If you, or someone you love, struggle with alcohol addiction or abuse, signing up for a rehab program can help you overcome the problem. Unfortunately, many people don't get the treatment they need because they think they can't afford it. Here is how much treatment costs and a few ideas on where you may be able to get the money to pay.
Alcohol Rehab Costs
A number of factors influence how much you will pay for alcohol abuse treatment, such as the type of services used, the facility, and the geographical area. For instance, outpatient care tends to be cheaper than in-patient treatment because you don't have to pay for room and board. Here's a breakdown of the cost range of different services so you can get a general idea of how much you may be required to pay.
- Professional intervention with a trained counselor – from $1,800 to $10,000 depending on complexity
- Detoxification (in-patient) - $700 t $15,000 depending on length of time in facility
- Detoxification (outpatient) - $1,000 to $1,500
- Addiction counseling - $100 to $150 per hour/up to $1,000 per week for inpatient care
- Inpatient program - $6,000 for a 30-day program/$12,000 to $60,000 for a 60 to 90-day program
- Outpatient treatment - $5,000 to $10,000 for a 90 day program
- Medication – Varies depending on the patient's needs
Be aware that many treatment facilities bundle services together, which may result in a lower price. For instance, in-patient treatment programs typically include detoxification. Additionally, if you opt to participate in an outpatient program, you'll generally have more freedom when it comes to the type of medication you get, so you can ask for the generic version of prescription drugs to reduce your medication expense.
Your best bet is to call around to different facilities to get an idea of the costs and pick the one you can best afford.
Paying for Treatment
It can be daunting finding the cash to pay for alcohol abuse treatment, but you may have more resources available to you than you think. The first place you should look is with any health insurance you may have. Your insurance provider may pay for some or all the cost of the rehab as long as your doctor prescribes it for you. This is true for both private and public (e.g. Medicaid, Medicare) health insurance plans.
If your alcohol abuse arose in response to an accident you had on the job, workers' compensation may also pay for treatment. However, you must show your addiction is directly connected to your injury (e.g. you started drinking to deal with chronic pain).
Another source of funds are non-profit organizations dedicated to helping people with alcoholism overcome the disease. In fact, some facilities will treat people for free, but there is usually a long waiting list and qualification requirements. However, you can usually find these options by doing a search online.
For more information about the costs of alcohol abuse treatment or the programs available, contact a local facility.