The cost of rehabilitation can be intimidating. It can even cause you to delay getting help.
Sometimes, where you live can actually help you in terms of rehab costs. Generally, states that have lower average living costs have rehab options that are less expensive.
In other cases, the cost of treatment could be so burdensome that it may even be worth seeking help out of state.
The cost of treatment can vary greatly depending on the facility you decide to go to, as fees for services are not standardized.
Insurance may cover a bulk of the costs, but you’ll need to make sure you work with a provider that accepts your insurance. You’ll also need to clarify beforehand precisely how much will be covered.
The type of treatment you receive has a direct impact on the cost of treatment. Treatments include:
If you need medications, these will factor into your overall cost. For example, the National Institute on Drug Abuse mentions that those who have abused heroin or prescription painkillers may require medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
For other substances, medication treatment costs can vary.
The average reported cost of a treatment center is $3,800, but this takes low-cost or free programs into account, including programs subsidized by state or federal agencies.
Additional factors that can affect what you pay for your treatment are:
People who attend rehab because of a court order usually receive their recommendation then, but they can still choose not to take part in treatment.
The first step of treatment will always involve detox and management of withdrawal. This can last between three to five days or up to two weeks for some people. Rehab begins after the detox period.
Longer times in treatment will be more expensive, but they are associated with fewer instances of relapse.
The area where you live can affect the cost of your rehab treatment.
In 2018, CNBC reported that these are the most expensive states to live in:
The analysis mentions a few things that might make it hard to afford treatment, even if you look for outpatient services.
For example, the average cost of visiting a dentist in Massachusetts is twice as much as in cities in the Deep South.
There is a housing shortage in California. Apartments in the San Francisco Bay Area can cost about $4,000 per month to rent. As a result, treatment at inpatient facilities in the area may be more expensive.
Housing is also competitive in Hawaii, where utility bills are unusually high. While the state is surrounded by beaches, everyday items like sugar are more expensive than in other states. This can add to the overall cost of services in the state, including rehab.
CNBC also outlined the cheapest states to live in.
Treatment in these states may be more affordable due to the reduced cost of living. The least expensive states in the United States are:
The report looked at the same variables as it did for expensive states, including the cost of housing, basic common groceries, and utility bills.
For many reasons, you may feel like you cannot afford treatment, even if you live in one the least expensive states in the country. There are still options available to you.
The programs are funded by state and federal funds. Though they are often the subject of budget cuts, they can be a useful resource if you have been in contact with the criminal justice system or have a referral.
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Regardless of cost, most treatment facilities and programs offer the same essential services. These are:
The goal is to help your loved ones learn about how drug addiction works, teach them how to best support you and teach you how your drug use has affected those who love you.
Individual therapy is meant to teach you the skills you need to live a sober life.
Group therapy can be a source of mutual learning and support with people who are going through the same things you are.
The costs of rehab can vary greatly, depending on many factors, including the state where you live. Don’t let cost get in the way of your recovery. There are many public options available if private rehab is out of the picture for you.
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