A Look at Rehab Costs

When facing an addiction, many individuals ask, “how much does drug and alcohol treatment cost?”  Research in this area shows that rehab costs vary depending on location, in-patient or outpatient treatment, length of treatment, and type of treatment. 

For instance, rehabs.com reports that, “Addiction rehabilitation programs can range in price dramatically. The cost is dependent on a variety of things, such as whether the rehab is an inpatient or outpatient facility, if the program provides certain amenities, and what the program provides as far as detoxification and rehabilitation services.  Some low-cost rehab options may charge as little as $7,500 per month, whereas high-end luxury programs can cost as much as $120,000 per month. A good amount of evidence-based, high-quality options exist in the $18,000 to $35,000 per month range.”

Hazelden concurs with rehab.com reporting that “the typical cost for outpatient addiction treatment is $10,000 and residential alcohol and drug rehab (costs) range from $20,000 to $32,000 depending on the level of services needed.  Additional services such as counseling for other issues, prescriptions, etc. are charged separately when needed.”

As mentioned above, the location of a rehab facility is a factor in rehab costs.  Facilities located in desirable areas, such as beachfront or scenic mountain locations, will generally be more expensive. Also, it’s important to consider if the individual will need to pay for travelling expenses to the rehab facility.

Also, the type of program the individual is entering must be considered.  Inpatient programs will cost more than outpatient programs because they require patients to live at the facility and have medical care available during all hours of operation. Whereas with outpatient care, individuals generally return to their own homes or residences daily –sometimes they only visit the rehab facility weekly.  Also, an individual interested in rehab costs should ask the rehab facility what amenities are included, since some programs charge extra for certain activities.

The length of a rehab program also affects its overall cost. For instance, as rehab.com repots, “A short program could last for two weeks to 30 days, so it would cost less than a program that lasts 90-days or even six months. The cost of a program is determined primarily by the length of stay, so it’s important to take this into consideration. During (an individual’s) intake session, a counselor will (often) discuss the amount of time they recommend you stay in the program for the best shot at recovery.”

However, it is important to note that many insurance plans offer partial coverage for rehab programs.  Federal funding is often provided as well to individuals to qualify or who have been imprisoned for drug related crimes.  Also, many drug rehab centers offer payment plans and/or financing so that once individuals successfully navigate recovery, they will be more able to maintain a steady income and pay off their drug rehab costs.


holidayDrinkingDrug abuse, Recovery, and the Holidays

Recovering from drug or alcohol abuse is difficult regardless of what time of the year it is.  However, the holiday season poses extra challenges for most people in recovery.  There is high stress often associated with preparing for parties and social gatherings, family gatherings, buying gifts, and with being busier overall than the rest of the year.  Holidays are often an emotional time for people.  When addicts are emotional, there is extra risk involved and they must be careful not to fall victim to relapse when stress and emotions occur.  Thus, holiday times can present special challenges even for addicts in long-term recovery.  It’s important to recognize and be aware of this extra stress and understand the risks associated with it in regards to recovery.

“Struggles during the holidays involving an active or recovering addict usually stem from one of two places. If the addict is active, there will likely be quite a lot of energy and subsequent stress due to hiding their substance abuse habit from their friends and family. Family gatherings can also highlight and intensify many of the underlying issues that prompted the substance abuse in the first place. The other likely scenario involves the former addict and the average family’s aversion to acknowledge their recovery. Many people are uncomfortable discussing substance abuse and what can happen to someone who is addicted and it’s much easier to just pretend like nothing’s happened at all. This can be troubling to the recovering addict who in this scenario is not getting the support they need during these trying times.” (womensdrugrehab.com)

So, what are some key points for continuing to recover from substance/alcohol abuse during the holidays?  First, preparation is key. Be aware that the holidays are stressful and accept it.  Watch for potential triggers and have strategies in place to help.  Have a plan – never try to “wing it”. Your sobriety is far too valuable. Have exit strategies in place if things become too difficult.  Holiday parties are often places where substance abuse is rampant. Womensdrugrehab.com suggests that you “Tell the hosts upon your arrival that you will only be able to stay for a short time. Have a non-alcoholic beverage in your hand at all times so no one tries to force one on you. Do your best to surround yourself with sober support during the holidays as well as there is strength in numbers and you won’t feel like the only person in attendance not engaging in substance abuse. Practice role-playing with your sober support before you enter a high risk situation to prepare yourself for uncomfortable interactions with loved ones and strangers you may face.”

