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Cost of Drug Treatment

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Although paying for drug addiction treatment can feel overwhelming, it is helpful to keep in mind that while it may require a large out-of-pocket expense, it can pay off in the long-run. Consider that for every $1 a person invests in addiction treatment, they will receive a higher return.

Where does this “return on investment” money come from? Successfully completing drug treatment is associated with having less fights with loved ones, improvement in job performance, fewer accidents related to drug use, and a lower risk of legal problems. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the average cost for one year of methadone maintenance treatment is approximately $4,700 per person. Compare that to one year of imprisonment, which is estimated to cost about $18,400.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the cost of drug treatment, you can contact a treatment center directly or call 1-888-744-0789 today to speak to a rehab placement specialist who can provide you with helpful information.

Inpatient Costs for Luxury Drug Treatment

Luxury and executive rehab facilities offer more upscale amenities than standard treatment centers. They tend to be inpatient, although some luxury addiction centers do offer outpatient services as well. Luxury treatment is usually in an exotic or beautiful location, with desirable views and calming surroundings. These centers employ experienced care providers to help ensure that individuals have a successful treatment experience.

In addition to traditional and modern therapies, luxury drug rehab centers often offer holistic and alternative treatments including:

Luxury centers also provide added privacy-a necessary amenity for people who want to keep a low-profile during their rehab experience, such as celebrities or executives. Because of the added security, anonymity, and amenities that come with luxury drug treatment, most rehab centers are considerably more expensive than those that provide standard treatment. Some estimates of luxury addiction treatment place monthly fees as high as $25,000 or more. Depending on the treatment plan, an individual may stay at the facility from 30 to 90 days.

The higher price of luxury drug treatment can provide added benefits such as:

  • Private rooms for the individual’s convenience and comfort.
  • Individual counseling and more individualized attention due to lower client-to-provider ratios.
  • Personal diet and nutrition planning with chefs.
  • Laundry services.
  • A variety of therapies, such as art and music therapy.

One of the most important aspects to recovery is the level of comfort that an individual feels in their surroundings. Comfort can help build trust with providers and peers. Feeling comfortable during recovery is essential if the treatment program is going to be successful. For many people, luxury drug rehab provides a setting with likeminded peers, allowing them to feel supported throughout treatment. When a person can relate to others in their group therapy sessions, they are more likely to experience all the benefits of the rehab program.

Some luxury facilities offer a number of scholarships each year for select individuals who are unable to afford the services but can benefit from the expertise.

Government or Free Drug Treatment Centers

Under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama deemed that health coverage for substance abuse disorders is one of the ten essential health benefits. This means that if a person buys insurance through their state’s health insurance exchange or they have Medicaid, they will have access to services for drug treatment. If an individual has low or no income, they may qualify for a government subsidy that will help them afford the insurance they need to cover drug treatment.

Some inpatient programs for drug and alcohol addiction are free or nearly free. These free programs are usually funded by faith-based organizations, donations, or taxes. Some of these facilities offer preferences to certain individuals, such as pregnant women or injection drug users. Because of the low costs of such facilities, there is generally a long waiting list for treatment.

These facilities offer the basics of comfort, such as a clean, dry, warm place to sleep and some leisure activities. They often provide the same type of treatment modalities as more expensive facilities. However, the staff-to-resident ratio may be much higher, therefore limiting one-on-one time with counselors and therapists.
The average cost for traditional inpatient facilities is usually less than a luxury treatment center. These types of facilities can feel somewhat sterile and hospital-like, although some do offer residential amenities like common rooms for games, socializing or watching television.

An outpatient treatment program is often the most affordable type of rehab program available. Many communities have mental health clinics that can provide intensive outpatient treatment on a sliding scale based upon the individual’s income. If a person is seeking recovery services on state or federally funded Medicaid or Medicare, the treatment may be covered completely or require a small co-pay per visit.

Drug Court Programs

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In some cases, people are sent to drug court instead of the traditional justice system or prison. Drug courts may randomly test individuals for drug use while they are going through treatment.

It is important to know that there are costs involved even when ordered to attend monitoring programs such as a local drug court. Individuals may be required to pay a small fee each week to cover the costs associated with the court’s time and efforts. The board members of a drug court program are generally volunteers, however, so the costs can be fairly low.

In addition to appearing in court so a judge can review a person’s progress, most people are required to attend outpatient drug treatment through a local mental health facility or rehab center. There are costs associated with attending such programs, although some insurance companies may help cover the expense.

