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Know the potential cost of addiction treatment

The professionals at Surfside Structured Sober Living recognize that addiction is an illness that impacts the addict and their loved ones mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially; the cost of addiction can be expensive and we believe doing it right once is more effective then doing it over and over.  If you have a loved one struggling with alcoholism and/or drug addiction, it’s important to understand the multitude of addiction treatment services available, how they differ, and what you can expect price-wise.  There are people who recover from addiction without ever utilizing any form of clinical services, but these folks are few and far between. According to statistics shared at the 2016 Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, only 20% of people who meet the criteria for for an illicit drug use disorder receive treatment.  So what are your treatment options, and how can a structured sober living offer services that protect your investment in recovery from addiction?

A recent post on highlights three different forms of addiction treatment and the cost of each: outpatient, inpatient and detox.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment is exactly what it sounds like: intensive.  This generally consists of meeting 3+ days per week for 2-4 hour sessions over the course of 8-12 weeks.  While the price ranges based on a variety of factors (for example, IOP in large metropolitan areas is usually more expensive), researchers found the average cost is approximately $7,000 for a ten-week program, although some facilities offer some form of financial assistance and most insurances will pick-up a good portion of the cost.

Inpatient rehab, also known as a “residential treatment program,” removes the addict from their current environment and houses them in a residential facility for a length of time.  The price of these programs varies based on length of stay (a 28-day stay will be significantly less expensive than 3 or 6 months), treatment services provided (such as medical detox), and the type of facility (non-profit versus private, etc.).  According to, the average cost of inpatient treatment is anywhere from $10,000-$19,000 for a 28-day stay, although many well-respected programs are significantly more expensive. Again, many insurance providers will pick-up the cost of addiction treatment, at least the first or second time. What many do not understand is that the insurance will not just keep paying over and over.

Another cost of addiction treatment is detox. This can be expensive and the price is dependent on a variety of factors, ranging from the number of times the addict needs to see the doctor, prescription medications necessary in assisting the detox, and length of time in the facility. Insurance considers this a hospital stay in most cases, as detox often requires medical attention. While an inpatient facility may factor this cost into their average price, detox generally costs about $750-$1000 per day.

How to minimize the cost of addiction treatment

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The bottom line? The cost of addiction treatment resources aren’t cheap.  And for chronic relapsers, the cost of treatment adds up quickly.  Ian Koch, an LCADC and the Founder & CEO of Surfside Structured Sober Living, reported that he frequently meets with families of addicts who have sent their sons to 7-10 treatment centers over the course of just 2-3 years. Relapse not only takes a devastating toll on their emotions, but potentially on their finances as well.

The general opinion of addiction treatment providers is that a quality aftercare can greatly increase the chances for an addict/alcoholic to succeed. At Surfside we believe in doing things once the right way instead of many times with half-measures. It is imperative to remember that because addiction is a brain disorder it will take time and re-programing. Detox and 28-days are imperative, but they are often not even close to enough. In early May of 2016 Ian was doing a lecture about the cycle of relapse at a local facility. 50% of the people in the lecture had been to 3 or more residential treatment programs…and almost none of them had been to a structured sober living program or extended care facility.

As we have said, the cost of addiction treatment can add up quickly, but a extended care program or structured sober living can protect this investment by utilizing evidence-based practices.  Thousands of families suffer as they watch the addict in their lives struggle to get clean, but thousands of families also recover and live happy, meaningful lives thanks to excellent addiction treatment resources.

Get informed. Know what’s out there for you.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and wants help, call Surfside Structured Sober Living at 609-709-0244 or find us online at We will provide free consultations and referrals to some of the best addiction treatment programs in the Northeast.