Free Detox Centers – How To Recover Without Having to Pay

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What are free detox centers?

Free detox centers are specialized facilities—usually state-funded or faith-based—meant for substance abusers, who receive medical treatment in order to overcome withdrawal symptoms and physical addiction. These clinics are the first milestone addicts have to reach on their road to recovery.

Who can use free detox centers?

Free detox centers may be the only way to get help for homeless people or those who do not have health insurance or a source of income. Struggling with an addiction can be very stressful for addicts and their families. Many people who do not have money to pay for rehabilitation are even more afraid for their future.

Who has priority for free detox centers?

Even though there are long waiting lists, certain people who have priority when it comes to free detox services:

  • Intravenous addicts who are pregnant
  • Intravenous addicts in general
  • Women addicts with small children
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Does health insurance cover addiction treatment?

In some cases, health insurance covers one’s addiction treatment entirely; however, there might be instances in which the patient is required to cover partial treatment expenses. The best way to find out whether or not your expenses are taken care of by your insurance is to contact your provider and ask them about the details.

State-Funded Detox Centers

Depending on your income, whether you have health insurance or not, and the state you live in, state-funded detox centers can be totally free of charge or may require you to cover partial expenses. Patients that have no regular income, no health insurance or family members willing to cover the expenses typically receive free detox treatment.

One of the best things a person seeking free detox treatment can do is visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website and find local detox centers that offer free services.

In certain cases, even if the detox is “free,” hospitalization and medications may not be included in the initial package, which means the patient will be charged.

Furthermore, bear in mind that these are highly sought-after facilities, which means there is usually a waiting list—you might have to wait for months to enter one of these programs. Additionally, make sure that you have all the documents needed, such as proof that you do not receive any income and proof of the addiction. You may also have to be a permanent resident of the state where the center is based.

Religion or Faith-Based Detox Centers

There are many religion-based organizations and programs that offer free services, but only a few of them provide medically supervised detox. One of them is Salvation Army. Furthermore, the majority of organizations require users to undergo a detox process before they join the rehabilitation program.

Religion-based organizations help people integrate their faith in the substance abuse rehabilitation and create a permanent support group after detox. For the Orthodox Jewish, there is Chabad movement recovery program in California and JACS in New York.

The downside is that these groups offer only 12-step based programs but no detoxification services.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army is one of the few religion-based rehabilitation programs that offers detoxification services under medical supervision. It provides a healthy and supportive environment, counseling, spiritual guidance, and support groups.

What are the best free detox centers?

Some of the best free detox centers include:

  • Alano House
  • Genesis Detoxification Center
  • Futures Palm Beach
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Center for Drug Free Living Inc.
  • The Grove Counseling Center
  • Sober Solutions
  • The Watershed
  • Get Clean Today
  • Harbor Village
  • Harbor House
  • White Sands Treatment Center
  • Palm Partners
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Free Detox Centers – How To Recover Without Having to Pay

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  • CJ
    I’m a severely, multi substance addicted citizen of the homeless population. I’m really looking for help and I am not able to get the service I need to be a possibility of recovery. I’m going on the 2nd turn down in so many days for the placement in detox and I have no hope in a opening any time soon.
  • Nope
    I’m 2000 miles from home and strung out on meth and booze. What now? No iD of any kind. I’m white of good health and stuck. Who’s gonna help this guy?
  • Anima
    I just can’t say no if its offered or put in front of me, and if i know where to buy from then I’ll go looking for money to buy, if i have money on me that’s supposed to be for whatever important thing but i find out that someone had some for sale then its, “whatever importance i need – it’s time to get high”.
  • Abbey
    My girlfriend and I live in Springfield Missouri and we are addicted to feyntnal heroin and we want to be done. Many days we cry because we don’t want to live like this anymore. We have no money, no insurance and our families are done helping us. I dont want to die, but i feel like it’s coming for the both of us if we dont get help soon
  • Ryan
    I need help. Ben addicted ti meth and used daily for the past 9yrs. I have no job or insurance because of this I’m having a hard time getting help. All I want is to be watched as I go through the detox stage. Please someone help save me
  • Derek Poissant
    I need help. I’m addicted to heroin and I’m tired of suffering. I live in New Bedford Ma. I have no insurance and I am basically homeless. I just want to be normal again. I’m jobless and always hurting. Some days I want to comitte suicide because I’m hurting so bad. I need to know where I can go for help asap.. please help me someone . I don’t know what to do . I’ve never been in this situation before.
    • Melinda
      Isn’t there a hospital near u to where u can go for help
  • carol turell
    Im looking for detox for in newark nj or near by..ots for a 40 year old homeless female I.V.user and she has no identification bit is a citizen Please Help
    • Melinda
      Try booton hospital they take ppl
  • Amy Barnett
    Despertly looking for a detox in or near Alabama. I have 3 sons having to be raised by others. I have no job and no insurance and barely enough food and only temporary living arrangements. I’m forty years old and at the end of my rope.
  • Cody Harris
    I spoke to a dear friend tonight I’m addicted to suboxone and crystal meth I need help my fiancé is receiving help now I wanna be clean at the end for her so we can be back together.
  • A Still Suffering Addict
    You well know, as do MANY addicts in this area, that the above “free” detox facilities, are FAR from free! The Watershed, Palm Partners, Futures, and many others charge $1000.00 A DAY!!! The truth is, if you have no money your only option is to detox at home and hopefully, if your not addicted to fentanyl, like many of us are, you don’t die. I have a severe heart condition have been to many hospitals, doctors, etc… have begged for help, and have only received a prescription for IBUPROFEN!! Don’t believe the lies about help for those without insurance. The truth is home detox is your ONLY option if you have no money or insurance. No matter how much money the government claims to give to fight the opiate epidemic, there are still no state funded detoxes. No one cares about addicts UNLESS you have money Or insurance and that’s the real truth.
  • Michelle McDaniel
    I was put on Xanax for anxiety by my physician, it has ruined my life. I’ve tried to detox on my own twice. On day 4 (both times) I slip into a stage of ( I don’t even know what to call it ) I don’t know what’s going on, I hear voices, I see people that aren’t there. The last time I was screaming at people. I’m afraid of what I might do while in this state of mind because nothing makes sense during. My Dr is a “B” and keeps switching my mood simulator drugs to get rid of the anxiety, she said “you may just have to go to a state facility because your not responding” THAT’S BECAUSE I’M ADDICTED TO THIS DAMN DRUG!!!!. WHAT do you do when you don’t want to end it, but you want it to end?
    • Levi
      I hope. You have found help there is always a better path then to take your own life trust me you can and will find a way to beat thus addiction with out letting it beat you it is hard to find the right place when your are in the position your in because we all know money comes first but there are free places “homeward bound dallas tx” and many others there are people who can and want to help you good much and you loose to addiction the moment you stop fighting for sbriety thousands of people beat it everyday there is no doubt you can as Well best if luck friend
  • Cristina
    Hi my names cristina im 33years old i been a abusive realationship and he made me a Hoe i need help got me on nor cos and drinking pints every night i need and want help i live in sacred ca no id scared theresno hope i have a good record never been in trouble before but tired from his mind games i want a job kids a normal life a place of my own please help i feel like im trapped and theresa no way out but keep going back to him for a roof and habit please i pray everyday for help i can and will go out of city if have to but no money need free program that will take me in today my self as a person is down i feel so small he told me i never be good enough please help me
  • Georgia
    I pray for all of you that God will make a way for you because Heis the greatest physician and greatest counselor in Jesus name amen.