Free & Low-Cost Drug Rehab Guide If you, or someone you know, needs drug treatment, there are low-cost and no-cost options avail PDF
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Free & Low-Cost Drug Rehab Guide
If you, or someone you know, needs drug treatment, there
are low-cost and no-cost options available.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are classified as fatal
As a result, all levels of drug treatment are considered
healthcare. As healthcare, they can be expensive,
sometimes even with insurance. Since substance abuse
rehabilitation is addressed medically, it is often funded by
Sooner or later, most addicts and alcoholics reach a pivotal
moment where they decide: “I’ve had enough, I need help.”
In that decisive moment can be the first step down the road
to recovery. In most cases, some recovery support is
needed. Achieving long-term abstinence without assistance
is rare. Help can come from both professional and nonprofessional guidance.
For those who need it, there are low-cost and no-cost
If you have any type of healthcare coverage, be sure and try
and use it.
Treatment is the best way to begin recovery.
Getting properly detoxed is the first phase in the process.
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) is the most comprehensive
resource for finding information on substance abuse
recovery programs. Calling a government agency may
sound intimidating, or even a waste of time. In this case,
SAMSHA is an amazing and painless resource.
SAMHSA is the federal government’s main division for
providing drug and alcohol help and information.
It is possible to find a free, or low cost program by calling
SAMHSA’s toll-free number.
The SAMHSA helpline is totally confidential and available
24/7, 365-days-a-year, no-cost service.
Services are provided in both English and Spanish.
Although SAMHSA’s database is not overly difficult to
navigate, we suggest calling the SAMHSA helpline first. It is
the quickest and easiest way to get accurate and timely
information. When you call SAMSHA, you’ll quickly be
connected to a real person; trained to respond to all
questions. SAMSHA’s there to help provide referrals to local
treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based
SAMSHA’s no-cost helpline: 1-800-662-4357
You can also access SAMHSA’s database directly on its
website. That database contains a comprehensive list of
facilities and programs at all levels of care. Access is at the
city, state, county or zip code level. Type in where you want
to search, level of care, and what kind of insurance (if any)
To access SAMSHA’s database
Free Rehab Options
1) The Salvation Army
Although the Salvation Army sounds less than attractive, it
has helped thousands of people get started in recovery.
Most are well very run, and help when no one else will.
From Salvation Army’s website: “For over 100 years, The
Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers and Harbor
Light Programs have offered spiritual, emotional, and social
assistance to those who have lost the ability to cope with
their problems and provide for themselves.”
The Salvation Army has more no-fee rehabilitation facilities
than any other organization in the world.
There is no-cost for attending their inpatient, residential
2) Twelve-Step Programs
Believe it or not, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics
Anonymous (NA) have helped millions of people around the
world get clean and sober through their 12-step programs.
Although not officially a treatment program per se, lots of
people have started recovery by going to “90 meetings in 90
days”. AA and NA is fellowship of men and women who help
each other stay clean and sober, one day at a time.
Technically, AA or NA are not a rehab (or detox) program.
All it takes to begin recovery is to walk into an AA or NA
meeting with an open mind and willingness to change.
The only ongoing requirement is the desire to not drink or
use any other mood-altering chemical.
There is no cost, contributions are strictly voluntary.
Go to 5-6 meetings before deciding if AA or NA is right for
It can all start by finding a meeting nearby. Both websites
have comprehensive databases of meeting times and
Find a local AA meeting
Locate a NA meeting
Free Or Low Cost Rehab Possibilities
Sober Living or Halfway Houses
For those with little financial resources and no insurance,
consider the possibility of a sober living house (SLH).
See a full discussion about Sober Living Houses (SLH’s) as
a possible lower-cost recovery path.
One week of sobriety may allow someone in early recovery
to qualify to live in a SLH for the cost of rent and food. As a
resident, they will continue to recover using AA or NA 12step programs (usually a requirement). SLH’s are not rehab
and are rarely, if ever, covered by healthcare insurance.
Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization that offer help
for teens or adults overcome addiction.
Possible Low-Cost Insurance
Medicaid may assist with all levels of treatment services.
From their website; “In all states, Medicaid provides health
coverage for most low-income people. In some states, the
program covers all low-income adults below a certain
For up-to-date information about Medicaid eligibility head to
the Health and Human Services website.
To officially determine Medicaid eligibility
To apply for Medicaid
Affordable Care Act Insurance
The federal government’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) was
created to help lower-income people gain access to health
care Insurance. Insurance acquired through ACA may pay
for a major portion of recovery and may be a good lowercost recovery path. Unfortunately, ACA’s open enrollment
period for 2019 closed on December 15, 2018. Open
enrollment for 2020 starts November 1, 2019 and closes
December 15, 2019.
There’s possibly a way to qualify for insurance through ACA
That possibility is called a Qualifying Event (QE) where
some may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).
That SEP could occur any time in a year that’s outside of
normal Open Enrollment dates. Two major Qualifying Events
are: loss of a job and consequently loss of healthcare; or
recently getting married. There are more QE’s than those
To see if you are eligible for one of ACA’s Qualifying Events,
For those already on Medicare, some rehabilitation facilities
might accept Medicare, especially for detox or Intensive Out
Patient (IOP) rehab. To find out which rehabilitation facilities
takes Medicare in your state, call SAMSHA’s National