How Much Does Rehab Cost?


Figuring Out How Much You'll Pay

  • The cost of a rehab program depends on a number of factors, such as what kind of treatment you choose, where it's located and how long you stay.
  • Inpatient can range from $2,000 - $25,000 for a 30-day program.
  • Outpatient can range from free to $10,000.
  • Detox can range from $300-$800 a day.
  • Keep in mind that the cost of treatment will likely outweigh the cost of an addiction in the long run.
  • The estimates included on this page are based on Recovery.org's experience working with hundreds of treatment centers around the country.


Cost of Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient addiction treatment is a treatment setting where patients live full-time at the facility while participating in a recovery program. It offers several advantages over other types of programs including continuous medical care, removal of distractions and regular access to addiction treatment providers.

A good way to look at the cost of an inpatient rehab program is in terms of the level of care: basic, standard and premium/luxury. Inpatient programs can last anywhere from 30 days to 60 days to 90 days or longer.

Basic low-cost, 30-day residential - $2,000 - $7,000

  • Intake/assessment/evaluation.
  • Around-the-clock supervision.
  • Bed/dresser/roommate(s).
  • Daily chores.
  • 3 meals daily and laundry services.

Standard 30-day residential - $10,000 - $20,000

  • Intake/assessment/evaluation.
  • Treatment planning.
  • Dual diagnosis friendly.
  • Around-the-clock supervision.
  • Bed/dresser/single roommate.
  • Daily chores.
  • 3 meals daily and laundry services.
  • Aftercare planning and sober living opportunities.
  • Daily group counseling and addiction education.
  • Individual counseling with a counselor twice a week.
  • Weekly individual therapy with a high-level clinician.
  • AA/NA meetings and 12-Step work.
  • Outside activities and weekend activities.
  • Access to gym and yoga.

Premium/luxury 30-day residential - $25,000 and up

  • Intake/assessment/evaluation.
  • Treatment planning.
  • Dual diagnosis.
  • Medical/physical evaluation/24-hour access to medical staff.
  • Around-the-clock supervision.
  • Bed/dresser/private room.
  • No chores required.
  • 3 meals daily/maid and laundry services done for you.
  • Daily group counseling and addiction education.
  • Holistic treatments: acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, herbal medicine, naturopathic options.
  • Individual counseling with a counselor or therapist daily.
  • Weekly individual therapy with a high-level clinician.
  • Inside and outside (of property) AA/NA meetings and 12-Step work or an alternative.
  • Outside activities and weekend activities - gym, yoga.
  • Variety of therapies: expressive therapies such as art therapy, music therapy, equine therapy.
  • Lifestyle practices - healthy lifestyle counseling, spiritual well-being.


Cost of Outpatient Rehab

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Outpatient addiction treatment allows you to continue living and working at home while undergoing treatment. It tends to cost less than inpatient treatment. This type of program will involve focused but not around-the-clock care, and often includes group and individual therapy sessions.

The cost of outpatient programs will vary based on the type of care offered and the length of time you spend in treatment.

Types of outpatient care include therapy and counseling, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care.

Therapy and counseling - Free - $1,000

  • Generally used in combination with other treatment methods.
  • Examines contributing factors to substance abuse.
  • Focuses on repairing relationships.
  • Helps you develop coping and relapse prevention skills.
  • Can include self-help programs (like Alcoholics Anonymous).
  • May also include behavioral therapy, group or individual therapy and family counseling.3

Partial hospitalization - Cost depends on your medical needs

  • Meets in the hospital or facility 3-5 days a week for at least 4-6 hours a day.
  • Can include group therapy, individual counseling and medication management.

Intensive outpatient care - $3,000 - $10,000

  • Focuses on relapse prevention.
  • Meets 3 days a week for 2-4 hours a day.
  • Scheduled around work or school.
  • Can include group or individual counseling and therapy, addiction education and medication management.
  • Monitors substance use to ensure sobriety.
  • Offers 24-hour crisis coverage.
  • Includes community support groups.
  • Provides vocational and employment training.
  • Involves family in treatment.4


Cost of Detox

Detox normally includes:

  • A doctor's assessment.
  • Around-the-clock medical supervision.
  • Proper medications used for detox, including medications used to ease the withdrawal process.

