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Selecting the Right Addiction Rehab

So you’re ready to enroll in a drug or alcohol rehab program. You have many questions about how to go about selecting the right program, and we can help. In order to find the right treatment center, you will need to look into things such as level of care, philosophy of program, cost, and insurance coverage.

Choosing the right rehab facility is like choosing the right home or car, for your needs. Addiction rehab can be a costly investment, but it is one that will save you money, pain, and emotional turmoil in the end, and will provide benefits that will last you the rest of your life. Investing now in addiction rehab is definitely worth the cost, and if you do your research, you can find options that are right for you and that are within your price range.

First Things First

The first thing to consider when selecting the right rehab is the program itself and the type of rehab it offers. Some facilities cater to teens only, or older adults, or a select group of people like doctors or first responders. Others treat only specific types of addiction, such as opiate dependence or alcoholism. Be sure you fit with the target demographics for the treatment center, and then look at their level of care.

Level of Care

The next factor to consider is level of care. Have you been using substances for an extended period of time? Have you tried to quit before and failed? Have you relapsed from a rehab in the past? Would you have trouble staying sober if you stayed at home during rehab? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should be looking for a rehab program that offers residential, or inpatient treatment to start. Residential rehab allows you to stay in the treatment facility, be supervised by caring staff, and participate in therapy sessions throughout the day.

A step down from residential rehab is outpatient therapy. During this level of treatment, you are allowed to stay at home or another living option off-campus, and return to the treatment facility for several hours each day for therapy. This level is perfect for someone just transitioning out of residential rehab that still needs structure. If you enroll in outpatient care, you will need to be responsible, make it to all your sessions on time and remain clean and sober while resuming some of the normal tasks of your life.

After care is for those who have been through a formal program already, and are looking to solidify the skills they learned in rehab, or just need a little extra support while they get back on their feet. Things like sober living, alumni programs, and regular support group meetings are part of after care. Many treatment programs have after care plans built into the recovery plan, but if you are just looking for an after care program, we can help you find one that’s right for you.


The philosophy of the treatment facility should also be considered. Many rehabs use a modification of the 12 Steps for recovery, others strictly use therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for their success. Your treatment center might cater to a younger crowd with a social or community based rehab program, while others incorporate all sorts of nature-based, luxury, or all natural recovery methods. It is important to look at the rehab center’s philosophy, because it will be harder for you to remain in a program and stay dedicated to it if you don’t agree with what the center promotes. Along with the philosophy is the staff and how well you get along with them, and can learn from them. Are the staff members caring and compassionate, or do they seem more like drill sergeants? Is addiction viewed by the staff as a disease with underlying issues that must be addressed, or do they blame the addict? Doing your research beforehand will keep you from being surprised once you enroll.

Cost and Insurance

Some treatment programs are quite costly, and you should look into the cost of a program before you enroll. Average cost of inpatient therapy ranges from $2,500 per week to $7,000 per week. This is for a basic program, with room and board included. Some programs boast a luxurious setting, and have either high end amenities or are situated in a prime location, and charge up to $20,000 per week. Stepping down to a lower level of care usually becomes cheaper. Outpatient programs range from $500 to $700 per week, and sober living residents pay rent between $300 and $6,000 per month.

Don’t expect that you will have to cover the cost of rehab all by yourself, especially if you have insurance. Most insurance companies now pay for at least part of addiction rehab. The problem comes with finding out just what your insurance company will cover. Sorting through the paperwork and trying to understand all the insurance lingo and restrictions is confusing, but we can help you find out just what your insurance will cover.

Besides insurance for rehab, many treatment centers offer payment plans or reduced self pay options. There are also a host of free rehabs that can help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association has a great resource on their website to help you locate free rehab facilities.

For more help selecting the right recovery program for your needs, let Sober Helpline go to work for you. Contact our experts at (888) 907-8039 to learn about your treatment options, and to help you get started with enrollment.