How Much Does Rehab Cost?

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Calendar icon Last Updated: 10/15/2021

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Rehab can often be costly, but it is important to understand just how much these programs usually charge and how you can create a budget that fits your current financial situation.

The Varying Costs of Rehab

Unfortunately, it is difficult to pin down how much rehab is likely to cost a single individual because every program has its own price. Costs vary widely from program to program, as many of them are private institutions that charge patients based on their particular situation and income. However, choosing the right treatment option for your specific budget is possible, and there are many programs that exist that provide affordable costs to patients.

Rehab programs are a type of healthcare, so you often should not expect them to be cheap. And the options available to you vary greatly, as will the costs. Especially if you choose inpatient care, the price is likely to be higher, but this option is sometimes necessary for those in need of more intensive care. Some programs can cost as little as $10 a day while others can cost upwards of $10,000 a month. Remember, though, if you are concerned about how to pay for treatment, there are number of options available to you.

Are There Free Rehab Centers?

Rehab can sometimes cost nothing at all, as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that 4 percent of the facilities in the nation provide completely free treatment to their patients. 76.3 percent of facilities, as stated by the same study, provide patients with some sort of payment help, whether it is a sliding fee scale, partial free care, or another type of assistance.

However, it is important to remember that you should seek out free or low-cost treatment options only if you require them. These programs often admit individuals based on need, so others cannot take a spot from someone who would not be able to receive help otherwise. It is common for treatment to have at least some type of cost, except for those who absolutely require free care, and creating a budget can help you determine which option is best for your needs.

Which Treatment Options Cost the Most?

Luxury facilities can sometimes cost as much as $100,000 a month. These facilities often provide a number of comforts to patients that others cannot afford, such as hotel-like accommodations, gourmet meals, massage therapy, acupuncture, and other more expensive, holistic treatment options. Because effective treatment must attend to the multiple needs of patients, not just those that pertain to their substance abuse (according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse), these programs can be very desirable and effective for those who can afford them.

How Do I Know the Right Cost for Me?

It is important to make a budget so that you can determine exactly how much you will be able to afford for treatment. Seeking an option merely because it is cheap is not usually the best tactic, as your health is extremely important and finding the best program for your specific needs can be difficult when you limit your options by cost.

Therefore, think about your current costs and what you and your family can afford to pay for treatment without creating debt or other severe financial problems. Don’t forget, your insurance plan can help you cover the cost of treatment, and many facilities provide financing as an option as well.

The Right Cost; The Right Program

Because there are so many different rehab centers with different costs, this means you are more likely to find the right one for your specific needs––and not just those pertaining to your budget. It is important that you consider all your needs as they relate to your recovery and your treatment and to choose the option that best meets as many of these as possible.