Why is Rehab so expensive? But, how true is this?

The fees for residential rehab range widely, from under $5,000 per month to well over 10 times that amount. And many may be tempted to think that this is expensive. Well, first: Addiction is a real disease. Just like diabetes or cancer.

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.

And just like diabetes and cancer, addiction is a condition that requires intensive treatment. Do you ignore cancer because you think it’s too expensive?  Of course not.

Yet when it comes to paying for addiction treatment, many of us don’t feel that we have the same level of financial help at our disposal. Only last year, the death rate due to substance abuse stands at 72,000  a number that has been growing ever since 1997. And according to Cancer Department, In 2017, an estimated 15,270 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,790 died of the disease. Substance abuse taking the lead among the youths, and adults as well due to increased cases of depression, mental problems and worsening economic crisis.

You don’t want to bury your son, husband, or loved one, esp. when they can be saved through proper treatment. Rehab is priced fairly and the amount charged can be broken into reasonable items, but I’ll give a little light on these three:

  1. Professional StaffingDrug and alcohol counselors staff some rehabs and others are staffed by master’s level, or in some cases, doctoral level clinicians who have years of experience in the field of addiction treatment. The quality and training of the professional staff will significantly affect the price of a rehab. These clinicians will provide individual treatment as well as other fundamental treatment services such as groups, treatment/discharge planning, documentation, and communication with outside providers and family. Consider how capable the hands are that you are putting your future in. Given the nature of the disease and expertise required, we can agree that high level of professional support is inevitable.
  2. Appropriate Diet: Consider how important a healthy diet is in recovery. The food itself is critical. Some rehabs will provide limited food options, while others will provide freshly prepared organic, nutritious and well-balanced meals with an emphasis on farm to table meats and produce. It is also important that you know whether your vegetarian, vegan, kosher, lactose-intolerant, low sodium, gluten free and other dietary requests will be honored. While this will likely increase the expense of a rehab, it is not an area that should be compromised. Healthy eating can actually help you stay sober.
  3. Treatment ProcedureTraditionally, group meetings and group therapy have been the gold standard for rehab. However, a higher priced rehab may offer more individual sessions and more holistic treatment options than its lower cost competitor. As with anything, customized and individualized treatment will cost more. This is the heart of the rehab, and the reason why you joined-up in the first place.

A number of other hidden expenses and some which are obvious can add-up, and believe me, this doesn’t leave much profit to a rehab as such. Most rehabs are actually owned by people who are more oriented to helping the community than making profit, a number of these are owned by religious organisations, the government, philanthropists, etc.

For Life’s sake, I believe the expenses involved are worth it. What do you think?

~ Pauline.

Regular User Asked on November 20, 2018 in Substance Abuse.
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Well Said Olivier, this is great information, I guess very few people know about IPRS program, and to be honest, I got to learn it from here too. Thanks so much for the guidance.

Regular User Answered on November 27, 2018.
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Oh sure, thanks Olivier, this means a lot. I already got enrolled into a treatment program and its been working for me for now. It came in as an alternative when I failed to be taken up by Medicaid, but its nice to know about IPRS, should be a reliable fallback for me just in case. Thanks again.


~ Carter.

Regular User Answered on November 27, 2018.
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