How Much Does Rehab Cost?
Average Rehab Prices Around the World

Substance abuse can take over your life, resulting in devastating personal consequences. While seeking help for your addiction may be difficult, it is an essential first step towards getting your life back on track. It is very important, however, that you choose a programme that meets your needs. Quality care is essential – but for many people, rehab cost will be the limiting factor.
To ensure you get the very best level of care within your budget, we are providing a detailed overview of the average cost of rehab (both public and private, inpatient and outpatient) in the UK, Canada, the US, Australia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Factors that influence cost of rehab

Numerous factors can influence the cost of inpatient and outpatient rehab programmes. Some ultra-luxury rehabilitation programmes offer clients five-star service and personalised treatment options, while budget options offer basic accommodation packages and group-based treatment.

The factors that can influence the cost of your rehab treatment are as follows:
  • Location (secluded, seaside, mountainside, city centre)
  • Type of rehab setting (inpatient/outpatient)
  • Length of stay
  • Accommodation (shared or private, luxury)
  • Facilities (luxury, low-cost)
  • Comprehensiveness of treatment (detox, medications, aftercare, treatment specialists)
  • Amenities (meals, en-suite bathroom, pool, gym, spa, recreational activities, etc.)
  • Staff (staff-to-client ratio, multidisciplinary qualifications, experience)

Rehab cost in the UK

In our experience, rehabilitation options in the UK are similar to those in the US. They meet international standards of care, and offer evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and 12-step programmes. In the UK, these 12-step programmes strictly adhere to the abstinence based model and focus on a “higher power” being the source of strength to overcome addiction.
Although all rehab centres in the UK are private, many accept both private clients and referrals from the NHS – usually low-income earners whose fees are covered by the government. However, some high-end rehab centres will only work with private clients.
The NHS does not cover inpatient rehabilitation programmes beyond a seven to ten-day detox, but it does provide free outpatient treatment through local health authorities and community-based organisations. The majority of treatment is largely carried out at drop-in day centres and often involve key working sessions.
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Average rehab prices in the UK

Rehab cost in Canada

Due to increasing numbers of addicts in Canada, we’ve found that public health care facilities specialising in addiction treatment are often over-stretched and have lengthy waiting lists. Some provinces are also struggling to provide adequate detoxification services.
Most private inpatient rehab centres in Canada are similar in terms of facilities, although some luxury options are available. In general, the cost of private rehab in Canada is more affordable than it is in the US.
For those who cannot afford private rehab, the government has set up a province-by-province hotline that can provide information and direction regarding government-funded options.
For a rehab centre to be permitted to accept referrals whose fees will be paid for by the government, it must be a non-profit organisation.

Due to a lack of convenient or viable options, many Canadians choose to go to the US for treatment, while others seek out more affordable rehab programmes in Asia. 

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Average rehab prices in Canada

Rehab cost in the US

Overall, the US continues to be a leader in drug and alcohol rehab, and serves as a blueprint on how to successfully treat addictions. Using a variety of behavioural, psychological and pharmacological approaches, rehabs in the US are considered some of the best in the world.

Nationwide, more than 15,000 specialised centres provide rehabilitation programmes for treating alcoholism and drug addiction. Due to the advanced nature of the medical rehabilitation industry in the US, and because of its population size, there is an abundance of unique clinics, offering gender-specific programmes, substance abuse rehab, young adult programmes, executive programmes, sex rehab, video game rehab, and more.

Over 90% of rehab programmes in the US are based on the Minnesota model.¹ A cornerstone of this model is group counselling, with alcoholics and drug addicts helping each other through their problems. Addiction is seen as a disease affecting one’s physical, mental and spiritual self, which therefore deserves to be treated as a primary condition (not a symptom of underlying disorder). Most programmes that follow the Minnesota Model tend not to be medication-based, and have a reputation for being rigid and draconian.

There are numerous private rehab programmes in the US that are more comprehensive and holistic than their publicly-funded peers. One benefit of private facilities is that they tend to have a higher staff-to-client ratio than public centres. This, in turn, allows centres to provide individualised care that focuses on your specific needs.
There are also plenty of luxury rehab options available in the US. Here you can expect privacy, comfort, fine dining, and recreational activities in serene surroundings as you take the first steps to recovery. Luxury rehabilitation programmes start at $40,000 per month.
Due to the nature of the health care industry in the US, access to treatment is largely dominated by private insurance. It can be difficult to receive appropriate treatment if you are using insurance to pay for rehab, due to certain restrictions on the type of treatment, length of stay, and conditions that you have.
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Average rehab prices in the US

Rehab cost in Australia

In 2017-2018, about 130,000 people received some form of publicly funded alcohol or drug addiction treatment in Australia, with counselling being the most common type of treatment.² Due to a lack of publicly-funded facilities, and the high prices associated with private treatment, many Australians seek treatment abroad in places like Thailand and Bali.

Publicly-funded programmes

If you can get a place in a state-funded programme, your treatment will consist of different types of services such as detoxification, psychotherapy, inpatient rehabilitation, and pharmacotherapy maintenance. This may be delivered in a range of settings including AOD (alcohol and other drugs) services, general health services, as well as telephone and online support services.³

Due to overwhelming demand, it can be extremely difficult to get a place in a state-funded rehabilitation programme in Australia. The costs associated with being in such a programme are estimated to be around A$117 per day. Plus, clients are usually asked to contribute to their day-to-day living costs (A$60-160 a week) through their government benefits or other income.4
As a result of the shortcomings of state-funded programmes, there has been an uptick in private rehab centres. Yet a large number of these centres are unregulated and do not meet the strict criteria to be licenced as a hospital. Some private rehab centres receive referrals from the government, but these are usually of the low-end variety.