Below are 5 quick tips to staying in recovery from drug/alcohol abuse during the holidays:

  1. Be selective: If you know a certain party will have alcohol, skip it if it would make you feel more comfortable. If you really have to attend a party that may trigger a relapse, request a friend to keep an eye out for you. Be sure to bring a non-alcoholic drink so that you have a reasonable option.
  2. Recovery is still your priority: Don’t get so caught up in the business and festivities of the season that you forget the simple steps to recovery.  Lean on your support systems and use them to maintain sobriety.
  3. Stay in treatment: if you are in treatment, stick with it.  Continue your therapy or 12 step programs.  Don’t put recovery on the backseat and let the holidays consume you or else they will!!
  4. Remember self-care: Occupying yourself with positive activities can help you take your mind off drugs and alcohol. The holidays are a perfect time to get involved in local charity events. These activities will not only keep you happier, but also boost your self-esteem and keep you focused on positive activities – the perfect recipe for maintaining sobriety.
  5. Avoid relapse triggers: Avoid the situations that make you feel like you want to use drugs or alcohol. If seeing certain people makes you unbearably sad causes you to get angry, it’s probably best to limit or avoid your interaction with them. Be aware of the people and situations that are triggers and have plans in place if you do come across them.

Even after seeking help and working in active recovery, many people with substance abuse issues have difficulties adjusting to life without the crutches of drugs and alcohol. Then factor in the holidays – which can be an especially challenging time for people in recovery. The stress and chaos associated with the holidays can increase the risk of relapse for individuals in recovery.  However, the holidays are also a great time to focus on the positive things that the process of recovery has brought into your life and the blessings you can appreciate as a result.

People sometimes ask us what makes Turning Point Centers different from other drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities.  Yes, we’re a dual-diagnosis treatment facility.  Yes, we’re a licensed vivitrol injection facility.  But, that’s not what sets us apart. What does set us apart is the fact that many on our staff previously suffered from drug and alcohol addiction and were treated at Turning Point Centers.  But what’s most important is that they believed in the Turning Point Centers treatment process so much, that they stayed on to help others make conquer their addictions and destructive behaviors. Click here to see some of our staff members tell their stories about recovering from addiction.

Turning Point Centers’ new 14,000-square-foot drug and alcohol rehab facility in Sandy, Utah, is now open.  We had an open house and ribbon-cutting event last week, and the turnout was fantastic.  Special thanks go out to the Sandy Chamber of Commerce, the Sandy City Fire Department for attending.

The new Bell Canyon Utah rehab facility sits on five and a half acres, and has 12 beds. Our new property also includes a barn and arena currently being developed for equine therapy that should be available in Spring 2012. There is also a gym and a racquetball and basketball court on site.

Check out this video walk-through tour of our new facility: Turning Point Centers Bell Canyon Facility Tour.

Turning Point Centers Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Drug Rehab Center Open House


One of our therapists, Markus, has come up with a great idea to do more intense Marriage and Family Therapy workshops!  The interpersonal communication between the different families and Markus combined with our cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach will certainly make the workshops productive.  This would be an intense weekend of therapy for families wanting to move forward not only with beating the addiction in the family but also strengthening their own relationship.  We’re in the beginning phases of setting this program up and I feel it’s going to be a strong component to Turning Point Centers program!

The Sober Transitions program is being announced tonight at the Family Therapy Group!  Can’t wait for the feedback from those clients and their families!  We’ve got our LSAC hired for the position and ready to go…all we need now are some clients to support for their first year in recovery.

I’ve had a lot of conversations lately about if a family member who is “forced” into drug and alcohol treatment will do anything.  Clients often ask if they should wait until he/she “wants” treatment.  One of my staff gave me some information located on NIDA’s site that goes along with what I believe and have always felt!  YES…interventions work and those clients do just as well as the “voluntary” clients.  If the families understood that very often the client won’t and can’t make the decision to go to treatment until something (as if addiction isn’t bad enough) “BAD” happens (loss of job, arrest, loss of family etc.) they  would all do interventions to help their loved one get in.  So this is what the statement was from www.drugabuse.gov.  It says “Effective treatment need not be voluntary and that treatment outcomes are similar for those who enter treatment under pressure vs. voluntary.”  My advice to anyone reading this is don’t wait until it’s too late!

Cocaine and meth use declined (finally) in 2007!  However, prescription drug abuse increased dramatically, according to a new U.S. survey.  From 2006 to 2007 cocaine use among young adults decreased 23% and meth use fell 30%…however, the big hit is prescription drug abuse which rose 12%!!!  This information is according to a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Another scary not is the fact that since the 1980’s prescription drug abuse has increased five-fold amongst young adults.  The reason the number is so high is because people think if it’s prescribed it’s safe.

Since 2001 Meth has been the #1 drug of choice for all Utahns that went ot public substance-abuse treatment programs.  It accounted for 28% of the 18,985 admissions…scary huh?!?  Oh there’s more:

Meth is #1 choice for women.  It hits 36.8% of all admissions last year…alcohol was only 22% amongst women!

Source:  Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

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