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How Much Does Treatment for Oxycontin Addiction Cost?

By Neha Kashyap
Medically Reviewed by Arpan Parikh, MD, MBA on July 08, 2021
Learn how much Oxycontin addiction treatment might cost and how to pay for it, no matter your circumstance.

If you or a loved one is addicted to Oxycontin, the cost of treatment shouldn’t deter you from seeking help. 

“There are many funds available, especially as almost all states and the federal government have declared the opioid epidemic a state of public health emergency. That’s the good news,” Kosali Simon, PhD, associate vice provost of Health Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington, tells WebMD Connect to Care. 

Insurance doesn’t always cover expensive treatments, but lower-cost treatments are available, Simon advises. Here’s more on opioid addiction treatment costs and what insurance might cover.

Oxycontin Addiction Treatment Cost

Opioids like Oxycontin — which is a brand of the generic drug Oxycodone — are pain relievers that also provide a euphoric “high.” Other opioids include:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl

If you have an opioid addiction, you should know there are several ways to manage addiction treatment costs, including:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants
  • Local grants
  • Community health centers
  • Rehab scholarships
  • Charity or non-profit funds
  • Sliding scale fees
  • Payment plans
  • Tele-health services
  • Online therapy
  • Medication coupons
  • Free support groups like Narcotics Anonymous

Here are some common addiction treatment routes and their costs:

Detox centers: These are facilities where doctors monitor detox, which is the most acute part of withdrawal, or the body’s reaction to going without a drug it’s dependent on. Detox centers provide medications to help with withdrawal symptoms like nausea, chills, blood pressure changes, and cravings. Medications like buprenorphine can be taken for detox or long-term recovery as part of medically assisted treatment (MAT).

Detoxing can take from three days to two weeks, Adi Jaffe, PhD, an addiction expert in Los Angeles, tells WebMD Connect to Care. “Detox is also the most expensive form of care and can cost between $3,000 and $15,000...due to the high cost of medical involvement,” Jaffe says.

As for detoxing in an emergency room, both Jaffe and Simon advise against it except during emergencies, considering the potential costs. But emergency departments can refer you to a detox facility.

Inpatient opioid addiction treatment: Inpatient treatment, or rehab, is a residential stay at a treatment facility for at least 30 days and may include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Medication
  • Life planning
  • Mental health treatment

According to American Addiction Centers, inpatient treatment costs anywhere from $2,000 to $25,000 monthly, depending on services. According to Hilary Weinstein, LCSW, a Manhattan-based psychotherapist, rehab stays can extend two to three months, with costs reaching upwards of $65,000 for longer stays. Weinstein advises that to make “an informed decision about cost” when choosing a rehab, you’ll want to consider the following:

  • Facility and staff licensing
  • Staff-to-patient ratio
  • Whether mental health treatments are also available
  • Aftercare support

Outpatient addiction treatment: Outpatient opioid addiction treatment is treatment without an overnight stay at a facility, including:

  • Therapy 
  • Medication
  • Support groups
  • Social services

According to American Addiction Centers, outpatient treatment costs can range from free to $10,000, such as for programs that provide services like multiple therapy sessions a week. Individual therapy can range from free to $100-plus a session, while social services are available at your local community health center. 

Does Insurance Cover It?

Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans, Medicare, and Medicaid are all required to provide some mental health treatment, and most insurance plans will cover detox as well as some outpatient services and maybe a month of rehab.

“Patients or family of patients seeking help should speak with the patient’s insurance provider to discuss financing options, sliding scale payment schedules, and payment plans,” Weinstein says.

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