There are many things to consider when you’re looking for the right rehab, and the cost is one of the biggest. In fact, price is one of the greatest barriers to treatment for addicts, many of whom put off getting help altogether because they’re homeless, unemployed or don’t have insurance.
Paying for rehab is certainly important, but cost alone shouldn’t stop you from exploring all of your options. With so many different treatment options available, getting an exact figure can be difficult. To help, we’ve put together this post so you can understand the cost of rehab and what you should expect to pay, on average, at a quality facility.
The Role of Cost in Addiction Treatment
Rehabs employ a large number of staff including nurses, doctors and mental health professionals like substance abuse counselors and psychiatrists. Each of these employees has a salary, and there are additional resources and services necessary to ensure that every patient receives the most effective treatment possible.
In an inpatient facility, the cost of treatment also includes your room and board, which includes food and possibly medications you will be prescribed during your stay. Because there are so many factors at play, there is no cut-and-dry price for rehab. Instead, you have to consider the type of rehab that’s best for you as well as the duration of your stay.
How Much Does a Good Rehab Cost?
Most residential addiction centers offer programs that range from 30 to 90 days. The month-long program will obviously be the most affordable, but this is typically not recommended because it doesn’t give patients enough time to adjust. The first 30 days of rehab are mostly spent getting used to the environment, going through detoxification and setting up a treatment plan.
Nevertheless, the 30-day program can still be effective. A month of inpatient rehab costs around $6,000, but some high-end facilities may charge upwards of $20,000. For 60 to 90-day treatment programs, the cost could range between $12,000 to $60,000.
Outpatient rehab is much more affordable than residential facilities. As a result, they are usually preferred by people who are on a tight budget or whose insurance will not cover enough of an inpatient program. The downside is that outpatient rehab centers are best for mild and moderate addictions, so they are not the right choice for everyone.
However, if outpatient is the most accessible resource to you at this time, it’s always better to get some treatment than none at all. Most outpatient rehabs cost around $5,000 for a 90-day program. This cost may increase if you decide to participate in an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which lasts most of the day and can be just as effective as residential treatment for people with severe addictions.
Will My Insurance Pay for Rehab?
Rehab is expensive, but the good news is that most major health insurance providers will pay for the majority of addiction treatment. The exact amount that your insurance provider will cover depends on them and the limits of your policy. You can rest assured that most providers, including Medicare and Medicaid, offer some form of rehab coverage.
You should contact your provider and ask them what their coverage limits are for rehab. You can also talk to your doctor; being diagnosed with a substance use disorder may be required to get coverage for rehab.
Paying for Your Treatment
Maybe you don’t have insurance, or perhaps your insurance will cover some but not all of your treatment. If that’s the case, all hope isn’t lost. Affordable, quality rehabs offer flexible financing options that help people cover the cost of treatment.
Even if you’re unemployed, there is a rehab out there willing to work with you and arrange payment based off your capability. Some rehabs may require you to pay a percentage of the total cost of treatment upfront, followed by monthly installments after you complete the program. Others may allow you to postpone payment until you have more money.
It’s important to seek treatment no matter what, even if you have no money, are homeless or out of work. While it’s true that drug and alcohol rehabs need money to operate, their ultimate goal is to help people break free from addiction and live better lives sober.
Contact us today at 833-762-3739 to explore your options. Our skilled operators are on-call 24/7, so it’s never too soon to get started.