It is important to keep in mind that there is not really such a thing as free drug and alcohol rehab –somebody has to pay for these services. It is possible for the individual to find free programs and inpatient treatment, but this will usually be paid for by tax payers or funded by charitable institutions. The fact that these rehabs need to be funded means that there is usually a limit on what is available. This means that there needs to be a form of rationing so that those who are most in need get priority. If an individual feels unable to afford an inpatient program it does not automatically mean that they will get this for free. They will need to be assessed, and it may be determined that they do not qualify or do not require an inpatient program. In those states where funds are limited it will be harder to qualify.
There are a number of free drug and alcohol rehab options including:
* Many cities in the United States will have alcohol and drug rehabs that are paid for by tax contributions. This means that they are free to the user so long as they meet the conditions of qualification.
* Some people choose to travel internationally in order to benefit from free addiction treatment options abroad. Of course the individual doing this will have to pay for travel costs.
* There are a number of faith based organizations that actively strive to help people recover from alcohol or drug abuse. These people offer their services for free – an example of this would be the Salvation Army.
* 12 step recovery fellowships also offer a free alcohol rehab for those who wish to escape their addiction.
There is no real reason why any person should use financial hardship as an excuse to not get help for their addiction. There are thousands of treatment places available across the United States providing free rehab for alcoholics and drug addiction. In order to qualify for one of these programs it is necessary to:
* Contact the local social services office and ask for advice. The situation can vary between different states in the United States as to what is available locally and who qualifies – the social service office will be able to answer any questions and provide options.
* In some cases there will be a waiting list for these rehab places. The social services office will be able to give an estimation for how long it will be necessary to wait – if this is going to be too long the individual may want to consider other options.
* The financial requirements for these programs can vary – some individuals may have too high an income to qualify. It will be necessary to provide evidence for the person’s current financial status.
* There will usually be some type of assessment to decide if the individual actual needs to enter an inpatient program. The professional making this assessment may decide that the addict can make do with out-patient help – in those states where funds are short it will be harder to qualify for in-patient programs.
* It can sometimes be helpful to directly contact local rehab to see what they can suggest about getting state funding.
When it comes to free drug and alcohol rehab people can expect:
* Just because the treatment is offered for free does not usually mean that it is of inferior quality. The service in these facilities tends to be high, and provided by dedicated professionals.
* Some of these rehabs are quite comfortable and well furnished with good facilities.
* In some states there will be a waiting list for free drug and alcohol rehab. This is probably the biggest drawback with free treatment.
* The individual may not have many options in regards to which rehab they will attend. This could mean that they will end up with a program that doesn’t suit their needs.
* Some rehabs offer a mix of state funded and privately funded beds. This means that the individual will be getting the exact same level of service as those who can afford to pay.
The 12 step fellowships offer the most successful community based self help treatment option available. They can be of particular value to those who do not qualify for free inpatient treatment; although it is also common for people in rehab to also attend these groups. The real advantage of the 12 step program is that they offer lifelong support in recovery – members are advised to keep attending meetings indefinitely. The program is not only about getting the individual to quit their addiction but it also teaches them how to build a satisfying life away from alcohol and drugs. The 12 steps do have a strong spiritual underpinning and this can make it difficult for non-believers to accept the program. There are other secular options to the 12 steps that offer a less religious influenced program. An example of this would be Self Help Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery (SMART) or Rational Recovery.
If people can afford to pay for their drug and alcohol rehab there are some definite advantages to this including:
* The individual will not be faced with the possibility of a long waiting time before getting help for addiction. This is important because the individual can lose their motivation to quit if they have to wait too long for help.
* The person will have a great deal more choice in the type of program and the location of where they wish to receive treatment.
* Many of the paid options offer luxurious surroundings that equal a five star hotel. The ability to recover in comfort is likely to make the process easier.
* The paid rehab options may offer more activities and options to their guests. For example, they may offer alternative treatments such as massage and saunas.
* Some people choose to travel to beautiful and exotic parts of the world in order to receive the highest quality care away from familiar temptations. An example of this would be Drug and Alcohol Rehab Asia which is based in Thailand.
There are a number of free drug and alcohol rehab options available internationally. An example of this would be Thamkrabok temple in Thailand. This is a Buddhist run temple where the monks offer free in-patient treatment to anyone who wants it. There is the suggestion that those who have benefited from their stay should leave a donation, but there is no actual requirement to do this. Of course anyone who hopes to attend the temple will need to have to pay their own way to Thailand and have enough money to pay for food. The treatment at Thamkrabok temple can be described as unorthodox by western standards, and it is not going to be a suitable option for everyone. The accommodation in the temple is simple and not luxurious by any means. The westerners who do end up at the temple tend to have failed at other options and willing to do anything to get clean and sober.