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Affordable Inpatient Drug Rehab Costs and Options

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The cost of addiction treatment - and specifically inpatient drug rehab - varies dramatically. Inpatient rehab will cost more than outpatient rehab, and available programs range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per day for a 30-day program. So, what constitutes an affordable inpatient drug rehab?

Here's our advice: don't just consider the upfront rehab cost. Instead, think about the value and the overall fit.

Over the last several years, we’ve had the honor of working with lots of bright, talented people who were truly ready to recover from their addictions.

Yet all too often our participants recount receiving poor treatment elsewhere prior to starting our addiction recovery program. Sadly, plenty of inpatient drug rehabs are more focused on filling beds than helping people heal.

Take it from us: Bad addiction treatment can be worse than no treatment at all.

Why? Because if you endure an unproductive, negative, or shaming rehab experience, you’re that much less likely to seek help the next time around.

If that’s what has happened to you, don’t worry. If you know what to look for, it is possible to find effective, affordable inpatient drug rehab.

In this post, we’ll outline your options and help you to decide which program will give you the best value as well as the best chance to step into recovery.

Affordable Inpatient Drug Rehab is Effective Drug Rehab

Affordability is important, and cost-effectiveness does matter.

In fact, insufficient funds and lack of Affordable-drug-rehabinsurance coverage is the number-one reason why those facing addiction in America today don’t seek out the treatment they need. 

And yes, when you commit to a high-quality inpatient rehab program, you’ll probably invest a significant amount.

Simply put, spending a month in safe, clean, pleasant accommodations receiving ongoing, holistic, professional care costs money.  

However, it’s important to keep the end goal in sight here.

As you’re reviewing various inpatient rehabs, keep in mind what matters most: efficacy.

If an addiction recovery program doesn’t deliver on its promises, then it is emphatically not a “good deal” regardless of how much it costs.

How Much Does Inpatient Rehab Cost?

The type of care offered by a rehab affects the total cost of treatment. Treatment types and rehab costs also differ depending on your substance of choice. Many other factors - from medical care to spa-type amenities - impact the cost of rehab.

Inpatient Rehab Cost Ranges

In inpatient drug and alcohol rehab, people check in to a facility to focus on sobriety and healing. Housing and meals are included in the program cost. Inpatient rehab costs range from under $10,000 to over $100,000 for a 30-day program.

Some of the key factors affecting treatment program costs include:

  • Facilities
  • Location
  • Treatment type - generally 12-Step vs. Non 12-Step
  • Number of people per room
  • Quality and quantity of professional counseling
  • Amenities
  • Number of trained staff
  • Size
  • Efficacy / success rate
  • Availability / demand
  • Clinical staff and medical detox operation

Insurance is the most common way of paying for inpatient rehab. The amount that insurance covers varies by plan and carrier. In our experience, private health insurance tends to cover about $10,000 - $15,000 for a 30-day inpatient drug rehab.

Most inpatient rehabs accept insurance and offer financing options. 

Here’s a list of what to expect for private-pay and insurance-based inpatient drug rehabs at various price points.

Inpatient Rehab Costs: $5,000 - $20,000/month

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  • Large number of participants
  • 12 Steps programs
  • Inexperienced, under-trained staff
  • Lower quality residences
    • Generally, you'll stay in a home in a residential neighborhood with 2-4 bedrooms and at least 2 people per room.
    • These setups often have challenges with limiting access to substances and other controls.
  • Cafeteria food
  • Shared rooms and bathrooms with large numbers of roommates
  • Very lax admission standards; includes individuals attending to avoid jail time

Inpatient Rehab Costs: $20,000 - $40,000/month

  • Greater diversity of programs
  • Fewer participants
  • Typically 12-steps, with a few non 12-step options
  • Higher-quality accommodations and meals
  • Shared rooms with one or more roommates
  • Wide variety of participants
  • Wide range of program quality

Inpatient Rehab Costs: $45,000 - $65,000/month

  • Higher-quality overall experience
  • More non 12-step options available
  • Better quality rooms and meals
  • Private or shared room with one roommate
  • Smaller groups
  • More individual attention
  • More substantive program content

Inpatient Rehab Costs: $65,000 and up / month 

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  • Vacation-type activities
  • Beautiful scenery and surroundings
  • Private rooms and baths
  • Individualized, custom-tailored programs
  • Smaller groups
  • Luxury additions such as spa services



12 Steps vs. Non 12-Step Impacts Cost Significantly

Whether an inpatient rehab employs a 12 Steps or non 12-Step model significantly impacts the cost of the addiction program.

