Dr. Leonard is a Doctor of Medical Science and a clinical anatomist. He has practiced in both internal and emergency medicine and has published several, peer-reviewed articles and a medical book chapter.

What Does “Free Rehab” Really Mean?

“Free Rehab” is where a person receives treatment and does not pay for it. Cost is a big hurdle to receiving treatment. In 2019, many Americans with addiction did not receive the treatment they needed. The reason is that many thought they could not afford it.

No Cost Rehab Centers & Programs

  • Insurance Coverage: Specific substance addiction treatment is covered by healthcare insurance coverage.
  • Medicaid Coverage: Substance addiction treatment programs covered by Medicaid
  • State-funded Programs: Other state-funded substance addiction treatment programs
  • Charity Programs: Substance addiction services are provided free by a charity. An example would be the Salvation Army.
  • Grant Programs: Grants offered by groups like SAMHSA
  • Mutual Aid Groups: There are free support groups. These groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and SMART Recovery.

How Much is Your Drug or Alcohol Addiction Costing You?

For the average person, an untreated drug or alcohol use disorder can impact their life. It can impact finances, mental and physical health, home life, social life, and work-life.

The National Institute for Drug Addiction (NIDA) reports that addiction treatment programs help. NIDA believes that investing in treatment programs benefits the abuser. That is because addiction can be expensive to the person and society. The hidden burdens associated with addiction are not considered on a long-term basis. Some of the expenses include unemployment, domestic abuse, divorce, and homelessness. More negative expenses include injury, jail time, overdose death, and fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Covered by Private Healthcare Insurance

Private health insurance covers part or all costs of addiction treatment programs. This is because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. The ACA classifies substance addiction treatment as any other form of medical treatment. This forces the insurance companies to offer better coverage.

Insurance companies often cover 100% outpatient programs. Inpatient and residential addiction treatments usually have some costs associated with them. Certain elements of each program may have costs or discounted costs. An example would be medication costs associated with the program. Some medications are not covered 100% and there will be an out-of-pocket expense.

Verifying Your Healthcare Insurance

To understand how much insurance will pay for the treatment you need to verify your insurance. You can let your insurance know what facility you would like to attend. They will in return let you know how much coverage you have. Another way is to reach out to your insurance company for policy information and have it sent to you.

Here at SpringBoard Recovery, we offer an insurance verification page. You fill in your insurance information and then check verification.

What Types of Services are Covered by Insurance in Arizona?

Under the provisions set out by the ACA, types of addiction treatment covered by healthcare insurance  should include:

  • Drug and alcohol detox: Medically assisted withdrawal or “detox.” This is often necessary depending on the substance and severity of the addiction.
  • Individual therapy sessions:  Therapy is an essential part of drug and alcohol rehab.
  • Group therapy: Group therapy is an integral part of most treatment during rehab.
  • Medication management services: Many people rely on medications during rehab. During the detox phase, they help to control withdrawal symptoms. They may be necessary because of the presence of any mental health or physical health issues.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment: This is for people who have a co-occurring disorder. Dual diagnosis treatment is for people who have other mental health disorders. These coincide with their substance use disorder. This diagnosis ensures that their mental health is being treated with their substance abuse. Mental health disorders are often a contributing factor when it comes to substance abuse.

Every insurance plan is different. Most health insurance providers do offer some type of coverage for substance abuse. It depends on the recommended level of care that a person may need and the coverage they will get.

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Medicaid Public Health Insurance and Addiction Treatment

Medicaid is a public health insurance plan for those who meet specific criteria. It provides care to:

  • Low-income adults
  • Children
  • Pregnant women
  • Elderly adults
  • People with disabilities

The Medicaid program is through individual states. The funding is from the state and the federal government.

