Do I have to spend a fortune on addiction rehab?
At one time you didn’t usually have to spend anything. Drug abuse and addiction were recognized as diseases by the AMA, APA and various governmental agencies and, as such this placed the burden of financial responsibility in the hands of the insurance providers as well as the healthcare system.
However, because of a saturation of ineffective, short-term, high cost, billable treatment programs during the 1980’s with very poor long-term abstinence results, insurance companies have become more and more reluctant to pay for treatment expenses beyond 10 days of inpatient or even outpatient. As a result, the burden of financial responsibility has been placed back in the hands of addicts, alcoholics and their family members. When looking for treatment we can generally describe the various price ranges of treatment and what you can expect from each.