How Much Does Rehab Cost?

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Alcohol and drug rehab cost varies depending on a number of factors including the kind of treatment you choose, where it’s located, and how long you stay. The cost depends on the needs of the individual struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD), but there are affordable treatment options for people of all incomes.

Understanding the Drug and Alcohol Rehab Cost

There are various types of drug and alcohol rehab programs across the country, and the average alcohol or drug rehab cost varies between each treatment center. Some programs cost very little and others cost significantly more.

Insurance is commonly used to pay for rehab. The amount an individual’s insurance covers depends on the insurance provider and what the substance abuse facility accepts. Insurance for alcohol or drug addiction treatment may be available from various providers, including the following:

  • Medicare.
  • Medicaid.
  • Private insurance.
  • Military-provided insurance.
  • State-funded insurance.

Not everyone has insurance and so they must find alternative ways to pay for rehab. But even if you do not have insurance, there are still options available to help you or a loved one get the treatment you need.

Cost of Different Types of Addiction Treatment

Drug and alcohol rehab costs depend on a number of factors, such as what kind of treatment you choose, where it’s located, and how long you stay.

How Much Does Inpatient Rehab Cost?

Inpatient addiction treatment, which is sometimes called residential 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.1

Inpatient programs can last anywhere from 30 days to 60 days to 90 days or longer.2 A good way to look at the cost of an inpatient/residential rehab program is in terms of the level of care:

  • Basic
  • Standard
  • Premium/luxury

30-Day Inpatient Rehab Program: Basic

Basic 30-day inpatient rehab programs may include the following:1-3

  • Intake/assessment/evaluation.
  • Around-the-clock supervision.
  • Bed/dresser/roommate(s).
  • Daily chores.
  • 3 meals daily and laundry services.
    • Daily group counseling and addiction education.
    • Access to counselors for guidance.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings and 12-Step work

    30-Day Inpatient Rehab Program: Standard

    In addition to the what is offered in a basic program, standard 30-day inpatient rehab programs may include the following:1-4

    • Daily group counseling and addiction education.
    • Individual counseling with a counselor twice a week.
    • Weekly individual therapy with an experienced clinician.
    • Outside activities and weekend activities.
    • Access to gym and yoga.

    30-Day Inpatient Rehab Program: Luxury

    An inpatient luxury program may include the following:1-4

    • Medical/physical evaluation/24-hour access to medical staff.
    • Around-the-clock supervision.
    • Daily group counseling and addiction education.

    • Bed/dresser/private room.
    • Holistic treatments: acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, herbal medicine, naturopathic options.
    • Variety of therapies (e.g., art therapy, music therapy, equine therapy).
    • Lifestyle practices (e.g., healthy lifestyle counseling, spiritual well-being).

    How Much Does Outpatient Rehab Cost?

    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.  Drug rehab costs for 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.1,2,4

    Cost of Drug Addiction Therapy and Counseling

    Drug addiction therapy and counseling prices can vary depending on your insurance, type of counseling services offered, and other factors. Counseling services can include:

    • A combination of therapy types and treatment methods.
    • A focus on repairing personal and family relationships.
    • Developing coping and relapse prevention skills.
    • Support group programs (like Alcoholics Anonymous).
    • Behavioral therapy, group, or individual therapy and family counseling.3

    Cost of Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

    The cost of a partial hospitalization program depends on your medical needs, and may include:2,5

    • Meeting in the hospital or facility 3–5 days a week for at least 4–6 hours a day.
    • Access to hospital facilities, services, and practitioners for the portion of the day in which the program is active.
    • Group therapy, individual counseling, and medication management.

    Cost of Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

    The cost of intensive outpatient programs will vary depending on the types of services you receive and level of care. Care may include:2

    • Focus on relapse prevention.
    • Meeting 3 days a week for 2–4 hours a day.
      Scheduling around work or school.
      Group or individual counseling and therapy, addiction education, and medication management.
      Monitoring for substance use to ensure sobriety.
    • 24-hour crisis coverage.
    • Community support groups.
    • Vocational and employment training.
    • Involving family in treatment and/or therapy.4

    How Much Does Drug Detox Cost?

    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 often depend on the number of days a person is in it and other factors, like level of care.

    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.1,2

    Detox in itself is not comprehensive addiction treatment, but is an important first step in the recovery process. It’s important to have your level of care assessed after detox to help plan for the next phase of treatment, like inpatient or outpatient care.1

    Factors Affecting Drug and Alcohol Rehab Cost

    • 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.1,4,5
    • Smaller treatment programs typically cost more than larger ones because they 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.

    Find Addiction Treatment Near Me

    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. You can find addiction treatment through various resources, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline.

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    2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). TIP 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.
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