How much does drug rehab or alcohol rehab cost in Ontario and the rest of Canada?
This is typically the first question people ask when they or their loved ones suffer from alcohol addiction or drug addiction. We live in Canada and we not only believe in free healthcare, but we also believe we are entitled to free rehab facilities because of our Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). The government along with various non-profit and community-based organizations do their best with the limited resources they have for treatment options.
Unfortunately, when it comes to addiction and mental health treatment there is just a lack of funding and resources to treat all those who need help. Ontario, as well as the rest of Canada, has a limited number of publicly funded beds which means there is quite a long wait period for addiction treatment and rehab programs.
It doesn’t matter if you require help for quitting cocaine, alcohol, weed, or if you are struggling with sex and porn addiction or even gambling or gaming addictions. When you are struggling with addiction and mental health, you want the help when you need it. You also want to find the best addiction treatment centres in Toronto, Ontario (which is close to downtown Toronto or Barrie, Oakville, Brampton, Mississauga, Guelph, Hamilton, etc.) This means that good addiction and mental health care has a real out of pocket cost.
The price of rehab should be broken out into several factors:
- Types of treatment
- What does treatment consist of?
- Detox is not treatment
- Quality of staff & accreditation
- Length of treatment
- Is it too good to be true? Be wary!
- The opportunity cost of not getting help
Types of treatment?
When considering to recover from alcohol and drugs, you should examine your treatment options. Many treatment centres offer outpatient rebab and inpatient rehab with varying costs. Outpatient Rehab is a good option when one is functioning well, has a support system at home or is unable / unwilling to stay at a residential treatment centre. It allows the person the opportunity to continue working and/or parenting and go home at night. The cost of outpatient rehab may change based on a client’s needs, schedule and budget.
However, with the inpatient rehab option, clients are protected from the outside triggers and influences that may perpetuate their addiction problem. The cost of inpatient rehab may change based on the number of days one stays in residential treatment.
What does Addiction Treatment consist of?
When it comes to rehab you get what you pay for. Most government addiction treatment centres are very institutional and hospital-like. Patients feel very much like a number and there is generally a lack of care and compassion for the individuals needing help.
On the other hand, many private treatment centres or luxury rehabs are situated on beautiful campuses connected with nature and provide an ideal setting for relaxation, peacefulness and mindfulness.
Canada has typically been behind the ball in regards to advancement in dealing with addiction treatment. For years and years, Canadian health care providers have treated addiction in a group modality with very little focus on individual therapy. This means that people sit around in a circle without planned programming and very little attention is given on what is driving the individual’s behaviours.
Very few places in Canada have a focus on the individual. The easiest way to ascertain this is based on the number of individual therapy sessions provided. Most treatment centres will offer one session per week with a qualified therapist during a 30-day residential treatment stay.
Although this might be called therapy, it just becomes “case management” with very little emphasis on the mental health aspect of the therapy. If someone comes in struggling with alcohol addiction fuelled by 20 years of anxiety and other trauma, how much will truly be accomplished in 1 session a week?
This is why Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres offers 3 Therapy sessions per week with a Master’s level Registered Therapist along with two family therapy sessions over the course of 30 days. In addition, Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres ensures every residential client has a psychiatric consult during the first week of treatment and the necessary follow-up.
Aftercare is a very crucial component as well. Some programs’ aftercare consists of access to a weekly meeting for a limited period (i.e. 12 weeks). Others offer aftercare available on a perpetual basis. Some rehab centres, like Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres, offers ongoing individual weekly counselling at no additional cost for 2 months, along with a lifelong weekly aftercare program.
What is Detox? Is that the same as Treatment?
Detox is not treatment. Detox is the process of going into “lock-down” if you will. A safe place to sit in a bedroom for 7 days to “dry out”, sober up, not drinking alcohol or abusing drug and withdraw from whatever substances one is using.
Detoxes are generally provided for free by going to your local emergency room. Other private providers will happily charge up to $1,000 per day (minimum of 7 days) to detox, fo you to stop drinking for a while.
Most people feel good and sober after a few days and leave early, heading back home and justify to their loved ones that they sought help. “Hey Honey, Look at me! I’m sober! So I’m better now! I don’t consume alcohol or use drugs anymore!”
WRONG! Detox is not treatment.
There is no therapy and no learning of tools to create a long-lasting recovery and better prepare yourself to deal with future relapse triggers for alcohol, weed or drugs. A strong treatment centre has integrated withdrawal management into their programming so that people can start learning about themselves and the tools they need from the onset.
Quality of Staff and Accreditation
A treatment centre is only as good as its employees. To provide a quality program with a true focus on Addictions & Mental Health, an addiction treatment centre will need to hire a significant number of Master’s level Registered Therapists. Also, there should be access to Registered Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurses and Addictions Counsellors.
Addiction treatment centres are not licensed in Canada, therefore it is extremely important that those providing care are bound by a governing body of legislated codes of ethics and professional conduct.
Accreditation is the process of being validated by a 3rd party entity which certifies the work that a treatment centre provides. In essence, they validate that a treatment centre provides what it says it does. That it has processes, internal policies and procedures to govern itself, manage crisis and provide a safe place for clients. If a facility has not been accredited, you take a risk that you may not receive what you thought you were paying for.
Length of Treatment
Every person suffering from addiction is unique in their own way. Some may require more time in treatment than others. Those suffering from severe anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder may require a prolonged stay at a treatment centre to maximize the therapeutic opportunity in a safe environment.
Some programs may require a full detox week, prior to entering inpatient treatment. Know that when comparing cost, you need to look at the price per day, whether it is a 30-day, 45-day 60 day etc. program. You should always evaluate the price per day.
Is it too good to be true? Be wary!
The price you pay for a chance at recovery should be predicated on the quality of the treatment you are paying for. Not based on false promises. Unlimited Therapy, Guaranteed Recovery, The Highest Success Rates in the country!!!
Be wary! These are promises that cannot be made! There is no price or cost of treatment that can make these false advertising claims come true.
Know that when dealing with an addiction you are dealing with fragile human beings with varying needs and diverse background of personal experiences. Any treatment centre that is Guaranteeing Success or preaching the highest success rates in the country, is trying to sell a magic pill or a cure to addiction that does not exist.
No matter how good a therapist or a program is, no one can Guarantee Recovery. Recovery is a lifelong process. A fragile process which requires work and growth as people evolve during their lives and continue to experience the trials and tribulations of life.
Were you promised unlimited therapy over 30 days? Ask how many beds they have and how many therapists they employ. Time with a massage therapist, acupuncturist and even an addiction counsellor is not time spent in therapy.
Opportunity Cost of not getting help
It is always important to understand the cost of not getting help. The price of treatment consists of the tangible cost per day paid to be in an addiction treatment centre.
The true cost of addiction treatment is the price you pay by continuing to hurt your family and the loved ones. The long term impairment on your career prospects, your missed chance at an education.
The continued cost of paying for cocaine, drugs, alcohol.
Or the effects of alcohol or these drugs: The cost of a life. A DUI charge. Legal fees of a divorce, separation.
Worse… The impact of the death of a loved one or time spent in prison.
Unfortunately, Ontario and Canada do not currently provide the necessary addiction and mental health support that we need. There is an out of pocket cost. Some people may have partial or full health coverage through their private insurance companies. The average cost is ranging anywhere from $500 to $800 per day for residential treatment and $1000 if you are purely seeking short term medical detox. Do your research.
Be educated and not sold. Find the program that suits your budget and the lifelong goals of the addict in your life.