Make no mistake, recovery is perhaps one of the most significant emotional and financial investments an individual or family will ever have to make. Estimates on the average cost of 30-day residential addiction treatment programs range from $20,000 to $30,000, with some facilities offering fewer services at lower prices and well-known treatment centers costing as much as $60,000.
Without long-term structured support, relapse is likely and costly, with some estimates putting the real cost of recovery between $100,000 and $250,000.
Okay. Pause. Take a breath. We know…
We know the cost of addiction and recovery is too high. We know long-term early recovery support has to be more affordable and effective to help the estimated 1 in 3 families (85 million people) who are impacted by addiction.
Next Step Recovery’s highly structured transitional living program is not only a sustainable investment, it is also an incredible value for long-term recovery support.
For approximately half of the cost of an average 30-day in-patient program, our residents can receive a full year of structured recovery support in a safe, sober living environment with daily onsite access to addictions specialists, life skills training, employment assistance, 12-step support, relapse prevention education, and a strong community of peers in recovery.
Choosing our transitional living program is one the best and most affordable ways to protect your investment in treatment while investing in a sustainable long-term recovery (the best investment of all).
Research has consistently shown that remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time, with access to a variety of recovery treatments and supports, is critical to long-term recovery. The greatest vulnerability for relapse is within the first 120 days after entering treatment, and post-acute withdrawal symptoms can continue to be experienced for up to 12 months or more. As much as one-third of those who complete a residential treatment program will be readmitted in the first year, and 50 percent will be readmitted in the first 5 years.
At Next Step, we recommend a minimum stay of 3 months up to 18 months to help residents successfully navigate the critical early recovery period while they rebuild and take responsibility for their lives, their work, their relationships and their lifestyle.
Many of our residents choose to stay with us for a year or more, recognizing the value of our program and services when compared to normal monthly living expenses and the potentially devastating financial and emotional costs of relapsing and active addiction.
We encourage you to read the personal testimonials from the hundreds of men who have successfully completed our program.
When considering the cost of recovery options, it’s important to remember the cost of untreated addiction. It’s much higher than you may think.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the annual cost of drug and alcohol addiction in the United States is $417 billion, which includes the cost of crime, lost work productivity and health care.
And then there’s the irreplaceable cost of lives lost to addiction. Nearly 132,000 Americans die annually from alcohol-related causes and drug overdoses. That’s an average of 360 lives per day, making addiction one of our nation’s leading preventable causes of death (far surpassing traffic accidents, gun violence and falls combined).
In early recovery, timing and support are everything.
If you are considering the next step after in-patient treatment, we encourage you to contact our recovery specialists to discuss how Next Step can support your long-term recovery goals and your investment.