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The Costs of Drug Rehab

I want to go to rehab…but how much will it cost?!

It’s a logical question that’s frustratingly hard to get answered.

So, to give you a better idea of the costs of drug rehabs in various locations across the country, this article contains the following information: 1) the results from a survey study on the average costs of private addiction treatment programs, 2) example prices from a number of the country’s best known facilities (as you will see, prices can differ dramatically), and 3) information about finding discounted, free or sliding scale payment programs.

Average Private Addiction Treatment Costs

Open Minds Consulting released a survey study in February 20111, on the average costs of services from 44 private treatment providers. They found that:

  • Medical detox averaged $1,707 per day
  • 28-day residential treatment programs averaged $19,067
  • 10-week intensive outpatient programs averaged $6,863

Example Pricing for Drug and Alcohol Rehabs across the Country2

Prices are always subject to change and you should confirm pricing information with any individual facility you may be interested in.


  • Sierra Tucson: Tucson, Ariz. - $47,680
  • Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures: Flagstaff, Ariz. - $8,500 per month
  • The Meadows: Wickenburg, Ariz. - $44,000 for a 5 week program
  • Prescott House: Prescott, Ariz. - $6,850


  • Sober Living by the Sea: Newport Beach, Calif. - $42,000 for 3 months
  • Alta Mira: Sausalito, Calif. - $50,000 per 35 day stay
  • Authentic Recovery Center (ARC): Los Angeles, Calif. - $25,000
  • The Beach House: Malibu, Calif. - $10,000 per month
  • Beit T'Shuvah: Los Angeles, Calif. - $5000 (for residents of California)
  • Betty Ford Center: Rancho Mirage, Calif. - $32,000
  • Casa Palmera: Del Mar, Calif. - $30,000
  • Cliffside Malibu: Malibu, Calif. - $53,000 per month
  • Cri-Help: Los Angeles, Calif. - $6,000 per month
  • The Hills: Los Angeles, Calif. - $40,000+
  • Michael’s House: Palm Springs, Calif. - $23,500 for a 30 day stay
  • Morningside Recovery: Newport Beach, Calif. - $28,000 for a 30 day stay
  • New Method Wellness: San Juan Capistrano, Calif. - $18,700 for a 30 day stay
  • Newport Academy (Adolescent): Newport Beach, Calif. - $30,000 per month
  • Northbound Treatment Services (NTS): Newport Beach, Calif. - $21,500 for a 30 day stay
  • Passages Malibu: Ventura and Malibu, Calif. - $50 000 to $80 000 per month
  • Pasadena Recovery Center: Pasadena, Calif. - $8000 to $11 000
  • Promises Malibu: Malibu, Calif. - $57,000
  • Reflections: Novato, Calif. - $32,500 per month
  • SOBA Recovery Center: Malibu Cali. - $28,000 for the first month and $14,000 for every additional month thereafter
  • Sure Haven: Costa Mesa, Calif - $16,500 for 30 days


  • Jaywalker Lodge, Carbondale Colo. $12,000 per month


  • Mountainside:  Caanan, Conn. - $13,600
  • Silver Hill Hospital: New Caanan Conn. - $30,000


  • Wellness Resource Center: Boca Raton, Fla. - $14,250 for 30 days
  • Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches: Across Florida - $12,000 to 20,000
  • The Florida House Experience: Deerfield Beach, Fla. - $17,500 per 30 day stay
  • The Hanley Center: West Palm Beach, Fla. $24,600
  • Palm Partners Recovery Center: Delray Beach, Fla. - $19,500 for a 30 day stay
  • Recovery Road: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - $18,000 for a 30 day stay
  • The Treatment Center: Lake Worth, Fla. - $21,000 for a 30 day stay
  • The Watershed: Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, Fla. - $16,000 for a 30 day stay


  • Talbott Recovery Campus: Atlanta, Ga. - $18,000


  • Father Martin's Ashley: Havre De Grace, Md. - $22,000


  • Hazelden: Center City, Minn. -$28,300
  • Pride Institute (LGBT): Eden Prairie, Minn. $19,600
  • The Retreat: Wayzata, Minn. - $4,700 for a 30 day stay


  • Las Vegas Recovery Center: Las Vegas, Nev. - $750 per day

New Jersey

  • Alina Lodge: Blairstown, NJ. - $58,500 for a 6 month stay
  • Seabrook House: Bridgeton, NJ - $26,000

New York

  • Saint Jude Retreats (non 12 step based): Upstate New York – from $13,000 to $30,000 for a 6 week stay


  • Caron: Wernersville, Pa. - $30,000
  • Marworth: Waverly Pa. - $28,000

South Dakota

  • Tallgrass: Sioux falls, SD - $6000 for 30 days


  • Cumberland Heights: Nashville, Tenn. - $700 per day
  • The Ranch: Nunnelly, Tenn. - $18,000 for a 30 day stay


  • Austin Recovery: Austin, Texas - $8,850 per month
  • Benchmark Recovery Center: Manor, Texas: 6 months for $36,000
  • Burning Tree: Kaufman and Elgin, Texas - $33,000 for a 3 month stay
  • Santé Center for Healing: Argyle, Texas - $23,000
  • Serenity House: Fredericksburg, Texas - $12,600 for a 30 to 35 day stay


  • Cirque Lodge: Sundance, Utah - $30,000


  • Williamsville Wellness: Hanover, VA. - Starting at $25,000


  • Olalla Guest Lodge: Olalla Wash. - $225 per day
  • reSTART (internet Addiction): Fall City Wash. - $20,000 for a 45 day stay

What About Discounted Addiction Treatment – Does It Exist? How to Find It?3

Here are 2 facts:

  1. Quality addiction treatment costs a lot of money (doctors and therapists and all the other staff required don’t come cheap)
  2. Investing in quality addiction treatment saves you money in the long run (decreased health-care costs, better performance and productivity at work, decreased spending on drugs and alcohol, etc.)

So from an economic point of view, paying for treatment makes sense, even if it costs a lot.

But what if you don’t have insurance coverage and you don’t have enough money?

Well, you can probably still find a quality program. Consider the following facts, taken from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

  1. 60% of all people who got addiction treatment in 2007 had no health insurance of any kind
  2. More than three quarters of substance abuse facilities offer discounted or even free treatment to people unable to pay full price. (76.3% of all substance abuse treatment facilities offer at least some form of payment assistance)

Of more than 13 000 American substance abuse treatment programs surveyed:

  • 4% offer free treatment to all clients
  • 10.5% offer free treatment to some clients
  • 37.8% offer free treatment to some clients and also offer treatment on a sliding cost scale related to your income
  • 24% offer no free treatment but offer treatment on a sliding cost scale related to your income
  • Only 23.7% offer no free treatment and no sliding cost scale (no discounted treatment at all)

If you lack health insurance and cannot afford full-price treatment, to search for free or sliding scale substance abuse treatment services:

  1. Visit SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
  2. Make use of 'Payment Assistance Options' when searching for treatment

The Price of Sober Living Homes (Transitional Housing)4

Sober living homes can be an attractive option for people in certain situations, such as:

  1. Those completing a stay at a primary care facility (rehab) and looking for a safe and supportive environment to continue recovery
  2. People attending addiction treatment on an outpatient basis
  3. People leaving the corrections system

The cost of a sober living can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month, depending largely on the amenities and services of the house.

Inexpensive houses, such as those following the Oxford House model, work as non-profit rent-sharing alcohol free zones, and as such these types of housing can provide among the most affordable living arrangements available anywhere.


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