Addiction creates an environment of constant chaos. We’ve seen firsthand how disruptive substance use can be—it strains relationships, changes the addicted individual’s personality, and causes serious financial problems. While families would give anything to get their loved one back, many are unable to pay the rates charged by professional interventionists. How much does an intervention cost, and what are some more affordable alternatives?
The True Price of Addiction
Substance use disorder is an expensive illness to have. People with this condition gain a new set of priorities; all of their money goes to purchasing drugs or alcohol. This happens because of the way substances hijack the brain’s reward system. When someone is used to the powerful dopamine rush associated with drinking or using drugs, everyday tasks fail to generate the same satisfaction. This decreases a person’s motivation to do things they used to handle automatically, like paying rent or saving up for a vacation.
That’s why it’s common for addicted individuals to experience major financial hardship. Signs of this include:
- Being fired from their job (usually due to lost productivity or on-the-job substance use)
- Repeatedly “borrowing” money from friends and family
- Taking valuables from loved ones and selling them
- Leaving bills unpaid, even if there are major consequences (like their phone or power being shut off, or receiving notice of eviction)
- Denying that they are struggling financially
- Incurring major expenses due to car accidents, injuries, addiction-related illnesses, or legal problems
These factors only highlight the financial burden brought on by substance use disorder. However, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the hardship faced by the addicted individual and their loved ones. When it’s time for the suffering to stop, many families turn to the professionals. However, they may be surprised by how expensive staging an intervention can be.
Determining the Cost of an Intervention
Like all providers, interventionists customize their rates based on the services they provide. For example, many high-end companies offer transport to an accredited treatment facility after the intervention has concluded. This type of additional assistance will increase the total cost of an intervention.
Other professionals charge by the time they commit to each person’s case. While some offer flat rates for three months, six months, or a year of case management, others have more flexible policies. For example, Intervention On Call’s founder Sam Davis partners with each family until their loved one has completed an inpatient treatment program, no matter how long that takes.
For the reasons above, the cost of an intervention varies widely. Often, they are priced between $3,000 and $20,000. Factors like travel will increase this rate. Many professionals collect their payment in stages—half up front, and half just before or after the intervention.
An Affordable Alternative
There is a new option for families who need guidance at a reasonable price. For just $150, Intervention On Call provides loved ones with access to trained, experienced interventionists. We have found that a majority of families don’t actually require a facilitator on site for their intervention; instead, they just need a strategy and new methods of communication. That information is provided by our team of nine experts on a per-hour basis.
The support offered by Intervention On Call is both unparalleled and unlimited. There is no restriction on the number of calls that a family can make, which means that any questions or concerns can be addressed in real time. Appointments are available within 48 hours, so there is always a professional just a click away.
To learn more about the Intervention On Call difference, contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you.