Just looking at my recents posts over the last month or so and I noticed for some reason I have been off on a tangent and writing mainly about drugs. So this post I will concentrate on Free Alcohol Rehab, well alcohol is a drug as well but for some reason we tend to separate them into categories where the difference isn't all that much, it's just another substance that can be abused. Legal in most places though so I guess that is the distinguishing point.
Free Alcohol Rehab
So if you are down on your luck and find that you are in trouble with alcohol and in need of free alcohol rehab where do you turn? Well as I am sure you know there is always Alcoholics Anonymous, they are free and you can show up without a penny in your pocket and usually get a cup of coffee maybe some snacks and people that have been where you are and are willing to help. Most AA meetings will pass a hat around to help with rent of the facility or the coffee and whatnot, but I have never heard of anyone being turned away because they couldn't afford to put something in the hat.
From Their website:
What Is A.A.? Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
Other then your local AA group there is also Smart Recovery in many cities, similar to AA in that you go to meetings but different in philosophy as to the best way forward from addiction.
From Their website:
SMART Recovery - Self Management for Addiction Recovery SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support. If you're new to SMART Recovery, get started with our introduction here.
Both are free alcohol rehab when you need it the main difference, in my opinion, is how they look at addiction. AA takes the disease model, that you are powerless over your addiction where Smart Recovery looks at addiction as a behavioral issue and you can make the choice. Both are valid points and both do great work, find the one that works for you, I don't care which, just keep checking them out until you hit the right one that works for you personally. Same with the groups, if their are multiple groups in your city try them all and find the group that fits you best. All the groups have their own personality and very a fair bit, if one isn't good for you and you don't connect with the people there, move on to the next.
Free Alcohol Rehab
Now if you are in need of a stint in a free alcohol rehab center or are in need of a detox. First thing to do is speak with your doctor, s/he should be able to give you some good advice and recommend places for you to attend. There is also your insurance company or HMO, rehab in your case might be covered, in effect making it free or drastically reduced.
Thats one great thing about it being listed as a disease, believe it's a disease or not doesn't matter it forced government and insurance companies in some instances to cover it.
If there is no help finding free alcohol rehab with your insurance company, if you work for a large company they may have an employee assistance plan that can help you get into a free alcohol rehab. If your in a trade union many of them also sponsor free alcohol rehab and can assist you getting into a center.
Church can sometimes be a great help if you are a member of a congregation, speak to your pastor, priest, rabbi, imam or mulla or whatever the leader of your church is called.
*Note, I am sure I don't need to say this, however careful with the Imam or Mulla as alcohol is against the religion. I am sure you are more aware of this then I and the consequences depending on where you live. Just needed to say that to cover my butt. I know lots of Imams and Mullas are more modern and will do their best to help you.
You can also check with your local welfare office and government offices about free alcohol rehab, sometimes they will have a place for you to go or will at least put you in touch with a social worker who may be able to help.
The private rehabs in your local area are a great source of information as well and will generally be more then willing to help you. Remember many people who work in the rehab industry have been exactly where you are and the wages in the industry are not that high, most are not there for there for the money. Ask; and you will be surprised how much many of them will do to help you.
If you don't need a completely free alcohol rehab there are also low cost centers as well, even at the private centers many will have a bed or two that is there for people that need help but can afford to pay for it, many will also cut their fees or offer payment schemes that you can utilize.
What many people don't know about private for profit alcohol rehabs is they have a certain number of beds, they generally have to plan on the center being at a certain capacity for their staffing requirements. So if they are only running at 50% capacity but are fitted out for 80% capacity they might as well fill up the beds at a reduced free since you are adding very little to the cost and they are paying the staff anyways. Something like a hotel, rooms go on sale as it is better to take something rather then leave it empty. Also from a management perspective it is better to take an extra client, even at break even pricing, then leave your staff bored with little to do. Busy staff, providing they are not overworked, are generally much happier staff.
Also in centers that operate on a group environment often times they will take people at a drastically reduced free or even offer free alcohol rehab if you will compliment the group and fluff it out so to speak as the other clients will benefit from a larger group.
So if you are in need of free alcohol rehab there are some options, main thing is ask, you might be surprised how many people are willing to help. If it is a budget rehab and not a free alcohol rehab that you require I can get you into a decent facility in the Philippines for not allot of money. I think last I checked it was about $3,500 for a 45 day program, you will need to get yourself there though. So it's not a free alcohol rehab program but it is a decent program for not allot of money. It's not the Ritz but your not paying for the either.
Finally at the private and non-profit centers, some of them have scholarship money that came from past grateful clients or local companies corporate social responsibility budgets and offer free beds on occasion. You'll never know if you don't ask.
So if you are in need of free alcohol rehab there is a starting point for you and several different options. I hope you find the help you need, just remember don't give up and don't stop looking. We always find what we are looking for in the last place that we look.