What is the Cost of Rehab?

Last Updated: Dec 31st 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

What is the Cost of Rehab?

If you or a family member are in need of drug abuse or alcohol rehab, you have probably been left wondering how much rehab costs. The thing is, though, that the cost of rehab across different programs can be wildly different with some being free while others can costs thousands of dollars for just a single day of treatment.

However, while the answer for the cost of rehab remains a little vague across the board, it also means that there is going to be an option available for everyone no matter what their current budget or life situation.

For most people, insurance is going to cover most of their cost of rehab. For example, here at 1st Step Behavioral Health, you will find that most major insurance policies are accepted here, including but not limited to:

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross / BlueShield
  • ComPsych
  • Cigna
  • United Health
  • And more

The thing is, though, that not everyone has access to health insurance that will pay for treatment centers addressing drug addiction or alcoholism. Nevertheless, people without insurance still have a variety of ways to receive addiction treatments. The two most prominent ways to receive the care you or a family member needs in this case is to find free or low-cost alcohol or drug rehab center or to find rehab centers that let you spread the cost of rehab out over a longer period with financing options. For those in emergency situations, the financing option is generally going to be a better choice since free rehab centers generally don’t have access to the best tools and methodologies to treat drug addiction. They also usually have wait lists, which can be up to a year or more in heavily impacted areas.

What Influences the Cost of Rehab?

While the cost of rehab is different from rehab center to rehab center, there are still a few things that can be generally calculated beforehand. Assuming a patient does not have any insurance whatsoever (and a nearly unlimited budget to work with), the following aspects of rehab and the costs associated with them are what rehab patients can reasonably expect to pay.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

For the most part, inpatient programs at rehab centers costs around $6,000 for 30 days of treatment. More famous facilities (like those often visited by the wealthy or celebrities) can be closer to $20,000 for 30 days of inpatient care. Longer stays at an inpatient rehab costs can be between $12,000 and $50,000 for 60 to 90 days of care.

Outpatient Programs

The cost of outpatient rehab programs depends on a variety of factors, including how often the patient visits the facility and how much time is spent there during each visit. For three months of outpatient care out of pocket at a rehab center, patients can expect to pay between $3,000 and $10,000.

Detox Periods

At most treatment facilities for alcohol and drug addiction, the cost of detox will be included with the cost of the inpatient program itself. For those who wish to undergo outpatient detox, the price is usually between $1,000 and $2,000. However, patients with particularly severe addictions to especially heinous substances may find this cost to be higher.

Pharmaceuticals of Rehab

The types of medications that the patient needs to get through their rehab will affect the total cost of their treatment. For example, heroin users that need methadone for a year can expect to pay an additional $4,700 while someone with mild withdrawal from a cocaine addiction probably won’t have any pharmaceutical costs added to their care.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.