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Alcohol or drug detox without insurance


Detox is often the first step toward a successful addiction recovery. Alcohol or drug detox without health insurance coverage isn’t cheap. Unfortunately, alcohol or drug detox can often be very expensive – too expensive for many people to pay for out-of-pocket. In fact, the majority of people will find it difficult to cover this cost out of their own pockets, especially if they’ll also need to pay for rehab as well.  So how can you cover alcohol or drug detox without insurance?

In this article, we’ll try to help you with this task. Then, we invite your questions about finding detox without insurance at the end.

Alcohol or drug detox without insurance

Paying for alcohol or drug detox without insurance can be difficult, but it’s usually possible. In fact, many people are able to go through alcohol or drug rehab for free or at a reduced price. The following list can give you some ideas on how to pay for alcohol or drug rehab without insurance.

1. Choose wisely

First, you can choose the least expensive detox option. The cost of alcohol or drug detox is usually influenced by a couple different factors. For instance, traditional detox is generally more affordable than rapid detox. Also, detox programs that involve medications to speed up or reduce withdrawal symptoms will also usually cost more.

2. Detox at home

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All drug or alcohol detox should be supervised by a medical professional. When you’ve given medical clearance, however, detoxing at home might be possible. It’s free, but you’ll need to be in contact with a trusted individual at all times. Whoever stays with you should contact emergency medical professionals if you exhibit signs of seizures, delirium tremors, heart problems, respiratory problems, or any other dangerous medical problems.

3. Sliding scale fees

Detox facilities that offer sliding scale fees only charge their clients fees that they can reasonably afford. These fees are typically based on income; the lower your income, the less money you pay for detox.

4. Financing

Detox facilities might also be willing to finance your alcohol or drug detox without insurance. This typically requires you to make monthly payments toward the cost of detox. In some cases, you may also be required to pay interest as well.

5. Borrow the money

There’s no shame in asking for a little help when you’re trying to recover from an addiction, and a loan may help you get the start you need. If possible, try borrowing money to cover the cost of detox. You may be able to borrow money from your bank, loved ones, retirement account, or life insurance policy.

6. Government programs

For some, government programs may be the answer to alcohol or drug detox without insurance. Medicaid, specifically, allows low-income individuals to get medical care that they need for free. To see if you qualify for Medicaid or Medicare for detox, contact your county or state assistance office.  Other local and state detox clinics may also take low income clients at reduced cost or use subsidies to offset the cost of alcohol detox or drug detox.

7. Non-profit organizations

Another great resource for individuals who need alcohol or drug detox without insurance are non-profit groups. Some of these groups may offer free detox or grants/scholarships  to help pay for detox.  Be aware that religiously affiliated detox clinics may require attendance in religious teaching sessions as a condition for treatment.

No insurance alcohol or drug detox centers

Many alcohol or drug detox centers accept clients who have no insurance. In addition, some of these facilities also offer reduced cost detox or easy payment plans. Finding a no insurance alcohol or drug detox center in your area shouldn’t be difficult. But who can refer you to such services?

A local doctor or hospital should be able to give you a referral to a no insurance alcohol or drug detox center. You can also look up the contact information for local detox and rehab centers and contact each one directly. Professionals in these facilities will be able to tell you what type of help or services they can offer you.

No insurance alcohol or drug detox questions

Figuring out how to pay for alcohol or drug detox can be a daunting task. Hopefully, though, we’ve given you some ideas on where to start.

If you have any additional questions about no insurance alcohol or drug detox, feel free to leave them in the comment section below. We’ll try to answer your questions as thoroughly and as soon as possible. Our mission is to help all of our readers get the help they need in order to live a clean and sober life.

Reference Sources: SAMHSA: Free Substance Abuse Treatment
SAMHSA: Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
NCBI: Chapter 5. Outpatient Treatment Financing Options and Strategies
SAMHSA: Acceptance of Private Health Insurance in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

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21 Responses to “Alcohol or drug detox without insurance
1:43 am June 24th, 2015

Have pretty bad drinkin issues.everyone me its a way ti escape reallity.for that time of.stress.thats all i can say now.

9:44 am June 24th, 2015

Hello Jon. People drink for many reasons. Alcohol is a psychoactive substance and affects the brain as both a depressant and a stimulant. Some people drink as a way to cope with past trauma or abuse. Some people drink to deal with stress. Others drink to feel better. When you’re ready to quit drinking, there is help out there. Feel free to call the trusted hotline number listed on this site anytime you are ready.

