Can the Government Help Me Pay for Rehab?

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Private pay drug rehabs, privately owned by either individuals or private health companies, come with a very high price tag and offer a variety of rehab philosophies and methodologies with programs ranging in quality of care and intensity, from inpatient treatment to outpatient aftercare support. While not necessarily true of all private pay drug rehab facilities, many of the nation’s top quality rehabs accept private PPO insurance plans with substance abuse benefits.

If you cannot afford the costs of private pay drug rehabs, or have insufficient insurance benefits to cover the costs, the government may also provide help for people struggling with the inevitable costs associated with addiction. The drug rehabs that the government provides are either state or county funded and may be partially funded or fully funded.

Partially funded drug rehab facilities receive funding from some level of the government to supply beds for addicts and alcoholics with little money or insufficient insurance from providers such as Medicaid, Medicare or SSI. With these types of rehab centers, quality of care and qualifications of the professionals treating patients is sacrificed. At these drug rehabs, fees are so low because they cannot afford to pay for the best doctors, therapists and counselors in the addiction treatment field. The quality of the facility and its services also suffers. Here, you will not find amenities such as private bedrooms, acupuncture, equine or massage therapy, or holistic treatment philosophies.

Fully funded drug rehab facilities are entirely operated by the local or state government as a part of the equivalent of the Health and Human Services Department. Addicts and alcoholics can enter these funded drug rehabs for low cost to no cost at all. As with partially funded drug rehabs, fully funded facilities cost significantly less that private pay centers. However, the quality of services offered and the qualification of the professionals in fully funded rehabs is by far inferior to private pay treatment facilities. Additionally, fully funded drug rehab centers often have long waiting lists with the majority of people seeking low cost to no cost drug and alcohol rehabilitation.