Finding an Alcohol and Drug Detox Center

A detox or detoxification center is a facility where people who suffer from alcoholism or dependency on drugs can go through the withdrawal process under the supervision of medical professionals. This allows a patient's progress to be carefully monitored and symptoms to be treated, especially during the initial stages of withdrawal.

Finding a Local Detox Center

There are a few resources that can help you find a detox center near you. A good place to start is talking with your doctor. This can be a good approach because you doctor is already familiar with your medical history and may be able to recommend a center that meets your specific needs.

You can find a detox center based on recommendations from friends or family members who have undergone similar treatments. It's also a good idea to search the Internet for nonprofit organizations that work with people suffering from alcoholism or other addictions; staff members with these organizations are likely aware of nearby centers.

Costs Associated with Detox Centers

Costs associated with detox treatments depend on a number of factors. These include the substances used, level of service, and the length of the detox treatment, which commonly ranges from three to 10 days. Costs also depend on the type of program you choose (traditional inpatient, outpatient, luxury, or holistic), the type of detox (yoga and meditation therapy, acupuncture, or nonmedical vitamin therapy detox) and the detox setting (hospital or private facility).

The costs of detox centers may range from $400 to more than $2,000 per day; the average cost is typically between $800 and $1,200 per day.

Paying for Detox Services

If you have insurance, most policies will at least pay a percentage of the cost of detox center treatment, while some offer financing options. There are a number of available options if you are uninsured and cannot cover the costs of receiving treatment at a detox facility on your own. Consider contacting no-cost public service groups such as Oxford House. You can also find a directory of free or low-cost detox centers around the United States at

Detox programs are also available in hospitals that offer indigent care. Some facilities offer fees based on an income sliding scale or grants based on financial need. Others may offer a discount if they know you are personally paying for your entire detox treatment.

If money is no object, you can find a detox center that offers extended stays, state-of-the-art services, and comfort amenities along with treatment. You can use an Internet directory to filter your searches according to location and services provided.

Last Updated: January 12, 2017