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Drug And Alcohol Rehab Costs

Explaining The Rehabilitation Charges


Where alcohol and drug addiction is concerned, the cost of treatment will vary depending on the individual user. There are economical medical care alternatives for people of all incomes.

Each rehabilitation treatment centre has its charges for the service. You will be given some services free while other treatments may costs you a couple of thousand of pounds daily. Whatever you can afford, there will be rehab suitable to your addiction.

Those seeking treatment and they know how to raise the payments will always find a facility offering the type of therapy they need. It is possible also to find people willing to help foot the bill for treatment.


Majority of rehabs provide an assistance, accept coverage or have funding alternatives.


Many people pay for the cost of drug treatment with the help of insurance. Different insurers will cover different amounts of the total cost and the amount accepted by the treatment centre will also be a factor.

The categories of insurance that might cover addiction therapy are:

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • State-financed health insurance
  • Individual insurance
  • Military insurance

For those people who have no insurance, they have some ways to get the treatment help. A free or low income rehabilitation centre could be an option for your rehab needs. Find other rehab centres which gives financing options. Free rehab centres provide financing options because they have partial funding and more waiting lists.

Those who have no insurance, the rehab centre offers them financing.

You have to think of rehabilitation as an investment even if you're afraid to take on debt. In the long run, it will be worth every cent. Returning on right track of life and career, being sober helps you with this. Addicts that are now recuperated can save up more since they aren't wasting money to buy drugs or alcohol.


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Various Costs Associated With Drug Treatment

The cost of treatment will depend on the kinds of treatment offered at the treatment centre.

Depending on your addiction you will be offered different types of treatment that are most suitable to you and the addiction.

Facilities and care are the main things that will affect the cost of treatment.

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Some studies have produced the following estimated treatment costs:

  • Detox
  • Outpatient detox treatment is in the range of £800 - £1200.
  • Detox is included in the inpatient rehab programs.
  • The drug addiction in question and whether or not the detoxification is part of residential treatment will determine how much the detoxification will cost.
  • The charges maybe higher when the drug in question has withdrawal symptoms that may be dangerous since this will call for constant monitoring.
  • Inpatient Rehab
  • For 30-days treatment, inpatients rehab centres charge approx. £4800.
  • 30-day programs can also cost as much as £16,120 in treatment centres that are reputable.
  • Treatment for two to three months will cost anything between £9700 - £48,300.
  • Outpatient Rehab
  • Mild to moderate addictions may not require inpatient treatment.
  • For three month program, it charges £4,000.
  • The price tag of many outpatient programs, like the ones at Hazelden Betty Ford, is £8000.
  • The frequency and duration of the visits will determine how much the treatment will cost.
  • Medication
  • The type of medication will depend on the treatment required which will affect the cost.
  • Depending on the addiction, medication may not be necessary to someone.
  • People addicted to alcohol and depressants usually require treatment with medicines.
  • If medication is required it can cost thousands of pounds a year.
  • An example is the total needed for Methadone treatment for Heroin addiction for a year amounts to £4000.

Addiction Is Costly

As much as treatment may seem expensive, it is nowhere near close to cost of using drugs regularly. As compared to sober people, the drug and liquor addicts have negative effect on income and they are likely to miss out their work and jobs.

There are heavy costs associated with using drugs including the cost of acquiring the drugs, treating health complications and handling legal problems.

The Heroin users spend a huge number of pounds on their obsession.


An alcoholic user spends his £8500 on 12-packs in a day. Should the user get into trouble with the law, this cost does not cater for the ensuing required payments. Illegal drugs would cost much more though it is not easy to figure out exactly how much.

The financial problems caused by dependency is only the beginning of troubles. The havoc caused on family and friends relationships, and the destruction of life are also part of the equation.


Areas Considered When Pricing Treatment

Many factors create impact on the cost of addiction treatment. The primary factors include:

  • Kinds Of Centres
  • Whether you want to go to an inpatient or outpatient program, the cost difference can be staggering.
  • Residential treatment programs have to house the patients and provide more in-depth treatment and this is why the costs are higher.
  • The program and location length create high impact on cost of programs.
  • Areas where cost of living is higher, the treatment centre is more expensive.
  • Treatment Presented
  • At the beginning of rehab, most of the addicts don't need a medical detox.
  • Less monitoring is needed for people in rehab coming off Cocaine as they do not experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
  • Alcohol and Heroin users can experience harsh withdrawal symptoms and will need medication and more care.
  • The cost will therefore be higher for people who require more medical attention.
  • Professional therapy creates impact on the cost of rehab.
  • Facilities and Services
  • There are no free services from rehab centres.
  • Massages, acupuncture, swimming pools, tennis courts, large individual rooms or award-winning chefs are some types of amenities.
  • The expensive and lavish rehab centres are for the wealthy and well-known peoples.
  • Per month there will be the tens of thousand dollars cost for lavish treatment.
  • The more a centre has to offer in facility and services, the higher their charges but not all are beyond reach.

State Funded And Non Profit Rehabilitation Centres

There are some not-for-profit organizations that provide treatment centres for people with low incomes. Rehabilitation centres that are free of charge are referred to as Low-income rehabs. These centres are there so everyone can afford rehab.

The Salvation Army is a popular non profit organization that offers free of cost rehabilitation for the ones that need it. For low-income people, there are state-funded rehabs also.


Getting On The Program

Once you have decided to get help the next step is to find a facility that suits your needs and your budget. Do not be discouraged by the charges you see at the rehab centres. We can assist you to find a rehabilitation for your addiction that accepts your insurance or has a great funding method.