What is the Cost of Opiate Detox?
What is the cost of opiate detox? It is a question that is asked by some, but not nearly enough. An addiction to prescription painkillers or opiates can turn a life upside down. For many individuals the only solution is to get opiate detox help. Unfortunately only a very small percentage of persons will seek assistance and part of the reason is that they do not understand the costs.
Cost of Outpatient vs. Inpatient Opiate Detox
Opiate detox is divided into two categories: outpatient and inpatient detox. Although the primary difference between the two are that one attends to patients on a self-reporting basis and the other is an actual facility in which the patient can rest while they are detoxing – there are some other important differences as well.
Outpatient Opiate Detox
The cost of opiate detox will depend on the outpatient program. Some programs are sponsored or funded wholly or in part by the government. Therefore, the cost to the individual is relatively inexpensive. Oftentimes there is a long wait list to get into the program which can be a problem for someone needing in the program immediately.
Outpatient opiate detox programs normally use a type of oral medication and depending on the type of medication used; reporting may be daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. One of the concerns with this type of opiate detox regimen is that there is not a lot of medical supervision and that patients in effect detox on their own.
Inpatient Opiate Detox
The cost of an inpatient opiate detox will depend on the facility but can range from hundreds of dollars to many thousands. For example the cost of opiate detox in a hospital is a lot less than an opiate detox in a luxury private facility.
As there are differences in costs, there are also differences in methods. Hospitals are not the most inviting places when it comes to opiate detox. Patients are usually kept in mental health units and restricted from bringing items into the unit and in most cases contact with the outside is very limited. A private facility on the other hand will not be so restrictive and offer certain amenities.
Another difference – and this is important – is the method used for the opiate detox process. The majority of inpatient opiate detox facilities (hospital or otherwise) use an oral medication which takes longer to work. A facility which offers IV therapy will be better because the medication will work faster and be more effective at keeping you comfortable.
Insurance Will Cover Opiate Detox
A combination of two laws: The Affordable Care Act (2010) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (2008) made substance use disorders one of the 10 elements essential to healthcare. The laws further gave notice to insurance providers that they had to pay the same percent for treatment of substance use disorders that they pay for other medical illnesses. Opiate detox is included into this allowance.
Quitting an opiate addiction is possible and affordable. Let Gallus Detox help you. Our admission team can answer all your questions and get you started right away. Call us today at 855-338-6929.