How much does rehab cost?

If you or someone you care about is in need of addiction treatment, one of the biggest worries you might be facing is the financial aspects involved in rehabilitation. Addiction treatment programs are not cheap, but the prices vary considerably depending on the type of treatment you're going to get and the length of time you want to book at the facility.

To figure out how much you're going to be spending, there are a few things you're going to want to address. We can't really give you an accurate estimate on what the specific program you're going to take will cost because rehabs vary in price by the thousands of dollars. We can, however, give you a very accurate guide that will inform you what your money is going towards in different circumstances and help you make financial decisions.

Inpatient or Outpatient
The type of treatment program you're going to attend is a huge factor in the price you're going to be paying. There are two main types of rehab treatments available, inpatient and outpatient.

  • * Outpatient rehabs are generally cheaper because they aren't as intensive as other rehab programs. Outpatient programs only require that you attend your scheduled meetings and therapy sessions. Otherwise you are free to come and go from the facility as you please.
  • * Fees for outpatient rehab generally just include the costs of the courses and therapy sessions that you're going to take part of as well as transportation to and from the facility.
  • * Inpatient rehab patients are going to be at the facility and under medical supervision 24 hours a day, and their costs have to cover room and board, medical attention, programs that they are going to take, food and more. This is why inpatient programs are significantly more expensive.

If you are expecting to need a medically supervised detox to help you through the withdrawal phase before you actually begin your counseling and therapy sessions, you can expect to pay a little bit more for this service.

Not everybody requires a medically supervised detox. These are recommended for people who are suffering the from serious forms of addiction to certain kinds of illicit drugs (most often opioid drugs like heroin, but sometimes illicit use of prescribed drugs can get serious enough to require detox) or alcoholism, or addiction to medically prescribed drugs like painkillers or anxiolytics. Addictions to these drugs can not be stopped without going through a serious withdrawal phase. Withdrawal from the latter to drugs can actually kill somebody if they are not supervised thanks to a process known as excitotoxicity which lowers the seizure threshold and can induce serious grand Mal seizures.

The duration of your detox will let you have a rough idea of how much you're going to have to pay. There are typically 3 kinds of medically supervised detoxes available at standard rehab facilities. These would be either a 3 day, 5 day, or 7 day detox.

  • * 3 day detox is for people who are not going to be seriously debilitated by the withdrawal that they are going to have when they stop using drugs. People with mild substance abuse problems might benefit from a 3 day detox if they are worried they might relapse during the withdrawal phase. This is the most common cause of relapse - trying to stave off the symptoms of withdrawal because they are so unpleasant.
  • * 5 day detoxes are for people who are not going to have severely life threatening symptoms from there withdrawal, but will have an intense period of physical and mental discomfort that might be better managed under medical supervision. 5 days is usually enough to get through the worst of the physical symptoms; proper therapy and counselling can help someone overcome the more protracted post acute withdrawal symptoms.
  • * 7 day detoxes are for people with the most serious dependencies on drugs that are known to cause the most serious withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes, 7 days is not enough for the detox period to finish, but in these cases, the rehab facility will have to make an exception. These exceptions will likely cost you bit more money due to the need for extended treatment.

The duration of your program, at least for inpatient residents, is the biggest determining factor for the cost of the program. The longer you stay, the more resources and staff hours are needed to accommodate you, and this is reflected in the cost of your program.

Outpatient programs vary widely in price but duration is not always an issue in this case. Since outpatient rehab is designed so patients are able to manage a work, school, or family life during treatment, they might not necessarily charge by the duration of your treatment but instead by the programs and courses that you'll need to complete to finish the program.

Class and Quality
There are different degrees of quality that you can find among different rehab programs. You may even be able to find a free rehab treatment in your locale if you look, or if there's one nearby in a different city, it could be worthwhile to make the trip out.

  • * Budget and free rehab programs won't be as comprehensive as other programs because they have to be funded by the community. They are best for people with mild to moderate addictions.
  • * Normal rehabs are fairly costly but deliver quality comprehensive treatment. The average cost of a basic rehab program can run from anywhere between 100 to $1,000 a day. These prices can vary depending on the intensity of the program, the location, and the specific facility.
  • * Luxury rehab programs are available for people who are not concerned about finances. These programs are typically attended by celebrities, businessmen, and other wealthy people who struggle with addictions.
  • * The programs and accommodations at these facilities more closely resemble a five star hotel than a traditional rehab program. Luxury rehabs often have spas, massage parlors, all you can eat restaurants, and other amenities that he would find in high class hotels.
  • * The price of a luxury rehab can fluctuate, but they are always going to be far more expensive than a regular rehab program. You can expect to be paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a treatment at a luxury rehab.