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Alcohol and drug addiction treatment provides professional rehabilitation services to those who struggle with chemical dependence and other substance abuse issues. Rehab centers typically offer treatment services for most types of substance addiction. Addiction treatment may be very expensive, especially for people who are either uninsured or underinsured. Unfortunately, finances often act as a major barrier to care for many people who need addiction treatment. However, there are many resources to assist those who are underinsured or uninsured to help them gain access to treatment.

Are There Free Drug Rehab Centers?

Yes, there are free drug rehab centers, but they are for people who don’t have the means to pay for addiction treatment. Free rehab centers may have funding from various organizations, including private endowments, charitable donations, and government grants. There are also facilities and certain organizations that provide scholarships to individuals who cannot afford to pay for rehab—giving them the opportunity to obtain treatment at privately owned rehab faculties.

There are a variety of options available to help cover the cost of outpatient or inpatient treatment for substance abuse, including:

  • State and locally funded addiction treatment programs.
  • Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) grants.
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

To determine how many drug or alcohol addiction rehab centers offer free services, SAMHSA performed a national survey in 2018 to which 14,809 facilities across the country responded. Of those that responded, 45% reported that they provided free or minimal payment treatment for people who could not afford rehab. Almost one quarter of these rehabs were private. for-profit facilities.1 Additionally, 58% of facilities reported that they offer a sliding fee scale, which means people are able to pay however much they could afford.1 While not all addiction rehab facilities are able to offer services for free, low-cost and free options do exist.

How to Check Your Insurance Benefits

While cost remains a large roadblock for many people seeking treatment, many organizations, local governments, nonprofit, and for-profit institutions recognize this problem and are expanding their efforts to make drug and alcohol services available for free or at an affordable cost.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) provides quality SUD treatment and is dedicated to helping all who are dealing with alcohol or drug addiction. If you are unsure about the steps you need to take to pursue treatment, call one our admissions navigators today at . They will be able to provide you with confidential, in-depth information that can help you start on your path toward recovery. If you do have insurance, and you are wondering what it covers, click here, or fill out the form below.

What Types of Free Rehab Programs Are There?

There are various free rehab programs available, including the following.

  • Nonprofit rehabilitation facilities: There are many nonprofit organizations that either provide funding to faculties that provide free rehab or operate their own treatment centers. Certain nonprofits focus on providing addiction treatment to specific disadvantaged populations.
  • Government-funded rehab programs: Government-funded rehab programs are available through both the state and federal government. These programs include treatment at state-funded and federal government-funded facilities, including centers run by the VA. SAMHSA also offers grants for both public and private nonprofit rehab facilities.
  • Faith-based alcohol and drug rehab programs: Various faith-based organizations provide free alcohol and drug rehab that is focused on faith. Many programs do not require participants to subscribe to specific religious beliefs. Programs typically have participants looking to a higher power for guidance. Well-known addiction support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The Salvation Army also runs a faith-based addiction treatment program.

 Who Qualifies for Free Rehab?

Nonprofit run drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers often offer financial assistance to those who need treatment and don’t have the ability to pay. Some nonprofit organization offer treatment at their own rehab facilities or provide it at private facilities with scholarships. There are also religious organizations that may provide payment assistance or even offer free faith-based rehab as part of their ministry services.

Government-funded rehab programs tend to have strict eligibility requirements to qualify. Typically, applicants will need to show proof of citizenship, state residency, income, and lack of insurance.

For current and former members of the military, VA offers Veterans Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Programs, but they are only available to eligible veterans who are currently under the care of the VA system.2

How to Enroll in a Free Drug Rehab Center?

To find a free drug rehab program, there are various resources available, including:

  • Local churches and faith-based organizations. You can reach out to see if they offer any free rehab programs.
  • SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. This tool lets you find addiction treatment facilities that offer lower prices, income-based fees, or payment assistance.
  • Single State Agencies (SSAs) for Substance Use Services. This directory provides contact information for state government agencies that coordinate treatment services for those who don’t have insurance or have low incomes.

Make sure to verify all eligibility requirements once you have found a treatment center.

Payment Options for Someone Who Can’t Afford Rehab?

While there are free rehab options available for some people, not everyone may qualify. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on pursuing your sobriety. There are other ways you can get treatment—even if you can’t afford it.

  • Insurance: The ACA requires all health insurance providers to cover substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health services because they are one of 10 essential health benefits.3 So, at least some treatment should be covered by insurance.
  • Payment plans: Some rehab programs will work with patients to come up with a payment plan they can afford. This may include payment assistance, sliding scales, or private financing.
  • Scholarships and grants: Certain programs, facilities, and nonprofits may offer scholarships or grants to those who qualify.
  • Research studies or clinical trials: Researchers may be running clinical trials or studies to improve addiction treatment and they could need patients to participate. This allows for growth in the addiction treatment world as well as providing patients with opportunities for treatment at no cost.
  • Online rehab: Fees for online treatment are often lower than those of in-person treatment but they will vary based on the specific program. These programs provide private addiction treatment online and may include services such as individual and group sessions, peer support, and tools for recovery.


  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS): 2018.
  2. U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. (2019). Veterans Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program.
  3. U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). What Marketplace health insurance plans cover.

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