Simply put, many (if not most) 12 Steps groups are run by lay people, who may be unpaid volunteers.

12 Steps facilitation tends to be done in large groups; often rehabs will farm out clients to free, local AA meetings. These gatherings are often led by well-meaning folks with no professional background. They do not provide the same level of care as individual psychotherapy.

Here's how the process typically works:

  • First, you check in to an inpatient rehab.
  • Several times per week, you'll be escorted to attend a 12 Steps group meeting. This may or may not be within the rehab itself; it may be offsite.
  • These groups are often led by people who have been through the 12 Steps program themselves, and are in recovery.
  • They may or may not have formal counseling training on addiction or emotional health conditions (which go hand-and-hand with addiction).
  • Once the meeting has concluded, you are escorted back to your inpatient rehab.

Cost Versus Value

As you review the numbers, think long-term; how much is it worth to you to find effective treatment the first time around?

If you need to go through rehab and pay again, is it really a bargain?

Put another way, how much more will you spend in the long run if your first course of treatment isn’t effective?

Yes, be practical and think about rehab costs, but we encourage you to think about it as an investment.

Rehab is an investment in you and your sobriety. Don’t deny yourself the help you really need to get well. Skip the tennis courts and mansions, and spend money on safe, compassionate care.

List of 30 Affordable Inpatient Drug Rehabs

Since many other rehabs don’t publish their program costs and pricing online, it can be challenging to find exact costs.

But never fear; we’ve done the work for you! Here is a list of affordable inpatient drug rehabs that cost less than $30,000 / month.

Scroll left to right to see all the information.

No. Inpatient Rehab Location Beds People per
Rehab Price / Mo. 12 Steps or Non 12-Step
1 Burning Tree Dallas / Austin, TX 65 2 $8,000 12 Steps
2 New Life Lodge Burns, TN 100 2-3 $8,000 12 Steps
3 The Recovery Place Ft Lauderdale, FL  129 $10,000  12 Steps 
4 Pasadena Recovery Center Pasadena, CA 98 2 $10,500 12 Steps
5 Right Step 20 locations in TX 197 2 $12,000 12 Steps
6 Anaheim Lighthouse Anaheim, CA 12 2 $12,000 12 Steps
7 His House / New Creation Treatment Centers Reche Canyon, CA 104 2 $14,500 12 Steps
8 Transformations Treatment Center Delray Beach, FL 85 1-2 $15,000-$22,000 12 Steps
9 Balboa Horizons Newport Beach, CA 47 2 $16,500 12 Steps
10 Morningside Recovery Orange County, CA 71 2 $18,000 Smart Recovery
11 Journey Healing Centers Salt Lake City, UT 22 2 $20,000 12 Steps
12 Bella Monte Recovery Center Desert Hot Springs, CA 38 2 $21,000 12 Steps
13 Cottonwood Tuscon Tucson, AZ 74 2-4 $21,000 12 Steps
14 Bayshore Retreat Destin, FL 6 1-2 $21,500 12 Steps
15 Las Vegas Rehab Center Las Vegas, NV 41 2 $22,500 12 Steps
16 The Sundance Center Scottsdale, AZ 14 2 $25,000 12 Steps
17 Williamsville Wellness Hanover, VA 16 1-2 $25,000 12 Steps
18 Seabrook House Bridgeton, NJ 72 1 $25,000 12 Steps
19 The Ranch Nunnelly, TN 117 2 $25,000-$30,000 12 Steps
20 Father Martin's Ashley Havre de Grace, MD 85 2 $27,000 12 Steps
21 La Palomoa Treatment Center Memphis, TN 117 2 $27,000 12 Steps
22 Michael's House Palm Springs, CA 120 2 $28,000 12 Steps
23 Black Bear Lodge Sautee, GA 85 2 $29,500 12 Steps
24 La Ventana Southern CA 12 2 $30,000 12 Steps
25 COPAC Brandon, MS 120 2-4 $30,000 12 Steps
26 Retreat Premier Addiction Centers Lancaster County, PA 140 2-3 $30,000 12 Steps
27 The Refuge - A Healing Place Ocala, FL 105 2 $30,000 12 Steps
28 Desert Hope Las Vegas, NV 148 2 $30,000 12 Steps
29 Cirque Lodge Sundance, UT 16 2-4 $30,000 12 Steps
 30 The Clearing (reference) Friday Harbor, WA  10  $45,000  Non 12-Step 

It all comes down to the question, “What’s worth paying for?”

