How Much Is Drug Treatment?

Updated: Jan 10, 2020

Addiction centers nationwide vary in price for each level of care. People with more severe substance use disorders likely need extended and more intensive treatment. Intensive care generally is more expensive than standard treatment.


Detox is the process of ridding drugs from the body and safely overcoming withdrawal. The estimated average cost of a 30-day detox program ranges from $250 to $800 per day based on information from drug treatment facilities across the United States.

Residential Treatment

The estimated cost of basic residential treatment, which often involves assessments and around-the-clock supervision, is between $2,000 and $20,000. Long-term residential care, lasting between 60 and 90 days, may cost twice as much.

Some luxury rehab facilities charge more than $25,000 for 30 days of treatment. But most private treatment centers charge less than that.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient care allows individuals to live at home while receiving treatment. Through a series of appointments, patients learn to be drug-free without living at a facility. Outpatient care often costs about $5,000 for a three-month program. Some facilities may charge up to $10,000 for outpatient treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Rehab

Intensive outpatient treatment is a more comprehensive version of outpatient care that generally includes multiple appointments per week that last about three hours per day. This level of care can cost between $3,000 and $10,000 for 30 days of treatment.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs, on the other hand, are intended for patients who need intense treatment during the day but can return to a stable home environment each evening. PHP generally costs between $350 and $450 per day.

Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

A 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Defense estimated the cost of treatment for various opioid treatment programs.

According to the report, buprenorphine-assisted treatment that includes medication and two weekly visits costs about $5,980 per year. Methadone-assisted treatment comprising daily integrated psychosocial and medical support costs $6,552 per year, and naltrexone-assisted treatment that includes drug administration and related services costs $14,112 per year.

Cost-Free Programs

While treatment centers can be quite expensive, some facilities offer payment assistance or sliding fee scales. Other locations offer programs free of charge, paid for by state taxes. These state-sponsored programs typically have long waiting lists.

Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are another option for people in recovery. For more than six decades, these 12-step programs have helped millions of people achieve or maintain sobriety through regular meetings. Some faith-based organizations offer free treatment options as well.

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