Finding free drug rehab programs can be challenging. But, the good news is that it is not impossible. I’d like to take a moment to talk about the ultimate program for recovery from addiction and that is the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous also known as AA. The thing about AA is that it is a free program. You do not have to pay anything to be a meeting and most AA meetings will give you a free big book if you are a newcomer. For the struggling addict who doesn’t have money or insurance to go to a private residential drug rehab, AA can be a life saver.
I know of many individuals who were down on their luck because of drugs and alcohol who came to AA to find help. Many of them did not go to a drug rehab center at all. They simply decided that they wanted to make a change in their life and came to the AA club everyday for several hours a day. I know that we usually talk about free drug rehab centers that are inpatient but I also want people to realize that you do not always need to go away to rehab in order to get clean and sober.
However, there are some instances where an individual simply must go to a no cost drug rehab center or they are going to die. You may think that I am exaggerating but I have literally observed such cases. In these instances it is critical that the person get into a drug treatment center. The problem of course is that most drug rehab facilities are businesses in the mode of making money for their owners. However, there are a couple of options for people who need care.
The first thing to realize is that nearly all drug rehab centers in North America were started by people who are addicts themselves. And for most the reason that they started their rehab was to help people not to make money. Therefore, many rehabs will offer scholarships and free drug treatment to people who are in a time of hardship. If you are willing to check out your local rehab centers you might be surprised at the options that they have for you.
The other option is state funded drug rehabs. In many states in the United States tax payers fund drug rehab centers for low income individuals who are unable to pay. These services vary wildly from state to state so you are going to have to check to see what is offered in your state.
I always like to point out that even when times look dark, you should never ever give up. I was once in your situation and needed help for cocaine addiction and had no money and nowhere to turn. In my case, I found a person through the local AA that worked at a rehab in Dallas and he got me an interview for a hardship case at that rehab. I think it saved my life, but the thing is that I never gave up hope, because I knew that things were going to get better and I was not going to die as a using addict. There is hope if you refuse to give up!