Entering drug rehab can be a difficult step into recovery, and it’s made harder by the cost of some rehab facilities. There are a number of different factors that determine the cost of rehab, namely the type of rehab facility. Residential versus outpatient and long- versus short-term treatment are two such factors.

There are a number of different types of rehab facilities, and the best fit depends on the individual’s support system and medical condition.

Long- and Short-Term Residential Rehab

Residential treatment is generally in a non-hospital setting, although there are still medical personnel on staff.

These facilities include amenities and resources like:

  • 24-hour care
  • Long-term treatment is generally 6 to 12 months.
  • Short-term treatment is typically 3 to 6 weeks.
  • Personal and vocational training
  • Programs can be modified to help those with special needs (ie., severe mental illness or those in the criminal justice system).

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is often used for those with jobs or a strong support system, and group counseling is often a major component. This is often used as a “step-down” approach from residential treatment to help prevent relapse.

Outpatient facilities offer group counseling, treatment for co-occurring disorders, and programs to meet individual need. However, it may not offer the full-scale recovery planning residential facilities offer.

The Cost of Drug Use

Let’s look at it a different way. Yes, this is expensive, but is it more than an individual would pay over the course of their addiction? Very likely not. Factor in the “cost” of potential incarceration, and it’s not as prohibitive.

The cost in 2010 for those who used 11-20 days in the past month:

  • Cocaine: $906/month
  • Heroin: $845/month
  • Methamphetamine: $635/month

Taking those numbers and factoring in, for example, three years of constant drug use (not including co-occurring addictions), the cost is:

  • Cocaine: $32,616
  • Heroin: $30,420
  • Methamphetamine: $22,860

These numbers would likely be higher, as well, due the body’s increasing tolerance.

By making the choice to stop putting money towards your addiction, and instead towards creating a new, healthier you, you’ll be saving your life, which is certainly worth the cost.

The Cost of Rehab

Rehab can be expensive, especially for long-term residential programs and luxury centers. However, depending on the facility and insurance coverage, the cost can be significantly reduced, if not covered. (This is because addiction is recognized as a medical disease.)

Publicly funded centers can range from $1,500 to specialized programs reaching $8,000 or higher. Private facilities are more, with prices ranging from $20,000 to $60,000.

Insurance Coverage for Rehab

Accepted insurance plans can vary by rehab facility; for example, we accept most major insurance plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Cigna. We work with you and your insurance carrier, though we recommend you confirm with your insurance yourself.

Rehab is certainly an investment, but it’s an investment for your future self to create a wholesome and rewarding life. Instead of spending years of your life away from those you love, let’s rebuild relationships and put in that hard work to create a better life.