How Much Does Drug or Alcohol Rehab Cost in Ontario?

The cost of drug and alcohol rehab in Ontario - Centres for Health and Healing

Deciding to seek treatment for an addiction can be a daunting process, there are various things to consider, and you may wonder about the effectiveness of drug or alcohol rehab and whether or not it is suitable for you and your particular needs.

Taking the first steps to recovery can be scary, but once you understand more about the process and begin treatment, you will feel much better about your decision.

Seeking treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.

If you’re seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, various treatment options can help you get clean and achieve lasting sobriety.

However, the truth is, in Canada specifically, there are not many publicly funded rehab facility programs due to a profound lack of funding and resources. 

And for those with funding, the waiting list to join these addiction programs can be significantly longer than the average wait times.

If you require urgent help for a drug or alcohol addiction, you probably shouldn’t wait around for treatment.

This article should help answer any questions you may have about rehab treatment, allowing you to make the right decision for you.

What to look out for when seeking rehab treatment for drug or alcohol addiction

Whatever type of addiction treatment you have in mind, you must find a suitable rehab facility that meets your individual needs and health condition(s).

In our experience, the most effective substance abuse programs offer a holistic approach to healing. The focus of treatment is to address not only your addiction but any underlying physical or mental health conditions that might affect your chances of recovery.

Although lasting abstinence is always the ultimate goal of substance abuse recovery, there must also be a strong focus on the co-occurring conditions that may contribute to you misusing drugs or alcohol for treatment to be the most effective.

This article will explore what to look for when seeking drug or alcohol treatment in a rehab facility, including effective treatments and costs.

What are the different rehab options?

Like most things, drug or alcohol treatment in a rehab facility is usually a case of “you get what you pay for.”

Whether you seek help for a substance addiction or mental health disorder (or both), quality care will cost more than other types of treatment.

There are various factors involved in private rehab treatment that can help you get the most out of your recovery and minimise your chances of future relapse.

Let’s look at some of these factors in more detail.

Environment

Our environment and surroundings make a huge difference to recovery – private rehab facilities offer specific resources and amenities that facilitate recovery while allowing you to heal at your own pace.

Most private addiction rehabs offer the following:

  • Private accommodation 
  • Unlimited gym access
  • A higher volume of onsite mental health specialists and dedicated staff
  • Serene, intimate surroundings in which to recover
  • Daily activities and an indoor swimming pool
  • In-house chefs

But that’s not all.

Specialised staff and higher quality of care

Studies show that those with substance use disorders often have other conditions, sometimes called co-occurring disorders.

For example, a person may have an opioid use disorder and depression or alcohol use disorder and anxiety.

Co-occurring disorders are when a person is simultaneously diagnosed with two mental health conditions: a substance use disorder and a mental health condition.

Why do you need to know all this?

Private rehab facilities can provide more intense specialised care to help you overcome your addiction while treating any mental health problems you may have – but it doesn’t stop there.

Treatment at a private rehab facility means that those treating you have been trained to a much higher level – for instance, staff are usually trauma-informed and trained to treat and diagnose various mental health disorders, not just addiction.

Co-occurring disorders

All these factors make a difference in the cost of private rehab – you may pay more for personal care than other types of treatment, but the results will also be markedly different.

For instance, most private rehabs treat co-occurring disorders such as:

Low-cost care

On the other hand, treatment facilities that provide lower-cost care usually have less experienced staff, including limited education and experience in treating addiction and mental health disorders.

Your treatment team must understand your individual needs and requirements to help you get the most out of your recovery. 

Your treatment team may consider the following:

  • The type of addiction you have
  • Your personal history 
  • Any concurrent disorders you may have
  • Previous treatment outcomes

What type of addictions does rehab treat?

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Rehab centres offer treatment for various addictions and mental health disorders. These include:

Green flags to look out for when searching for rehab addiction treatment

There are various “green flags” to look out for when seeking drug or alcohol treatment at a rehab facility. 

Signs that you may have found a high-end rehab facility that offers multidisciplinary care and treatment include the following:

  • Dual-diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders
  • A trauma-informed approach to care 
  • Treatment that provides specific amenities such as private accommodation, daily activities and mindfulness practice
  • A higher ratio of specialised staff onsite
  • Personalised treatment programs 
  • Aftercare support 

Amenities

If our surroundings make a difference in our mental health, you must consider this when considering your treatment options.

Most private rehab facilities offer private accommodation, gourmet dietary options, daily activities and excursions, scenic, peaceful views, and access to gym and pool amenities.

On the other hand, lower-cost rehab facilities usually provide shared accommodation to patients; moreover, not as many staff are available outside regular weekly therapy sessions.

The keyword here is “quality”.

Like anything, to get more out of something, we have to invest more, and there’s no better investment than your health. 

What services and treatments do private rehab facilities offer?

Private rehab centres generally offer bespoke treatments and approaches to addiction and mental health.

