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Paying for Opioid Addiction Treatment

While many treatment centers may seem beyond your means, there are even more that are affordable or take payment through your insurance provider. Some of the insurances that may cover treatment are Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, military insurance, and state-financed insurance.

Many facilities also offer financing options to those without insurance, such as non-profit organizations or state-funded rehabs. You can qualify to attend these based on your income. The Salvation Army is one example of a non-profit choice that provides free treatment.

No matter your economic standing, there is an opioid addiction treatment option for you.

Treatment Options

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Many people can’t afford to pay for addiction treatment out of pocket.

It can be difficult to know what treatment option is right for you, especially when factoring in finances. The cost of treatment greatly depends on which option you choose, and what resources it offers. Here are the four primary forms of treatment and general expenses:


Inpatient care usually incorporates detox into the cost, and varies per facility. To detox from a more severe addiction, such as heroin, it will require more care and therefore more money. However, outpatient detox generally costs between $1,000 and $1,500.


Most addicts recovering from opioid addiction require medication, such as methadone treatment. For a heroin addict to receive one year of treatment, it will likely cost them up to $4,700.

Inpatient Facility

The cost for inpatient rehab varies depending on the length of your stay and where you choose to go. A month-long program at a popular facility, for example, could cost about $20,000. Whereas, a less popular one may only charge you $12,000. If you require a two or three month stay, the price could reach $60,000.

Outpatient Facility

Although most people recovering from opioid addiction require inpatient care, outpatient treatment is also an option. Furthermore, it is cheaper, costing approximately $5,000 per three-month program. This price varies of course, depending on how often and for how long you visit the facility.

5 Myths about Opioid Addiction Treatment

Cheaper than Addiction

Opioid abuse, in the long run, will cost you much more than rehab. Addiction can negatively affect your work productivity, leading to possible unemployment. The health problems, legal issues, and cost of feeding your drug habit will accumulate over time. Heroin users have been known to spend thousands of dollars on their addiction.

Don’t forget the emotional cost that comes with drug abuse. Most addicts tarnish their closest relationships by choosing opioids over loved ones. Sometimes, these bonds are unrepairable. Addiction also costs you years of your life that you could have spent doing something meaningful.

Determining the Cost of Treatment

When considering your budget for opioid addiction treatment, there are many aspects that impact the price tag on a facility. By considering each option and weighing what you need vs what you want from treatment, you can better determine the right fit for you. Here are the three main price factors:

Inpatient vs Outpatient

Addiction Treatment

Rehabs that offer alternative therapies such as acupuncture are usually more expensive.

As expressed earlier, inpatient care is more expensive than outpatient. This is due to the housing and comprehensive treatment provided within inpatient facilities. The price is also based on the length of your stay and what amenities are provided. This varies greatly from each location.

Medical Care

If you require detox when entering a facility, it will be much more expensive. The more medical care you need, the more it will cost you. Then there are alternative treatments to factor in, such as mental health counseling, holistic therapies, and more.


Some facilities offer alternative treatments and specialty services that will, understandably, cost more money. These could include massage therapy, acupuncture, gourmet cuisine, and even athletic facilities. These options are generally only available at luxury facilities, so a large price tag wouldn’t be surprising.

Taking the First Step

Recovery and a better quality of life are not out of reach. Difficulties paying for opioid addiction treatment shouldn’t keep you from receiving the care you need. There are payment options for people of all walks of life. If you are ready to seek opioid addiction treatment, but you’re unsure of how to pay for it or where to begin, give us a call at 800-466-0354 ( Who Answers?)We can help you find the treatment that is right for you.

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