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Because of distressing withdrawal symptoms and powerful cravings, it can be difficult to stop using drugs or alcohol once you’ve become dependent on and addicted to them. There are many types of detox and addiction treatment programs available for those who are looking to start on the path to a clean and sober life.

A Guide to Addiction Detox & Treatment

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Substance abuse is a major public health concern in the United States. Drug or alcohol abuse becomes addiction when you continue to use despite facing negative consequences. It is often accompanied by intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms, which can hinder the recovery process and make it difficult to abstain from drugs or alcohol without proper addiction treatment.

In 2014, more than 23 million people aged 12 or older required substance addiction treatment but only 2.6 million of those actually attended a specialty recovery program 1. Don’t hesitate to seek substance abuse treatment; there is nothing more important than your health and sobriety. If you are suffering from a drug addiction, inpatient rehab can provide the support and structure necessary to obtain and maintain sobriety.

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Drug Addiction Detox

The drug addiction process can begin with a single use of a drug, depending on the strength of its addictive properties. Any continuous stimulation of the chemical receptors in the brain can lead to addiction.

Over time, the brain becomes dependent on the stimulation, so any lapse in drug use may cause adverse reactions. Read More

Alcohol abuse and drug addiction treatment programs come in many forms with varying levels of intensity. Inpatient rehab programs provide a level of support that would be impossible on an outpatient basis. At an inpatient rehab center, you live at the facility for the duration of your treatment program and benefit from around-the-clock medical and psychiatric support.

Inpatient recovery programs vary in terms of length of stay, treatment approaches, and services offered. Most substance abuse treatment programs run for 30­­–90 days, but they can last longer depending on your needs. You will receive different types of therapies depending on your individual needs and your specific addiction type. For example, if you are struggling with alcohol addiction you can take advantage of an inpatient program that offers detox services to help you safely manage the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Other therapeutic services include individual therapy, group counseling, family therapy, and support groups. Different inpatient substance abuse treatment programs take different approaches to recovery. Common approaches include the 12-step approach used in Alcoholics Anonymous, the holistic healing approach, faith-based treatment, and peer-support programs.

Types of Treatment Options

  • Inpatient detox programs: These are short-term residential programs that provide medical supervision during detox and medications to ease symptoms, if applicable (~3–7 days).Learn more about Inpatient Detox Guide
  • Inpatient treatment programs: These are residential programs that provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment services, including individual and group therapy (30–90 days).
  • Sober living house: These are residential programs where you share a living space with other people who have been sober for at least a few weeks. You may attend counseling sessions and support groups while also completing chores and other responsibilities. You may also be required to get a job or respect a curfew (1–12 months).
  • Luxury treatment programs: These are inpatient programs that offer high-end amenities and services in addition to traditional interventions. Facilities can include upscale lodging, swimming pools, spas, massage, yoga, acupuncture, and holistic treatments (30­–90 days).
  • Executive treatment programs: These are inpatient programs designed for working professionals. They may offer flexible work/life schedules or access to office space and high-speed internet (30–90 days).

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Benefits of Inpatient Rehab Programs

  • 24/7 supervision: The safest way to go through withdrawal is under the supervision of medical professionals. After detox, the round-the-clock support and supervision by counselors and peers helps to prevent a return to drug or alcohol use that might otherwise occur in isolation.
  • Trigger-free environment: People struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction know that triggers are everywhere in daily life. Inpatient rehab programs offer you a break from those triggers while you work toward your recovery.
  • Structure: Inpatient alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs provide you with a daily schedule of activities, such as individual therapy, group counseling, family therapy, support groups, workbooks, and exercise time.
  • Treatment plan: When you arrive at an inpatient treatment program you will work with counselors to develop an individual treatment plan that best fits your unique circumstances.
  • Community: In a residential program, you are living and recovering with other people. You share a living space, participate in the same activities, and support each other through group therapy sessions. The intensity of this experience can build strong bonds that last for years.
  • Aftercare planning: Adjusting to life after inpatient rehab can be hard, but your counselors will help you develop a long-term recovery plan in which you attend ongoing care to reduce the risk of relapse.

What is the Cost of Residential Treatment?

The price of inpatient rehab can vary greatly. There are many factors that determine the cost of your treatment, including duration of the program, location, and the amenities offered. Generally speaking, you pay for each day you are there, so a 30-day program would be cheaper than a 90-day program at the same facility.

Luxury and executive treatment programs typically cost more than standard inpatient programs. You will pay more for amenities like hotel-quality rooms and gourmet food. Some treatment centers offer a wider variety of therapeutic services than others.

To give you some idea of the range in price for these treatment programs, for example:

  • A basic, low-cost, 30-day inpatient program can range from $2,000–$7,000.
  • A standard 30-day inpatient program can range from $10,000–$20,000.
  • A luxury 30-day inpatient program can cost more than $25,000.
Luxury Detox Treatment

Anyone wanting to quit drugs and alcohol should consider professional addiction treatment. Since drug abuse and alcoholism impacts people from every socioeconomic class, race, religious, and sexual orientation, drug addiction treatment programs must pay special attention to the unique needs of the individual. Business owners and individuals with high-powered careers will have different needs than someone currently unemployed. In many cases, these people would benefit from the services offered at an executive drug rehab program. Read More

How to Pay for Addiction Treatment

The cost of inpatient rehab may seem daunting, but there are many ways to finance your addiction treatment. If you have insurance, it may partially or fully cover several weeks of treatment. Call your insurance company to learn more about your plan and what it covers.

If you don’t have insurance, there are other ways to finance inpatient treatment, such as:

  • Sliding scale: Some treatment facilities may offer more affordable prices for those with lower financial status.
  • Payment plan:Some recovery centers may allow people to pay for treatment in monthly installments.
  • Healthcare loan: You may want to try looking for healthcare loans that have lower interest rates that personal loans.
  • Crowdfunding: Internet sites, such as GoFundMe and IndieGoGo, allow you to accept donations from family members, friends, or even anonymous strangers.
  • Credit card: This may seem like a drastic step to take, but consider the importance of your sobriety to your quality of life.
  • Savings: Similarly, cutting your savings may not seem appealing, but weigh the risks of it against the risks of continued drug use.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).

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