There are some potential options for free drug rehabilitation services and fewer options that offer comprehensive drug rehab to patients in need of detox and addiction treatment. Free treatment services may be available through federal or state-funded organizations or nonprofits in some states. In some cases, the entire facility provides nothing but free or low-cost drug addiction treatment to people in the community. In other cases, an organization that uses government funds as part of its annual budget is required to take on a certain number of patients free of charge every year.
These spots are not open to just anyone, however. There is a range of qualifications that must be met, and these vary from organization to organization, state to state, and year to year.
Additionally, even if it were possible to qualify for free drug rehab programs, they may not be programs that many patients would want to attend – or would benefit from attending. Though it’s certainly worth a little investigation to see if free treatment is available, there are a number of things to consider before committing to that route for rehab.
Determination of Eligibility
If everyone could access free drug rehab, most people would do it. However, not everyone is eligible to receive free drug addiction treatment services anymore than everyone is eligible for free health care for any medical disorder. Some possible requirements, depending upon the organization, may include:
- Income level. If you or your family has a six-figure income, it is unlikely that you will be eligible for free drug addiction treatment services. However, if your family has a six-figure income but more than a dozen dependents and/or a combination of disabilities or other need-based issues, then you may be eligible. Certainly, programs that open up spots for free based on income level will cater first to those who are not only unemployed but homeless as well.
- Race, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc. Some programs cater specifically to the needs of a certain population and even if they have available spots, they will only take in patients who fit their criteria. A women-only rehab or a rehabilitation program just for teens, for example, will not take in a 30-year-old man no matter what his need for treatment or how overrun other programs are even if space is available.
Similarly, some programs may be required to take on certain types of patients due to the requirements of a grant they received. For example, if a government agency has determined that women with HIV are not getting the necessary rehab support in a certain city and offers a grant to provide them with a care, then the organization that applies for and receives that grant will need to make sure that the money goes for the treatment of women with HIV only. If no women who are HIV-positive apply, the spots funded by that grant may not be filled.
- Intensity of need. You and a dozen other people may be eligible for free treatment at a certain program, but how much someone needs care may put one person’s application in front of another. For example, if someone must fulfill a rehabilitation obligation in order to meet the requirements of the court, they may be admitted before someone who is seeking treatment of their own accord.
Even if your loved one could qualify for a space in an inpatient drug rehab program for free, it may not be the right program for him. Most free programs do not have the resources necessary to provide the most in-depth treatment possible. Many patients feel as if they are pushed through a “cookie-cutter” program that requires all participants to take part in the same exact schedule of treatments and services – even if they would fare better with a different level or type of therapeutic support.
Additionally, these programs often don’t have the staffing capabilities to provide the one-on-one care necessary to keep patients engaged throughout the program and offer them continued support after they leave. Free or not, if the treatment program does not provide the correct level and style of treatment, then it could be a waste of time and money.
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David W. Newton is a board certified pharmacist and also has been a board member for boards of examiners for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy since 1983. His areas of expertise are primarily pharmaceuticals as well as cannabinoids. You can read an article about his expertise in CBD on the National Library of Medicine.