The cost of inpatient rehab varies widely depending on many factors. In today’s guide, we’ll give you an indication of what to expect from rehab and how much addiction treatment is likely to cost.
According to the most recent SAMHSA data, alcoholism and drug addiction both sharply increased in the United States from 2019 to 2020. This data shows that 28.5 million people have alcohol use disorder and 40 million have substance use disorder.
Inflaming the issue, NIAAA reports that there is a wide gap between those needing treatment for addiction and those receiving professional therapy. Less than 10% of those requiring addiction treatment get any help at all.
While many reasons combine to prevent people from seeking addiction treatment, the perceived cost of treatment is one of the main roadblocks. Fortunately, cost does not need to be a barrier to treatment.
What is the Cost of Inpatient Rehab?
The scope and type of care offered by a treatment facility will impact the cost of inpatient alcohol rehab or drug rehab.
These factors also influence how much inpatient treatment costs:
- If medical detox is required
- Geographical location of rehab
- Length of inpatient program
- Quality of accommodation and food
- Extent of amenities
- Medications required
Given the expected discrepancy in cost according to these factors, the National Drug Helpline estimates the cost of alcohol rehab as follows:
- Inpatient rehab: $5K to $80K+, depending on the length of stay
- Intensive outpatient program (30-day): $3K to $10K
- Regular outpatient program (90-day): $1.5K to $10K
As you can see from this data, the cost of inpatient rehab can be dramatically higher than outpatient treatment at more upscale treatment facilities. With some inpatient treatment programs starting at just $5,000, you may find residential rehab is more affordable than you first imagined.
Cost of Inpatient with Insurance
When the ACA (Affordable Care Act) was enacted in 2010, health insurance providers were compelled to provide coverage for alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
Not all health insurance policies will provide coverage for inpatient treatment, though.
The cost of inpatient rehab with insurance varies from carrier to carrier and from plan to plan.
The total cost of treatment could range from free to over $100K monthly, with most treatment programs falling in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 monthly, regardless of whether you are paying out of pocket or with insurance.
You should first contact your insurance provider to get specifics of the coverage provided by your policy. Next, speak with the treatment centers on your shortlist to determine whether you can pay for inpatient rehab with health insurance.
What to Expect at an Inpatient Rehab
Addiction treatment can be cleaved broadly into two delivery methods:
- Inpatient treatment
- Outpatient treatment
Inpatient treatment, also known as residential rehab, takes place entirely at a treatment center. You remain at the facility, usually for 30 to 90 days, from detox to discharge.
With outpatient rehab, by contrast, you’ll attend sessions of individual and group counseling for a few hours on weekdays. At night, you return home or to a sober living home. Regular outpatient programs are the least intensive, followed by intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs).
How do you know which form of treatment you need, then?
If you have a mild addiction to alcohol or drugs, an outpatient treatment program may be sufficient to get you back on track.
With the average outpatient detox taking less than a week, you won’t face the expense or the restrictions of residential rehab, yet you’ll benefit from many of the same services.
However, residential rehab makes the smoothest fit for most people with moderate and severe substance use disorder.
Those lacking a stable and supportive home environment conducive to recovery would also find inpatient rehab offers the surest route to recovery without relapsing.
- Get started with a medical detox
- Benefit from 24/7 medical support
- Programs are highly structured and comprehensive
- Residential rehab offers a safe and cocooned environment for recovery
- Inpatient treatment offers an unrivaled sense of community and support
1) Get started with a medical detox
Addictions take on many forms with most substances triggering distinct withdrawal symptoms when you discontinue use.
If you have been heavily abusing alcohol, you could experience tremors, seizures, or delirium tremens (DTs) if you quit cold and unaided. Meth users can experience depression, anxiety, and psychosis when they stop using the drug, while opioid painkillers also bring about a battery of adverse withdrawal symptoms.
Fortunately, FDA-approved medications can ease withdrawal symptoms and minimize cravings during medical detox. This is how you will typically begin your stint in residential rehab.
Depending on the scope and severity of your addiction, withdrawal symptoms normally occur a few hours after last using the substance. Symptoms will usually subside over 7 to 10 days.
This type of medically-monitored detox should minimize discomfort while strengthening your chances of sustained recovery from a strong foundation.
2) Benefit from 24/7 medical support
If you have been abusing alcohol or drugs long-term, or you have an especially severe addiction, around-the-clock medical care in residential rehab is vital.
Even after the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms have dissipated, anyone in recovery is vulnerable to a range of health issues. These can be monitored and treated as appropriate.
Having qualified medical professionals on hand and on-demand instills a sense of confidence in many people struggling in the early phase of recovery.
3) Programs are highly structured and comprehensive
For many people with active addictions, life becomes a formless void of substance use with little structure or discipline.
As you leave alcohol or drugs behind and embrace a sober life, developing a routine is beneficial. In residential rehab, you’ll rise early and eat a nutritious breakfast. Days are highly structured with a variety of individual and group sessions, alongside medical appointments, holistic therapies, and recreation.
You’ll have ample breaks so you can process all that you’re learning. You’ll also be encouraged to communicate with other participants so you can implement your new coping skills and learn from one another.
The balanced and structured environment of residential rehab is a powerful lesson in how to live more healthily and productively while remaining substance-free.
4) Residential rehab offers a safe and cocooned environment for recovery
Many struggling with alcohol abuse or substance abuse find their neighborhood – sometimes even their home – is littered with triggers. From local bars and dealers to temptations and bad influences, many people, places, and things can lead you to relapse.
Now, while relapse isn’t the end of your recovery, it’s a substantial setback. With residential rehab, you get a clean break and a safe environment.
Alcohol and drugs are prohibited in residential rehab, and you can expect drug testing. This is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the environment.
If you have been concerned about sobering up in your present environment, consider packing your bags and heading to residential rehab.
5) Inpatient treatment offers an unrivaled sense of community and support
Last but not least, inpatient addiction treatment provides you with a ready-made community of people experiencing similar issues.
As you explore the complexities of addiction in group counseling sessions, you can draw inspiration and motivation from your peers. You, in turn, may be able to help others through a tough spot.
According to SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), supportive social networks are an essential component of recovery.
You’ll have the opportunity to bond more closely and rapidly with others than you could with outpatient programs. You’ll be spending much more time together, and this can be a powerful benefit, especially for those lacking a robust support network at home.
Rehab at The District Recovery
At The District Recovery Center, we specialize in the outpatient treatment of addictions, allowing you to engage with treatment without needing to pack your backs and head to rehab and worry about the cost of inpatient rehab.
In addition to regular outpatient programs, we also provide more intensive treatment in the form of IOPs and PHPs, the most intensive forms of addiction treatment outside of residential rehab.
All of our programs utilize evidence-based treatments, including:
- Medication-assisted treatment: Alcohol use disorders and opioid use disorders respond favorably to MAT with several FDA-approved medications. This helps streamline detox and minimizes the chance of relapse.
- Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy or talk therapy is highly effective for the treatment of addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through sessions of CBT or DBT, you’ll identify what prompts you to use substances, and you’ll learn to implement healthier coping strategies instead of using alcohol or drugs.
- Counseling: Both individual and group counseling sessions are highly beneficial for addressing the psychological aspect of addiction.
We also offer access to holistic therapies to provide a whole-body approach to recovery. Don’t let the cost of inpatient rehab put you off – reach out to The District at 844.437.9413.