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Frequently Asked Questions About Rehab

To acknowledge a personal addiction and, next, commit to attending a rehabilitation program can be a daunting first few steps of anyone's recovery journey.

Many individuals worry about how the rehabilitation process will affect their lives. Like anything else in life, the unknown can be scary.

Thankfully, there are answers to many of the questions you may have about the rehab process.

The more information you can obtain about what to expect throughout the entire process – from how long to stay in treatment to how to pay for the rehabilitation center – the better you will feel about your new journey into recovery.

What Is Addiction Rehabilitation?

Rehabs are structured treatment programs aimed at helping those struggling with addiction. Rehab can help people who feel trapped or hurt by their drug use to work towards a healthy, happy and drug-free life.

What Happens in Addiction Rehab?

1. Detox

An important early part of many addiction rehab efforts is detoxification (or detox). During detox, the body rids itself of the toxic influences of drugs and/or alcohol. While the detox experience will vary greatly based on the specific type of substance that has been used, many people experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms – symptoms that proper treatment can help safely alleviate.

2. Rehab

Rehab continues, however, even after detox is complete. Individuals may engage in group and individual therapy to recognize and address the underlying causes of their addiction. They will learn how to cope with future use temptations and practice substance refusal skills in order to prevent relapse.

3. Aftercare

Once an individual has successfully completed a rehab treatment program, various aftercare services may be available for alumni to take advantage of. These services include support groups, ongoing therapy and sober living arrangements, if needed.

How Long Does Rehab Take?

There isn't a set period of time that applies to everyone when it comes to rehabilitation.

Many rehab programs offer 30-day programs as a minimum treatment length. However, some individuals benefit from 60-, 90- day or longer stays at residential or inpatient treatment centers to further develop and maintain a steady recovery path.

The optimal length of rehab can vary according to:

  • The addiction in question.
  • The individual's history with addiction.
  • The severity of the addiction.
  • The presence of co-existing medical, mental or behavioral health conditions (dual diagnosis).
  • The individual's physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

Studies find that those who spend longer amounts of time in rehabilitation programs achieve better rates of long-term sobriety.

This is because more time spent at a treatment facility means more opportunity to focus on the root causes and behaviors behind the addiction. If these issues are effectively addressed, individuals are more likely to be able to resist temptations to relapse.

Does Rehab Cure Addiction?

Regardless of its duration, drug and alcohol addiction treatment doesn't necessarily conclude after the patient exits a rehabilitation program. Addiction to a drug is not often something that is easily “cured.”

Recovery from substance abuse and addiction can be an ongoing, lifelong process. The “cure” to addiction is the ongoing decision to say “no” in the face of substance temptation – an abstinence practice that requires a lot of hard work and dedication.

Rehab vs. Recovery

Rehab helps people learn how to cope with drug cravings and get through times when relapse temptation is strong. It also helps people learn the skills necessary to prepare for the day-to-day struggles of recovering from addiction and how to address the things that may have contributed to the substance problem in the first place.

Long-term recovery, however, may involve ongoing therapy – both in individual and group form – and attendance at 12-step or non-12-step support meetings. Some individuals find additional activities key for supporting their ongoing recovery. These activities may include meditation, yoga, exercise or art, to name a few examples.

Many good treatment programs offer their own types of aftercare programs, or will make solid aftercare plans for you prior to leaving treatment to help support successful long-term recovery. In fact, studies have demonstrated that ongoing participation in aftercare programs is associated with fewer relapses.1

What Happens If I Relapse?

Relapse should not be viewed as a failure – but should instead be seen as an obstacle to overcome on one's lifelong journey to sobriety. It provides an opportunity to reassess one's path and get back into a program that offers the support and help needed to maintain sobriety.

Many struggling with addiction complete more than one stay in rehab before they are able to find their footing in their recovery journey.

All-in-all, the only thing that can “cure” addiction is you – but rehab will help you build strong skills and defenses to maintain your abstinence and will support you through your recovery struggles.

How Much Does Inpatient Rehab Cost?

Addiction rehabilitation programs can range in price dramatically.

30-day inpatient programs can be priced anywhere from $2,000 to $25,000, depending on a variety of facility factors. High-end luxury programs tend to charge more for their extra services and special amenities.

Inpatient facilities tend to cost more than outpatient therapies because the patient is provided with therapy, meals, lodging and activities. Outpatient treatment offerings vary – ranging from attending free support group meetings though more structured, intensive outpatient programs. Considering this variety, the cost one could expect for outpatient treatment might fall within a span of $0 to $10,000.

Several factors will affect the cost of rehab. These factors include:

  1. Amenities provided
  2. Length of the program
  3. Location
  4. Type of program

1. Amenities Provided

The amenities of a program can include anything from animal therapy to professional chefs. High-end programs offer additional therapy modalities – such as acupuncture, massage therapy or yoga classes – that can aid the recovery process.

Luxury programs are also more likely to offer patients private rooms whereas rooms are more often shared in lower-cost options.

