It’s not cheap. Medically supervised detox, the bare minimum needed treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) costs around $1,000 to $2,000 to start, and the rates just go up from there. If one wants special accommodations, it is entirely possible to spend close to $100,000 or more on a six-month luxury rehab program.
However, there are also similarly effective programs that may only cost a fraction of that amount. Most rehabs today also accept a wide range of insurance policies and many offer some sort of financing or sliding scale payment plan. The expense of rehab should not dissuade you from seeking help.
What influences the cost of rehab?
The cost of rehab can vary wildly depending on different factors. The severity of the illness, the existence of co-existing mental and physical ailments, the types of accommodations desired, and various personal circumstances can go a long way into determine the cost.
The specific types of programs and associated treatments also factor into the total cost of rehab. Geography and cost of living also play a part. Programs at drug treatment facilities in Dallas, for instance, tend to be more affordable than similar ones in other major American urban centers, reflecting the lower local cost of living.
The biggest factor, however, is whether the treatments are to be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Outpatient treatment is significantly more affordable than inpatient equivalents. However, the major downsides are that recovering individuals may not get as much attention and they are not as shielded from substance use triggers as they might be in an outpatient program.
Cost of specific expenses
Below are ballpark figures of what you could expect to pay for different parts of the recovery process. Note that the actual cost may vary depending on your circumstances. Insurance, the severity of the SUD, and the rates and options available at the specific facility you choose can lower or raise the cost of the services below.
Medically-supervised detoxification: $1,000 – $2,000
More severe or complex SUD cases may take more days in a controlled residential facility to treat. This means higher staffing, medication, and facility expenses may be incurred.
Outpatient treatment (90 days): $2,000 – $10,000
Outpatient programs are typically the most affordable treatment modes available, as the cost of staffing and facilities can be significantly reduced. It’s worth noting that there are also a limited number of outpatient programs in North Texas that offer free or otherwise very low-cost treatment. These types of programs are generally suited for people with mild to moderate SUD.
Inpatient/residential treatment (90 days): $5,000 – $30,000
Residential treatment is most often recommended for severe SUD cases, or moderate cases where drug-taking behavior is stronger. While treatments are similar to those available in outpatient programs, participants in inpatient programs may be monitored around the clock, and their access to harmful substances can effectively be reduced. The added expense may be worth it to help patients avoid an early relapse.
Medication-assisted therapy (1 year) : $4,000 – $10,000 (methadone)
People with opioid use disorder tend to do better with some kind of medication-assisted therapy to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Methadone is the most common drug used for this purpose, though alternatives like suboxone are also readily available.
Psychotherapy (per 1 hour session) : $50 – $150
Individual, couples, family, and group therapy sessions are an important part of SUD treatment during all phases of recovery, from rehab to aftercare. Sessions may need to be more frequent initially and become less frequent as the individual progresses through their recovery. Generally speaking, group therapy sessions are the most affordable, as the cost of therapy could be split among multiple participants.
Get in touch with our team at Dallas Drug Treatment Centers to find treatment options that fit your needs.
Ways to effectively bring down the cost of treatment
As we discussed, rehab isn’t cheap. However, there are usually a few things most people can do to bring down the ultimate cost of treatment.
1.) Have SUDs treated as soon as possible
The earlier an SUD is addressed, the faster and cheaper it is to treat. Waiting just gives the substances more time to damage the mind and the body, which further complicates future attempts at treatment, usually increasing the cost as well.
2.) Work with your insurers
Rehab facilities today take a wider range of insurance plans than ever before. If you have low income, you may qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, both of which will cover substance rehab treatments.
3.) Consider traveling for treatment
Depending on your situation, you may be able to get healthcare of similar or better quality for better rates outside your hometown or home state. Traveling for outpatient treatment can, for some individuals, be as effective at reducing substance use triggers as participating in a local residential program, and at potentially lower cost.
Regardless of where one ultimately chooses to be treated, they also need to consider whether they can continue earning an income while they have treatment.
4.) Make sure to account for dual diagnosis
When left untreated, co-occurring mental illnesses can cause an early relapse for many patients. These conditions are often the root cause of the SUD, so it’s important to treat these as well to prevent the added cost of repeated treatments.
5.) Look into financing
Personal loans may make it easier to pay for SUD rehab. However, you should know that clinics will also have some kind of financing plan available for people with SUD. You can work with our team at Dallas Drug Treatment Centers to find facilities that offer financing or sliding scale options that bill you based on your income.
SUD rehab is not cheap, but neither is it out of reach for most people that need it. By studying your options and working closely with your physician, healthcare providers, and insurers, you should be able to get the rehab and recovery services you need without undue financial burden. Good luck, and be well!