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5 ways to finance your private rehab

The average weekly cost of a private rehab programme is in the region of £1,500 to £3,000 a week. That figure might seem prohibitive at first glance but it should be viewed as an investment in your future. Here are five funding options that could help you to finance your drug or alcohol rehab.

Reputable private rehab clinics are centres of excellence that provide extremely high standards of expertise, comfort and care. Providing residential support and caring for people with addiction is a costly exercise for clinics and private hospitals that have considerable overheads such as qualified medical professionals; a high staff to client ratio; a 24 hour nursing team presence; well-maintained premises; and the provision of therapy, food and equipment. This level of care costs money and goes some way to explaining the level of fees they charge.

Finance your private rehab

The cost of fuelling an addiction can run into thousands of pounds. For example, the cost of two daily bottles of wine over the full course of the year could cost as much as £5,840*. These savings would go a long way towards funding a course of rehab. With lost jobs, broken relationships and poor health also coming at a huge price, perhaps the question shouldn’t be ‘can I afford rehab?’ but rather ‘can I afford NOT to get help?’

With that in mind, there are a number of ways to finance a private treatment plan. Private rehab isn’t as costly as some people imagine and a fear of inadequate funds should not prevent you from exploring private help. Here are five options available to anyone who is serious about recovering from their addiction and securing a place in private rehab.

5. Credit cards

As with any major purchase, a credit card can be used. We don’t tend to recommend this option, but it is valid and worth considering as a last resort. You will of course need to be committed to paying off the credit card in the future.

4. Employers

Some employers donate or loan the money to employees.

3. Commercial loans

It may be that you are able to secure a financial loan for your treatment. Some clients ask friends or family to take out a loan on their behalf.

2. Help from family and friends

Maintaining any addiction is costly and many people we speak with are in financial difficulty. If you are able to demonstrate a willingness and commitment to getting into recovery and changing your life, it is worth speaking to family and friends. It may be that they can help either by gifting or loaning the money. Remember – they want to see you get well and may help you if they can.

1. Private health insurance

The majority of private health plans will cover the cost of drug or alcohol rehabilitation at a private facility. If you have private insurance, make sure you double check the policy or call you insurer to confirm you have cover.

Make us your Port of Call

Here at Port of Call we hate the idea that costs might put you off from seeking help with your addiction. We truly believe that talking through these issues and concerns with one of our specialist advisers can be a positive first step. We can explain what’s available to you and what might be suitable within your budget. We can even discuss funding ideas or the cost of inpatient vs outpatient rehab. Help is at hand, we can assure you.

We believe rehab is an opportunity to start a new life and become free from addiction. Most people considering rehab are in the grips of a progressive and life-threatening addiction. Although the immediate cost of rehab can seem insurmountable, the long-term value of getting clean is priceless.

Moreover, there are many community based support initiatives – such as Alcohol Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous – that can also help for little or no cost to you. Where there is a will, there is a way, and Port of Call can give you the guidance you need to find your own route to recovery.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with addiction we can help you to access the right addiction help at the right time. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 0800 002 9010.

*The average cost of a pint of beer in the UK is £3.31 (according to the Good Pub Guide 2015) and the average price of a bottle of wine sold by Majestic Wine is £8.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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