How To Get Help For Addiction If You Don’t Have Insurance
In the first quarter of 2017, it was estimated that 11.9% of US adults were without health insurance. Considering that there are roughly 250 million individuals in this country above the age of 18, that means that almost 30 million American adults do not have health insurance coverage.
Unfortunately the number of non-insured individuals largely consists of poorer populations, populations with mental health concerns, and those who are stricken with addiction issues, because these groups, which are often times referred to as, “at risk populations”, either do not have the resources, capabilities, or capacities to have health insurance.
For the latter group, that of addicted populations, this means that often times their ability to receive the proper medical and psychological treatment they need in order to overcome their addiction is perceived to be just outside of their grasp. This is not always the case though and there are in fact ways to get help for your addiction, regardless of whether or not you are insured or are able to pay the astronomical costs that come with private substance abuse treatment.
How to Get Help For Addiction Without Insurance
Before I list the ways in which a person can get the help they need for their addiction without the comfort of having insurance, I would just like to take a step back and reflect on the fact of how lucky those of us who have attended substance abuse treatment truly is. During the course of our treatment we more than likely complained about having to be there, or complained about not having access to our precious cell phones, but the simple fact that we were giving the opportunity to attend treatment with little to no out of pocket expense is a great privilege that should not be taken for granted.
However, if you are not one of those lucky individuals, then hopefully the information below can show you how to go about getting the help you need for your addiction issues.
Attend 12 Step Meetings
It is true that in order to get sober you do not need to attend treatment and one of the best ways of going about getting help, for free, is by attending 12 Step Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These meetings are held at any given time of the day, in every state, and in just about every town through the country. At these meetings, you can find the help you need in order to finally overcome your addiction issues. I would like to add that if you need medical detox, due to the fact that you are addicted to alcohol or benzodiazepines, then you should seek professional medical assistance because that cannot be given at AA or NA.
Attend a State Funded Indigent Program
Just about every state offers those individuals who cannot afford substance abuse treatment the ability to receive help with no cost to them. The only issue with programs like this is due to the fact that they are funded through public assistance, their bed count is usually low and finding space can require some time, but if substance abuse treatment is something you desire, then you can either do a Google search on programs like this, or often times many of the call services at private treatment centers will have a number you can call.
Go to the Hospital
This is a suggestion that should not be overused or used lightly because more than likely you will receive a bill for your hospital stay. With that said, if you do not have insurance you can detox at a hospital, usually in the psychiatric unit, and they will be able to help you get off of the substances you are using. Sometimes the hospital can work out a payment plan with you, or you can get assistance with your bill, but if you are using substances that have withdrawal symptoms that could prove fatal, this may be an option you want to explore.
Getting a Scholarship at a Private Center
The ability to get a scholarship at a private center seems to have gone done in recent years, as the return on investment in the treatment industry isn’t as lucrative as it once was, but regardless, if you know of individuals who are working in treatment, or you have attended a treatment center in the past, then you may possibly be able to get a scholarship for treatment. Getting scholar-shipped is exactly what it sounds like, and it means that you will be able to attend treatment for free. I wouldn’t necessarily bank on this though, as a 30-day treatment stay could cost anywhere from $10,000 on up, so scholarship opportunities are usually limited.
Often times an individual that do not have insurance are not in the position to self-pay, but this is not always the case. For instance, some people may have just simply let their insurance lapse, or they were recently taken off of their parent’s insurance, but they have the means to pay privately. This can cost you thousands of dollars, but if you are able to pay it, then it is an option for attending treatment without insurance.
To be frank with you, when it comes to getting sober, nothing will ever impede an individual who is truly serious about finding recovery. Regardless of the obstacles in their path, they will find a way, and while it may not always be easy, especially if insurance is not on the table, recovery from addiction is open to anyone who is willing to try.
I hope that this list helped you, and if it didn’t and you are serious about getting sober, then please reach out for help. There are literally millions of recovered peoples who want to help—and they are just waiting to hear from you.