Depending mainly on the severity of a person’s substance use disorder (SUD), they’ll attend either an inpatient or outpatient treatment program.
As with most medical decisions, cost is also a factor. In general, outpatient rehab programs cost less than inpatient treatment.
This is mainly because outpatient programs don’t provide room and board or 24/7 medical care, because clients don’t stay onsite.
Below we’ll explore and compare the costs of inpatient care versus outpatient care, and what factors may influence what you or a loved one will pay.
Comparing Inpatient And Outpatient Treatment Costs
People with more severe SUDs will typically benefit most from inpatient care, while those with mild to moderate addictions may find sufficient care through an outpatient program.
Cost Of Outpatient Rehab Programs
Outpatient treatment programs generally cost less than inpatient care. This is because outpatient programs don’t provide accommodations or round-the-clock care.
Instead, clients attend treatment sessions and return home afterward. Costs can vary widely depending on the program’s duration, services offered, and location.
Outpatient treatment is a more preferred choice for people with:
- milder addiction issues
- strong support systems at home
- work and family responsibilities they can’t leave behind for an extended period
There are also several levels of care within outpatient treatment, with more intensive levels generally costing more than less intensive ones.
Levels of care in outpatient treatment include:
- standard outpatient treatment: usually the least expensive, because it requires the fewest hours per week of treatment sessions
- intensive outpatient programs (IOP): can be more expensive because more time is spent in treatment
- partial hospitalization programs (PHP): typically the most expensive form of outpatient treatment, due to lengthier treatment and the inclusion of medical services
Cost Of Inpatient Rehab Programs
Inpatient rehab facilities tend to be more expensive than outpatient options due to the comprehensive services and 24/7 care they provide.
The costs typically cover:
- room and board
- medical supervision
- therapy sessions and other treatment
Inpatient treatment programs may be more appropriate for someone with:
- severe addiction issues
- co-occurring disorders
- medical detox needs
- housing needs
- a need for immersive therapy
- a high relapse risk
Though inpatient treatment centers can be more expensive, they are known as the most effective level of care in the addiction treatment world.
Consult with your doctor or mental health professional to learn which choice is appropriate for you.
Factors Influencing Your Rehab Program Costs
Several different factors can increase or decrease the overall cost of addiction treatment. No matter a person’s financial situation, accessible treatment options are available.
Factors that affect addiction treatment costs include:
- duration of treatment: Longer treatment programs typically have higher costs.
- type of facility: Luxury or private rehab centers often charge more than nonprofit or state-funded rehab centers.
- facility location: Treatment centers in urban areas generally have higher fees.
- additional services: Specialized therapies, medical services, or amenities can increase costs.
Many people pay for addiction treatment using private health insurance. However, this is only one payment option among the many available.
Payment options for addiction care include:
- public health insurance, such as Medicaid, Medicare, or Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans
- federal, state, or local grant funding
- payment assistance options, such as a sliding fee scale or payment plan
- private loans, or loans provided by treatment facilities
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Published on September 26, 2023
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- Medicare.gov – Inpatient or Outpatient Hospital Status Affects Your Costs