Medicaid’s Benefits for Drug & Alcohol Rehab Programs

Medicaid public health insurance offers full benefits for the following:

  • Substance abuse screenings: Medicaid will cover the cost of medical screenings. The screenings help to diagnose any substance use disorder (SUD).
  • Intervention services: Families use intervention services to help a family member with substance abuse. The cost of professional addiction intervention is partly or fully covered.
  • Drug and alcohol detox medications: People take medications when they are in recovery. An example of prescribed medications is those with opioid use disorder (OUD). These medications have coverage under Medicaid.
  • Family therapy: Family the biggest source of support for people in addiction recovery. Family therapy helps to repair relationships damaged due to substance abuse.
  • Inpatient treatment: This is for people who have severe drug or alcohol addiction. Inpatient rehab is a service covered under Medicaid.
  • Long-term residential rehab: Sometimes inpatient treatment is not enough. A higher level of care like long-term residential rehab is beneficial. Medicaid will cover the treatment needed.
  • Outpatient rehab: Medicaid covers people who need both inpatient and outpatient programs. Many people in recovery begin by going to an inpatient rehab center. They will move into an outpatient treatment program as they recover. Medicaid will still offer coverage for outpatient treatment programs.
  • More mental health services: Substance addictions go with mental health issues. Getting treatment for your mental health is important. Medicaid provides coverage for mental health services or dual diagnosis treatment.

Free Drug & Alcohol Rehab: Non-Insurance Options in Arizona

A good place to start for rehab is a professional rehab program in Arizona. It may not always be financially possible for one reason or another for some people.

Recovery is possible with alternative ways. People can get a level of substance support and still work through recovery.

As mentioned earlier, there are different types of free rehab available. Here are the insurance-free options in more detail:

State-Funded Substance Addiction Treatment Programs

State-funded rehab centers are facilities that the federal tax system pays for. They accept funding from many sources. They provide rehab services to people who would otherwise be unable to afford them.

State-Funded Rehab Eligibility

Many state-funded rehab programs have strict eligibility requirements. When applying to these programs, you will need to show:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Income history
  • Proof you do not have insurance, and
  • Proof of residency within the state where you are seeking rehab

How to Find a State-Funded Rehab Near You

SAMHSA provides a Directory of Single State Agencies (SSAs) for Substance Use Services.

Which can assist you in finding a state-funded rehab nearby. SSA resources provide addiction treatment to those who do not have insurance. Those with low incomes can qualify too.

The Treatment Services Locator helps you to find treatment centers. This locator uses your home address to find treatment nearby.

Charity-Sponsored Substance Addiction Services

In the U.S., charitable and non-profit organizations work with prevention services. They focus on helping people stay informed about drugs and alcohol. They inform individuals on how to stay off drugs and alcohol. They also ensure individuals and families can access the help and support they need.

Some charities do have a hands-on approach to addiction treatment. One charity is the Salvation Army. They are the largest provider of free, no-cost residential rehabilitation programs in the U.S.

The Salvation Army: Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment & Emergency Housing

The Salvation Army provides many services. They are the largest provider of free, no-cost residential rehabilitation programs.

Each year, they help more than 150,000 adults conquer alcohol and drug addiction.

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Using a faith-based program, participants identify the root cause of their dependence. The participants learn to seek recovery through the strength of God.

The Salvation Army offers two different approaches:

Charity-Sponsored Substance Addiction Services in Arizona

Substance abuse charities in Arizona have more income per organization than most states. The rate of substance use disorders in Arizona is also higher than in most states. The average Arizona charity spending per patient is only $16 over the national average in the U.S – $314 vs. $298.

Substance Addiction Treatment Grants

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant helps provide substance abuse prevention. It funds treatment and recovery support services.

It focuses on the treatment services for the “populations of need”:

  • Intravenous drug users
  • Pregnant women, and
  • Women with dependent children

The SABG is administered by the SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s (CSAT) Performance Partnership Branch, in collaboration with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) Division of State Programs.

Mutual Aid Support Groups

There are two founding 12 Step-based mutual aid groups. They are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). They offer free and easy-to-access addiction recovery support.

In recent years, they have joined with other mutual aid support groups. SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) is one and other faith-based groups.

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SpringBoard Recovery: Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment

SpringBoard Recovery is a professional drug and alcohol rehab facility in Scottsdale, Arizona (near Phoenix). We offer an accredited intensive outpatient drug treatment program. We help our clients recover from a range of drug and alcohol addictions.

