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Are drug rehab centers free?


Cost of drug rehab

The cost of different drug rehab programs will vary, depending on a number of different factors. Inpatient drug rehab centers, for instance, are typically more expensive than outpatient rehab centers. On the same note, long-term drug rehab programs will cost more than short-term drug rehab programs.

According to one study, the average cost of inpatient drug rehab was estimated to be roughly $715 per day. Outpatient rehab, on the other hand had an estimated average daily cost of $135.

Paying for drug rehab centers

With the high expense of treatment, paying for drug rehab centers can seem nearly impossible for many people. Instead of dismissing drug rehab centers and treatment altogether, however, you must understand that there are several resources that you can use to help pay for treatment.

First, many facilities offer sliding scale fees for drug rehab. This means that you’ll only be required to pay what you can reasonably afford for treatment. Your rehab cost is usually based on factors such as your income, household size, and expenses. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website has a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator you can use to find sliding scale drug rehab centers.

Health insurance plans can also often be used to cover part of the cost of drug rehab. If you have health insurance, there’s a good chance that you’ll only be required to pay for part of your treatment.

Finally, you may be able to pay out-of-pocket at reduced rates, set up a payment plan, or arrange for personal financing through your bank or personal connections.  Help paying for drug rehab centers is possible when you’re really motivated for change.

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Find free drug rehab centers

If you truly can’t afford to pay for treatment, you may be able to find some free drug rehab centers. However, keep in mind that free drug rehab centers are typically the exception, not the rule. Only about 4% of rehab centers in the United States offer free drug rehab. You’ll often need to look long and hard to find free addiction treatment.

  1. Call SAMHSA at 1-800-662-HELP to get started.
  2. Some non-profit groups may offer free drug rehab. To find them, contact non-profit groups in your area, such as the Salvation Army and the United Way. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is another type of free drug rehab. This is not a rehab center, but a self-help group that meets a couple times each month, usually in free meeting spaces such as churches.
  3. You may also be able to participate in free drug rehab with the help of government assistance programs, such as Medicaid. This program offers financial assistance to help low-income individuals receive medical care, including mental health and substance abuse treatment.
  4. Finally, support groups offer free drug treatment in informal settings. 12 step groups or groups like SMART Recovery and Rational Recovery offer help for all kinds of addictions and can connect you with peers that have been there.  Joining these groups is free and often anonymous.

Free drug rehab questions

While drug rehab centers can be difficult to find, they do exist. You simply need to know where to look. If you have any questions about finding free drug rehab centers, feel free to leave them in the comments section below. We’ll do our best to address your concerns and hopefully point you in the right direction.

Reference Sources: NCBI: The Economic Costs of Substance Abuse Treatment: Updated Estimates and Cost Bands for Program Assessment and Reimbursement
SAMHSA: Free Treatment Available
SAMHSA: Treatment Locator

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15 Responses to “Are drug rehab centers free?
Dr Basim
1:05 pm November 14th, 2014

Really it is a very nice blog this blog it share all information related rehab center so we can easily take information in this blog thanks for sharing it.

2:28 pm November 17th, 2014

Thank you for the kind words Dr Basim. We’re glad you like the info we provide.

lungs sleep
6:59 am February 11th, 2016

Great information.Thanks for sharing.

5:29 pm September 3rd, 2016

Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in brain circuits regulating pleasure and movement.
Normally, dopamine is released by neurons in these circuits in response to potential rewards (like the smell of good food) and then recycled back into the cell that released it, thus shutting off the signal between neurons. Cocaine prevents the dopamine from being recycled, causing excessive amounts to build up in the synapse, or junction between neurons. This amplifies the dopamine signal and ultimately disrupts normal brain communication. It is this flood of dopamine that causes cocaine’s characteristic high.
With repeated use, cocaine can cause long-term changes in the brain’s reward system as well as other brain systems, which may lead to addiction. With repeated use, tolerance to cocaine also often develops; many cocaine abusers report that they seek but fail to achieve as much pleasure as they did from their first exposure. Some users will increase their dose in an attempt to intensify and prolong their high, but this can also increase the risk of adverse psychological or physiological effects.

4:33 am October 17th, 2016

I wood like to know where to find Free drug rehab center. Every thing that we have find cost a lot of money that we don’t have.And the ones that take medicaid is full.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:08 am October 18th, 2016

Hi Nancy. Call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find a treatment program that fits your needs.

10:35 pm October 27th, 2016

thank you for writing this article as I found this article valuable. Are there any types of free drug rehabilitation centers available?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:28 pm November 4th, 2016

Hi John. You may start your search on SAMHSA’s treatment locator:

1:15 pm December 28th, 2016

Very well explain about drug in blog keep posting.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:59 am December 29th, 2016

Thank you Lenny! We will 🙂

Holly ( for my son who is incarcerated)
11:48 pm April 20th, 2017

My son has received two felony DUIs in two weeks. He is currently incarcerated. He had his DUIs in two counties so it is difficult to figure out what his final punishment will be. He has no health insurance as far as I know. No job, and no home. I am retired but am currently trying to get a job so I can get an apartment for us. I didn’t know if he could offer to the judge that he would enroll in a long term rehab program instead of staying in jail. Hes been in about a month. He isn’t a violent offender, he needs help. Could you tell me of any rehab facilities for people with no insurance.
Thank you

4:26 pm April 21st, 2017

Hi Holly. I am sorry to hear that about your son. But, there might be a way to treatment and around the difficulties. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also has a facility locator on their website (https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/). You can use this locator or Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD), to find no insurance drug rehab centers in your area. You can also narrow the list down to those that offer payment assistance and sliding scale fees.

9:34 pm March 5th, 2018

This is about my grand daughter that is my son’s girlfriend ‘s daughter. She is going from house to sleep or sleeping on the street. She has been on many drugs but is doing meth right now I think. She is so depressed it worries me. She lost her daughter to the father and all she does is cry about her. She has no transportation, no money, except what ever she can get for drugs by stealing or what ever. No job, and no insurance. Her family has disowned her and I get help because I live on low income from disability social security. She really needs help. She is 24 and not sure if will make 25.

1:03 am June 18th, 2018

How do I help someone yis trying to quit herion cold turkey? I am scared. I have no one to talk to and watching this is…….I do not know what to do. He is refusing treatment help. He recently lost his job, we have no insurance, and I work part-time. He has been diagnosed with COPD. I just don’t know what to do!!!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:58 am June 18th, 2018

Hi Tonia. Heroin is hard to quit. The safest way to do it is under medical supervision. I suggest that you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

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