Detox treatment costs anywhere from $300-$800 a day. This estimate is based on Recovery.org's experience working with hundreds of treatment centers around the country.

Detox is the process of removing all drugs and/or alcohol from the body, while managing withdrawal symptoms. Many inpatient and some outpatient programs include detox as part of treatment.

Detox is not actually treatment. If you are dependent on alcohol or drugs, you should consider an inpatient or outpatient program after completing detoxification.

A treatment support specialist is available 24/7 to help you find the right detox program. Call 1-888-319-2606.


Factors that Affect Cost of Rehabilitation

  • Luxury drug recovery prices will typically be higher than normal recovery services at other facilities.The more lavish and comfort-focused the facility, the higher the program's overhead expenses.
  • A residential treatment program often costs more than an outpatient program. This is typically due to the fact that there are additional overhead costs associated with a residential program that are not required with an outpatient program, including the cost of meals and accommodations.
  • Smaller treatment programs typically cost more than larger ones. Smaller programs offer more personalized care with more opportunity for one-on-one interactions and patient-therapist connections.
  • Longer stays in treatment cost more than shorter stays. The longer you choose to stay at a facility, the longer you have in a sober living environment. But it also means that the facility has higher costs to account for to keep you comfortable and sober.
  • Treatment facilities in major urban areas cost more than rural programs. City living costs are higher than rural living costs, and this includes patient care costs.


Comparing Benefits to Cost of Rehabilitation

While recovery programs can be expensive, keep in mind that the costs of an addiction will likely outweigh the cost of treatment in the long run.

Health Care Costs from Addiction

Alcohol and substance abuse can significantly increase your risk of numerous health problems and their associated costs (medical bills, lost work productivity, etc.). These may include:

  • "Hangover" recovery.
  • Sleep disorders.
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Liver disease.
  • HIV, hepatitis and other communicable viral conditions.
  • Concurrent mental health issues.

Financial Costs from Addiction

Addiction can also be financially crippling, costing anywhere between $20,000 and $100,000 per year, depending on the substance and severity of your dependence. These costs come not only from obtaining the drugs themselves, but from the countless external factors that accompany addiction:

  • Medical costs such as emergency room visits.
  • Potential legal entanglements (DUIs, bail, fines, lawyer fees, etc.).
  • Lost or damaged property.
  • Marital troubles and divorce costs.
  • Lost wages (sick days); Job loss.
  • Increased insurance costs.

Costs to Society

On average, substance abuse treatment costs are far outweighed by their benefit to society, with an overwhelming 7:1 benefit-to-cost ratio.1 In fact, substance abuse treatment for 60 days or more can save over $8,200 in healthcare and productivity costs.2


Find a Treatment Program

Addiction treatment programs can be an important investment in your health and well-being. If the quality of your life or that of a loved one has been impaired due to drug or alcohol abuse, help is available.

Call a treatment support specialist at 1-888-319-2606 for more information on drug or alcohol recovery options, as well as methods of paying for treatment.

Sources

[1]. Ettner, S. L., et al. (2006). Benefit-cost in the California treatment outcome project: Does substance abuse treatment "pay for itself"? Health Services Research, 41 (1). 192-213.

[2]. Jordan, N., Grissom, G., Alonzo, G., Dietzen, L., Sangsland, S. (2007). Economic benefit of chemical dependency treatment to employers. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 34. 311-319.

[3]. Weisner, C. et al. (2000). The Outcome and Cost of Alcohol and Drug Treatment in a HMO: Day Hospital Versus Traditional Outpatient Regimens. Health Services Research 35 (4). 791-812.

[4]. Sources consulted for intensive outpatient costs:

  • Drug and Alcohol Services Information System. Alcohol and Drug Services Study (ADSS) Cost Study.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Is drug addiction treatment worth its cost? In Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). 12-13.
  • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, "Top 5 most frequently asked questions," available at https://www.hazelden.org/web/public/top5questions.page