The cost of intensive outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol addiction varies from program to program and can depend on what type of insurance you, or your family member, are covered under. In general, the cost of IOP treatment is cheaper and more cost-effective than traditional inpatient or residential addiction treatment options. One of the reasons why it can be more affordable is because the patient can continue to work during the day and is not required to stay overnight at an IOP treatment center. This allows those men and women suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction disease to offset the costs of their treatment by working and paying the out-of-pocket (non-insurance covered) week to week instead of all at once.

Before jumping into the costs of intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment for drug or alcohol addiction you may be wondering exactly what it is and what sort of program it consists of. Intensive Outpatient Treatment, or IOP, here at the Freedom Center is one type of addiction treatment program that can in fact require a major time commitment, but compared to traditional inpatient addiction treatment is more manageable for those with full-time work or family commitments. Group meetings and counseling sessions are held at least 3 days a week for 2-4 hours a day or more, available for your convenience in the morning or at night. The standard duration of the IOP program run 8-12 weeks but can go longer depending on a person’s specific needs. The major focus is relapse prevention and how to transition from a life of addiction to one of sobriety.

So, what types of therapies do IOPs generally use for achieving this goal? The core of treatment for many intensive outpatient programs like the one at The Freedom Center includes six common approaches that have found to be proven effective over time. These therapies are quoted to be “Evidence-based,” in that there is research and a solid foundation to back up their effectiveness or quality of success.

They include, but are not limited to:

  • 12-Step Facilitation (Both NA and AA)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Community Reinforcement and Contingency Management
  • Matrix Model Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing and Life Training
  • Therapeutic Community (Group Meetings)

Even though intensive outpatient treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is far less expensive than inpatient rehab, the fact that IOP can be costly is a reality of the world we live in. Depending on a number of factors, such as the length of the program, quality of staff at the center, hours operated, and other qualities of care addiction treatment can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars per treatment episode. Still, prices vary widely from center to center so contact us now and we will help walk you through how much IOP at The Freedom Center costs and how we can work together to make sure you, or your loved one, that is suffering from addiction can get the help needed.

SAMHSA has provided a few standard tips to help you pay for intensive outpatient treatment below:

  • 1. Check your health insurance: You can call the number on the back of your card to get information of your mental health and substance abuse insurance coverage. You can find out what would be the additional costs, including deductible and insurance copayment amounts.
  • 2. Search for treatment programs that offer sliding fee scale or reduced payment options: Restrict a search in the national SAMHSA treatment directory for discounted services in IOP listings. This database can also be accessed via the substance abuse agency in your state, or call SAMHSA’s helpline on (1-800-662-HELP) and ask about affordable treatment options in your area.
  • 3. Inquire about scholarships and state-funded treatment: IOPs may receive federal grant money that can be used to fund your treatment. These “Vouchers” are supervised by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Here is a listing of All State Health and Human Services Offices. Call them until you get an answer.