How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

Different Costs for Rehab Can Be OverwhelmingEven though there are a few things in life that are free that most people enjoy (laughter, sunshine) almost everything of some value has a cost of some type, this includes professional rehabilitation centers. Most goods and services cost money, even things that we have come to understand as 'available for free' are still paid for by our taxes or by other instances. For every goods or service in the world there has to be some sort of exchangeable value, a price that is paid. Drug recovery programs and alcohol addiction centers are no exception.

The Financial Choice

We believe that the ability to seek out help for an addiction to alcohol or narcotics should not depend on how much you have in your bank account. Unfortunately, the belief that they are unable to pay for the help that they need is the second most common reason that people do not seek out professional options according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The #1 most commonly cited reason was that people did not seek treatment options because they were simply not ready to stop using or drinking.

So What's the Price?

According to the National Substance Abuse Treatment Services Survey (N-SATSS), the average cost for inpatient programs was about $7,000 per month. Because there is evidence to support that enrolling in rehab for longer than 30 days provides the patient with a substantially higher chance of recovery and long-term sobriety, the cost of drug rehabilitation can easily reach anywhere between $7,500 and $75,000. On average, someone enrolling in an inpatient facility will have to estimate the cost at around $36,000 for a 90-day program. While it may not be easy for many people to write a check for that amount, it is important to remember the facilities that are available and the fact that one can't put a price on living a healthy life.

It is rare that those who need the treatment have the financial resources to enter into a private non-profit recovery center on their own. Unfortunately, this means that the burden often falls on family members and friends. Even though it is important to remember that a successful drug rehab program will enable those addicted to become responsible for themselves once again and pay the money back, it is still quite an investment. One thing to keep in mind is that in many of these situations, the families have already been supporting the addict for months, perhaps even years. How much money has gone into paying off debts, bailing someone out of jail and giving the occasional handout because you felt bad for them? Why not invest in the future instead of continually having to spend money for incidentals? An investment in the root cause of the problem would be a much wiser investment.

Don't Go to a Poor Drug Rehab ProgramStop! Before you send your loved one to a drug rehab center based only on cost or location, contact us to find out what types of rehabilitation programs have the best recovery rates.

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Things to be Aware of

Beware of treatment a la carte, as we call it, where a facility tells you one price over the phone, but after enrolling, you find out that there are many additional services that most people would assume are included, instead costs more money. Looking for an extra individual counseling session? Pay a little extra. Want to stay another week because you don't feel that you are ready to leave yet? Pay a little extra. Need to see the doctor again? Pay a little extra.

Of course, there are programs whose prices are relatively all-inclusive, at least in terms of length of stay and amount of counseling. When looking for a long-term facility, it is a good idea to find a program that has some sort of flat rate instead of one that charges by the month. Even though it may not seem possible, it is still worth finding out.

What About Federal and State Options?

When the cost seems too overwhelming, some people prefer to look at federal and state options. It is true that there are some public drug and alcohol programs funded by our tax dollars. In fact, a recent report showed that American tax payers fund three quarters of the cost for people going through treatment facilities. However, only certain programs receive public funding and very few of them have long-term inpatient programs with any demonstrable results. Another problem is the long waiting lists. If someone is ready to enter into treatment, the last thing you want to do is make him or her wait before they can have the treatment that they need. If you are looking for the least expensive program - call the Federal Treatment Facility Locator at 1-800-662-4357. You can get local listings and will be placed on their waiting list (there are many other people waiting for that same bed).

Health Insurance and Treatment

Many people wonder whether health insurance may make a difference in the cost. It is true that having health insurance may change the type of care that you receive and not always in a positive way. The first thing to do if you are planning to go through with your insurance is making sure your care is paid for. Unfortunately, you would not be the first person to enter therapy only to hear from the insurance company that you should have had your program authorized before entering into rehab. So do not assume that because you have insurance, it will pay for everything.

Depending on the provider, coverage for outpatient and inpatient recovery services may be very different, even with the same insurance provider the policy may be very different. Many insurance companies have a maximum amount of days that they are willing to pay for, or have a limit on the level of service that you can receive. Some insurance companies will only cover counselor or outpatient drug rehab, while others will cover part or all of the cost of a residential facility.

Another aspect to remember is that benefits paid usually are reimbursements to the insured rather than direct payments to the recovery center. This means that you still could expect to pay a lot of money out-of-pocket in many instances; if not for the whole sum; at least a down payment to get started. However, with the recent increase in substance abuse benefits, more people have been able to access better drug recovery facilities with their insurance policies. More centers are also accepting insurance as a form of payment or partial payment due to economic conditions. We can help you locate very successful programs that may work with your insurance company.

Money Well Spent

A Family ReunitedWhile the adage "you get what you pay for" has some merit here, some people also equate overall cost with results, which is not necessarily true. There are some high-priced celebrity recovery centers that cost more than $100,000 per stay, but if you have seen any media lately, there have been some obvious instances that make it clear that the more expensive and luxurious does not always mean better. Remember, we are looking at discernible results that would present an exchangeable value. If you are going to pay money, be sure it presents the best possibility for that person to become drug-free, otherwise you will have to invest again in the near future.

We have done a lot of research on different treatment methods and specific drug facilities around the country to find the most effective and how much these programs cost. We can help you find something that will work for a reasonable price relative to the overall costs of rehabilitation centers.


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