Who Needs Free Rehab?
The idea of being able to attend rehab for free is appealing to many individuals. But there are some people who desperately need free rehab, and it is important that they are able to receive it. If you are looking for a rehab center that can help you recover from addiction and start your life again, call 800-564-3865 (Who Answers?) now.
Those In Need
Certain individuals truly need the ability to be able to seek addiction treatment for free. These individuals are largely dealing with financial problems, either because of or unrelated to their substance abuse and who:
- Have a low-paying job or low income
- Have lost their job to their substance abuse disorder
- Are suffering from severe financial problems as a result of compulsive drug abuse
It is important to remember that not all substance abusers are in this situation but that many are and that the safest, most effective treatment options should be available to them, just like they would be for anyone else.
Free Rehab Centers and Their Options
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Treatment needs to be readily available,” and it must attend to the multiple needs of the patient, even those not associated directly with their substance abuse. As such, treatment needs to be affordable, but because so many different individuals are in different financial situations, there are a number of costs for treatment centers.
Fortunately, free rehab centers are available to those who would otherwise be unable to pay for treatment. These are the completely free programs across the United States, which make up 4 percent of the total treatment programs in the country, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These programs offer the same treatment options that other rehab centers offer, including medication, drug education, behavioral therapy, etc., all for free.
There are also treatment programs that provide partial free care, either by working on a sliding-fee scale or providing lower priced care. These options can be beneficial to those who are able to pay some amount for treatment as opposed to those who cannot afford to pay at all.
How Do Free Rehab Centers Decide Who Gets Care?
According to SAMHSA, patients can attend free rehab facilities or partial-free facilities “based on income and other factors.” These may also include:
- Family need
- Legal issues/court ordered treatment
- Loss of job to substance abuse
- Long-term substance abuse and treatment without success
- In many cases, those addicted to IV drugs and who are pregnant have priority when it comes to receiving government assistance for treatment.
Free and partial-free rehab centers are very strict about who can and cannot attend treatment in their facilities because care is need-based. It would be very damaging to the community if the only rehab program low-income individuals can attend is full of patients who could have paid for higher-priced treatment. Therefore, rehab centers of this type have to be selective with taking on patients, and a strict decision making process must be part of patient admissions.
Do I Need Free Rehab?
If you are experiencing severe financial issues or have lost your job to substance abuse, you may be require free rehab in order to safely recover from your addiction. However, it is important to consider what your full situation is and what you may be able to afford without breaking the bank. Making a budget and checking to see what you can comfortably afford to pay for rehab can allow you to safely determine what is best for your situation.
As stated previously, it is important not to take a space from someone who may truly need free rehab if you do not, and it is also important to consider what your insurance plan might be able to do for you. Now that addiction and mental health care are considered essential health benefits, there may be a treatment center with which your insurance can work and you may be able to avoid paying for rehab in another way.
Seek Treatment for Addiction Today
Whatever needs you have, your treatment program should be able to address and meet them, but the act of choosing a rehab program can be a daunting task. Let us help you find the right rehab option by calling 800-564-3865 (Who Answers?) now and speaking to one of our treatment advisors. Your recovery could begin today.