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What Costs Are Associated With Teen Rehab?

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“I know my teenager has a substance problem. But rehab is just too expensive to consider.”

This sentiment may have some truth to it. However, if you compare the costs of drug or alcohol treatment to the total costs of bail money, theft of valuables or money to buy drugs, court expenses and property damage like a DUI-related car wreck, and then factor in the emotional costs of living with a child in the throes of addiction, the price of rehab begins to look a lot more reasonable.

Rehab is even more cost-effective when you take into account its benefits. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that, on average, addiction treatment decreases criminal activity by between 40 and 60 percent. In addition, patients who complete a drug treatment program improve their mental well-being, physical health and employment prospects — not to mention achieving a better financial state from money that is not spent on substance use.

Rehab Cost Breakdowns

The specific costs of teen rehab will vary widely depending on several factors. For instance, inpatient treatment typically costs more than outpatient treatment does, and the total cost can rise in proportion to the length of the program. Facility location and amenities will also affect the price of treatment.

With that in mind, here are some rule-of-thumb numbers that estimate the costs associated with teen substance use treatment:

Detoxification: $250 to $800 per day

This is the initial phase of treatment, which involves weaning the body off of all substances. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete this stage of treatment.

Medication-assisted treatment: $500 to $1,200 per month

For teens who misuse opiates, long-term pharmacological therapy may be prescribed. It is not uncommon for patients to remain on these medications for a year or longer.

Outpatient rehab: $1,600 to $3,200 per month

The least rigorous regimen of rehab, outpatient treatment allows the teen to live at home while visiting the facility once or twice a week for an hour or two each time.

Intensive outpatient rehab: $3,000 to $10,000 per month

Adolescents who need a slightly higher level of care might have to attend rehab for three hours a day a few times per week.

Partial hospitalization: $350 to $450 per day

These programs require day-long time commitments (much like a day at school) at a facility, although teens can still return home during the evenings.

Inpatient (residential) rehab: $500 to $700 per day

For teenagers with severe addiction problems or co-occurring disorders, around-the-clock treatment and supervision may be required. Rehab stays usually last 30 days but can stretch to 60 or 90 days in some cases.

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The good news is that most private health insurance plans provide coverage for addiction treatment, though copayments and deductibles may require families to incur some out-of-pocket expenses. Though you may be hesitant to ask your health insurer to pay for drug treatment, the cost of rehab with insurance is usually much less expensive than the cost of rehab without insurance is.

Medicare can also defray a significant portion of rehab costs, and many states fund their own drug treatment programs for households whose income is below a certain threshold. There are some free rehab programs that exist if you know where to look.

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than a million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 are in need of addiction treatment in the United States. And though most American families are unable to foot the bill for rehab without making substantial financial sacrifices, it is an investment that is vital to the future well-being of the teenager, which is priceless.

For more information on the costs of teen drug rehab and potential payment options, contact Next Generation Village today.

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