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How To Find The RIght Drug Addiction Treatment Center

For those that are new to recovery, want to be, or to the loved ones of someone struggling with addiction here is how to fund a Drug Addiction Treatment Center.

As of 2014 there were over 14,000 Drug Addiction Treatment Center in the United States, with over 2.5 million people receiving treatment. As staggering as these numbers are there were still many people who were denied treatment services because the facilities were filled to capacity. Though we live in a time when the ability to receive treatment is overwhelmingly better than any other time in human history, there is still a lack in services leaving many addicts and alcoholics to contend with their disease on their own. For family members it can be disconcerting and confusing to know which treatment model is the most effective. Their options include: dual diagnosis, Florida treatment model, Holistic model, Wilderness therapy model, this is just a few of the more widely recognized options.

Besides just a shortage of space for those in need, the continued altering of insurance criteria in order for someone to receive treatment means that over the past few years the treatment industry has seen a decline in the days that are authorized by the insurance companies, making it increasingly difficult for those suffering with an addiction to get treatment. These altered criteria have resulted in fewer services being paid for, even though premiums have continued to increase, and those in need of long term treatment sometimes find themselves back out on the street before they are ready.

If you are not lucky enough to have insurance, or your insurance company will not cover the cost of your treatment then you can expect an average 30-day inpatient treatment program to cost roughly $15,000-$25,000. This price tag puts private pay out of the reach of many American families, and while many drug treatment programs are willing to work with the families in order to get the person help, there is only so much they can do. There are indigent and state run programs, but many of these programs are filled months in advance as the demand far exceeds their ability to offer the services, leaving those in need waiting for a spot to open up.

What Treatment Options are Available?

Just as the manifestation of addiction or alcoholism can vary greatly from individual to individual, so can the programs offered by drug treatment centers. There is no on-size fits all treatment for drug or alcohol addiction and because of this the level of care necessary in order for someone to overcome their addiction will differ depending on the individual. Majority of programs fall into two categories: Inpatient or Outpatient, but even in regards to these programs there are differing subcategories depending on the needs of the individuals.


Detox is usually the first step in the drug or alcohol treatment process, and if you do not have insurance, or your insurance won’t cover this level of care, you can expect it to cost anywhere from $500-$1000 a day.

There are two types of detox, inpatient detox and outpatient detox. Inpatient detox means that the person seeking treatment will be live at the facility for the duration of their stay. This allows for them to receive 24-hour medical supervision in a safe environment, while they experience the withdrawal symptoms that occur from stopping their substance of choice. Majority of detoxes are inpatient, because for some substances, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, withdrawal can be life threatening.

Outpatient detox usually offers similar services as inpatient detox, with the difference being that the person goes home at night. They receive the required medication and medical attention during the day, along with attending the groups that detox offers, but at night they go home to the comfort of their house. This level of care has its perks, but the fact that the person is not removed from their environment adds an additional risk for relapse that inpatient detoxes do not have.

Most detox programs last anywhere from 3-10 days depending on the substances of choice and any pre-existing medical conditions. Once the detox process is complete, many people attend a long-term inpatient program in order to continue their treatment towards overcoming addiction.

Inpatient Drug Treatment

Similarly to inpatient detox, inpatient drug treatment means that the person lives at the facility for the duration of their stay, which is usually 30 days, but can be shorter or longer. Like stated, an average stay at a facility like this will cost $15,000- $25,000, but the prices can vary greatly depending on the facility. Inpatient drug treatments offer a similar level of care to detoxes, but without the 24-hour medical supervision because by the time a person reaches inpatient drug treatment, they shouldn’t require this anymore.

Many inpatient drug treatment programs offer programs during the day that include group and individual therapy sessions, life-skills training, and a plethora of other options, with the intention of helping the individual to break the cycle of addiction and get ready to re-assimilate back into the outside world. This means that while the person is in treatment they will not only deal with their alcoholism or drug addiction, but also any underlying issues that may have contributed to their addiction.

Once this phase of the drug treatment process is complete, many individuals are stepped down to outpatient treatment, which offers a continuation of treatment, but with less constricting rules.

Outpatient Drug Treatment

Outpatient drug treatment, also known as Intensive Outpatient or IOP, is usually the last stage in the drug treatment process, besides aftercare, but for the purposes of what we are discussing we will exclude aftercare. Market research has shown that for an average 10-week IOP program the cost was around $7000. Many times insurance companies will attempt to only authorize IOP days for someone who is attempting to get sober, and this, when a greater level of care is required, can result in a failed attempt to get sober. Outpatient as a continuation and step down from Inpatient is generally what is required for someone to obtain and maintain sobriety, but due to the expense of Inpatient programs, many times insurance companies will attempt to not authorize that level of care.

Outpatient drug treatment is similar to outpatient detox, in that the individual comes to the center during the day, usually 3 to 5 times a week and has group and individual therapy sessions. After the day is over, they go back to their homes, or in many cases to the three-quarter or halfway houses that they live in. Outpatient offers a great continuation of care, and also allows for people to gradually move back into society with extra support.

Seeking Treatment

With all of the choices for treatment options and the issues that can be raised by insurance companies, finding the right treatment center can seem daunting, especially at a time of crisis, which is normally when people enter treatment. If this is currently the place that you are at, remember to just relax, do the research on what type of treatment that you need, and everything will work out just fine.

Rose Lockinger is passionate member of the recovery community. A rebel who found her cause, she uses blogging and social media to raise the awareness about the disease of addiction. She has visited all over North and South America. Single mom to two beautiful children she has learned parenting is without a doubt the most rewarding job in the world. 

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