Free Treatment [Overcoming addiction without breaking the bank]
and for many out there who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction private treatment may not be an option. However, there are many free treatment programs which are available to those who have little to no money but are still hoping to release themselves from the grips of addiction. With options like state funded and faith based treatment programs, treatment is now available to anyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay.
In many ways free treatment programs are very similar to private ones, however there are some significant differences as well. If you or your loved one are looking for substance abuse treatment and are worried about the financial aspect, then it is important to become as informed as possible about the various different options available. Depending on your situation, there may be many low or no cost treatment options available which can help you overcome your addiction and regain a normal and healthy life.
The most important thing to remember is that there is help out there for everyone, no matter what your situation is. Finding these options can range from quite easy to somewhat frustrating, depending on where you live and the number of different options available, but if you stay dedicated then you will be able to find the program which fits not only your financial situation but your specific treatment needs as well.
Here are some of the most common types of free treatment and some tips and tricks to make finding one of these programs as stress free as possible for you.
Types of free treatment –
State Funded Treatment
State funded treatment programs are one of the most common options for people with drug and alcohol abuse issues who cannot afford private treatment. These programs are typically able to treat those who are covered by your state’s Medicaid program, or they can help you apply for coverage with the state Medicaid program if you are not already covered by it.
These programs can vary quite a bit in both the quality and level of care that they provide, and you may need to undergo an initial evaluation with a social worker in order to determine your economic situation as well as your specific treatment needs. The good news is that most states do have fairly good options for free treatment which includes inpatient detoxification and residential substance abuse treatment. Many of these programs offer treatment which is similar to private substance abuse facilities, with only a few major differences. One of the biggest differences someone will notice is that the facility itself is often more crowded than a private facility. Many programs have living quarters where as many as 6 or 8 patients share a room and have communal bathrooms. This is due to the fact that state funded treatment centers are in high demand and they must treat as many people as possible. This also means that in some areas of the country waiting lists to get into inpatient state funded free treatment centers can be long. In major cities the waiting lists for a bed can be well over a month, meaning that those who are seeking treatment must be motivated to change.
The good news about state funded free treatment is that other than the waiting lists and the crowded accommodations, the treatment itself is usually quite good. Most free treatment programs have licensed counselors and are able to offer helpful therapies which can allow someone to overcome their substance abuse issues.
Faith based treatment
The other common form of free treatment is from faith based treatment programs. Many of these programs are funded by local churches and donations. It is important to know that while these programs do have a strong religious component to them, it is not necessarily required that you are a part of a specific church to receive free treatment from them. You are usually required to participate in the religious aspects of the program however. If you have a strong religious belief and are not able to afford the cost of private treatment then free treatment at a faith based treatment facility may be a good option for you.
There are some significant differences in faith based free treatment programs however. Along with the strong religious aspect of these programs, most of them do not offer medical detoxification, meaning the individual must have a certain amount of time clean before they are able to begin the program (usually anywhere between 3 days and 1 week). Many of the faith based free treatment programs also incorporate a form of work therapy into their programs as well. This is usually done for two reasons: first to help subsidize the costs of providing treatment for free, and second to allow the patients to gain some experience working a normal job in the hopes that they will be better able to work a full time job once they have completed the free treatment program.
Many of the other aspects of a faith based free treatment program are similar to a state funded facility. They can be somewhat crowded and sometimes have waiting lists, but the treatment programs typically offer a decent quality of care which includes 12-step meetings and group counseling with a licensed therapist.
What is free treatment like?
In many ways free substance abuse treatment is very similar to private substance abuse treatment. The main goal of all of these programs is to help people overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol in order to restore their lives and become productive members of society. This means that most free treatment programs will offer things like 12-step meetings and support, individual and group therapy, social support programs and many times free aftercare programs as well. Some programs may even include things like family therapy, childcare classes and even resume building and work placement services.
There are some differences between free treatment and private treatment programs which can be somewhat significant however. Often times the most common complaint about free treatment programs is the difficulty of actually admitting to one. This can be difficult and time consuming because there is a lot of demand for these treatment centers. Most programs only have a certain number of beds, but considerably more people looking for help which means that they often have to utilize waiting lists. While the specifics of these waiting lists can vary from one facility to another, some of them require the potential patients to call in on a regular basis in order to hold their spot on the waiting list, which can be as long as months. This creates a difficult situation because most people who seek treatment for drug and alcohol abuse are in need of treatment immediately and have a hard time waiting months before they can finally acquire help.
Another major difference between free and private treatment centers are the facilities themselves. While private programs are typically quite nice and comfortable, the accommodations at free treatment centers can vary quite a bit. Some free programs are almost as nice as private programs, offering bedrooms with only 2 or 3 people and relatively small group sizes. However, other programs can have as many as 10 or more people in a single room and have dozens of patients being treated at the same time. This can lead to less individualized treatment and specialized therapy options. Still, while many free treatment programs are not as nice as private facilities, they do offer help that can help those struggling with substance abuse turn their lives around and it’s important not to be discouraged if you find out that a free treatment program is the only viable option for you or your loved one.
Other options for treatment
If you find yourself unable to pay for substance abuse treatment it is often a good idea to call private treatment facilities and inquire about the possibility of scholarships that may be available. Many private treatment centers provide a certain number of scholarships for those in need, meaning that they can provide treatment for a significantly reduced cost or sometimes no cost at all depending on the situation.
There are also many financing programs out there that are able to loan you money in order to receive free treatment right away and pay off the cost over a longer period of time. Many of these programs are flexible when it comes to credit scores and payment plans, so it is important to contact a few before deciding on which one to take. It is important to remember however that if you choose this option, you will be responsible for paying the amount back at some point.
The affordable healthcare act which was passed a few years back made it much easier for those who are unemployed or self-employed to purchase private insurance for themselves. Purchasing private medical insurance typically opens up the potential options from treatment considerably, making private treatment programs more accessible. It is important to remember however that there is typically a waiting period after purchasing private insurance before you are able to actually use it, meaning this option is not great for those who need treatment immediately. There also is a cost associated with the monthly premiums, deductibles and co-insurance amounts which you may be responsible for paying.
Help from family
Another option that people forget about is help from friends and family. Many people who struggle with substance abuse are too ashamed to ask their family or help, but often times family is more than happy to help cover some of the costs of private treatment. It never hurts to ask your support network if they are able to help, the worst that could happen is that they say no.
How to find free treatment
Finding a free treatment program can seem like a daunting task, but it is important not to get discourage. It is true that getting into a free treatment program may require a bit more work and effort on your part, but if it is the only option then it is worth it. Don’t stop looking if you call a few places and find out that they can’t accept you. Keep calling and eventually you will find a situation that is right for you.
Just as important to remember is that you should follow the programs admission process very closely. If you must be put on a waiting list, make sure you ask them if there are any specific things you need to do to stay on the waiting list until a bed becomes available. Some programs will require you to call once a week, or even every day, but that is a small price to pay for being able to change your life for the better.