Cost and Paying for Withdrawal Treatment
Withdrawal treatment is rarely without some cost. Depending on the treatment program of choice, the withdrawal treatment cost can run into tens of thousands of dollars. While this may seem excessive at first, it’s far lower than the cost of continued drug use. The price of treatment should not become a deterring factor when considering a withdrawal treatment program. There are multiple ways to pay for treatment, some of which offer significantly lower costs than others.
How Much Does Medical Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Cost?
Medically-assisted withdrawal prices are determined primarily by the treatment facility used for the withdrawal process as well as the type of treatment in which you choose to take part. For a stay at a private rehab facility with a treatment consisting of a long-term tapering off of drug dosage amounts, the costs can rise as high as $20,000 a month. This cost includes room and board fees, medication for treating withdrawal symptoms, and 24-hour medical care. Programs may last up to 90 days, which can push the costs up to $60,000 for a full withdrawal and rehab treatment program. The success rate of inpatient care at a treatment facility is much higher than outpatient treatment or rapid detox, though, and long-lasting sobriety is likely less costly than continued drug use.
For withdrawal treatment only, the costs are significantly lower. This is because the withdrawal treatment consists primarily of drug or alcohol detox followed by a 24 to 48 hour monitoring period under medical supervision. In total, the time spent in withdrawal treatment would only be between two and five days. For a heroin user, the average cost of this shortened withdrawal treatment is between $1,200 and $5,000.
If two to five days is still too long a time to devote yourself to treatment, rapid detox may suit your needs better. With rapid detox, you are placed under anesthesia for one to two hours while medical personnel flush your system of the drugs within your bloodstream. For a heroin user, rapid detox takes between 24 and 72 hours. This includes time for medical tests prior to the detoxing session and a monitoring period after the session to watch for side effects. The cost is higher than the slightly longer withdrawal treatment, with rates averaging between $10,000 and $15,000.
Insurance, Financing, and Private Pay Options
The amount of the fees for withdrawal programs should not be a deciding factor in whether or not to pursue treatment options. Available payment methods include some that can make even expensive inpatient care affordable for those with middle income or below. The more commonly used payment options are withdrawal treatment insurance, treatment financing, and private pay.
Withdrawal treatment insurance is insurance provided by your healthcare insurer as part of a general insurance package. The withdrawal insurance works in much the same way as any other insurance. You pay a deductible, and the insurer pays the rest of the cost of treatment. With insurance, the cost of treatment can drop significantly, though there may be some restrictions when using withdrawal insurance. These restrictions may include limiting your choice to participating medical treatment facilities, as well as the acceptable programs for which your insurance provider is willing to pay.
Financing your treatment is a second payment option you may be able to use. This option is generally for use by those who cannot afford the full cost of treatment. Through financing, the treatment center may lower the cost of the treatment for the patient or split the payment so that the patient can pay for treatment over an extended period of time.
Private pay is the most common and widely accepted option to pay for withdrawal treatment. With private pay, the cost of treatment is paid before treatment begins. Because of the possibly high cost of treatment, private pay can be expensive. There are always other alternatives to choose from if the costs appear too high.
Paying for treatment is a necessary part of getting clean and sober. The expense is often worth it, though, owing to the long-term savings one makes compared to continuous drug use and the healthier lifestyle that withdrawal treatment could lead to.