Treatment or ‘Rehab’ can cost anywhere between $200 to upwards of $200,00. In my experience, finances and the cost of treatment is perhaps the biggest obstacle in getting the addict the help they need. Let’s face it, generally drug and alcohol treatment is expensive, and without insurance it can be difficult to finance. The treatment centers that you see on T.V, the beach-side resorts showing people getting massages and acupuncture, can run upwards of $50,000 per month. There is a whole range of treatment centers, all with different pricing options and insurance plans. So the question of ‘how much does drug and alcohol treatment cost?’ does not have a simple answer. To fully understand the cost of treatment, we must look at the different types and quality of treatment centers available.
High Cost: Inpatient, Residential, and Luxury Treatment
The more expensive types of treatment are the programs that require a person to eat, sleep, and live at their facility during treatment. These programs are more extensive and generally restrict the person from working, having a phone, and from leaving the treatment center property. Residential treatment centers, as they are called, generally require a length of stay between 60-90 days. Between residential treatment centers there is a wide range of quality and costs. The cheapest treatment centers usually run around $7,500 per month and the most expensive treatment centers can exceed $50,00 per month. Different treatment centers accept different types of insurance. Most treatment centers do not accept Medicare or Medicaid, although a few will. With insurance, residential treatment centers can end up costing a few thousand dollars, which is often still too expensive for many people with drug and alcohol problems. With these high costs for treatment, many people look for cheaper options to get help for their addiction or alcoholism. Many people find outpatient treatment a way to treat their issues at a lower cost, without compromising quality of treatment.
Lower Cost: Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient Treatment
Outpatient treatment centers do not require the individual to sleep or stay at their treatment facility. Instead, the person lives at home, can continue working, going to school, and interact with the family. Outpatient treatment generally includes 10 hours of group and individual therapy each week, but this number can vary. The types of services offered at outpatient treatment centers are similar to those offered at residential treatment centers. Success rates are shown to be similar between people attending inpatient treatment and those attending outpatient treatment. The biggest difference between the two treatment options is the cost. Outpatient treatment can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000. With insurance, outpatient can end up costing the patient less than a thousand dollars. This is a huge difference from the cost of residential treatment!
Each person seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction has a unique set of needs and circumstances. For someone with a severe addiction and debilitating substance abuse, residential or inpatient treatment may be necessary to achieve sobriety. If a person has the money and can take a few months off to go to a residential facility, I urge them to do it. However often the person has work, a family to support, and can't afford the cost of such a treatment center. Outpatient treatment is a great and cheaper alternative. When followed correctly and completed successfully, clients of outpatient programs has just as good of a chance of staying sober as do clients of inpatient programs/