2. Length of the Program

The length of the program also affects its overall cost.

A short program could last for 2 weeks to 30 days, so it would cost less than a program that lasts 90 days or even 6 months, naturally. The cost of a program is determined primarily by the length of stay, so it's important to take this into consideration.

During your intake session, a counselor will discuss the amount of time they recommend you stay in the program for your best shot at recovery.

3. Location

A rehab facility's location is another factor in overall cost. Facilities located in desirable areas, such as beachfront locations, will generally garner higher price tags. Also, consider if you'll be be traveling to the facility. If so, you will need to consider airfare or other transportation costs.

4. Type of Program

Finally, look at the type of program you are entering.

Inpatient programs will cost more than outpatient programs because they require patients to live at the facility and have medical care available either intermittently or – in the case of hospital inpatient care – during all hours of operation.

You should ask the facility what amenities are included, since some programs charge extra for certain activities.

The Cost of Rehab vs. the Cost of Addiction

While the cost of rehab may be a deterrent for some people, it's important to remember the cost of addiction. Addiction comes with many financial costs:

  • The cost of the drugs, themselves.
  • Lost productivity at work.
  • Criminal fines.
  • Medical bills for health issues associated with addiction.

In addition, addiction costs substance abusers dearly in other ways – from the deterioration of relationships and lost career goals to overall unhappiness and poor health.

Thankfully, those seeking rehab often don't have to bear the full cost of rehab.

Some insurance plans will offer partial coverage for rehabilitation programs. There are also charity and federally funded programs that can assist with the cost of rehab. Many facilities also offer payment plans, allowing individuals to finance their stay.

Once attendees are sober and healthy, they will be in a better position to maintain a steady job and pay off their treatment costs.

Is Insurance Accepted?

Insurance is often accepted at drug rehabilitation programs. However, acceptability of insurance will vary according to the particular facility.

Your insurance plan may or may not cover a portion of your rehabilitation stay, so it's important to check your plan prior to enrolling in drug rehab. Some facilities require patients to pay up front and then seek reimbursement from the insurance company.

If your insurance plan does not cover the cost of rehab, you can discuss other payment options with the facility you choose. The program may offer sliding scale payment options or financing plans to make the cost more manageable.

If you would like more information on whether insurance is able to cover your rehabilitation, call us at 1-888-341-7785.

Where Should I Attend Rehab? Locally or Far Away?

Many individuals seeking rehab travel to a rehab facility away from their home area. This is beneficial in some cases, as it removes users from their home environment, where they are used to abusing drugs or alcohol.

In such a distinctly separate location, those attending rehab are able to fully focus on their addiction issues, free of outside distractions or temptations from work, family and friends.

If you choose outpatient treatment, you may wish to opt for a facility that is closer to home so you don't have to travel far each day. If you have family obligations, a rehab facility close to home can alleviate stress as you balance home responsibilities with your recovery treatment.

Which Is Better – Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

Inpatient facilities differ from outpatient facilities in a number of ways – from costs involved and intensity of treatment to the overall environment and support structure throughout the recovery process.

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient facilities are rehab centers that offer 24-hour care from staff personnel. Hospital inpatient services have medical staff members present at all times – while non-hospital inpatient, or residential rehabs may provide intermittent services from healthcare professionals. Both types of inpatient facilities allow patients to live at the facility.

Inpatient treatment is the most comprehensive form of treatment, allowing patients to fully focus on their addiction and recovery with 24-hour care. Since patients are removed from the stress of their regular lives, they are often better able to work through their addiction issues.

Rehab programs can include group therapy, individual therapy and even complementary therapies such as meditation, animal therapy or outdoor activities.

Inpatient rehab is often sought by those with addictions that have been long-standing, addictions to multiple substances and dual diagnosis conditions – or coexisting medical or mental health conditions. It may also be a good option for those who have made previous rehabilitation efforts (either inpatient or outpatient) and have since relapsed.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient facilities allow a patient to come for treatment, therapy and other services – but then leave and go home at the end of the treatment sessions. This structure lets a person continue a normal work, school or home life while seeking treatment. These facilities tend to be better for those with short-term addictions.

Outpatient programs can vary – some involve all-day sessions whereas others may only treat patients for an hour or two per day.

Costs of outpatient care are usually lower than those of inpatient care because there are fewer amenities and fewer staff hours involved in direct care. Because patients can leave, patients do not have to pay for the around-the-clock care.

Are you unsure where to attend rehab? Learn more about the difference between these two treatment structures or call us today 1-888-341-7785 to discuss your options so we can help you decide what type of facility makes the most sense for your needs and lifestyle.

What Is Luxury Treatment?

Luxury rehabilitation offers far more amenities and posh surroundings than standard rehab facilities. They are often located in secluded areas, so patients are afforded maximum privacy during their stays.