It is true that some luxury inpatient residential treatment centers can cost upwards of $100k per month, but others offer substantive evidence-based addiction treatment at a more accessible price point.

Value is What Drives True Rehab Affordability

Do you truly believe that this rehab will work for you?

That’s the question you need to ask yourself as you consider various rehabs.

Though you can receive input and counsel from others, ultimately it’s you who will go through the addiction recovery program and do the work. Remember that no one program is the perfect fit for everyone.

Some people look at inpatient drug or alcohol rehab and look for the cheapest option. There's nothing wrong with wanting to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. But there is a difference on what and when to invest in the program you feel will work best for you to recover.

You wouldn't necessarily go with the cheapest doctor, lawyer, financial adviser, therapist, house or car. Rehab is no different.

Think about your life, your relationships, and what it would mean to you to stop the vicious cycle of addiction.

Consider the following 3 questions when choosing an inpatient drug or alcohol rehab:

1. How much counseling will I receive?


As you investigate residential rehabs, you’ll notice that many don’t provide detailed daily schedules. Many won’t tell you exactly how many professional counseling hours you’ll receive.

That’s because some rehab centers provide only the state-mandated minimum levels of therapy … in some cases, less a handful of hours per week. Unbelievably, some states require just one hour per week, or approximately four total hours in 28 days!

By contrast, our addiction recovery program includes over 120 hours of uniquely personal counseling.

2. What is the addiction treatment modality (approach)?

This is another essential question to ask. What is the methodology employed by the rehab to treat addiction? What’s their approach?

At the highest level, addiction treatment modalities can be grouped into two categories: 12 Steps or non 12-Step. Within the non-12 Step category are myriad subcategories and treatment methods.

While 12 Step-based programs are still the prevailing model of addiction treatment, they are not effective for everyone. In fact, published success rates of 12 Step programs can be as low as 5-10%!

The 12 Steps were created a time when addiction science was still in its infancy, and many 12 Step programs don’t integrate the wealth of modern psychological techniques and tools available now.

That said, not all Non 12 Step recovery programs are created equal. You need to look at each program’s treatment modality and support structure to gauge its merit.

We recommend looking for holistic treatment that incorporates evidence-based counseling strategies such as behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy, and Rational Emotive Therapy (RET).

3. What are the qualifications for staff and participants? 

It’s up to you to pose the questions, to discern the substance from the spin. As you review each rehab, ask …

  • Do staff have appropriate professional degrees?Evaluating-Inpatient-Addiction-Rehab-Options
  • Do they create an atmosphere of acceptance and support, without resorting to shame and guilt tactics?
  • What are the admission criteria for the program
  • Does the rehab welcome anyone with the means to pay, or do they screen for willingness to do the work?
  • What’s the makeup of the group?
  • Do people move through the program together (or do they come and go in a disjointed, often disruptive fashion)?

So do the research, but also go with your gut and choose an addiction treatment program that’s right for you.

An Innovative Evidence-Based Addiction Recovery Program

The Clearing began in 2013 because its co-founders were frustrated with poor success rates in the industry. They came up with what we believe is the most innovative addiction recovery program in the country.

Most of our participants have been through 12 Step programs and residential treatment before … and over 80% of our graduates are living their lives clean and sober one year post graduation.

This strong success rate is no accident; it’s the direct result of a targeted, evidence-based treatment program.

Interested in altering your life? Call us at (425) 275-8600 today. Free, confidential help is available for you and your family members, so don’t wait.


Caroline McGraw

This post was written by Caroline McGraw

In addition to her work as "the voice of The Clearing", Caroline Garnet McGraw writes about getting past perfect and rising up real at A Wish Come Clear. Visit and receive your free Perfectionist Recovery Toolkit today!

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