Money is the No. 1 obstacle to treatment, according to families who are in crisis because of addiction. While it can be challenging to find the funds to pay for drug rehab, it is possible with the right resources.
Addiction is expensive. It costs a significant amount for communities to manage higher medical expenses, costs associated with law enforcement and the court system, and the price of managing issues related to addiction, such as child welfare, cleaning up public areas, and homelessness. Addiction is financially devastating to families as well.
Many families with a loved one in addiction lose money due to:
By the time they get to the point of enrolling their loved one in an addiction treatment program, their funds are depleted, and they are emotionally exhausted. High-priced treatment programs can feel immediately out of reach. When overwhelmed by the stressors of active addiction, it can be difficult to gather together resources and figure out how to move forward.
The good news is that there are many avenues of assistance for families who are seeking drug addiction treatment, and there are people on standby to assist with the process of securing those funds and enrolling in drug rehab.
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Though it may feel that rehab prices are astronomically high, it is important to note that drug addiction treatment is not frivolously expensive.
hough some high-end luxury drug rehab programs are expensive because they treat only a select few people at a time, offer gourmet cuisine, and feature enough amenities to be mistaken for an elite resort, many programs invest the costs paid by clients into providing an intensive and comprehensive treatment program tailored to meet their specific needs.
The cost of drug rehab is also affected by factors that are unique to the individual as well as to the drug addiction treatment program itself.
The medical care needed to treat someone breaking free from alcoholism is very different in price when compared to someone going through marijuana detox or a low-dose addiction to any substance. The more intense the addiction, the higher the cost of treatment as it could mean more medical care, a longer time spent in treatment, and expensive medications.
If someone is living with a co-occurring medical disorder, mental health disorder, or behavioral disorder in addition to a substance addiction, the person must get treated for all issues simultaneously. This can have a big impact on the cost of care. It requires specialized treatment and medical professionals trained in the treatment of addiction and the co-occurring disorder as well.
Metropolitan areas, resort locations, and other expensive parts of the country can tack on a premium cost to drug rehab programs. Because these locations are more densely populated and people may be interested in traveling to their area, they may also offer higher-end amenities and treatment options.
In general, outpatient care is often less expensive than inpatient treatment programs due to the lack of room and board costs associated with each client. Paying for staff members to stay overnight, the increased burden on the facilities and utilities, and security can add up quickly, making it far more cost-effective in many cases to choose outpatient care. In other cases, however, a bare-bones residential treatment program may be less expensive than a more intensive outpatient treatment program at a high-end facility.
Health insurance providers in the United States are required by law to cover the cost of mental health treatment and addiction treatment services as readily as they cover the cost of physiological medical treatment. However, each state has different mandates when it comes to the specifics. Each health insurance company further redefines what is medically necessary for drug addiction treatment and what isn’t on a case-by-case basis.
To complicate things further, not every policy within a company will cover the same types of treatment. While one health insurance policy might cover the cost of residential drug treatment when it is first requested, someone covered under a less comprehensive plan offered by the same company may be told that they will need to attend an outpatient drug addiction treatment program first.
No matter where you are, nonprofit organizations are available to assist you in connecting with the resources you need to pay for drug rehab if someone in your family needs it.
Though none of these is likely to cover the cost of drug rehab entirely, if they and other organizations were able to add any amount to the pot, it wouldn’t take long to save the money needed.
Many people crowdsource funding through online programs to raise money, use credit cards and personal savings, and work an extra job to pull the money together. Why? Because they know that the investment will be worth the payoff when their loved one can be functional, and there is less stress in the home.
While there are programs that are covered by state funding and federal grants as well as grants for different studies associated with addiction, few require no investment from the client.
Even when drug rehab is a mandate of the court, and the state basically covers the cost of treatment, there are still costs to the individual. In some cases, court fees or a reimbursement for drug addiction treatment services may apply. When drug rehab is residential and covered by the state, clients are usually required to hand over the government subsidies they receive through cash aid and food stamps.
Though it is at the top of the list of factors that drive the decision behind which drug rehab to choose for a loved one in addiction, it should not be the primary reason. Any money invested in a program that does not have the resources to provide the assistance your loved one specifically needs will be wasted.
Family members play an important part in an individual’s ability to navigate the details of enrolling in treatment, like figuring out how to foot the bill. The process can begin with a phone call to a treatment consultant to discuss what treatment options will be most appropriate for your loved one and your family.
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