The Average Cost of Drug Rehab

From the National Center of Drug Abuse Statistics

Although the study was taken in 2016, this is an interesting look at the average cost of addiction treatment looking at inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and detoxification.  The study looks at factors affecting cost including health insurance plans and intensiveness of the treatment plan. 

Study Results Adjusted for 2022 Inflation

The Study Results on Inpatient Rehab Costs

For treatment in a hospital, inpatient services usually last for a 28 to 30 day period. Inpatient services typically involve more extensive treatment. The benefit of inpatient rehabilitation and living at the facility is immediate access to counseling, group therapy, and detox services. Patients are under daily supervision to ensure the effectiveness of their rehabilitation.

  • A 30 day program may range anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the clinic.
  • The 30 day program averages out to $12,500.
  • Inpatient care in a private facility costs $500 to $650 per day.
  • The daily cost averages out to $575 a day.
  • 60 to 90 day programs range anywhere from $12,000 to $60,000.
  • 60 to 90 day programs average out to $36,000.
  • There may be an admission fee with some rehab centers close to $3,000 or $4,000.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Rehab

Several variables influence the cost of rehabilitation treatment including health insurance plans and intensiveness of the treatment plan. The cheapest rehab centers are state run facilities but the trade off is longer wait times and limited treatment programs compared to privately owned facilities.

  • The cost of rehab is greatly affected by the patient's health insurance plan or lack of one.
  • State run facilities may even provide treatment for free.
  • The type of rehab center chosen also determines cost.
  • The intensity of care the individual needs; whether it's an outpatient, inpatient, or residential treatment plan helps determine cost.
  • How long the individual will stay in the treatment plan may double the overall fee, if the individual needs 30, 60, or more than 90 days of treatment.

From the Report

"Out of all 50 states, New York treats the most patients for substance abuse disorder. Wyoming treats the least amount of patients. The total number of patients and facilities listed below include statistics from U.S. territories (such as Puerto Rico) and the District of Columbia."

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