Millions of Americans have substance abuse and dependence problems requiring treatment. Unfortunately, even those who recognize the need and actively make efforts to seek treatment often find the associated costs to be prohibitive, leaving them unable to access the help they need.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMSHA, 20.2 million Americans aged 12 and older were classified as needing treatment but were unable to access it in 2013. Between 2010 and 2013, data showed that of those who actively sought treatment, 37.4 percent were unable to receive it due to financial reasons, either because they had no insurance, couldn’t afford to pay privately or their insurance wouldn’t cover the treatment costs.
There are several different options available for people who need assistance in paying for necessary treatment. Programs exist to help pay for treatment, such as drug rehabilitation scholarships through charitable organizations, center-specific rehab scholarships and state-provided medical coverage through Medicaid.
For people who qualify financially for their state’s Medicaid program, most states do cover treatment through Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. People who qualify can ask for a list of treatment centers who accept these programs for payment. Similarly, the 2010 Patient Access and Affordability Act, or ACA, contains a provision for providing parity in insurance coverage for substance abuse and mental health treatment, so many people are able to access treatment by using their own insurance or a plan purchased through their state’s health insurance exchange.
Drug Rehabilitation Scholarships Through Charitable Organizations
Those who need treatment may be unaware, but there are numerous charitable organizations that provide funding for an individual’s treatment. When speaking with a rehab center about receiving treatment, people are encouraged to ask which charitable organizations in their areas provide help in paying for treatment for those who need it. Nationally, for example, the Salvation Army provides many people the opportunity to go to residential substance abuse treatment for free.
Center-based Drug Rehabilitation Scholarships
Many treatment centers offer their own rehab scholarships. These are often funded by private individuals and former clients who wish to help others dealing with substance abuse addiction issues. Some drug rehabilitation facilities partner with non-profit organizations in order to provide scholarships to those who need them. When people are completing applications for rehab scholarships, they need to remember that it’s important to be 100 percent honest while providing the requested information.
Substance abuse addiction and treatment needs are very serious. It’s difficult for many people to know how to access the care they need when they’re unable to afford it. Addiction is a national health issue in addition to being an individual concern. People suffering from addictions to drugs and alcohol should be able to access the treatment they need. Those who recognize that they need help for their drug or alcohol addictions can call our hotline at 800-447-9081. Treatment help for drugs and alcohol is available for those who need it.