Crystal meth rehab cost

A look into current costs of treatment for meth addiction via rehab….. and ways to reduce it.

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Searching for a rehab within your budget can feel overwhelming. While rehab can cost thousands of dollars, there are ways that you can lower costs.

Here, we will give you an overview of what to expect from a crystal meth rehab, how much it costs and how to finance it. Then, we invite your questions about crystal meth rehab at the end.

What is crystal meth rehab like?

Rehab for crystal meth rehab is not a walk in the park, it is hard work. In fact, because of the nature of meth cravings, crystal meth is one of the most difficult drugs to quit, and successful rehab requires committment, endurance, and trust in the process. Most rehabs work with a “revolving door” policy, so that clients are always changing. There will always be someone in a different phase of treatment that you can learn from.

When talking about an inpatient setting, crystal meth rehab is very structured, and a little like summer camp for adults. But at the center of any good rehab center is psychotherapy and behavioral interventions. Expect to engage in talk therapy A LOT in rehab, either one-on-one with a counselor or in a group setting.

What’s the cost of crystal meth rehab?

The cost of rehab varies from program to program and facility to facility. There are ways you can manage the cost of rehab. The actual cost of crystal meth rehab is often determined by a number of factors, including:

  • length of treatment
  • luxury amenities
  • services provided during treatment
  • state the treatment center is located
  • the type of treatment (inpatient vs. outpatient)

The cost of inpatient crystal meth rehab is generally higher than the cost of outpatient meth rehab. Inpatient treatment costs include expenses such as extensive psychotherapy, meals, and boarding. The main costs associated with outpatient treatment are addiction counseling.

Additionally, the length of time a person spends in a program will also effect the cost of crystal meth rehab. Traditional 28-day inpatient rehab programs, for instance, will cost less than more extensive inpatient rehab programs that can last for months. Meth detox services can also increase the cost of inpatient meth rehab.

Average cost of crystal meth rehab

The cost of rehab can range from almost free to more than $20,000 a month. Luxury facilities can cost in excess of $20,000 a month. But expect to pay SOMETHING for rehab, even in government sponsored program.

According to a study conducted by Open Minds Consulting, the average charge for a 28-day inpatient rehab program was almost $20,000. This same study states that the average cost of a 10 week intensive outpatient program is about $6,800. That comes down to a daily cost of $715 for inpatient rehabs and $135 for outpatient rehabs.

Almost no one who enters crystal meth rehab will pay this full price out-of-pocket, however. The cost of meth rehab is typically offset by medical insurance plans and medical assistance. Many rehab facilities offer a sliding scale fees based on a person’s ability to pay. Additionally, government funded programs are low or very low cost. These programs have no bells or whistles but you will get the support you need.

High end facilities will have a greater range of amenities and programs and the facility will be flashier. But you may end up paying for things you don’t need.

Phases of treatment during rehab

During rehab – INPATIENT OR OUTPATIENT – you can expect treatment to be delivered in phases. The main phases of any good rehab will include: assessment, detox, psychotherapy, and aftercare.

1. Assessment

Intake and assessment to rehab involves an interview to assess the factors that are related to the addiction and make a referral to suitable services. This interview usually takes around an hour and a half and may include drug testing. This process takes into account the severity of addiction to crystal meth and possible treatment modalities that can help. Assessment may continue throughout your stay in rehab to make sure that your needs are met.

2. Withdrawal and detox

As you go through the withdrawal stage, it usually takes about 5–7 days for crystal meth to leave your system. However, the psychological withdrawal can take even longer. This is usually the most difficult part of rehab for crystal meth users: coping with cravings.

Crystal meth detox is best practiced when supervised by a doctor to make you as comfortable as possible. Additionally, medications can be prescribed to help you cope with cravings for crystal meth and to address underling mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety. Some people choose medically assisted treatment because detox from crystal meth can be very intense.

3. Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is at the heart of both inpatient and outpatient crystal meth rehab. During rehab, you will be expected to attend group or individual counseling and education programs about the nature of addiction.

The primary goals of this type of treatment are to enhance and sustain motivation for change, establish and maintain abstinence from all psychoactive drugs, and foster development of coping and problem solving skills. In sum, successful psychotherapy help to ultimately eliminate impulses to “self-medicate” with crystal meth or other psychoactive drugs.

4. Aftercare support and continuing your treatment

Once you have completed a crystal meth rehab program, it is recommended that you continue with some support services. This could include an outpatient treatment program, group counseling, individual counseling, or attendance at support groups. Aftercare might also include referrals to halfway houses or 3/4 houses to support your new drug-free life.

Cost of rehab questions

Still have questions about crystal meth rehab? If you have any questions, comments or concerns about rehab costs please contact us. We’ll do your best to respond to your personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NIDA: Approaches to drug counseling
SAMHSA: Counselor’s treatment manual
NIDA: Infofacts about treatment
Child Welfare: Manual for treatment of drug addiction
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About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I just have a few questions I’m on crystal meth the last 10 years off and on mainly most been doing it mostly everyday I also drink but not all the time I have manic depression bipolar schizophrenia anxiety insomnia I’m supposed to be on medications but I did not take medications I stopped one was giving me seizures and a rash all over my body and so I stopped taking them I was going to Nevada Behavioral Health and Nevada and I stopped doing that also I would like to find out information on what can I do and what can the government help me do I’ve been through a lot of domestic violence in my past through ex-boyfriends and my mother I would just like to find out information I will not pay for it because I don’t have money for it I tried detoxing before it lasted for 2 weeks and then I ended up in Valley Hospital for 24 hours for hallucinations the psych doctors let me out and said I was just fine that he wants me to go to nbh for follow up

  2. My 34-year old son has been in jail since May 30. On October 12, he went to a state mental health hospital because he was incompetent to stand trial. He seems so much better. He has been taking Abilify since October 12, but he won’t tell me his diagnosis or any treatment. How can I get him to continue with the meds and treatment after he is released….probably around the end of December or early January?

  3. My 21 year old boyfriend and father to my 2 kids just got out of jail and is out on the street homeless looking for more ways to get meth I want to help him but I don’t know how what can I do?

  4. A person close to me, desperately needs help. I believe he is in denial about his addiction. I am watching him spiral down. I am not mentally strong enough to help him through this. I myself am going through recovery for alcohol. He is not an alcoholic. So going through my recovery he has help me take a look at myself, and not continue on life thinking I’m the victim. But when I try to relate to him w/ words he said to me, he totally pushes away and doesn’t want to hear it. AA MEETINGS have really helped me in ways I could never imagined. In those meetings I’ve noticed there will be occasionally be a small group of men, from a organization called pathfinders. These people keep to themselves and it seems like they have a special bond. They have a glow. I know my loved one is hitting rock bottom hard. I can see his behavior and mannerisms change drastically. He is such a handsome and I believe good hearted man. I hate to watch it go to waste and see him suffer with life all the way around. I mentioned pathfinders and he says he isn’t like normal drug addicts. ” he knows how to live life” but he is where he is now because of his addiction. Every one sees it. He thinks he is fooling his family. But they are very aware. And because he doesn’t see how his addiction is effective to how everyone is treating him. No one wants to enable him. He thinks it’s that no one is there for him. What can I do to help him. I think I’m the only one who cares. I don’t want to abandon him. But his mind and spirit are not in a good place. Advise please thank you. Life is crazy. And I am learning not to be selfish. What am I able to do? He has almost lost it all.

    1. Hi Kat. When is he coming out? You can help him get into treatment when he’s out of jail. Otherwise, you can help him by helping yourself and joining a support group for loved ones and family members of addicts.

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