Costs of Alcoholism Rehab

When you consider the role that recovery plays in restoring your physical, emotional and mental health, alcohol rehab seems well worth the cost. Yet paying for rehab is a challenge for many people who struggle with alcohol addiction. Intake counselors at addiction treatment centers can help you decide which level of treatment best fits your resources.

What Determines the Cost of Rehab?


The cost of alcohol rehabilitation varies according to the type of service provided, the length of treatment, the staffing of the facility, the extent of the facility’s resources and its source of funding. Rehab at a private-pay facility is typically more costly than rehabilitation at a publicly funded treatment center; however, privately funded facilities may offer more comprehensive services and more extensive staffing.

Outpatient rehabilitation is generally less expensive than inpatient care. At outpatient facilities, clients pay for services like counseling, group therapy, medical monitoring and medication therapy. At inpatient facilities, clients must also pay for the costs of temporary housing, meals, and maintenance services like laundry and housekeeping. Residential facilities must be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while outpatient treatment centers are staffed during business hours and sometimes on weekends.

Is Alcohol Rehab Really Worth the Cost?


Research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates that the cost-benefit ratio of substance abuse treatment is 7 to 1; in other words, the benefits of treatment far outweigh the costs to the public. On a personal level, the benefits of alcohol rehab also outweigh the costs:

  • Rehabilitation may help you recover your professional and financial stability in sobriety.
  • Individual and family counseling can strengthen personal relationships and reunite family members.
  • Behavioral modification therapy can help you learn healthy, positive ways to manage stress and react to emotionally charged situations.
  • Recovering from alcohol addiction can help you avoid the costs of alcohol-related diseases, such as heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, chronic hypertension and some forms of cancer.
  • Completing a court-approved alcohol rehab program may avert the legal consequences of alcohol-related offenses.

As you weigh the costs and benefits of rehab in your own mind, consider the profound effects that alcohol can have on your physical health, your family relationships and your self-esteem. The stronger your commitment to rehabilitation, the more likely you are to reap the long-term rewards of sobriety.

How Can I Pay for Rehabilitation?


Ultimately, the level of care you receive should be determined by your needs instead of by your bank account. But the reality is that addiction can strip you of your financial resources as well as your health, your relationships and your self-worth. Once you’ve made the commitment to stop drinking and enter rehab, you’ll need support to help you through the process. Financial assistance may come from these sources:

  • Spouses or partners
  • Parents and other relatives
  • Employers
  • Health insurance providers
  • Federal and state government agencies
  • Churches and community organizations

Some facilities offer a sliding scale fee structure based on your ability to pay. Publicly funded or faith-based programs may offer a work exchange option that allows you to pay for a portion of your treatment by performing services for the agency. The best way to find the right level of care is to reach out to an addiction treatment specialist for help. Once your needs have been evaluated, you and your counselor can develop a treatment plan that will help you reach your goal of creating a brighter, more positive future.

Here at Alta Mira, we work with people to ensure they can receive the treatment help they need. Call us today.