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Price Of Addiction Treatment

Counting the Cost of Addiction Treatment: What’s the Price of Not Going?

In today’s tough economy, it’s hard to contemplate anything without taking the time out to consider the costs. However, when the service you’re budgeting for is addiction treatment, you can’t allow yourself to get totally bent out of shape when considering the out-of-pocket potential costs. After all, left unchecked, how much will your addiction set you back? What is that proverbial monkey on your back already costing you? How much more will be wasted in the weeks and years to come if something doesn’t break the cycle? If you get too wrapped up evaluating the fees, you can lose sight of the big, overall picture and use the price of drug rehabilitation as an excuse for not getting the help you need. Here are a few questions you can start out by asking and honestly answering to get started:

  • What am I spending on my addiction each week? Each month? Each year?
  • What other, non-monetary costs have been associated with my addiction?
  • What priceless relationships have suffered because of my addiction?
  • What would I pay right now to be free of this addiction?

What Will You Pay to Get Your Life Back?

When it’s all said and done, getting the addiction help you need should be your first priority. After that has been taken care of, you can figure out exactly how you’re going to pay for it. However, for those who are seriously contemplating rehabilitation help and trying to figure out how they’ll work it into their budgets, it’s only fair to warn you that prices can vary dramatically. As of now, the N-SATSS (National Substance Abuse Treatment Services Survey) estimated that the average inpatient rehabilitation program will cost you approximately $7,000 per month or an estimated $35,000 for a successful 90 day program. Although there are 30 day programs available, the success rate increases when you go above and beyond the minimum stay. When you consider the costs of a relapse, those extra weeks can actually save you a great deal of time, effort and money in the long run.

Where to Look for Help Funding Your Recovery

The good news is that not everyone has to pay for the total cost of his or her recovery out-of-pocket. In addition to some insurance plans that cover rehabilitation and recovery, there are also public programs geared towards offsetting the costs of drug addiction treatments. However, these programs often come with long waiting lists and, due to the lack of fees, generally only offer the very minimal services. If you need intensive, in-patient rehab intervention, then you may want to look into other options. There are also court-ordered rehabilitation programs that may be your last alternative before long-term incarceration or other drastic steps to protect you and society from your addiction. Ultimately, though, when it comes to drug and substance abuse recovery and rehabilitation, you get what you pay for, so if you can afford it – do it.

The truth of the matter is that you can’t even start counting the costs of addiction treatment and recovery without evaluating what it will cost you to maintain your addiction over the long haul – not just in the area of cash, but also relationships, valuables, your health and your good sense. When you look at the big picture of the situation and balance out the equation, when you chose to move forward with addiction treatment, everyone wins.


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