Inpatient detox is first step in safely withdrawing from drugs and alcohol
. The process can last anywhere from three days to two weeks - it ultimately depends on the drugs abused, the severity of addiction and how the you respond to the process. Generally speaking, addictions to alcohol, opiates and poly-substances will require a longer stay in detox.
The standard medical detox process tends to run between $250 and $500 per day. You also have rapid detox programs
, which can run anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000. Programs are pricier if a specialized the detox is necessary, while luxury facilities can run upwards of $1,000 per day.
However, there are ways to safely detox on a budget
. Consider these options so that getting well doesn’t put you in financial jeopardy:
- Free Detox: For those who don’t have health insurance or can’t afford to pay for treatment, there are limited numbers of state-funded detox centers offered free of charge. However, the waiting lists for these facilities are extensive and limited budgets mean they usually offer a lower quality of care.
- Insurance: If you have health insurance, it may cover a huge bulk of the detox expense. Be sure to call your provider and ask what's covered and what your financial responsibility will be, then check with your desired facility to make sure that they accept your insurance.
- Medicare: If you qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, there is a strong chance you can receive detox and withdrawal treatment at little cost to you. However, you will likely be responsible for the deductible. Additionally, the detox must also take place in a licensed facility in order to qualify for coverage.
- Financial Aid: Some detox facilities offer a limited amount of financial aid and grant packages for qualifying participants. Contact the facility directly to see what kind of assistance they offer.
- Sliding Scale: Depending on your income, some detox facilities may offer sliding scale fees, meaning you only pay what you can afford. Again, all of these facilities tend to have waiting lists.
- Payment Plans: If you can’t afford one lump payment to enter a detox facility, many will work with you to come up with a monthly payment plan. Although this may end up costing a bit more in the long run, it at least enables you to take that necessary first step toward sobriety.
If you’re ready to kick your drug or alcohol addiction, don’t let money stop you. Research all the available options in your area and find one that’s right for your budget.
Additional Reading: Detox: Your First Step Toward a New Life
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