Not much in this world is free anymore. However,the good news is there are a variety of free drug treatment options available. Many people who struggle with drug addiction also have financial problems. Free drug treatment services can be instrumental to helping these individuals improve their financial situation and get the help they need.
Religious Groups Offering Free Drug Addiction Treatment
Religious groups often promote free services as part of their charity work. Many of these organizations have soup kitchens, pantries, and even offer drug treatment services. In many cases, you will find a variety of services available at a larger church or religious organization. Some groups stipulate that you be a practicing or believing member of that particular denomination.
Others are not as strict and only ask for a person’s commitment to the program. For example, Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christian group based on the 12-Steps, which are commonly used in support groups. Unlike more traditional support groups like AA and NA, CR meetings are longer in duration. CR meetings are usually split up into two a larger group session and then the group is broken into smaller groups for discussion.
Government Supported Drug Treatment Services
One of the most consistent and reliable free drug rehab options is government-funded treatment. Many community mental health organizations receive an allotment of money for drug treatment though state-funded grants. This allows them to provide treatment for free or with a sliding fee scale where the services are not exactly free, but very affordable for most. Some treatment centers can even provide services for absolutely no cost based on proof of financial need.
Government supported treatment is often the most easily found free drug rehab services as they are available in most communities. You may not always find completely free services at these organizations, but a very low fee can still make drug rehab possible for someone who desperately needs it.
The easiest way to find government funded treatment is to talk to your state’s health department. Ask for the mental health division if possible, and inquire about your treatment options. There should be a toll-free number listed on the website or you could even call your local library for help. In many cases, there will be a waiting period before you can start treatment. In these cases, it is always best to start some form of treatment beforehand such as going to a support group.
Local Support Groups For Drug Treatment
There are many local support groups available to support you until you are able to receive comprehensive drug treatment. Some of these include Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Secular Organizations for Sobriety and many other groups. Each of these groups can be a helpful option for an individual struggling with addiction.
Dr. Mark Hurst, Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, says that mental health and addiction disorders are more common than diabetes or heart disease. They are just as treatable. Appropriate awareness, treatment and community supports can benefit families and communities.1 With this thought in mind, please do not wait any longer to get the help you know you need.
Free drug rehab is not always easy to find. But if you keep the above options in mind, you will have a few leads to work with. If you have medical insurance, remember that in many cases, addiction services are covered under the Affordable Care Act.2 We at Michael’s House are committed to giving individuals the highest quality care so they can move forward without drugs.
1 “About Ohio MHAS Treatment” Ohio Mental Health And Addiction Services.N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.
2 "Mental health and substance abuse health coverage options." HealthCare.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.
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