An Analysis of Drug Rehab Costs In Canada

Written by on May 16, 2020 in Healing & Natural Remedies, Health with 0 Comments

Drug addiction is a rising vice in the society, claiming lives and destroying many more each passing day. Around 47,000 people die from drug related cases in Canada alone. These statistics are on the rise with more and more people seeking satisfaction from substance abuse despite dire warnings from health experts.

The prevalence of substance abuse calls for measures to help victims of drug usage and assist in healing treatments leading them from such addictions. However, treatments for drug abuse are costly and tend to require consistent progression in order to achieve the intended results.

Rehabilitation centers are one of the recommended ways of helping victims of substance abuse. Different rehabilitation centers have different modes of treatment depending on a range of factors. For instance, intensity of treatment depending on an individual’s level of addiction may warrant more costs. The method of treatment also determines the costs of the rehab center.

In Canada, rehabilitation centers are either privately owned or public facilities. Private centers are more expensive than public ones since there isn’t funding from the government, and they can range from $200 to $800 per day for treatment. Public centers receive funding from the free health care system making this option cheaper, from $100 or less in a day. However, public centers have longer waiting lists and it may take months before a patient is admitted.

Most rehabilitation centers have financial plans which offer packages for payment to assist interested parties. For instance, most insurers cover for addiction-based treatments.  These plans make it easier for patients to seek treatment while not having to worry about the cost implications.

In order to gauge the costs of different rehabilitation centers, determining the type of treatment an individual will have to receive, the medication required, and the location of the treatment center will gauge the cost needed for a full session.

Types of addiction treatments

1. Inpatient

Inpatient programs are generally much more costly due to accommodation factors involved. This is usually categorized in monthly programs depending on the package an individual receives. Some of the top rehabilitation centers in Canada like Ranch treatment center, Rehab wellness and Habitude, among a few, offer treatment programs ranging from $13,000 to $60,000 depending on the duration of the patient’s stay. For instance 60-day to 90-day stays can warrant the fee to escalate even up to $600,000 for a single patient.

2. Outpatient

Outpatient treatment plans are considerably affordable than inpatient plans since they target less severe cases of addiction. However, this may not always be the case, since treatment is spread out for longer periods of time in order for the patient to receive optimum care. Therefore, treatment may end up equaling the cost of inpatient care in some instances. This treatment ranges between $100 to $700 per session. The price depends on how many sessions the patient will attend and the duration of the treatment plan.

3. Detox

Most centers include detox programs in their package which usually depends on the intensity of the detox based on the type of substance being eliminated. As different substances may deem harder to detox, the price may go significantly upwards in the final cost. The price for detox ranges from $1000 to $2000 in most Canadian rehabilitation centers.


After identifying the treatment type, most rehabilitation centers charge separately for medication. This is dependent on whether the treatment type was assisted by medication or not. For instance, patients who experience psychological trauma during treatment require specialized care thus warranting more costs. Different drugs have different medications to fully treat a patient. For instance, heroin medication costs around $4700 annually while cocaine treatment may rage around $7000 annually.

Type of facility

The physical attributes of a rehabilitation facility greatly influence the cost of treatments. For instance, location plays a great factor when determining costs, as serene and calm environments tend to charge more based on their ambience and natural environments. Larger facilities are expensive since they offer luxury options with various amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and spa areas.

Small facilities offer intimate and personalized care and vary depending on the various factors mentioned above. However, it is advisable to do research in order to determine which facility best suits individual needs.

In summary:

Despite these compelling figures in treatment costs in rehabilitation centers, finding an accessing an affordable center is not entirely impossible. There are state funded rehabs for low income earners. There are also nonprofit organizations which offer rehab treatments free of charge or at very low costs.

Furthermore, treating drug abuse costs less than trying to maintain an addictive lifestyle. This includes specialized addiction treatment. A healthy and functional life free of drug or substance abuse will always be the best choice to make, and treatment centers will significantly increase the chances of addictive behaviors by offering a ticket to freedom.

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