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Cost of inpatient vs outpatient alcohol rehab

When weighing up the most suitable alcohol rehab option for you, your family and your individual situation, it is critical to find a treatment plan that works for you on all levels. In this blog, Port of Call weighs up the relative cost of inpatient vs outpatient rehab treatment, taking financial, social and practical aspects into account. 

For some, the structure and routine of inpatient treatment can prove fundamental to their recovery. While for others, the greater freedoms and access to family and friends afforded by outpatient treatment can prove more beneficial.

There is no right or wrong answer. However, it is important to weigh up the relative cost burdens to your finances and your relationships when deciding between both avenues of treatment.

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Cost of inpatient alcohol rehab?

Inpatient treatment
for alcohol addiction usually varies in length but is typically priced on a weekly basis. The average cost of inpatient alcohol rehab varies but is usually priced at around £1,500 to £3,000 per week. The specific cost of rehab will depend on a multitude of factors, including the length of stay and level of accommodation.

Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of inpatient rehab, to help with your decision making process when weighing up the costs.

Advantages of inpatient rehab:

  • Flexible treatment plan.
  • Speed of admission.
  • All treatment on one site.
  • Cohesion of care and daily routine.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Same therapist/staff throughout.
  • Safe environment away from temptations.
  • Family visiting times and facilities.
  • Complementary therapies.

Disadvantages of inpatient rehab:

  • You are not free to come and go as you please.
  • The structured environment does not suit everyone.
  • You may need to make child care arrangements.
  • You may need to take leave from your job.

How much does outpatient alcohol rehab cost?

Outpatient treatment for alcoholism generally costs less than inpatient rehab. Partly because you are not paying for any type of accommodation. It also depends on the kind of rehabilitation centre you receive treatment from though because there is a wide range of rehabs available, with different facilities and luxuries. Once again, let’s look at the relative pros and cons of outpatient rehab, to help you to make up your own mind.

Advantages of outpatient rehab:

  • The patient is able to remain employed or in education.
  • The transition from rehab to home life is non-existent.
  • Potentially less stigma than with inpatient treatment.
  • Interaction with friends and family.

Disadvantages of outpatient rehab:

  • You may still have access to alcohol.
  • Distractions could divert your focus away from recovery.
  • Access to your counsellor may be more limited.
  • You do not spend as much time with others in treatment.

Contact Port of Call today

For advice and support about inpatient vs outpatient treatment, please call us today on 08000029010 or email help@portofcall.com. Our addiction experts can provide you with information on ‘free rehab‘. 

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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