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Cost of Rehab

There isn't one ballpark price that can be quoted for rehab, because the cost of rehab depends on several factors. There are short-term programs which deliver treatment for up to 30 days, and longer programs that deliver treatment for up to a few months. One can understand why the latter is typically more costly for rehab clients, as clients receive treatment for several weeks longer than someone in a short-term program. However, this isn't the only thing which effects the cost of rehab. The cost of outpatient rehab is typically going to be less than a program which delivers treatment in an inpatient or residential facility, with the obvious reason being they won't require any additional amenities other than their treatment. Someone in an inpatient or residential rehab will basically be living there and all of their amenities and vital necessities are taken care of during their stay, so the price cost of rehab varies depending on how long someone will be staying in the inpatient or residential facility and what types of amenities are offered.

For example, someone may choose to stay in an inpatient drug rehab program that is much like a hospital with the very bare necessities offered. Or, someone could choose to stay in a luxury residential drug rehab facility and pay triple what someone would expect to pay in a modest inpatient or residential facility. In this case, it is really a matter of whether or not someone has the wherewithal to pay for a luxury option or if a more modest facility is within budget and accommodating enough. This is a decision based on preference, and whether or not a facility offers luxury amenities doesn't really reflect the quality of treatment offered which should always be the first thing taken into consideration. While it is nice to have luxury amenities, this is of course just a bonus and something which can help make rehab a little more amenable. Most inpatient and residential facilities are quite amenable to begin with, but if you can afford a luxury rehab for yourself or someone you care about by all means do so as long as it is the most appropriate rehab for the level of addiction being treated.

To give you an idea of what the average cost of rehab will be when taking to account what rehabs around the country are charging, this too depends on whether or not someone will be engaging in short-term 30-day treatment or long-term treatment. It also depends on whether or not the facility delivers detox services. Sometimes facilities don't provide detox services for when a person is entering the rehab system and is just abstaining from drugs or alcohol. Some people who are detoxing will need extensive care and supervision during detox, and this is one reason some rehabs prefer that their clients detox first in a facility which can provide they level of care and attention that they need. In these cases, professional detox services are delivered at a separate facility prior to the individual beginning their treatment plan at the rehab facility of choice.

Research into the average price of a short-term rehab indicates that the average price for short-term 30-day facilities delivering on-site detox is about $26,000 (which is most programs available), and the few which don't provide detox services offer short-term treatment for around $16,000. Some programs charge clients per day, in which case this can also vary greatly depending on the facilities offered although most require a significant deposit and charge anywhere from $500-$1000 per day. Because the average length of detox is 3-10 days, paying day-to-day for rehab services may not be the most economical option.

The cost of rehab for 90-120 long-term residential programs will vary greatly, and when researching this take into mind that some facilities in this category can run up to $120,000 but as low as $20,000. This again is typically dependent on what type of facility you are going with, and whether or not having certain luxury amenities is crucial and if you can afford them. Most residential rehabs already offer quite a few amenities to make a client's stay more comfortable, and they in the very least provide the comforts of home. Many affordable residential long-term rehab programs provide facilities for extra-curricular activities such as pools, facilities for sports, and other outlets for clients to be able to have a positive experience while in rehab. There are even some types of long-term rehab programs that maybe even less because they are either government funded or perhaps faith-based. In which case, faith based programs which offer both short and long-term treatment may be less expensive because in some instances they are funded by the faith based organizations for which they represent.

One type of treatment option which has become popular is opiate/opioid maintenance treatment, for individuals addicted to street opiates such as heroin or prescription opioids which would be any prescription pain killer. But this "maintenance" also has a cost that individuals should know about before they agree to get started. Opioid maintenance has been around for years, and methadone has been the primary maintenance drug for decades for individuals who feel they can't kick an opiate addiction without utilizing the opioid maintenance option widely available. Now there are various drugs used in opiate/opioid maintenance, but the process is the same. Individuals receive a dose of a maintenance drug every day so that they don't go into opiate/opioid withdrawal, and the cravings are not as intense as when they were addicted to their drug of choice which caused them to become involved in drug seeking behavior. The problem with this is it too can become a very expensive habit to maintain, and the average person involved in maintenance treatment spends around $5,000 a year. Because some maintenance clients are convinced that this is the only solution for them, most will be paying this $5,000 a year for the rest of their lives. Consider this before choosing a maintenance option instead of a quality drug rehab to permanently kick an opiate or prescription opioid addiction, because maintenance drugs are typically far harder to get off of due to punishing withdrawal symptoms once the maintenance treatment has started.

The good news for anyone considering the more extensive treatment options, which typically always have the higher success rates, is that most of the long-term programs accept private health insurance. Most private health insurance companies will work with long-term inpatient and residential drug rehab programs to get individuals started in lifesaving treatment, because in the long run this saves them the cost of treating the health consequences of chronic long-term addiction later on the down the road. In fact, many long-term rehab facilities have staff specifically assigned to work full-time with private health insurance companies to get all of the paperwork done and the individual started in treatment as soon as possible.

There is always the possibility that individuals won't have private health insurance to cover the cost of rehab. But never settle for a less effective option based on cost, and always check to see if a quality rehab program that would be more ideal offer payment assistance such as a sliding fee scale or perhaps check to see if there are any financing options available.