If you need to attend a treatment program for alcohol and drug abuse, you may be wondering how much it will cost.
With an idea of average addiction treatment costs, you can be more informed when it comes to talking with treatment providers and health insurance companies.
How Much Does Rehab Cost?
When people talk about rehab centers, they are generally referring to facilities where clients live onsite for the duration of their program, such as those that provide residential or inpatient care.
However, other options for treatment exist, namely outpatient treatment programs at varying levels of intensity, which don’t require clients to stay onsite.
Costs for addiction healthcare can vary widely depending on the program type and length, the services required, the amenities provided, and more.
Drug or alcohol addiction treatment could cost as little as $1,400 and as much as $80,000. Averages of this kind of range are unhelpful, so we’ve broken down the costs below according to the type of treatment.
Bear in mind that these costs reflect private treatment. Publically funded treatment centers may cost significantly less, or even be free. Also, these figures are from 2022 unless otherwise noted.
How Much Does Residential Treatment Cost?
Residential drug rehab centers are designed to feel like home, with comforts and amenities that range from gym access to luxurious spa services, depending on the program.
Residential treatment programs may last longer than the average inpatient program and may not have medical supervision like a hospital would.
Long-term residential treatment can last between six months and a year, or longer. Private drug and alcohol rehab centers usually charge at least $20,000 for residential programs, though often it is much more.
How Much Does Inpatient Treatment Cost?
There is some overlap in the terms “inpatient treatment” and “residential treatment.”
While people may use the terms interchangeably, inpatient treatment typically refers to substance abuse treatment in a hospital that may last from 30 to 90 days.
A 30-day program at inpatient treatment facilities averages about $12,500, with the high end being $20,000 and the low end being $5,000.
Longer inpatient programs that last 60 to 90 days have a broader range, coming in at as little as $12,000 and as much as $60,000.
How Much Does A Detox Program Cost?
Drug and alcohol detox programs are priced somewhat similarly to inpatient treatment because they often require hospitalization and medical supervision.
Whereas inpatient care averages $575 a day, a detox program averages about $525 a day. The difference in the two is that the variance in detox programs is more significant, between $250 and $800 a day.
The other difference is that, depending on the severity of the substance use disorder, a detox program may need to last for seven days, putting the average cost at about $3,675.
How Much Does Outpatient Treatment Cost?
The best way to think of an outpatient rehab program is that it’s treatment for alcohol and drug addiction that doesn’t require you to live at the facility during your care.
Outpatient care encompasses many of the same factors that inpatient rehab programs encompass, such as medical detox, aftercare, and mental health treatment.
Outpatient programs generally have three levels:
- partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- standard outpatient program (OP)
PHP averages about $400 a day, whereas IOP averages about $575 per day. Depending on the level of care you need, a 30-day program could cost around $14,600.
Standard outpatient treatment can be significantly cheaper, averaging around $5,700 per month, with some programs going as low as $1,400.
If you are looking at enrolling in a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program with methadone, the cost may average around $7,500.
How Much Does Rehab Cost After Insurance?
Many private insurance providers cover treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, but coverage varies by insurance plan.
In general, rehab programs that are covered by insurance are going to be cheaper than they would otherwise be.
Even with insurance coverage, you may have out-of-pocket expenses such as:
- treatment options that are not covered by insurance
So treatment costs could still come to thousands of dollars. If this is the case, you have a couple of options to make treatment more affordable.
Rehab facilities sometimes offer payment plans that spread out the costs over a period of time. Some treatment centers also offer a sliding fee scale, where the cost of treatment is based on your income.
Additional options for people with limited resources include public health insurance plans like Medicaid or those available through the Affordable Care Act.
Rehab centers that accept these health insurance plans may be able to help you determine your eligibility and apply.
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- National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics - Average Cost of Drug Rehab