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Alcohol Rehab Costs

Addiction to alcohol is perhaps one of the most serious addictions that we face in today’s society. today, not only because of its severely detrimental effects on the user’s health and social standing, but due to the staggering number of people who struggle with this addiction everyday. According to the CDC1, 64% of Americans drink alcohol, with 50% regular drinkers. The consequences of this are 22,073 alcohol caused deaths a year. These deaths are unrelated to accidents, suicides or homicides and about half of these deaths are caused from liver disease from alcoholism.

The benefits of coming clean and getting rehabilitated far out-weigh the difficult road to recovery. Alcoholism affects the user physically, psychologically and socially. Not to mention the family and friends who suffer along with the addict.

Alcoholism symptoms include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Pancreatitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Alcoholic dementia
  • Cognitive problems
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Rape
  • Burglary
  • Assault

Seeking Treatment

The cost of alcohol treatment can vary depending on the state and the city, and the type of treatment facility you are looking for. Outpatient treatment facilities are usually less expensive than inpatient, especially luxury inpatient locations. Another variable to consider is what span of time you are looking to be treated. Most facilities start at a minimum 30-day treatment plan; however, research has shown that less than 90 days tends to be ineffective for treating addiction, thus heightening the likelihood of a relapse.

The Breakdown:

  • Initial assessment: this includes a consultation, examination and a variety of tests. The initial assessment runs about $100.
  • Individual sessions: for those who prefer one-on-one counseling in regard to social and family related problems. These sessions are about $100 per session; however certain centers will offer a discount if you sign up for 20-30 sessions.
  • Family program: designed to help families dealing with a family member struggling with alcoholism or families with a history of alcoholism. The cost is approximately $120 per session.

Outpatient Costs

  • Continuing care: Once you have established yourself as a client and desire long term care as an outpatient, these sessions range from $30-50.
  • Overall cost ranges around $1,433 per course treatment.

Inpatient Costs

  • These can range from $125.00 a day to a couple thousand, depending on the type of inpatient facility you are looking for.
  • According to the National Substance Abuse Treatment Services Survey, the average cost for inpatient programs was about $7,000 per month. Since more than 30 days produces a higher recovery rate, the cost of drug rehab can easily range between $7,500 and $75,000.
  • The typical cost for a 90-day treatment program is roughly $35,000.


Although some insurance companies do cover drug and alcohol treatment, don’t assume that yours will. It is normal for insurance companies to pay for as little as possible. Don’t let this stop you from researching your insurance company and finding out what they may cover. With the increase in substance abuse benefits more people are now able to access drug rehabilitation facilities through their insurance policies and more centers are accepting insurance as a form of payment due to the current downturned economic conditions.

Tax dollars

There are some drug rehabilitation programs that are funded by public tax dollars. Only certain programs receive public funding and not many of them offer long term inpatient treatment. This option is worth checking into, but because an over 30 day treatment plan is not usually an option through public funding, ask yourself whether the extra money for a 90 day program is worth spending now rather than facing a potential relapse and having to return to treatment again.

Employer Benefits

Many employers offer alcohol rehabilitation reimbursement as part of their benefits package.

Other alternatives:

  • There are always ways to get help where help is needed and many alcohol rehab facilities offer low-interest-rate financing to help individuals pay for their treatment.
  • Some treatment centers offer a sliding fee basis, which may bring the cost of treatment down significantly depending on your annual income.
  • Some states pay for treatment centers to take patients, though this option is conditional; some states may designate treatment dollars for pregnant women, others function on a first come first serve basis. Either way, it’s worth checking into.
  • If the state won’t pay for alcohol rehab, check into other state funded rehab options. For instance, if you gamble while drinking, perhaps your state offers a gambling rehabilitation program. Are you a veteran? Many states offer veteran’s benefits.

There are many payment options for alcohol rehabilitation, but the most important thing is that the individual gets rehabilitated. You can’t put a price on your health and a happy life. Remember that a successful drug rehab program will enable you to get your life back on track and get on with the things that are truly important to you.


1Center For Disease Control and Prevention
 Link for percentage of Americans who drink alcohol.
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