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How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost

While you obviously can’t put a price on recovery from drug addiction, the fact is that drug rehab costs money. In some cases, it can cost quite a bit of money. While more and more insurance carriers and employers are covering the cost of treatment, it is still important to know what benefits you are entitled to before registering and committing to payment.

The following is a rough estimate of some drug rehab costs. Of course, like many services, there is a wide range of costs associated with treatment, but this list should serve as a base of what cost could be for you.

The Cost of Outpatient Drug Rehab

Writing a checkOutpatient treatment is generally best for patients whose addiction is less severe or who have not been treated for an addiction in the past. Within outpatient treatment, there is a wide range of services available ranging from intensive therapy to basic drug education.[i] Programs may also range in duration; however, 30 days is a common time frame for outpatient care. All these factors and more affect the cost of treatment, but outpatient drug rehab programs generally cost between $3,000 and$12,000. While that is a fairly large price range, there are several factors which help determine the cost including the following:

  • Length of stay
  • Geographic area (New York, LA and other major urban areas tend to run higher)
  • The types and number of programs included in the plan

Outpatient rehab offers many benefits for patients, particularly the flexibility to maintain family and even employment responsibilities. Patients often can continue to stay at their own homes at nighttime and may even be able to continue working a normal schedule.[ii] By being able to continue working for a paycheck and avoiding addition costs like childcare of home upkeep while way, outpatient treatment can be even more cost effective.

The Cost of Residential Drug Rehab

Residential treatment—also called inpatient treatment—is often a much more intensive form of addiction treatment. Those who choose residential drug rehab choose to leave their normal setting and lifestyle to focus solely on addiction recovery. Inpatient facilities offer round-the-clock care for patients in their programs.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that residential addiction treatment costs more than outpatient care. Simply put, these facilities have more overhead—including staff, cuisine, etc.—and therefore cost more. The average cost of residential rehab is between $7,500 and $35,000 for a 30-day stay.  However, many patients who need inpatient treatment will need to stay more than 30 days—generally at least 60 to 90 days. The higher of these prices tend to be for luxury drug rehab facilities located in scenic locales such as Malibu, California and Park City, Utah.

Although inpatient recovery is more expensive, there are great benefits to residential rehab. Because patients can devote more time and attention to recovery, they learn more skills and adaptations for life without drugs. Residential care also allows more time for individualized therapy and counseling so that participants can work with trained counselors to uncover personal struggles that led to addiction. Inpatient care also often specializes in preparing patients for re-entry into a world full of past triggers and temptations and offers follow-up programs for this time following re-entry.[iii]

Finding the Right Treatment

There is a price to be paid for drug rehab, but the benefits can be invaluable. The price that you will likely pay for continuing in addiction—loss of job, relationships, freedom and even life—will be much higher than the money dedicated to recovery. Finding a drug rehab program that meets your needs can help you find sobriety and learn how to master the tools that will help you live a happy, fulfilling life.

Please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today to speak with an admissions coordinators who can answer all your questions concerning rehab, including the cost. We can check your insurance coverage too in order to see what financial help is available to you. Please call now.


[i] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs

[ii] https://psychcentral.com/lib/differences-between-outpatient-and-inpatient-treatment-programs/

[iii] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction