Is it possible to get free drug rehabilitation? Yes and no.
First of all, let’s take a look at the idea of drug rehab, and the different costs that are associated with that. As far as rehab goes, there is always going to be a cost involved. It costs money to have a building, a facility, staff, medical personnel, and so on. There is no such thing as “free” rehabilitation, even if a person goes to treatment and does not have to pay for it. There are always going to be costs involved.
Now the idea that someone might go to rehab and not have to pay any money out of their own pocket, now that is a different story. This is possible of course and there are a couple of different ways that it might happen. Let’s take a look at some situations where a person might attend drug rehab free:
1) Killer insurance – if you have awesome insurance then you might not have to pay out of pocket. Of course, if this is the case, then your insurance probably costs money, so again, it is not really “free.” But you might be able to go to rehab without any copay at all, though this would be quite rare.
2) Medicaid or Medicare – there are different rules and regulations for people with these types of coverage, and they might not qualify to go to just any treatment center. Some drug rehabs may not participate with Medicaid, for example. In other cases, Medicare may not cover detox, and might only pay for residential services. So if a person has been drinking recently, the might not be able to enter rehab at all, because the rehab will insist that they need detox in order to be there.
3) Set up for homeless people – there are some rehabs out there that are set up to accommodate homeless people, and as such, have funding sources that do not depend on the person paying out of pocket for the services. You are probably not going to find a detox or even a residential unit set up this way, however. More likely is to find a long term shelter that can take in recovering addicts and alcoholics, though they cannot afford to detox them with a full medical staff. This is part of the reason why it is so hard to find free treatment services, is because the detox portion of treatment requires medical staff and is therefore quite expensive.