Why is Outpatient Treatment Combined with Sober Living So Much Cheaper Than Inpatient Rehab?

Once you’re on the road to recovery, you may be presented with options as to how you’d like to proceed. Often these choices consist of inpatient or outpatient treatment, the latter of which allows you to get back into the swing of daily life before you leave the addiction program for good. Many people go this route because it’s cheaper; combining it with truly rehabilitated sober living can mean the difference between thousands of dollars. Why is it cheaper, however?

Inpatient deals with more serious addictions and offers 24-hour care.

Those dealing with longer or more destructive drug problems tend to need more and longer care, which can quickly add up. The longer it takes you to recover, the more you pay. You’ll likely face less temptation in a recovery environment, alongside having constant access to medical professionals, but these amenities require monetary compensation.

24-hour care includes room and board, not to mention the fees of every professional working with you during the rehab process. Some facilities also offer tiered options of your living arrangements, ranging from standard to luxurious; if you want a little more material comfort, it’ll factor into your fees. If your stay is longer than you anticipated, you may end up with a bill in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Outpatient isn’t for extensive needs, and has low-cost options.

This simply means outpatient programs are better suited to those not far from resuming an addiction-free life, and thus don’t need the constant supervision and medical care received in an inpatient program. Since you won’t be receiving treatment and occupying a facility all at once, you’ll generally receive counseling to prevent a relapse. Other outpatient treatments typically include training, general therapy, and other amenities to help you get back on track.

Many outpatient programs connect you with low-cost mental services, such as group sessions and community opportunities, to help you along; some may even be free. Depending on the level of care you need as you get back to regular activity, you might not need to worry about any payments while recovering.

Ultimately the program you choose should be based on your needs. Although price and level of need will factor into what you choose, what matters most is that you commit to a sober life and keep working at being clean.

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