Everyone’s seen those movie and television dramas where an addict’s family and friends stage a DIY detoxification. The addict emerges from it looking a little tired but otherwise none the worse for wear. As a added bonus he or she is completely cured of addiction as well. Unfortunately, real life detoxification isn’t quite that simple. It is a vital first step on the road to recovery. It is also a process that causes physical discomfort and pain for those undergoing it. Because of this and the life-threatening situations that sometimes develop, substance detoxification should only be conducted under the supervision of medical personnel. In addition to conducting medical monitoring and intervening as needed, professional staff have other techniques to aid those detoxing. They can administer specific medicines to alleviate withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. While detox periods vary for individuals, on average they range between three to seven days. This is a crucial period for the recovering addict and many get discouraged when physical discomfort and pain don’t disappear. They may abandon detoxification efforts and not attempt them again. But in a professional setting specialists can use everything from acupuncture to biofeedback exercises to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Some patients under supervised detoxification are even able to begin counseling therapy. Clearly it’s in the recovering addict’s best interest to undergo detoxification with professional help. Many people who should be getting this aid feel that it’s unaffordable. Are they correct?
Prices for professional detoxification treatment depend on the length of the detoxification treatment, the type of specialists conducting the treatment, and the types of treatment used. Detox treatment can be as basic as medical monitoring and any required intervention. It might also include medical massage and other alternative treatments. In-house treatment is almost always part of a professional detoxification plan. Such accommodations can range from sharing space with a roommate or roommates to having a private suite complete with a private chef. And while a few recovering addicts can leave a facility immediately after detoxification and continue treatment on an outpatient basis, they’re in the minority. Most recovering addicts fare best when they follow up detox with a counseling program. This therapy is a combination of individual and group counseling. The length of this phase of recovery varies from several weeks to several months. Thirty days of intensive residential counseling is the average. The full detoxification program often ends with recovering addicts residing for unspecified periods in halfway or sober living houses. As a result of all these options recovering addicts can expect to pay anywhere from approximately $7,000-$120,000 depending on services chosen.
As with every other aspect of drug addiction, its treatment is not inexpensive. Fortunately many health insurance companies pay for in-house detoxification and subsequent treatment to some degree. It is also possible to enter into payment plans with providers to cover uninsured amounts. Worrying about covering the costs of detoxification and other treatment can be daunting. But rehabilitative centers are eager to work with addicts and families to expedite the recovery process. Financing treatment can’t be disregarded. But it shouldn’t be regarded as a insurmountable barrier that prevents it, either.