6:28 am June 30th, 2015

Two month ago, I came out of a hospital from alcohol detox. Was force to from my parent when I told them I would sober up at home. I knew that if I could to the hospital, I will come out with a big bill that I would not pay. I’m a binge drinker and would go 3 to 5 days straight drinking. Anyway just got the bill and its over $4000 and I was only there for about 6 to 8 hours. Pretty much was a joke and hospital don’t have the equipment to deal with detox. They will nail you up and pump fuild in your system. After sometime pass, the doctor will ask you if you want to talk to a consouler. I refuse and wanted to get out of there as soon as possible and had to detox the rest of it at home. I could have save the $4000(will not pay that bill) and just stay at home and drank orange juice and rest of body until I feel better in the next 6 days which is what it takes to recover from a binge with or without going to the hospital.

5:30 am December 14th, 2015

I am a heavy drinker drink everyday for 10 years now, countless black outs, extreme shakes, and i also am using meth so drinking even more to try to counteract the effects of the meth to no avail, i need to get in detox/rehab but have no income or insurance, am afraid i am going to die a practicing addict and i am scared to death. Somedays i am so ill that i cant even get out of the bed for fear of fainting due to being so disoriented. Please help me!! I hope you can give me some info, thanks.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:26 pm December 14th, 2015

Hello, Denise. I suggest you contact our trusted treatment provider to get the help today. The hotline is displayed on your site. Good luck!

8:20 pm February 3rd, 2016

I am in desperate need of help, alcoholic and drug addict with no insurance can someone please help advise me of my options??

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
9:08 pm February 3rd, 2016

Hi, Denise. I suggest you contact our trusted treatment providers to get help today. The number is displayed on our site. Also, you may try SAMHSA’s treatment locator:

7:13 pm April 26th, 2016

I’m a 48yr woman who is fed up with the life of still being a druggie? Not suicidal! 31yrs,wow; I am in a relationship with a druggie also,he works so is in control of the money really,I’m not that strong,I want and need him to be on the same page as me.3 grown up lads who are not stupid?? Help, I’ve been with him now for 4half yrs?

8:07 am May 26th, 2016

thanks for the information admin

7:39 pm April 25th, 2017

I am just finding out I am going to lose all rights to my kids on Thursday if I am not in an inpatient drug rehab. I have called every place I see online no luck. I am covered under texas medicaid my zip is 75568. I am willing to drive wherever to enter treatment if u can help plz. Also have a male in famjly that needs to be in facility by then as well. Its Tuesday & court. Is Thursday & we are desperate. We are not a couple btw

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:56 am April 27th, 2017

Hi Kylee. Call a toll-free Alcohol Helpline on 1-888-675-1820 to find a high-quality alcohol addiction treatment program. This helpline is accessible 24/7 and gives you the chance to speak with trusted treatment consultants who can help you find an alcohol recovery program suited to your individual needs.

3:47 am May 5th, 2017

Looking for a place to detox from alcohol and heroin. Currently have no health insurance. Live in West Palm Beach

8:26 pm May 7th, 2017

My uncle roams the streets, he recent started going to this place he gets meals takes a shower. Relaxes leaves 3 to 4 days later. He lives in Salem Oregon he said he was talking to one of the employees and the place charges appx 900.00 a day to some government agency .question what would a place like that be called and what government agency would be pain for this thank u

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:27 am May 9th, 2017

Hi Michelle. First, I suggest that you start your search on SAMHSA’s treatment locator here:
You may add specific information such as insurance, sex, area, etc in order to narrow your search.
Then, you may call these helplines that are free, trusted, and available 24/7 to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant:
– Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934
– Alcohol Helpline on 1-888-675-1820
Finally, download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide To Rehab’ that may help you choose the best rehab treatment for you:

12:43 pm May 9th, 2017


Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:12 pm May 9th, 2017

Hi Valerie. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:32 pm May 15th, 2017

Hi Alex. There are many sober living/halfway houses supported by the government.

5:21 pm June 1st, 2017

Please I have no medicade or insurance I desparitely need a detox program I can bring my 5 year old daughter to

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:18 pm June 5th, 2017

Hi Melinda. Call a toll-free Alcohol Helpline on 1-888-675-1820 to find a high-quality alcohol addiction treatment program. This helpline is accessible 24/7 and gives you the chance to speak with trusted treatment consultants who can help you find an alcohol recovery program suited to your individual needs.

7:38 pm July 5th, 2017

My son needs to be detoxed asap and is asking for help. He lost his job and doesn’t have health insurance. How can he get free detox before something fatal happens?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:38 pm July 6th, 2017

Hi Susan. Call the helpline you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

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