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The Costs of Rehab & Lasting Health

Someone figures out the cost of their drinking habit and considers rehab instead for their alcohol addictionThe number of people seeking rehabilitation to treat their alcohol addiction is on the rise, according to Statistics Canada. In fact, nearly half of people entering some kind of treatment program for substance abuse are doing so to treat an addiction to alcohol. Taking this into consideration, it is very difficult to put an exact cost on rehab, recovery and overall well-being. A treatment centre that offers high quality medical, psychiatric and individualized care can be expensive, but that cost can be offset in a number of ways.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Prices for treatment vary widely, and that is due mostly to the amount of individualized care a client receives when they decide to seek help. A residential rehab program involves a client leaving home for a few weeks, so everything from their therapy to their meals are catered to them specifically and they are given a fair amount of privacy and one on one care. This is often the most expensive form of rehab, and can cost in the thousands of dollars per month. Outpatient treatment programs are similar to “day centres”, and the client goes home at the end of the day, which reduces cost, but is often not the best option for someone trying to completely sever their ties to alcohol. At the end of the day, costs are directly related to how many services a treatment centre offers. Do you have a private room? Are healthy meals provided? Are alternative therapies offered? Where is the facility located? These are all factors that raise the cost, but also raise the chance someone has at succeeding in their goal of attaining good health and sobriety.

What Can Be Done to Offset The Cost?

Alcoholism can often tear through an individual’s life. The addiction leads to poor life choices and can consume savings, as well as lead to a loss of one’s job or career. This added stress can affect the family or loved ones of an alcoholic, and lead them to panic a little bit when they see the costs of sending their alcoholic loved one to rehab. The good news is that it is possible to take advantage of a few things in order to lower the cost of getting someone the help they need:

  • Employers may offer to cover all or part of the cost of rehab as part of their company policy or insurance program
  • Private insurance can be used to cover part of the cost, if the insurance company offers this type of coverage
  • Financing is another option that many rehab centres offer, often at very reasonable rates

There are ways to overcome the cost of a loved one going into rehab, and it is important to explore the options available to them. The cost of one’s overall health is difficult to put into dollar amounts, but alcoholism and alcohol addiction are treatable conditions, despite how hopeless or desperate the situation may seem.