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The Cost of Rehab: Why Rehab Is Worth the Price

If you are thinking about getting help for drug or alcohol addiction, drug rehab costs should never deter you from finding long-term treatment or another type of treatment that’s right for you.

Before reading this, you have probably already asked yourself how much rehab costs. Rehab costs can vary depending on a number of factors, but there are plenty of options for how to pay for treatment based on your particular needs.

Costs by Type of Treatment

Treatment costs vary and are based on many personal and provider factors. The types and durations of services you receive will significantly determine the cost of treatment; these largely depend on personal factors such as your history of addiction, the type of drug(s) used, your insurance coverage, whether your facility is an in-network rehab, and more.

There are different levels of substance abuse treatment ranging from highly intensive to minimally intensive. Sometimes, more intensive services or levels of care cost more money than less intensive services or lower levels of care – but insurance often covers even the highest levels of addiction treatment care, depending on your facility and policy.

Highly intensive treatment usually involves a significant number of treatment services as well as 24-hour care from medical professionals and addiction specialists. From most intensive to least intensive, some substance abuse treatment options are as follows:1

  • Drug Detox. Detoxification, also known as withdrawal management or medical withdrawal, refers to the process of safely eliminating drugs and alcohol from the body.1 Often taking place at a hospital or a substance abuse treatment facility, detox is the first step in drug and alcohol treatment for many people. Medical supervision and interventions are typically provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can include the administration of medication prescribed by a doctor.
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation. Inpatient treatment, while similar in some ways to medical detox, is slightly less intensive. In inpatient treatment, you receive 24/7 care from mental health and addiction professionals. Medical staff is usually not available 24 hours a day, as the focus of this level of treatment is to help you understand your addiction and develop healthy ways of thinking and acting without the use of substances. With inpatient rehab, the length of stay can vary from a few weeks to 30 days, to several months and even up to a year. This will impact the cost of inpatient treatment as well as the types of services you receive.
  • Outpatient Rehab. Outpatient rehab is the least restrictive type of substance abuse treatment and costs less than medical detox and inpatient rehab.1 In outpatient rehab, you go home every night. Treatment is conducted on an outpatient basis and can consist of things such as individual therapy, support groups, and group therapy. The goal of outpatient therapy is to support your life in recovery and continue to build upon the skills and insights you learned in inpatient rehab.

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What Impacts the Cost of Rehab?

The cost of treatment is determined by several components based on your specific needs, your insurance provider, and your chosen treatment facility. More specifically, the cost of treatment is often defined by some of the following factors:2

  • Length of stay and range of services provided.
  • The intensity of services rendered.
  • Location of the treatment facility.
  • Specific client characteristics (i.e., pregnancy, significant medical issues, or mental health problems).
  • Cost of resources.

The cost of rehab is also determined by the amenities offered by the specific substance abuse treatment facility. Every service and amenity can come with a cost.

The Cost of Drug Use Compared to the Cost of Rehab

Substance abuse and addiction can have devastating consequences on all aspects of your life. The cost of drug use can be significant and irreversible, and can include:3

  • Difficulty adhering to personal responsibilities that can lead to consequences such as job loss.
  • Conflict in important relationships with family members and friends.
  • Physical dependence and withdrawal.
  • Risky behaviors and impaired judgment.
  • Changes in the brain and other health problems.

The monetary cost of drug and alcohol abuse is astronomical. Current studies report that substance abuse in the United States costs the country more than $600 billion dollars a year — and substance abuse treatment can reduce that cost.4

Additional statistics on the cost of substance abuse and its treatment include:4

  • For every dollar allocated to substance abuse treatment, $4-$7 are saved in drug-related criminal offenses.
  • Healthcare-related savings surpass a ratio of 12 to 1.
  • 1 full year of methadone maintenance costs roughly $4,700, where one year in jail costs roughly $24,000 a year.

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Why the Cost of Rehab Shouldn’t Prevent You from Going

There is no denying that substance abuse treatment can sometimes be costly. However, most insurance companies will cover some form of addiction treatment, and it is clear that the cost of substance abuse far exceeds the cost of treatment. The price of rehab shouldn’t deter you from finding treatment, especially when you consider the cost of substance abuse — not only on your wallet, but also on your health, interpersonal relationships, quality of life, and mortality.

“…most insurance companies will cover some form of addiction treatment, and it is clear that the cost of substance abuse far exceeds the cost of treatment.”

If you’re still not convinced, consider this. Treatment for substance abuse averages approximately $1,583 per year per person. The average cost of substance abuse is roughly $11,487 a year — more than 7 times greater.5 Keep in mind that this is an approximation, and the cost of treatment depends on the many factors mentioned above. The bottom line is that the benefits of substance abuse treatment are evident not only in saving you money, but in saving your life.

If you’d like to know whether your insurance may cover the full or partial cost of rehabilitation at one of American Addiction Centers’ various rehab centers across the states, simple fill in your information in the form below.

Free, State-Funded, and Other Options to Afford Rehab

If you are considering rehab for drug or alcohol addiction, don’t let the cost of treatment stop you from getting the help you need and deserve. Your out-of-pocket costs can be reduced or eliminated in a number of different ways. Many (if not most) insurance providers have coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment. States across the country have state-funded treatment programs that can significantly reduce or eliminate the costs of services.

If you don’t have insurance and aren’t eligible for state-funded programs, many providers offer loans and payment plans to help you fund your treatment. In fact, some treatment providers offer scholarships and sliding-fee scales for individuals who need financial assistance. In light of the many payment options for treatment, don’t let money come between you and the life of recovery that you deserve.

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  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of drug addiction treatment: A research-based guide (third edition)- Types of treatment programs.
  2. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2008). The economic cost of substance abuse treatment: Updated estimates and cost bands for program assessment and reimbursement.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). The science of drug use and addiction: The basics.
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of drug addiction treatment: A research based guide (third edition)-Is drug addiction treatment worth its cost?
  5. Office of National Drug Control Policy. (2012). Cost benefits of investing early in substance abuse treatment.
Last Updated on October 18, 2021
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