily?

Rehab is continuing education meets summer camp. Emotions can be high and most participants feel vulnerable. However, rehab is also a place where deep healing can begin. Here’s what to expect from inpatient narcotic rehab vs. outpatient programs.

1. Inpatient rehabs involves intensive addiction treatment that requires individuals to reside in a rehab facility during the course of treatment. Services often include medical detox, daily counseling sessions, group therapy sessions, and opiate replacement therapy. Most rehabs house men and women in different dormitories. Cafeteria buffet style breakfast, lunch, and dinner are also to expected.  Many programs last from 28-30 days, but can be extended in more severe cases of addiction to include residential stays of 3 to 6 months, or longer.

2. Outpatient rehabs generally require a little less of a commitment, since individuals are not required to reside in the rehab facility. However, participants must have strong motivation to change in order for outpatient rehab to be successful. During outpatient narcotics rehab, individuals are required to attend weekly individual counseling and group therapy sessions. This allows them to attend to other responsibilities in their lives, such as their careers and family.

Your Questions

Now that we’ve covered some of the basic points about financial costs, hopefully you’re feeling a little more confident about seeking help. If you have any questions or concerns, though, leave them below in the comments section. We try to respond to all questions about the cost of narcotics rehab personally and promptly.


Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Oxycodone
SAMHSA DASIS Report: Alcohol and Drug Services Study (ADSS) Cost Study
SAMHSA: The ADSS Cost Study: Costs of Substance Abuse Treatment in the Specialty Sector
NIDA: Is drug addiction treatment worth its cost?
NIDA: Drug Abuse and Addiction: One of America’s Most Challenging Public Health Problems, Magnitude


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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