Paying for Treatment
The cost of treatment varies according to the type of treatment (inpatient or outpatient) and the treatment provider. Inpatient treatment will easily run a minimum of $300 a day for a 28-day treatment program, but will probably cost much more - as much as $400 to $500 a day for a 28-day inpatient program (some of the nation's top, most exclusive programs, can be $1,500 per day!). Outpatient treatment will easily run a minimum of $3,000 for a 90-day outpatient program but will also probably cost more - as much as $4,000 to $5,000.
Many addicts have lost all of their money, as well as family support and insurance coverage, but don't despair.
There is potential for sliding-scale fees and indigent beds (see below). Many residential facilities receive federal funds which require that they provide treatment opportunities. The majority of faith-based facilities are free or only minimal cost.
Call programs on the state-certified treatment program list and ask about indigent beds. State-certified programs typically set aside a limited number of beds for indigent clients. There is typically a long wait for a bed opening, but at least you can make the effort to get on a list. Be persistent - keep calling. Beds might open up because of a release or a cancellation, sometimes on very short notice. Some have found that clinical directors were good about informing those people who kept in regular contact about bed availability. Don't be surprised if you encounter informal preferences - like giving priority for admission to pregnant women. Also, some treatment centers offer federally-funded beds, as well as accepting Oregon Health Plan clients. Click here to download a pdf with our list of treatment programs throughout the State of Oregon.
FREE support is always available at Narcotics Anonymous - and NA (or AA) will always be a part of a treatment center's plan for you anyway. The people there will show you the way to recovery. If you don't have a ride, one will be provided for you. Here's the contact information:
Narcotics Anonymous: www.centraloregonna.com