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How Much to Pay for Inpatient Alcohol Rehab? Total Expenses Explained

Last year, when my best friend was admitted into inpatient treatment, he had to pay around $47,000 for a 60-day program. However, it was a private rehab center, so the cost is a bit higher.

The average cost of inpatient alcohol rehab, also known as residential rehab, ranges from $5000 per day to $20000 or more per month. 

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So, actual expenses can’t be stated with accuracy as there are a lot of things that vary the cost. Let’s break down each and every factor that affects inpatient alcohol rehab cost.

Average Cost of Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

According to NCDAS (National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics) survey report,

On average, the cheapest cost for inpatient alcohol rehab is $6000 for a 30-day program. And it can reach $50,000 or even more based on the treatment type and length.

The average cost of inpatient alcohol rehab can range from $5,000 to $80,000 or even more based on the provided amenities and treatment types. However, the cost of the government inpatient rehab is comparatively lower than the private rehab centers.

Actually, inpatient alcohol rehab includes a lot of things, from daily meals, routine treatment plans, therapies, 24/7 care support and many other amenities varying treatment types. So, you need to always count higher for inpatient rehab programs.

Does Insurance Cover Inpatient Alcohol Rehab?

Yes, health insurance covers inpatient alcohol rehab.

There are several private and government insurers such as Medicare, Tricare, Veteran Benefits etc. According to Health Care,

“All Marketplace plans cover mental health and substance abuse services as essential health benefits.”

These insurers confirm the allowance for mental and behavioral health inpatient services, psychotherapy, counseling, etc., which fall under inpatient alcohol rehab.

So, contact your insurer for the coverage facilities and make the papers ready before getting inpatient alcohol rehab admission. This can help minimize some expenses.

Besides, if you do not have any insurance and on top of that, the budget is tight, looking for some rehab centers offering loans or grants would be the best option. Also, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare is such a program available for providing affordable healthcare benefits.

Types of Inpatient Alcohol Rehab and Costs

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‌As mentioned, inpatient alcohol treatment costs can vary depending on the treatment types. And these are-

Inpatient Residential Rehab:

In this rehab program, the patient needs to take treatment while staying inside the rehab centers up to the treatment finishes. This program includes the cost of residence, daily meals, 24/7 care and support, therapy programs, time-to-time counseling sessions, staff supervision around the clock, and so on. And so, inpatient residential rehab is the most expensive rehab than any other type.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial hospitalization is when the patient does not need to stay in the rehab center. One can attend group counseling, therapies at a particular scheduled time during the week, depending on patient’s condition and needs.

As PHP does not require permanent residence inside rehab, it is comparatively less expensive though it provides the peak level of support and care.

Drug and Alcohol Inpatient Rehab Cost Example

The table below shows an average cost of inpatient alcohol rehab of popular different rehab centers. It might help you get the cost concept.

Rehab CentersAverage Inpatient Treatment Cost
American Addiction Center$10,000 and $30,000 30 day program
Alcohol Rehab Guide$5,000 to $80,000
Harmony Ridge Recovery Center$60,000 or more for a 90 day program
Renaissance Recovery$20,000 for a 30-day program, $12,000 to $60,000 for 60-90 day program
White Sands Treatment$23,000 – $30,000
The Recovery Village$20,000 for a 30-day program and $60,000 for 60-90 day program
Miracles Recovery Center$14,000-$27,000 for a 30-day program
Woburn Wellness$10,000 for a 30-day program and $60,000 for a 90-day program
Ohio Recovery Center$5,000 to $20,000 for a 30-day program and $12,000 to $60,000 for 60- 90 day program
National Drug$5,300–$80,000
DayBreak Treatment Solution$5,000-$20,000 for a 30-day program
Rehab Spot$5,000 and $25,000 for 30-day programs and $100,000 for 30, 60, or 90-day
Zinnia Health$15,000-$60,000 for a 30-day treatment program
Average Inpatient Treatment Costs of Different Rehab Centers

NCDAS shows,

“The average cost of residential treatment based on the 2016 Census Survey Results is $50,469. And after 2019. It’s around $57,193.”

Let’s have a check how this cost varies from state to state-

StateAverage Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Cost
New York$56,653
New Jersey$56,570
South Dakota$56,108
North Dakota$64,673
North Carolina$56,759
South Carolina$57,774
West Virginia$57,881
New Mexico$57,989
Rhode Island$58,755
New Hampshire$58,777
District of Columbia$66,538
Average Inpatient Treatment Costs of Different States

This cost is shown for 30-day programs. You can see, the District of Columbia seems to have comparatively higher expenses for inpatient rehabilitation treatment programs. Other than this, most of the state has inpatient treatment programs for around $50,000.

However, this can vary as some might need long-term (60-90 days) programs, or others might need fewer amenities. Apart from these, the rehab funding types and offered amenities also affect the expenses.

What Affects the Cost Usually?

Usually, the cost of inpatient alcohol rehab is significantly affected by some factors, such as-

Type of Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

As mentioned earlier, inpatient alcohol rehab can be of two types – residential and partial hospitalization. Partial hospitalization programs cost lower than residential programs.

The Facilities

Facilities vary from rehab to rehab. More facility is equal to more expense.

Some rehab centers offer yoga, meditation, Psychotherapy, gym, pool, etc. And so, the cost can get higher here. Again, the govt. funded rehab centers are cheaper than private rehab centers.

Duration of Your Stay

Treatment duration as well as the duration of an individual’s stays affects the cost. A 30-day rehab program costs less than the 60-90 days of rehab programs. However, this depends on treatment duration and the patient’s condition and recovery process.

For example, your treatment duration is 30 days, but your progress is not up to the mark and you need more time for the recovery. In that case, apart from the cost of the 30-day program, you will need to spend for another stay.

Aftercare Options

Depending on the patient’s recovery needs, one might go through aftercare programs to prevent relapse and continue progress after successfully completing the inpatient rehab programs. In that case, you need to count for daily or weekly session fees. And this might cost around $600-$1000 per session.

Rehab Location

The cost of rehab can vary depending on the location of the treatment center. If you’re seeking treatment on a secluded island or a remote rural area, expect to pay a premium, of course.

Besides, if you need to travel a long distance to attend rehab programs, you might need to pay on a high scale.

People Also Asked

Does any government-funded program facilitates the cost of alcohol rehab?

Yes, some government-funded programs are available for low-income people or people with disabilities offering free to low-cost rehab programs. The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is such a rehab offering programs for people in need of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Apart from this, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a state-funded federal agency that provides funding for substance abuse treatment programs across the country.

Tony McKenzie

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