12 Questions About the 12-Steps – #2 What Does It Cost?

When we look at treatment opportunities, we often study programs for effectiveness. In reality, the key determining factor for the type of treatment we end up with may be cost.

One thing about the 12-Step program, as James points out in his answer to question #2, is it’s free! Even though passing the hat may be a tradition at meetings, it’s a no-pressure environment. A long battle with addiction can ravage a person’s finances, and most people at 12-Step meetings understand this – or have been in the same position themselves.

While few experts would recommend the 12-Step program as a replacement for needed treatment, a 12-Step program can serve as a galvanizing companion or complement to post-detox treatment. Because a 12-Step program is one of the few activities you can continue after treatment without stressing your budget, it often becomes a key component of aftercare. People who struggle with addiction and have neither the insurance nor the financial resources to pursue treatment often find the 12-Step program is their lifeline.

What Do Full Treatment Programs Cost?

A full treatment sequence, could include the initial detox experience, an inpatient (residential) program, an outpatient program, and a sober living environment, all before the person is out on his or her own with recovery. Each of the pieces is costly, and each may or may not be covered by the individual’s insurance policy – if they have insurance.

Detox, generally the first step to recovery, can happen in a hospital or at a rehab facility; it can be a standalone process (typically in a hospital setting) or part of a continuum that includes “treatment” and/or “aftercare.” In many instances, Detox should be done in a professional environment.