If you need help, even if you don't have much money, there are people who will help you. Learn how to find a low cost drug or alcohol rehab.
Getting Help Without Insurance
In the best of all worlds, you would have comprehensive private health insurance or you would have the means to self finance a needed stay at one of the best private drug and alcohol rehabs in the country.
There is no denying it, they are better and you do get what you pay for. Private drug and alcohol rehabs will provide a far higher level of personal comfort and privacy, will offer a greater variety of alternative and helpful programs, will boast tranquil meditative grounds and most importantly, will give you the intensity of private and one on one therapy you need for the best chance at recovery.
If you can afford private drug rehab, even if it's a bit of a financial stretch, it is well worth it; and sobriety always makes financial sense over time whatever the upfront costs.
But if you don’t have the money, you don’t have the money. For those of us without good credit, without reasonable health insurance, and with no hopes of self financing an expensive month of private care, is there anywhere we can go? Will anyone help us?
Affordable Drug and Alcohol Rehabs
If you cannot pay for private care, you have three options.
1) Get State Funded Subsidized Care
Even if you are not eligible for Medicare, you may qualify for full or partial coverage at a state funded rehab. Some of state funded facilities offer an exceptional level of care, and if you are eligible and the waiting list is reasonable, this can be a very good option.
Call your state social services office to find out about your eligibility and about waiting lists for care.
2) Find a Low Cost Rehab.
Which is easier said than done, but they do exist. There are rehabs that exist solely to provide services for people who cannot afford private care, but cannot qualify for state funded rehabs. These programs generally offer care with fees based on a sliding scale related to your income and ability to pay. These rehabs will work with you to ensure that you get the care you need, and in some cases, may even waive initial fees for those in real financial distress.
These rehabs can be tough to find. You should ask your local pastor or minister, your local doctor and even the people at the state social services office for good local options. Most will have web pages, but these web pages are often buried so deeply that you really have very little chance of finding them.
If you need assistance in finding a low cost rehab in your area, please contact us at ChooseHelp, we can help you find something that's going to work for you.
3) Find a Totally Free Rehab
For those in real financial need, and for those unable to pay for any portion of their care, charity rehabs will take you in for nothing. The Salvation Army runs about 200 long term rehabs across the country, and the Baptist Missions run a similar number. There is no charge for those in need.
Another option is a sober living environment. These sober living homes do not offer intensive therapies, but most will take you in for nothing or nearly nothing, and only ask that once you can get a job that you contribute your fair share towards the house expenses. These are very affordable, supportive and long term options, and can be an excellent sobriety resource.
Get the help you need
Any rehab or drug or alcohol treatment is better than nothing, and when you make the decision to get help, you need to get help fast. Don’t delay needed care because you don’t think you can afford what you need. There is someone somewhere waiting with a bed and a concerned heart, waiting to take you in.
You can get better. Get the help you need and look forward to a far better life of sobriety.
Page last updated Jun 24, 2012