Drug Rehabs: Why Are They so Expensive?

Drug Rehabs: Why Are They so Expensive?

Many addicts find themselves in a dilemma when they need treatment and cannot afford it.  People that are addicted to drugs and alcohol often say, “Why do I have to pay for rehab? I have no money or insurance.  Why does it have to cost me thousands of dollars to get better?  All drug rehabs want to do is make money off of me.”

These are common words that a lot of drug and alcohol abusers say.  This article will address the many reasons why treatment is so expensive.  A lot of costs are involved that most people do not see without careful research.  Here are a list of expenses that a rehab has to pay for.  Most rehabs do not receive government aid or grants.  Most get paid solely through cash pay and private medical insurance.

Here is some of the overhead costs of a treatment center:

  • Medical Staff
  • Therapists
  • Janitors
  • Maids
  • Certifications
  • Rent or Mortgage on the facility
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Special Speakers
  • Marketers
  • Addiction Specialists
  • Interventionists
  • Spiritual Care Coordinators
  • Financial Case Management Specialists
  • Admissions Specialists
  • Client Transportation Coordinators
  • Trauma Specialists
  • Taxes
  • Massage Therapists
  • Property Insurance


These are just some of the costs involved in running a facility.  Unfortunately, treatment centers don’t come cheap.  Every state has its only licensing requirements and the costs for obtaining them.

It often costs someone $30,000 a month to get treated at a rehab.  This is the average cost.  If you are paying cash, many treatment centers will let you pay between $10,000 and $20,000.  If you need detox, it is around another $4000 to $7,000.   Remember, your entering rehab to change your life.  If you are entering a facility that has horses as part of their program, you can tack on extra costs that the treatment center has to pay for as well.

Treatment centers today are in high competition with one another.  Most centers know that they are in a highly competitive business.  The costs for a treatment center to land a client is often around $5,000 to $10,000 per client.  This is mainly due to the fact that most people do not have private insurance or cash to pay.  Most treatment centers do not accept Medicaid/Medicare.  When you put all of the costs together, the treatment center is not profiting much off of your stay.  The truth of the matter is that you are more often benefiting than the treatment center is.

Business owners generally do not open treatment centers for material gain. They often open them because they care about people and see a reason for getting people clean and sober.

Hopefully this article has given you a better understanding of the costs that are involved in treating someone. There are many expenses involved in operating a treatment center.














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