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How Much Does Addiction Treatment Cost?

According to the financial wellbeing site Debt.org, a typical consumer allocates over $10,000 of their budget per year on healthcare services. Many people find this amount to be quite punishing. It is thus only reasonable for individuals needing addiction treatment to ask: How much does addiction treatment cost?


Such concerns worsen the matter since it is true that many Americans battling alcohol and drug use disorders have limited financial resources. Moreover, drug addicts have no private or group health insurance coverage in many cases, meaning that the cost of rehab may make help appear out of reach for many. Even though more than 21 million people in the United States struggle with addiction, just 10 percent of those individuals receive drug abuse treatment. 


But drug treatment is a better bargain when weighed against the possible physical and societal consequences of delaying seeking help. Before we dive into the specifics of how much drug treatment costs, let's look at the factors that affect the price of drug rehabilitation.

Factors That Influence the Cost of Addiction Treatment

  • The degree of care you need


Depending on your needs, treatment options for addiction vary from extensive medical detox to inpatient (or residential) care plans to less intensive outpatient ones. 


If your addiction is chronic or you are also grappling with a dual diagnosis, then long-term care at a residential facility is often the best option; but it is more costly. It's even more expensive when your situation necessitates the consultation of many specialists and the administration of costly drugs.

  • Type of the treatment facility 


There is a considerable cost difference between inpatient and outpatient particular rehabs. Because of the higher housing costs, intense care, and unique facilities, inpatient programs are more expensive than outpatient ones. Luxury rehabs, typically visited by celebrities and the wealthy, are substantially more costly than normal rehabs.

  • Provided treatments


Among the many services provided by addiction treatment programs are the following:


  • Professionally managed detoxification, in which medical professionals assist you in gradually and safely ceasing drug use.

  • MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment) for opiates, alcohol, or drug addiction, physicians administer drugs to lessen withdrawal symptoms. 

  • Holistic Therapy: a treatment where you may improve your mental health, discover triggers for drug usage, and learn suitable coping mechanisms.


Some people may not need medical detoxification when they first enter treatment. Cocaine users often do not suffer severe withdrawal symptoms when they quit taking the drug; therefore, there is no need for a sophisticated detoxification program other than being closely watched. However, alcohol and heroin addicts often endure significant withdrawal symptoms during detox, necessitating medicines.

  • Available amenities 


Some high-class rehabilitation centers' luxurious facilities have access to spa treatments, reflexology, hot tubs, tennis courts, big private rooms, and award-winning chefs. These are just a few of the amenities available. Luxury rehabilitation centers, frequently visited by the wealthy and famous, are pricey because of their facilities.


Luxurious institutions may cost vast amounts of money each month in operating expenses. Most rehabs aren't this pricey, but extra amenities increase the cost.

  • The location of the facility


Treatment costs may be affected by factors such as whether the facility is in a posh area, in the hills, on the beach, etc.

  • The type of the chosen program


Everything from the scale of the treatment plan to whether it is a massive program with many patients or a minor one. Among other variables, a specialized rehabilitation program, medications administered, and protection provided by insurance for the particular program will impact the cost.

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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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Treatment for Substance Abuse and Your Insurance Policy

Don't forget to factor in your insurance coverage when figuring out how much therapy will cost. It might cover all or part of the cost of addiction therapy.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that health insurance plans include drug and alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation. This comprises individual health insurance coverage, Medicaid, Medicare, state-sponsored health insurance, and military insurance, among other categories. In certain places, like California, you may also be eligible for disability benefits if you receive residential alcoholism treatment.

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Types of Care Provided and Their Average Cost

These figures from Drughelpline.org demonstrate unequivocally that out-of-pocket treatment expenses may vary significantly depending on the service provided.

Detox Programs

When you enroll in a detox program for 30 days, the lowest cost per day is $250, and the most expensive per day is $800.


A detoxification program usually is just 7-14 days in length, but it includes 24-hour monitoring and a broad range of therapy options. A long-term inpatient program would involve weeks or months of accommodations, food, round-the-clock care, and various treatments and activities to be completed successfully. Detoxification regimens are more expensive per day than other types of treatment.

Residential Care

The expense of residential care starts at $5,000 and goes up to at least $80,000 at the highest end.


Residential programs may provide various services and locations depending on their severity. Patients live on-site, which means they are under the watch or care of someone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The duration of the program may vary and depends on the requirements of each person, but it is typically between one to three months. Typically, days at a residential rehab are filled with physical activities, psychotherapy, and medical care, leaving little time for idling.


Inpatient treatment is often reserved for individuals who have completed medical detoxification and no longer need medical stabilization or monitoring. Additionally, if a patient's symptoms don’t need professional monitoring or one has attempted quitting drugs before without success, they may need residential therapy.


As you can see, the pricing for each sort of service covers various options and budgets. You must speak with a representative from your selected institution to ascertain the pricing and discover if your insurance plan covers the treatment and what you need to pay out-of-pocket.

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Outpatient Programs (OPs)

The lowest cost of an outpatient care program is $1400, and the highest price is $10,000 for 90 days of treatment.


Outpatient care makes up some of the first levels of care. Clients maintain their daily routines while regularly meeting with healthcare professionals for evaluation, treatment, and follow-ups.


Patients qualified for outpatient care may get medications, therapy, and other interventions after an initial examination and assessment. Outpatient therapy is the least intensive level of care and is often the least expensive, needing nine hours of treatment each week (or six hours for teenagers and children).


Some people begin treatment in a residential drug rehabilitation center and then transfer to an outpatient setting when it is recommended, lowering the overall cost of therapy.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

In an intensive outpatient setting for 30 days, the lowest cost per day is $3000, and the highest per day is $10,000.


IOP and partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are options for patients with more complicated requirements, such as co-occurring disorders. These programs are designed to give patients a more rigorous treatment regimen while also providing them with more resources than can be provided through regular outpatient treatments.


IOP patients undergo therapy for nine to twenty hours each week. Clients under this form of care constantly interact with their doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, and other professionals. 


Many intensive outpatient programs are available for short periods throughout the day, afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Participants can continue with school or work while attending IOP.

Free Treatment Programs

You may get treatment for alcohol and drug addiction even if you do not have healthcare insurance and have low financial means. Alcohol and drug treatment plans are available at reduced or no cost via many state and municipal health or social services agencies, depending on your earnings and capacity to pay. There may be a long waiting list for these programs since they are free and open to anyone. However, they are available in most locations because they are widely distributed.


In addition, several free addiction treatment programs are funded by nonprofit or charitable organizations and religious organizations. These institutions may provide detoxification treatments, individual and group therapy, sober-living houses, and the opportunity to participate in support groups, among other services.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is another option, which is free and has helped millions of people learn to live a clean life since it was started in 1935. AA is also available online.


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There is a cost associated with drug rehabilitation, but the advantages of seeking professional care are worthwhile. The cost of remaining in addiction, including losing a career, relationships, autonomy, and even death, will almost certainly be much more than the amount of money you spend for treatment. Finding a drug treatment program that suits your specific requirements will assist you in achieving sobriety and learning how to acquire the skills that will allow you to lead a happy and satisfying life.


It is helpful to understand your insurance coverage since your health insurance provider may reimburse the costs of alcohol or drug rehabilitation if you fulfill their requirements. Contact your insurance provider for assistance in determining the amount. You may also make contact with potential rehabilitation facilities. They will be able to check your insurance coverage in advance.

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Factors that influence the cost of addiction treatment
Treatment for substance abuse and your insurance policy
Types of care provided and their average cost

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