Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Patricia Sullivan MD MPH on 7/17/2021
Are Drug Rehab Centers Free?
Are you looking into drug rehab centers for yourself or a loved one? You might be wondering how to navigate the financial side of the equation. Especially if you’re struggling financially, or simply don’t have the money to pay thousands of dollars for a drug rehab program.
Your fears are understandable. Fortunately, drug rehab centers can be free in some circumstances. In this guide we are going to discuss the best methods for sourcing drug rehab centers for free.
Types of Drug Rehab Centers
In order to assist you in finding a drug rehab center for free, you should know what types of programs are available.
1. State-funded Drug Rehab Centers
State-funded drug rehab centers gather their funding at, you guessed it, the state level. Often, these programs accept state insurance such as Medicaid or medicare. Drug rehab centers that are state-funded may also be able to provide you with emergency Medicaid depending on your drug of choice. So even if you do not have Medicaid (state insurance) or Medicare, they may be able to apply for you while in their care. If this is the case, you will be able to receive care with little to no money out of your pocket.
2. Low-Cost Sliding Scale Rehab Centers
While these drug rehab centers are not funded by the state, they have structured their programs to cater to low-income individuals. Some of these facilities take state Medicaid or Medicare and if this is the case, you can get care at little to no cost to you.
3. Faith-Based Drug Rehab Centers
Faith-based drug rehab centers, or programs, often provide addiction care for free. Even though these programs are faith-based, they can provide an immense amount of help and resources to defeat drug and alcohol addiction. Often, these faith-based rehab centers set aside a certain number of beds to scholarship per year.
It’s important to note that many of these programs do not take the traditional psychology route when it comes to addressing the mental health aspects of addiction. However, if you are a person of faith, or if you’re open to finding faith, there are a lot of inspiration and beautiful lessons to be gained. However, for the majority of the programs, you must go through detox before admission.
How to Find a Free Rehab Center in Your Area
The best way to find a free drug rehab center in your area is to reach out ask! For one, you can give us a call at (888) 906-0952 and see if our vetted state-funded treatment centers can help you. If they are not able to help you, they will give you the information to a program that can.
Here is what you can do:
- Call us at (888) 906-0952 and speak to our admissions specialist and see if there is a rehab in which you can be placed.
- Reach out one by one to low-cost drug rehab centers in your area and ask if they have any scholarships available, or know anyone who does.
- Join online Facebook recovery communities designated for your local area and speak to those in the recovery community. Tell them a little bit about your situation (as much as you’re comfortable with).
- Reach out to other types of rehabs, even nicer ones, and tell them your situation. Ask them if they ever have scholarship beds available. It never hurts to ask.
- Reach out to your local church community and ask about faith-based programs that offer free or low-cost rehab.
- If you get to the point where you consistently reach dead ends, it may be time to take a step back and work together with your family to develop a plan to finance rehab.
What to do If You Can’t Find a Free Drug Rehab Center
The first step is don’t panic or despair. It can feel like you’ve got no one in your corner, and you don’t know how to move forward. It’s understandable to feel that. However, many people have walked in your shoes and found their way to recovery.
There are times when you are unable to get health insurance or find free rehab because:
- You don’t qualify for state or federally funded health insurance.
- You cannot find a program with a bed available.
It’s not a great position to be in, but it’s not a hopeless situation. If you’ve exhausted your options and have no other option but to try to pay for treatment, here are some creative ideas.
Financing (You alone, or you with a co-signer)
Although the last thing you want to do is be in debt, finding financing for drug rehab centers is a good kind of debt. It’s a positive debt, as long as you’re serious about recovery and are ready to learn a better way to live.
Several treatment centers work with lenders who provide financing for treatment. The key is to find a treatment center that is already low-cost so that you’re not going into debt for tens of thousands of dollars over what you can afford long term.
If you do not have the credit to be approved for this type of financing, this is where you bring reinforcements. Talk to your family members or close friends who do have the credit score needed for approval. If you show an earnest and honest intent to get clean and sober, you’d be surprised at who would be there to step into your corner.
One creative way of getting rehab paid for is to collect money from multiple family members. It is not uncommon for family members to come together to save a loved one’s life.
In many cases, admissions specialists will speak directly to your family members to help alleviate any worries. The funds that your family provides can go straight to the drug and alcohol treatment center.
It can be hard to do, but asking for help is necessary for a life or death situation such as addiction.
Finding the Right Drug Rehab Center for You
If you do end up paying for treatment, please seek a low-cost treatment center with good reviews and is reputable.
Having trust in the rehab that you are going to be admitted to is essential. While yes, it’s very important to get into treatment, it is also very important to take some time to research where you are going.
You do not want to have a negative experience in drug rehab, especially if you are paying for your time there.
No matter what you decide or how you decide to achieve it, always know that recovery is possible.
Call us at (888) 906-0952 if you’d like to discuss free, state-funded, or low-cost drug and alcohol treatment options.
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