Don’t let financial constraints stop you from living a life free of drinking. There are a number of ways to get help and seek recovery from alcohol addiction, even if you don’t have insurance. The easiest way to find free or government-assisted treatment options near you is by starting your search with SAMHSA treatment directory. The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking substance abuse treatment throughout the U.S. and its territories.
Have insurance? You may want to verify if your benefits cover treatment for alcoholism and other co-occurring disorders. It is free and 100% confidential.
Free Alcohol Rehab Centers
You may also start your search by directly contacting professional rehab clinics to learn more about programs that may be available to you. Although these clinics may have a high price tag, in some cases, they may offer scholarships or other forms of free or discounted treatment for people motivated to recover that do not have the means to pay. Others offer treatment with fees based upon a sliding scale determined by the amount you’re able to pay.
Even if you are not a religious person, you may also want to consider faith-based rehabilitation programs. Many faith-based programs are free of charge and do not require their patients to subscribe to any particular religious belief. The Salvation Army and Jews in Recovery are two such offerings.
If faith-based rehabilitation and professional rehab clinics are not viable options for you, look into state-funded treatment. These programs are funded by tax dollars and vary from state to state. Some offer long-term treatment including residential care, while others offer only short-term rehab consisting primarily of detoxification.
Another way to seek help is by searching out local support groups in your area, most of which are free to attend. A supportive community of like-minded, recovery-focused peers such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can play an important role in your recovery. Although AA members are not required to be religious, many of the steps involve the belief in the divine being. If this isn’t for you, a variety of support groups are available with no religious affiliation and include:
- SMART Recovery
- Rational Recovery
- Secular Organization for Sobriety
- Women for Sobriety
- HAMS Harm Reduction Network
- Life Ring
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Online Support Groups
If you live in a rural area and or do not have the ability to attend traditional support groups, online support groups may prove to be beneficial for you. Nearly all of the support groups that offer in-person meetings also offer free online meetings. These meetings offer fellowship, support, encouragement, and advice from recovering alcoholics.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), relapse rates for substance use disorders (~40-60%) approximate those of several other chronic diseases such as asthma, type II diabetes, and hypertension. Support groups in recovery can help to reduce the likelihood of relapse. These self-help groups can aid in further solidifying the coping skills and other recovery tools learned in rehab. Members may be better able to empathize with and understand each other’s situations than those who haven’t struggled with addiction firsthand.
Asking for Help
Finding appropriate free alcohol rehabilitation for yourself can be an overwhelming undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be an arduous process. Remember that it is okay to ask for help in finding free treatment options—it’s a sign of immense strength, not weakness.
Not Sure If Your Insurance Covers Rehab?
American Addiction Centers can improve treatment outcomes for those in recovery for alcohol use disorder. Find out if you or your loved one’s insurance covers treatment at an American Addiction Centers facility by filling out the form below: