1. Inpatient or outpatient? A substance abuse detox program may be offered on an inpatient or outpatient basis and this can impact both the cost and the effectiveness of the detox program. Inpatient detox programs that are medically supervised are the top pick, but this is also usually the most expensive option as well.
2. What will your insurance cover? Many insurance policies have limitations on substance abuse detox programs and substance abuse treatment. Some will only cover outpatient services, others have a strict limit on the number of days covered or the type of detox program that is allowed.
3. Will you need to move to another facility for substance abuse treatment? In some cases a detox program is provided outside of the treatment setting, and that can mean transitioning to a second program for treatment after you have finished the detox program. This can be a hassle, so you may want to find a facility that offers substance abuse detox and treatment in the same place.
4. How much will you have to pay out of pocket? This can be a big concern, especially if you have little or no insurance coverage. Look at any deductibles in place, any copay that you may be responsible for, and other related expenses to determine what you out of pocket costs will be for the specific detox program.
5. What is the success rate of the substance abuse detox program being considered? You will find that every detox program may have a different rate for success and relapse prevention, and this factor is very important. Look for facilities which offer a high success rate and numerous relapse prevention tools.