Rising rehab costs, repeat visits draining savings of families

Here’s a good read from The Wall Street Journal about the rising costs of rehabs, the lack of adequate coverage from insurance companies for addiction help and the painful fact that many addicts need repeat visits to rehab before they get better (if they do at all).

The article also touches on how the rehab industry is so scattered with inconsistent treatment programs and often inexperienced staffing. Yet they are so pricey.

There has to be a better way. Personally, I had to take a large chunk of retirement savings to pay for my rehab in Florida. My rehab was not perfect and it was certainly pricey. However, it worked (so far). I believe the key thing for me, which is missing from the people profiled in this article, is that I found a 12-step program which I attend multiple times a week (with a cost of just a couple bucks in the basket).

This article also discusses some folks using the ole marijuana maintenance program: smoking pot but abstaining from other substances. It’s been my experience that doesn’t work. You’re still feeding your addiction.

I pray the families in this article find peace and I pray we as a nation figure out a way to address the rising costs of addiction. There has to be ways to bring costs down.

Some key parts of the article:

“Federal data show that 22.5% of admissions for substance-abuse treatment involve someone who has already had one previous round of treatment. Another 21% involve people who have had two or three previous rounds, and 20.2% are for those who have had four or more, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”


“The insurance claims of Americans with employer-provided coverage show the rising burden. From 2012 through 2016, spending for substance-use admissions to inpatient facilities rose 54% per person in this group, which includes about half the U.S. population, according to an analysis of insurance claims by the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute. Total health-care spending per person in this population grew 15%.”


“Consumers’ out-of-pocket spending for these substance-use admissions soared 80% per person, versus 12% growth for their health-care services over all.”