“How much does it cost?” is almost always the wrong question. “Cost” has no relevance if it is not considered in the context of value or risk. Particularly appropriate to the question at hand is what Henry David Thoreau once said.
“The cost of a thing is the amount of … life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
You would be remiss to approach the cost of drug rehab any other way.
The Mistake of Assuming the Rehab Is Too Costly
Mistake #1: Only 11 percent of people with addictions seek treatment. Why? Many addicts do not seek treatment because of the perception that rehab is not affordable. Sometimes, though, what you may think and what is actually true are two very different things. There are several legitimate reasons why you need to check the actual cost of rehab before dismissing it as an option. Cost varies from case to case because . . .
- each individual and their addictions are unique.
- multiple treatment options are available.
- options include inpatient and outpatient programs.
- insurance may cover a portion of the costs.
- costs vary depending upon the facilities offering them.
“Between 2011 and 2014, almost 40 percent of Americans with a substance use disorder that required treatment didn’t go to rehab because they believed they could not afford it or they did not have health insurance.”
Mistake #2: Many people do not count the cost of neglecting to get professional help for drug rehab. There are always costs regardless of the choice you make. There are significant personal costs for choosing not to enter rehab. They include:
- Failed classes
- Lost jobs
- Damaged relationships
- Legal problems
- Eating disorders
- Health complications
- Depression, despair, and other mental health problems
Is it possible to put a price tag on any of these? The total cost of remaining addicted will always be far greater than the cost of drug rehab.
The Mistake of Not Understanding Your Options
The first step in any drug rehab program is an assessment. During the assessment, medical and clinical professionals spend time getting to know you and, what is more important, to understand you and what it will take to make you healthy and whole again. Only then can the correct course of treatment be determined. Until the correct course of treatment is known, there is no way to determine the financial cost of your personal drug rehab program.
Typical treatment plans include one or more of the following types of programs.
- Medically Assisted Detox
- Detoxification, or detox – as it is commonly called – is the process of eliminating the addictive substance from your body.
- Residential Treatment
- Rehab is conducted in a structured, community setting. Although the clinical staff is on duty 24/7, residences are not necessarily hospital-like. Some are serene settings with amenities for exercise and relaxation.
- Partial Hospitalization
- Think of a day camp. Patients spend the day doing therapy but return home each evening.
- Traditional Outpatient Care
- Rehab resembles family doctor visits. The patient lives at home but maintains regularly-scheduled appointments for treatment.
- Intensive Outpatient Care
- This program is similar to traditional outpatient care but typically includes more frequent appointments.
- This is a series of follow-up visits (typically less frequent) during which the patient and clinicians discuss how the continuing journey of remaining drug-free is progressing. Consider it a regular checkup.
The Mistake of Attaching a Cost
Pinning down the actual cost of rehab is only possible by deciding on treatment options with your rehab facility. Each person’s situation is unique, and your own personal situation will determine what treatment is the best course for you. The one constant in the equation is that not getting the help you need will be more costly than you will want to afford.
Addiction treatment is a step-by-step process. The first step is to call for an evaluation of your unique situation. After your evaluation, you will better understand your treatment options, including the cost of rehab designed especially for you. If you or a loved one is in need of help, please do not hesitate to contact us right now to learn more about admissions and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.