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How Much Does Rehab Cost?

Thinking about the cost of drug rehab can feel overwhelming; however, there are many ways to help cover the cost so you can get the treatment you need. Alcohol and drug rehab costs can vary depending on several factors including the kind of treatment you choose, where it’s located, duration, and individual needs.

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment, this article will give you a better understanding of what contributes to the cost of treatment and how to pay for rehab. As you search for drug and alcohol rehabs, remember that addiction is treatable and getting help is an important first phase of the recovery process.

Cost of Different Types of Addiction Treatment

The types of addiction treatment range from intensive inpatient or residential programs to less intense outpatient programs depending on the level of care you require. Cost varies depending on several factors and is typically higher for inpatient or residential programs in which you reside at the facility 24/7. The cost for alcohol or drug rehab will depend on:

  • Facility location.
  • Private vs. shared accommodation.
  • Services offered.
  • Medications used.
  • Amenities offered (e.g., equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, etc.).
  • Insurance coverage.
  • How long treatment lasts.

Regardless of the type of program you choose, it’s important that the facility provide individualized treatment plans that meet your needs for treatment to be most effective.3 Alcohol or drug rehabs that treat the whole person should consider:3

  • Substances misused.
  • Co-occurring physical and/or mental health conditions.
  • Social and vocational needs.
  • Legal challenges.
  • Age, gender/gender identification, ethnicity, culture.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Rehab?

Insurance is commonly used to pay for alcohol or drug rehab. Coverage depends on the specific insurance provider, your plan, and the facility.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) considers mental health and substance abuse coverage an essential health benefit. This means that Marketplace plans offered through the ACA must cover treatment for substance use disorders. However, specific benefits and coverage will depend on the state a person lives in and the specific plan they choose.10

Since the ACA covers addiction treatment, many private insurance companies now provide coverage that matches the ACA for mental health and substance abuse coverage.10

Insurance for alcohol or drug addiction treatment may be available from various providers, including the following:

How Much Does Inpatient Rehab Cost?

Inpatient addiction treatment, which is sometimes called residential treatment, is a treatment setting where patients live full-time at the facility while participating in a recovery program. The cost of inpatient drug or alcohol treatment is typically higher than outpatient because a person lives at the facility and has access to medical care and a team of treatment professionals around the clock.1

It is most suitable for people that require a higher level of care for co-occurring disorders, severe addiction, or have relapsed.1 Inpatient programs can last anywhere from 30 days to 90 days or longer.2 The cost of an inpatient/residential rehab program is often related to the level of care a person receives, which may include medication and other clinical services. The following sections discuss what you may expect at different types of inpatient facilities.

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Standard 30-Day Inpatient Rehab Program

Basic 30-day inpatient rehab programs may include the following:1, 2, 3, 4  

  • Intake/assessment/evaluation.
  • Around-the-clock supervision.
  • Bed/dresser.
  • Roommate(s) unless the facility offers private rooms, which may cost more.
  • Daily chores.
  • 3 meals daily and laundry services.
  • Daily group counseling and addiction education.
  • Access to counselors for guidance.
  • 12-step groups
  • Treatment for co-occurring disorders.
  • Aftercare (or continuing care) planning.
  • Outdoor or planned activities.
  • Individual therapy.
  • Access to exercise facilities or classes.

Luxury 30-Day Inpatient Rehab Programs 

An inpatient luxury program offers the same evidence-based treatment as other facilities with the addition of special amenities and services for people who want a more private or upscale environment. Luxury services may include:

  • Private room.
  • Holistic treatments like acupuncture, massage, and yoga.
  • Variety of therapies like art, music, or equine therapy.
  • A resort-like atmosphere in a more lush, natural setting.
  • Executive services for people that need to work during treatment.

How Much Does Outpatient Rehab Cost?

Outpatient addiction treatment allows you to continue living and working at home while undergoing treatment and typically costs less than inpatient treatment. This type of program will involve focused but not around-the-clock care and often includes group and individual therapy sessions.  Drug rehab costs for outpatient programs will vary based on the type of care offered and the length of time you spend in treatment.

Types of outpatient care include therapy and counseling, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient care.1, 2, 4

Cost of Drug Addiction Therapy and Counseling

Drug addiction therapy and counseling are common in both inpatient and outpatient treatment and are likely included in the cost of treatment. Be sure to check with the facility to see what programs and services are included. The type of counseling services offered can include:3, 4

  • 12-step facilitation groups.
  • Group or individual behavioral therapy to help modify behaviors and attitudes about substance use and life circumstances.
  • Family therapy.
  • Group or individual drug counseling that focuses on stopping substance misuse.

Cost of Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programs are a type of outpatient treatment in which a person receives daily treatment at a facility for up to 6 to 10 hours a day, depending on the level of intensity.9 The cost of a PHP depends on your specific needs and level of care, and may include:5, 9

  • Meeting in the hospital or facility daily for at least 6 hours a day.
  • Access to hospital facilities, services, and practitioners for the portion of the day in which the program is active.
  • Group therapy, individual counseling, and medication management.

Cost of Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

Intensive outpatient treatment programs involve a person going to a facility for at least 9 hours per week to receive treatment services.9 The number of hours can increase depending on the level of care a person needs. Duration of treatment varies; however, 90 days is a common recommendation.9 The cost of intensive outpatient programs will vary depending on the types of services you receive and the level of care. Care may include:2, 4, 9

  • Focus on relapse prevention.
  • Group or individual counseling and therapy, addiction education, and medication management.
  • Monitoring for substance use to ensure abstinence.
  • 24-hour crisis coverage.
  • Mutual support groups.
  • Vocational and employment training.
  • Involving family in treatment and/or therapy.
  • Case management.
  • Medication management.
  • Continuing care planning.

How Much Does Drug Detox Cost?

Detox treatment costs can vary depending on the number of days a person is in it and the level of care. It can also take place in various settings and levels of intensity.2 Many inpatient and outpatient programs include detox and therefore, the cost of detox may be a part of the program you choose. Many insurance providers help cover the cost of detox so that it’s more accessible.2

Detox is the process of managing the acute withdrawal symptoms associated with removing drugs and/or alcohol from a person’s body.2 One of the goals of detox is to decrease physical harm that is associated with withdrawal from certain substances.2 Many inpatient and outpatient programs include detox as part of treatment.1, 2

Detox in itself is not comprehensive addiction treatment but is an important first step in the recovery process. Effective treatment will likely include continuing care in the form of inpatient or outpatient treatment following detox and may be encouraged by your treatment team.3

Find Addiction Treatment Near Me

Addiction treatment programs can be an important investment in your health and well-being. If you or a loved one has been affected by drug or alcohol misuse, help is available. You can find addiction treatment through various resources, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline, or by calling the caring admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers (AAC) at . They are available 24/7 to help you find treatment at AAC facilities, answer questions about treatment options, or check your insurance coverage.

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