Luxury rehab centers may offer holistic programs, adventure therapies, gourmet meals prepared by professional chefs and innovative recovery therapies. High-level executives, celebrities and other public figures often choose luxury rehab for their exclusive amenities, privacy and the likelihood that they will undergo recovery alongside their peers.

Can I Lose My Job for Attending Rehab?

While you may experience some fear of losing your job if you attend rehab, you may, in fact, be more likely to lose your job if you don’t get help. If you are struggling with a substance abuse problem, it is possible that your boss may already suspect it.

By avoiding addiction help, your struggle may eventually become apparent anyway, as the consequences of your substance abuse may cause your work performance to suffer.

While current drug abuse may constitute legal grounds for terminating an individual’s employment, the decision of whether or not to fire an employee who is not actively using but is pursuing rehabilitation will lie with the particular company in question.

Some companies may recognize your initiative and desire to improve, and your recovery efforts may well be supported by the company that you work for. If that is not the case in your company, however, you will need to decide for yourself when your personal health and wellbeing take priority over the possible risk of having to look for a new job after rehab.

How Do I Get Time Off of Work to Attend Rehab?

Many inpatient programs require taking some time off from work. However, there are a couple of options that can help ease this process.

Employee Assistance Programs
If you choose to self-enroll, employee assistance programs (EAPs) allow you to work through a treatment program without your supervisor ever having to know about your problem. If you are having issues with productivity at work due to substance abuse, however, your boss may decide to refer you to an EAP – in which case, your employer would be more involved in your treatment and recovery process.

Family and Medical Leave Act
You may also look into your employer’s coverage under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows a certain amount of unpaid leave to cope with personal issues – even up to 12 weeks, in some cases.

Vacation Time

Another option for taking time away from work to get help with substance abuse is to simply use accumulated vacation time to get rehabilitation help.

Executive Rehab Centers
In the event that you have heavy work demands and need to maintain an active involvement at your place of employment, executive rehab centers may facilitate you maintaining a presence, or ongoing involvement at work while undergoing residential treatment in a luxurious, 24-hour care setting.

Outpatient Programs
Finally, outpatient programs provide another treatment possibility for anyone who is unable take time away from home or work and who may need a more affordable option than executive rehab. Those struggling with severe addiction or relapse problems, however, would be well served in searching for residential treatment options that can offer more intensive 24-hour care.

Overall, there are many different ways to get help as an employee, and seeking treatment will always be better for you and your job in the long run.

How Can I Find an Addiction Rehab Program?

Finding the right addiction rehab program can feel like overwhelming process, but we are here to help answer any questions you may have. If you aren’t sure what kind of program is right for you or a loved one and would like to discuss your recovery options further, call us at 1-888-341-7785 to speak with a recovery support advisor.


  1. Moos, R. H., & Moos, B. S. (2003). Long-term influence of duration and intensity of treatment on previously untreated individuals with alcohol use disorders. Addiction, 98, 325-337.

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9 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions about Addiction Rehabilitation”

  1. Chris D.

    I want to start rehabilitation in a quiet setting, but it is expensive. Are there options I can look into?


      Yes. Many private programs accept insurance plans so you can offset the cost of treatment somewhat if your plan covers rehabilitation. Private facilities also frequently offer loans and financing, so you can get well in the best environment possible. We’re happy to discuss payment options with you and connect you with a facility that will work best for your financial situation.

  2. Vincent R.

    I’m not sure if I want to go to an inpatient or outpatient facility. Which one is best?


      This depends on your particular situation — the type of substance you use, how long you’ve been abusing it and at what dosage levels. If your addiction involves a physical dependency, inpatient care with on-site detox is often recommended so you can safely remove the substance from your body. It’s essential to have 24-hour medical care during this process.

      When you choose inpatient rehabilitation, you are removed from your “regular” life and all the temptations that come with it, and able to put your sole focus on your recovery. Generally, those with severe addictions, negative home environments, and dual diagnosis conditions benefit most from inpatient care.

      If you have career or family obligations that you can’t get away from for a period of time, outpatient care is your best option. Generally, outpatient rehab is recommended for those with less severe addiction issues.

  3. Michelle W.

    Is a rehabilitation clinic the same as a detoxification clinic?


      No, but they often overlap. Many rehabilitation programs have a detoxification program that they offer to patients, although those patients will not be allowed to participate in the standard rehabilitation program until they have completed the detox process. It is important that the patient completing detoxification is in a supportive environment, with medical staff on hand to keep withdrawal symptoms under control. This decreases the likelihood of relapse and health complications.

      The true recovery work is completed during the rehabilitation portion of treatment. This often involves one-on-one therapy sessions with a counselor, group therapy sessions with other recovery addicts, and complementary therapies that can help addicts embrace a healthier lifestyle.

  4. Paul S.

    Where can I learn more about my options?


      If you would like more information about your choices for rehabilitation or detoxification, contact us at 1-888-879-7780. We can help you understand the costs, benefits and options that you have when it comes to your recovery.

  5. Hunter

    I’m looking for a low cost inpatient treatment facility located in Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana. Please help!

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