Therapeutic community model

Therapeutic Community Model (TC) are long-term treatment programmes, generally lasting 6-12 months.5 They focus on the whole person and changes to their lifestyle – not simply abstinence from harmful substances. These programmes encourage clients to examine their thoughts and behaviours to help them become more pro-social and to engage in positive activities. TC programmes are mostly offered by not-for-profit organisations.
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Insurance market

Insurers will cover up to a maximum of 21 days and pay $A1,000 per day for rehabilitation programmes. To qualify, the rehabilitation facility must be licenced as a hospital. The rates that these hospitals charge insurance providers can vary greatly.
A key deficiency of treatment in Australia is the fact that, under insurance protocols, addiction is treated through a general mental health approach. This method goes against the expert opinion that treatment for addiction should be carried out using treatment models that have been specially designed for addiction. The mental-health-only approach often turns out to be ineffective, and many clients have been through the treatment process numerous times due to the lack of insurers supporting specialised addiction treatment programmes.

Average rehab prices in the Australia

Rehab cost in Thailand

Routinely ranked as one of the best locations for medical and rehab tourism, Thailand is home to many world-class rehabilitation facilities. The Thai rehab industry was established more than ten years ago, aimed at English-speaking clients from around the globe. With affordable, high-quality treatment options, Thailand offers luxury rehab services at a fraction of the cost of similar programmes in the West.

Most rehab centres in Thailand are managed and staffed by British and Australian treatment specialists, with support from Thai medical professionals and psychology experts. To operate, rehabs must be granted a licence from the Ministry of Public Health. 

Rehab centres that offer extra medical services, such as medical detox, withdrawal medications, prescription drugs and other similar medical services, will have to apply for extra accreditation and associated medical licences.

The treatment approaches in Thailand rehab centres are fairly advanced and meet recognised international standards. Programmes have adapted to treating people from different cultures and backgrounds with elements such as evidence-based behavioural therapies, secular 12-step models, mindfulness meditation, and a range of complementary holistic therapies.

Wat Chai Watthanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Average rehab prices in Thailand

Rehab cost in Bali, Indonesia

Bali is one of South East Asia’s up-and-coming destinations for addiction recovery and rehabilitation. Still lagging behind Thailand in terms of treatment and facilities, the number of quality options continues to grow.

Many Australian addiction specialists have decided to open rehab centres in Bali that cater to Australians and other Westerners. Due to Australia’s proximity to Bali and the lack of affordable treatment options available at home, Australians account for the majority of clients in the island’s rehab centres.

In terms of licencing, as long as a rehab centre has a contract with an Indonesian registered doctor, they will be able to offer rehabilitation services. If your addiction is severe enough to warrant a medical detox, the procedure will be carried out under the supervision of an Indonesian medical team.
Rehab facilities in Bali generally tend to be small, offering as few as 6 to 14 beds at any one time. Clients stay in house-based villas with a good standard of amenities, such as a swimming pool, private rooms, recreational areas, and the like. There is a good selection of high-end rehabilitation programmes, but prices tend to be higher than in Thailand.
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Average rehab prices in Bali

What to expect when paying for addiction treatment

Although rehab prices may seem high at first, the potential cost of your addiction is exponentially higher. With an abundance of programmes to choose from, it is essential that you research the available options. Deciding to enter rehab can be a life-changing experience, so take the time to consider your choices and consult a medical professional as well as a family member or close friend.
Before making the all-important decision to go ahead with rehab, we recommend considering the following factors:
  • Not all programmes are all-inclusive; additional fees may apply for detox and medication.
  • Private, luxury, holistic and executive rehabs tend to be more costly.
  • Those suffering from a severe substance use disorder are likely to need more intensive treatment over a longer period of time.
  • Intensive inpatient programmes are generally more expensive than outpatient programmes.
  • Low-cost programmes often mean sharing options, larger groups of clients, minimal medical capabilities, less personalisation, and less access to a range of holistic therapies.
  • Many government-funded and non-profit organisations have long waiting lists and require that you demonstrate significant financial need before they will consider your application for treatment.
  • Insurance companies may cover full or partial costs, but reimbursement depends on numerous factors.
  • Past clients prefers travelling abroad for affordable rehab programmes, particularly when seeking extended treatment in a luxury/holistic environment.
If you or a loved one are considering taking the first steps toward recovery, please contact our experienced counsellors to discuss suitable treatment options.
Author
Brett Thornton
Counsellor
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  2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia: 2016–17. Drug treatment series no. 31. Cat. no. HSE 207. Canberra: AIHW. 
  3. Ritter, Alison, et al. “New Horizons: The Review of Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia.” NDARC, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre UNSW, ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource/new-horizons-review-alcohol-and-other-drug-treatment-services-australia.
  4. Shipway, Chris, et al. “The NSW Alcohol and Drug Residential Rehabilitation Costing Study.” The Centre for Drug and Alcohol, NSW Department of Health, https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/not-for-profit/submissions/sub066-attachment2.pdf
  5. NIDA. “Therapeutic Communities.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 23 Jul. 2015, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/therapeutic-communities. Accessed 21 Apr 2020.

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