Private rehab vs. State Funded Rehab

Private rehab vs. State Funded Rehab

The term “rehab” is short for the word rehabilitation and refers to a facility that offers treatment for drug abuse and addiction. Rehab sometimes includes a medical detox program that serves the purpose of helping alcohol- and drug-dependent people to ease completely off substances with less discomfort than going cold turkey, or stopping abruptly.  Another part of rehab is the inpatient program. This part of treatment involves therapy that addresses drug addiction behaviors and coping mechanisms to utilize in a sober lifestyle.


There are two types of rehabs: private rehab and state funded rehab. The main difference between these is the way in which the programs are funded.

Private rehab provides services by being funded either by out-of-pocket payment by the patient or by the patient’s health insurance plan. If you have private insurance through your employer or through your spouse’s or another family member’s employer, then more than likely you can attend a private rehab that is in-network with that plan and only have to pay a deductible, if the plan requires it. Some plans do not even have a deductible in which case you can attend a private rehab with no out-of-pocket cost to you.

State funded rehab is just that: its services are able to exist and be provided to those who cannot afford to pay for rehab or who do not have insurance with support of state funding through tax revenue and/or grants.

Services and Amenities

Another way in which private rehab and state funded rehab differs is in the quality and extent of the services that they provide.

Usually, private rehab offers many more amenities that can make your stay more comfortable. A private rehab provides a resort-like atmosphere with some “extras” besides room, board, and therapy. Oftentimes, they offer spa experiences, yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and so on.

State funded rehab provides adequate services that can help anyone get sober who is willing to do the work. It may not be as cushy as private rehab but it is sufficient and meets high standards of quality of care.

Types of Therapy

Both private rehab and state funded rehab offers therapy for substance abuse and addiction however, the type and intensity of the therapy differ between the two.

Private rehab offers alternative and holistic therapies such as Native American sweat lodges, music and art therapy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, to name only a few. Private rehab also offers the industry standard of cognitive behavioral therapies in both one-on-one and group sessions.

State funded rehab also offer the widely accepted therapy approaches for substance abuse and addiction but often therapy sessions are in group settings because of funding and the growing demand for treatment by more and more people.


Other Considerations: Private Rehab vs. State Funded Rehab

You must be careful to do your research when considering a private rehab. Just because it is private does not mean that it is legitimate or accredited.

Because they must answer to state government and therefore taxpayers, state funded rehabs are strictly regulated. With state funded rehabs, at least you can be sure that treatment is uniform and meets industry standards.






What to do when you can’t afford therapy

Cost of therapy

One of the biggest reasons some people who need therapy don’t get therapy is because of money. They might look at a therapist’s hourly rate and immediately assume that they can’t afford it at all so they just give up. The truth is that if you need therapy you can probably manage to get it you just need to know what to do if you can’t.  Here are some really good ideas on what to do when you can’t afford therapy but really want it or need it.

  • Check with your insurance- Even if you can’t pay the hourly rate out of your own pocket for therapy, you may be able to afford it with insurance, if you have it. Just call your insurance and see what therapists are covered in your network. Chances are therapy that costs one hundred to two hundred dollars will only costs you a fraction of that. If you insurance won’t help pay for therapy find out what it does cover. You may be surprised.


  • Another thing you can do when you can’t afford therapy is try a training clinic. Training clinic offers clients a sliding scale. Usually training clinics are at universities where graduate students are preparing to become psychologists.


  • Try a community mental health center for when you can’t afford therapy. To find a community mental health center use the internet, use Google, or look at your state government website for the Department of Human Services.


  • Read self-help books when you can’t afford therapy. You can call local therapists and just search around online for book recommendations. Depending on what your special needs are you can find self-help books for everything now days.


  • Self-help groups are great when you can’t afford therapy. Self-help groups are free and are a lot like group therapy. Sometimes self-help groups are run by mental health professionals or they are run by peers. Ask therapists if they offer lower costs for group therapy session or where they know of some self-help groups. With self-help groups you can meet people who are struggling with the same thing you are.


  • Look up some natural or holistic ways to deal with whatever you are going through. When you can’t afford therapy you can find other holistic therapies that you can do all by yourself on your own. For instance, you can try working out, meditation, breathing exercises, eating well, drinking more water, or even buying a pet. Whatever it is that may make you feel better naturally. Go get a massage, maybe get into acupuncture, or get some chiropractic care. All of those things are cheaper than some therapy. Either way you can find out all about these holistic ways of healing yourself online or with podcasts and on YouTube.

When you can’t afford therapy you have to do what works for you whatever that is. A lot of the time you will find a solution to your problems in the places you least expected it.