Most drug rehab centers don’t want to give accurate pricing information within their promotional materials for one important (to them) reason, and that is they’d much prefer to get you on the phone, and give you a bit of a sales pitch while they give you the information.
Which is fine, as they are in the business of helping people, but also exist to make a profit, and they only make money if you walk through that door; but it does make it harder than it needs to be for people just trying to make the right choice, and at a time in life when they may not be well equipped to deal with the extra stress of a major financial decision.
Here is a general guide to the prices of rehab
Better private drug rehabs:
$20 000 and up per month.
These drug and alcohol rehabs are the best in the Nation, and should offer an outstanding level of care. You should benefit from excellent therapies, including a very high level of individual counseling with a trained psychologist or therapist. You should also enjoy a beautiful and tranquil setting, private and even luxurious accommodations, nutritionist directed meal programs, great peripheral programs such as yoga, meditation, massage, and excellent sports and gym facilities. These rehabs are the most expensive, but are also generally the best. All rehab is hard work, and never a vacation, but at first glance these facilities more closely resemble a resort or 5 star hotel than a treatment environment.
Standard private rehabs:
$10 000 and up to close to $20 000 per month
Private rehabs in this price range make up the bulk or rehab facilities offering services in America today. These facilities in general (and there are low quality exceptions) offer a standard of therapeutic care that will nearly match the more expensive rehabs, but you will not likely get the same intensity and frequency of individual therapy (which is important). The environment, accommodations and facilities will be less impressive, and you may not have as private or luxurious an experience.
Non profit and public rehabs:
0$ up to close to $10 000 per month
Most non profit publicly run facilities are set up for people without the means to fund a private stay. There are some excellent public and non profit facilities, but they generally suffer from some funding constraints. They will not offer as much individual therapy, the allowable stay may be shorter, and there may be a waiting list for admission. The facilities and environment tend to be more institutional, and the accommodations rarely private. These facilities’ operate with the best of intentions, but live under continual budget strain and shortfall. There are too many people that need low cost help, and not enough beds or professionals to give them all the care they deserve.
You get what you pay for
Price does not tell the whole story, and the best non profit is surely better than the worst of even the most expensive of private rehabs; but in general, you can expect to get what you pay for. You should be prepared to make a substantial investment in your sobriety, and if you have good insurance coverage, or can afford the entrance fees, you should look at entering into the best rehab you can reasonably afford. If you can achieve sobriety, the long term savings are immense, and sobriety is far more than a financial decision and benefit anyways.
Ideally, you have some form of insurance coverage, and if so your insurance carrier should be obligated to cover a substantial portion of the costs of your stay. It’s always wise to check with your insurance company to find out what you are entitled to, and as well to ensure that any rehab under consideration accepts your provider, and better still, will handle the payments through them directly. You also may have the option of credit financing a stay, should you be unable to cover the costs as an upfront payment; and some facilities may also work with lower income participants to arrange for a reasonable total cost and payment schedule, and you should inquire about the availability of such programs.
If you cannot afford a better private facility, any treatment is better than no treatment, and you should simply choose the best available option within your budget and get help as soon as possible. Because many public drug rehabs have waiting lists, it’s a good idea to enroll for entry as soon as possible. Get the best you can reasonably afford, and don’t wait another day before making a commitment to change and to a better life of sobriety!