We accept most major health insurance coverage. Clients travel from all over the U.S. to receive their personalized treatment with us. Many stay in our on-site, substance-free Sober Living accommodation.

Free Drug & Alcohol Rehab: FAQs

What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a comprehensive reform to health care. The healthcare reform law had 3 goals:

  • To make health insurance more affordable, and, thus, more accessible for more people. It provides people with tax credits or subsidies that can lower the cost of health insurance. This was for people with incomes that are between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.
  • To expand the Medicaid program for all adults who have an income below 138% of the poverty level.
  • To support new and innovative medical care delivery methods. This was to lower the cost of healthcare.

The ACA has done much for the addiction treatment industry. It has helped people who need to go to rehab be able to go and not worry about the cost.

ACA requires health insurance companies to provide benefits for substance detox and rehab.

Are there free rehab programs available in Arizona?

Private insurance companies cover the cost of private rehab facilities. If you have Medicaid, you should be able to secure a place in a state-run drug or alcohol rehab. Medicaid will cover it completely. If you do not have health insurance, there are other avenues that you can pursue.

SAMHSA offers grants every year. This is to help cover the cost of drug and alcohol treatment for people who do not have health insurance. This is a great option because it should cover the cost of detox and rehab in full. There is no more money required out of pocket.

What can people do if they are without health insurance?

If a person does not have health insurance or qualify for a grant through SAMHSA, here are some options:

  • Family and friends: Talk with a loved one about helping cover the costs of treatment.
  • Financing options: Inquire about payment options at the facility.
  • Credit cards: Use personal credit cards to fund rehab.
  • Personal loans: Look at short and long-term loans offered by the banks.
  • Community resources: Visit local community centers and non-profits for information on funding for rehab.

Seek out your local Department of Social Services. You can discuss the financial hardship and the clinical need for your rehab. They may be able to provide extra help and help you get the treatment you need faster.

What types of addiction treatment does Medicaid cover?

In Arizona, co-pays are not a worry for those with Medicaid who need addiction treatment.

If you are on Medicaid, your benefits for rehab include:

  • Substance abuse screenings: Medicaid will cover the cost of screenings. This will inform you about what type of rehab you need if any.
  • Intervention services: A professional addiction intervention is partially or covered by Medicaid.
  • Drug and alcohol detox medications: Many people need to take medications during recovery. The medications can help with withdrawal symptoms. They are 100% covered by Medicaid.
  • Family therapy: The family is the biggest source of support in addiction recovery. Family therapy is usually recommended. It helps to repair relationships damaged as a result of substance abuse.
  • Inpatient treatment: For inpatient rehab, you will not have to worry about paying the bill on your own. Medicaid offers benefits to offset these costs.
  • Long-term residential rehab: A higher level of care might be useful for some people. Medicaid will cover the treatment you need in a long-term facility.
  • Outpatient rehab: Medicaid has coverage for inpatient and outpatient programs.
  • Additional mental health services: Substance addictions go with mental health issues. Getting treatment for these is vital. You may not be able to recover from your addiction unless you treat the mental health issue. Medicaid will provide coverage for those mental health services as well.

Can I get affordable health insurance immediately?

To see if you qualify for a state health insurance policy visit HealthCare.gov. There is an open enrollment period to apply for the following year, but you can also ask for an exception.

How long should I expect to stay in addiction treatment?

It depends on the individual and program chosen. Inpatient treatments are generally a few weeks. Outpatient programs may span several months. Most people find success in addiction recovery with a “step-down” approach. This starts with a more intensive program like inpatient. It then continues with an outpatient program once complete.

People who continue to get the help they need find that they remain in recovery long-term.

What’s the difference between private drug and alcohol rehab and state-run rehab programs in Arizona?

At some point, you may need to make the decision between a public rehab and a private rehab. Public rehab programs are often free for patients. Because the treatment is free, it is in extremely high demand. Private rehabs generally have other benefits. They have better accommodations, different treatment options, and a higher success rate.

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