However, the underlying component of all treatment is a trauma-informed perspective. 

A trauma-informed approach to addiction treatment

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Studies have shown that substance addictions and some mental health disorders are often due to adverse experiences such as childhood trauma, abuse or neglect or other traumatic experiences such as divorce, the death of a loved one, or exposure to chronic stress.

High-end rehab facilities operate on a trauma-informed framework; the belief is that if someone’s trauma is addressed and resolved, the person has a much higher chance of recovery and lasting abstinence.

Private rehab centres offer the following treatments:

Is there a cost for rehab treatment in Canada?

The short answer is yes โ€“ there is a cost for you to attend addiction treatment in Ontario and broader Canada.

As mentioned, limited public resources and funding are a massive issue throughout Canada despite the country’s prevalent drug abuse and addiction issues.

The same goes for other addictions, and mental health treatment in general – the lack of funding and public resources can be detrimental to those who need access to specific treatment and care.

Even treatment centres that get public funding have limited resources due to the lack of government funding and support. This can sometimes mean waiting lists are more extended and treatment less comprehensive.

How much does quality rehab cost, and what does it entail?

Quality addiction treatment and care are going to cost more than standard care – if you need addiction treatment urgently, which is the case for most people, then it’s probably not a good idea to wait for treatment.

There are effective, high-quality rehab centres in Ontario that can put you on the right track to healing and recovery quickly.

The best addiction treatment centres in Ontario offer various treatments and approaches but may look like the following:

  • Mental health treatment programs
  • A trauma-informed, dual-diagnostic approach to care
  • Specialised multidisciplinary staff and care team
  • Individualised treatment methods 
  • Comprehensive addiction treatment programs (not just medical detox)
  • Inpatient and outpatient treatment programs
  • Aftercare support

What is the most important thing to look out for when searching for an addiction rehab program?

Finding recovery will be different for everyone – however, much of the success is in the detail – for instance, rehab centres that offer mental health treatment are usually the most effective.

To get to the root cause of substance abuse, a person must engage in trauma and cognitive behaviour therapy treatments.

Addressing the root cause of addiction

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Rehab addiction programs can help you understand more about your addiction, thus giving you the tools to change unwanted beliefs, thoughts, and behaviours.

In addition, treatment programs such as this help teach people healthier coping skills, so they are better equipped to deal with stress.

Unfortunately, unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, behavioural addictions and other destructive behaviours are common for people who have faced adversity. 

But it doesn’t have to stay this way. Help and support are available and various rehab programs can give you the best foundation for lasting healing and recovery.

Essentially, lasting recovery focuses on much more than the addiction or how a person “presents” clinically; the ultimate goal is to explore the root cause and unpack any problems that may have led you to substance abuse.

Are there any red flags?

High-quality rehab treatment is holistic and doesn’t just involve one treatment. So, for example, if a person completes medical detox, this does not mean their treatment is finished; it means they have completed one phase of their treatment.

You must know that medical detox is not considered an addiction treatment on its own; it should always be followed up by a comprehensive treatment program that includes various forms of therapy and aftercare by trained professionals.

How much does drug and alcohol rehab cost in Ontario?

Rehab costs vary depending on many factors – these may include the type of addiction or other co-occurring disorders you may have and the severity of symptoms, history and previous treatment outcomes.

Typically, if you are seeking lower-cost rehab, the daily fees for this treatment are around $600.

The fees for high-end rehab services, such as private inpatient treatment, can be up to $1200 daily. These services include more specialised treatment programs and evidence-based therapies, so naturally, the price reflects that.

Most drug and alcohol rehab centres in Ontario cost around $60,000 for a 30-day program. 

Does health insurance cover rehab fees?

Yes. Health insurance can cover some of the treatment costs of rehab.

Contacting Centres for Health and Healing

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, you must speak to a mental health professional who can help.

Just the thought of entering a rehab program may seem daunting at first – you may have some concerns about what the process entails and other questions around costing and duration of treatment.

Ultimately, the decision to enter rehab is yours and yours only – we aim to support you in making the right decision for your health, happiness and future, and what that looks like will be different for everyone.

No matter your concerns, the Centres for Health and Healing team is always around to lend a listening ear.

We specialise in diagnosing and treating various addictions and mental health disorders – our programs are diverse and personalised to suit each individual’s needs and treatment requirements. Contact us today for more information and support.

Lisa Davies - Program Director of Vaughan Recovery and Kirby Estate

About Lisa Davies

Lisa is the Program Director at Centres for Health and Healing. She lived for most of her life in the Durham region, before moving to Peel five years ago.

Lisa is a Master Hypnotist and is certified in Hypnotherapy (2008), Self-Hypnosis and in 5-phase Advanced Therapeutic Healing. As a Member of National Guild of Hypnotists, she is also specialized in hypnosis training in pediatrics, pain management, neuro-linguistic and stage programming.

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