Private Drug Therapy and Counseling

Another option for drug abuse and addiction treatment is to seek one-on-one therapy from a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. However, this approach to recovery may take somewhat longer than specialized drug abuse counseling and drug addiction treatment, and the costs can add up over time.

There are many therapists who specialize in treating drug and alcohol addiction. These professionals can help individuals address the underlying reasons for the addiction through a variety of approaches including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy. This strategy may be used to prevent relapse.
  • Contingency management interventions. This approach gives rewards (small prizes or vouchers) to individuals when they reach treatment milestones, such as staying sober and testing negative for drug use.
  • Motivational enhancement therapy. This is a counseling approach that uses motivational interviewing to help an individual create a plan for changing their behaviors. A person may be encouraged to bring a loved one to these sessions.
  • Family behavior therapy. In this approach, therapists work with partners and children to encourage healthy behaviors in the home environment. This therapy has been found to be more effective than supportive counseling.

Drug Support Meetings

There are a variety of support meetings that a person can attend. Some of these support meetings may be associated with a treatment facility that the individual attended in the past.

Because of the varying costs of such facilities, it is possible that the support meetings are inclusive in the costs of a luxury rehab or “pay as you go” for less expensive residential facilities.

However, free options do exist.

The most common way people prevent relapse is by attending a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These groups are free to the public and people can come and share their experience of addiction with others who have similar experiences.

There are also a number of non-12-step groups. These include but are not limited to:

Sober-Living Homes

Like luxury or more simple residential treatment facilities, sober-living homes come in many shapes and sizes. Some are mansions with relaxing views and the comforts of a 5-star hotel resort. Others are simple, modest homes with enough room for just a handful of residents who share bedrooms and bathrooms in their efforts to avoid relapse and live a sober lifestyle. Both of these sober-living arrangements are highly effective at helping people in recovery stay on track. The costs may vary depending on the type of rehab facility.

An individual may be required to contribute the following costs in a sober-living home, the amounts of which will depend upon individual arrangements and overall costs of the household:

  • Rent. The cost is generally divided between the roommates and based upon the number of residents at any given time.
  • Utilities. These are also shared equally between the residents.
  • Food. Some households might combine the food budget and cooking responsibilities while others will insist that each resident purchase their own food and prepare individual meals.
  • Homeowners’ association dues.If the house or condo belongs to a homeowners’ association, these dues may provide some luxury services such as lawn maintenance or snow removal.

Average Insurance Benefits for Drug Treatment

Woman checking health insuranceIf a person is considering a stay at an inpatient drug treatment center and they have health insurance, exactly what services their insurance will cover should be learned first. Some insurance companies will require that an individual attend an outpatient drug treatment program before an inpatient stay is approved.

Benefits for treatment of substance use disorders vary greatly among health insurance policies. Industry standards for most insurance companies will include limitations on services provided over the course of a year or a lifetime of coverage.

For instance, an insurance policy may cover a specific number of outpatient visits. If the number of approved visits is 20, speak with the insurance provider to work out a personalized plan to stay as close to 20 sessions as possible. If a person’s drug treatment plan extends past 20 sessions, they should make sure to prepare their budget to cover the cost of additional sessions. This will help avoid the shock of covering that cost at the end of the drug treatment program.

Individuals will also need to consider whether their insurance policy has a lifetime or annual maximum for paid benefits or not, as well as annual deductibles that must be met.

The cost of drug rehab can be significant, and millions of Americans face challenges of how to cover the costs. It is important to keep in mind that the costs of not choosing addiction rehab can be even more expensive.

To make the investment in drug treatment as wise and effective as possible, a person should do their research beforehand to find a treatment facility or recovery center that will best match their needs. It can be helpful to write down a list of the things a person wants in a drug treatment program to help them narrow down their choices and stay on track.

In addition to questions regarding insurance and payment, a person may be interested in knowing the answers to the following questions before entering drug rehab:

  • Is your facility accredited?
  • What licenses do staff members have?
  • What are your success rates after treatment? What are your relapse rates?
  • Do you offer aftercare planning?
  • Do you offer individualized treatment plans?

There are many ways to pay for drug treatment, and finding sobriety can be priceless. Call 1-888-744-0789 today to speak with a rehab placement specialist and get started on the road to recovery.

Sources

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says.
  3. Office of National Drug Control Policy. (2016). Substance Abuse and the Affordable Care Act.