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How Much Does Rehab Cost?


The Price of Rehab

It is difficult to provide an exact figure for how much rehab is going to cost because there is such a wide range of prices. If you qualify for NHS funded rehab, this will mean that you will not have to pay any money. There are also luxury rehab programmes that can cost thousands of pounds. The good news is that there is likely to be something to suit every budget.No Free Rehab

The reality is that there are no free rehabs out there. The provision of this type of service costs money and somebody has to pay. In the case of NHS funded rehab, this money will be coming from the taxpayer. The free rehabs can be a good option for those who are unable to afford to go private, but there are a number of drawbacks worth mentioning such as:

  • There can be a long waiting list depending on where you are staying in the UK for rehab. This is not an ideal situation because if the individual has to wait they may lose the motivation to quit. Every day that the person remains addicted involves a huge risk, so it is vital to end things as soon as possible.
  • NHS funded rehab is a scarce resource, and it needs to be rationed carefully. This means that the individual will need to meet certain criteria in order to qualify. It is likely that things are going to get tougher in the future.
  • The individual will not have much choice in regards to where they will be sent for rehab. This is problematic because in order to have the best chance of success the individual needs to go to the right facility.
  • The NHS rehab options will often not offer the same level of comfort as most of the private facilities. This may be a problem because if the individual is not comfortable in their surroundings they will be unable to get the most out of the experience.

Good Reasons to Choose Private Rehab

Even if the individual meets the criteria for NHS funded rehab, there are some good reasons for why they might want to choose the private option instead such as:

  • The individual will be able to enter rehab right away, and they will not have to worry about any type of waiting list unless they determined to go to one specific facility. As already mentioned above, the ability to get help right away is important.
  • The person will have far more choice about where they are going to go. They will be able to consider all the available options and then choose the one that is most likely to work for them.
  • The individual will be able to expect a higher level of comfort and luxury from a private rehab. This means that they will be able to miss out on some of the avoidable discomforts of rehab.
  • By entering a private facility, the person can usually look forward to better resources and better client to therapist ration.

Rehab as an Investment

One of the reasons for why people can balk at private rehab is that they worry about the expense of this. It is important to keep in mind that this is an investment. Even the cost of a luxury facility is worth it because:

  • The individual is likely to be already spending a great deal of money on their alcohol or drug addiction. They are also likely to be losing money because of it. If the person becomes sober, they will quickly be able to recoup the money that they would have been spending on rehab.
  • When the individual gets sober, they will be more productive in their career. This will usually mean that they will be able to make more money. If the individual is unemployed, they will become employable again, and this will improve their financial situation.
  • The person will be investing in his or her own future, and this is one of the most important things that they could ever be investing in. Not only will they be making life better for themselves but also their family and loved ones.
  • It is important to consider how much not going to rehab is likely to cost the individual. Even if they are a high functioning substance abuser, they will not be able to maintain this control indefinitely. It is likely that if the individual persists in the downward spiral of addiction they will lose their job and their ability to make money.

Medical Tourism for More Affordable Rehab Options

The cost of rehab in western countries is on the rise, but there are plenty of affordable options available if the individual is willing to consider medical tourism. In places like Thailand and South Africa, it is even possible to stay in a luxury programme for a fraction of what this would cost back in the UK. There are pros and cons to travelling abroad for this type of help, but if people are looking for a high quality rehab at a low cost then it will certainly be something that they will want to consider seriously.

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