State Funded Drug Rehab

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What does it take to find a state funded drug rehab?  Your best bet if you are in the United States (or anywhere for that matter) is to get out your local phone book and get on the phone and start calling up local drug rehab centers.

You should be asking them at least the following few questions:

1) Do you know of any other local drug rehabs or alcohol treatment centers in this area or in surrounding areas?  Do you have their phone number handy?  This will allow you to lengthen your list of calls to make and allow you to get more information and more options eventually.

2) Do you have a state funding agency number that I could call in order to get funded for your drug rehab?  What do I have to do in order to secure funding for treatment there?  What are my other payment options based on my insurance, Medicaid or Medicare status, and so on?

3) What are my options for getting into your treatment center if I cannot secure State funding?  What are my alternatives?

If you call up all of the local rehabs in your area and also make sure to pick their brains to pick up other rehab centers that are around then you should be able to quickly learn what it is going to take to get you into rehab.

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Now obviously this will vary quite a bit from state to state.  In some states they may have plenty of funding available, whereas in other places they may not have any, or what they had might have been all used up by now.

Another variable is that some funding agencies cannot fund you due to special circumstances.  Most cannot if you have some type of insurance or make a certain amount of money each year.  It also may depend on whether you need detox or not, or if you are just looking for inpatient care, or may just counseling, and so on.

Another thing they may look at is how many times you have already been funded for rehab in the past.  Sometimes they will put their foot down and say “no more,” basically.  Other times they will have plenty available and let you use more funding anyway.

So the bottom line is that you need to get on the phone and do your research.  Call the rehabs up and ask lots of questions. If you are persistent then hopefully you can get the help that you need.

Many people have some preconceived notions about rehab that are not necessarily true.  For example, they think that:

* Everyone is entitled to free drug or alcohol rehabilitation, regardless of whether or not they have insurance.

* Everyone who is in need of rehabilitation should be able to walk into any treatment center and check in immediately.

I work at a drug rehab center and I hear these two ideas over and over again.  The problem is that neither of them are true.  What this means for you is that you need to get a clear understanding about both of them right now, and use that baseline of knowledge to help you get into a facility.

Treatment is not free; it is actually quite expensive.

Walk-ins to rehab are not the norm, in fact, most schedule people well in advance and still have a constant influx of new clients.

Keep both of these facts in mind when you are calling up treatment centers and trying to secure funding.  Be realistic and keep your emotions in check.  The people at the treatment centers do want to help you.   Work with them as best you can and they will help you to find a path that will change your life.

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  • Hi please help me my brother is using heavy drugs and want help but don’t have the money. My number is 0720882454. Thank you lynn

    Hi my brother is using heavy drugs he want to get help but do not have the money. Please help us. My number is 0720882454:




  • Isaiah

    my mom is an alcaholic and drinks and drives and im extremley afraid shes going to kill her self to shorten it up and she keeps saying she cant aford to go to rehab are there any free rehabs

  • Stephanie

    Hello, I am trying to find a rehab center that does not charge for a friend of mine. She is clearly an alcoholic and we a afraid for her life. She also has a six year old daughter who needs her. Are there any free rehabs she can go to?

  • sandra

    i just went and picked up my son from the crack house for the 6th time this year sold all his christmas, including cell phone. before this he was heavily into crack daily, stole sold and god knows what else for about 2 years. he also was diagnosed bipolar. please help

  • dub

    Im not here for anybody else. Im here for me myself and I. I have a verry bad pain pill addiction and need a place to detox. You see I need and
    Want the help and cant get it. Im so sick of this life I can promise you
    Once I get the help ill never use again. Im trapped in my own prison and just
    Asking for one chance just one. I know ill make it because I have god, my
    Wife(who is sober as one can be) and my 3 kids and thats all I need. Please
    Someone help me, I have to do this. dubinchauvin@gmail.com

  • Carolyn

    my son finally got into a detox center,& then they say they have to release him in a few days because his medicaid does not cover an inpatient program.our tax dollars go to detox,but nothing but outpatient afterwards.is that not stupid?its like throwing a life preserver to someone,and as they reach out for it,they yank it back and say sorry,you’re not worth saving

  • http://none Melody

    I am looking for a rehab that will write a letter for court for my friend so he can go to a rehab where he belongs and not be incarcerated. I was supposed to take him to court and slept throught the scheduled time. A warrant was issued. I attempted to take him to the rehab so he can turn himself in but the rain had me pull over due to the fact that I have no wipers. Aparantly I had parked funny so the police approached us. He went to jail and I feel nothing but guilt. I want to help him get to where he can get help and in jail is not the place. Please please contact me whenever so I may find the best route to take in solving my dirty conscience and him being placed in the wrong facility. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. I very much look forward to hear from you. God bless

    Genuinely sincere,

  • Jesse

    I am a crack addict that needs help unemployed my family is willing to help financially but they can’t afford the price what should I do

  • mary young

    I have a son who needs to go to a rehab, he did a 3 day treatment, but still came out with withdrawls, he is losing his home, he has no job and will not get any further until he kicks the opiuts. He wants to quit, but has not money, I need some suggestionis and quickly, he is killking himself with these drugs.

    Thank you

  • gidget

    have a son 50 yr old long time alcoholic he is wanting help now but have no ins and no funds he gets depresed real easy as he has tried to call sev places and gets rejection as waiting list about to loose wife and home he has recently admitted he is an acoholic and needs help 25 yrs drinking and will need detox i am sure any positive help would be appreciated thanks

  • gina denson

    My sister addicted to pain meds please contact me

  • angela rynearson

    my son is twenty one years old, he is very addicted to meth. He has a 3 year old daughter, that he beats him self up over for not being there, he is now in jail, and looking at doing some time, he doesn’t belong there he needs help. He would beneifit from a dual diagnosis therapy but I don’t know where the money will come for a program like that. PLEASE HELP!!!!!