Active alcoholism destroys many aspects of your life, and financial security is no exception. When drinking becomes the number one priority of your existence, loss of employment and the health insurance that came with it is not uncommon. Also, your assets tend to get liquidated irresponsibly, commensurate with the chaotic and mindless behavior that is characteristic of alcoholism, to the point where you may even be facing homelessness and hunger. Whatever resources remain available are scant and not enough to pay for the treatment that you desperately need to arrest your alcoholism and begin a life of recovery.
The good news is that there is help available for alcoholics that is free of charge, and this includes both inpatient and outpatient treatment modalities. Although accessing free treatment for alcoholism is not as easy as finding mainstream treatment, you should still be able to get yourself admitted to a program in a relatively short time. The staff at facilities that provide free treatment for alcoholism are just as qualified as any other professionals in the field, so you need not worry about the quality of care. Below are ways to find free inpatient and outpatient treatment for alcoholism.
Go to the Emergency Room
If you find that your alcoholism has reached the point where you are suffering severe withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop drinking, go to a local hospital emergency room or call an ambulance if you are unable to get a ride. Withdrawing from alcohol is dangerous, and conditions such as delirium tremens or seizures are common. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal in extreme circumstances, so it is better to err on the side of caution when facing this dilemma. The admitting nurse might ask you for insurance, but they cannot turn you away in a life-threatening situation due to a lack of ability to pay.
When you admit to the hospital, be honest with the doctors and nurses about your condition and the fact that you are desperately seeking help. The hospital staff will monitor your vital signs and give you medication if appropriate. If the ER doctor on call believes that your case merits prolonged medical attention, he or she will admit you to the hospital. If the doctor finds you medically stable, he or she will likely discharge you with medication for a short detox protocol, and instructions to visit your primary care physician.
Apply for Medicaid
Medicaid is a federally funded medical insurance program for financially destitute people that cannot afford insurance. The application process for Medicaid is simple, and you may be able to complete your application online. Your best bet, though, is to go to your local Social Services office and complete your application there in person with a caseworker. That way, your application processes quickly and you can explain your situation to the caseworker, who will be able to help you find the services that are necessary to treat your alcoholism. The social worker will have a list of state-funded programs that accept Medicaid for both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Bear in mind that when you admit yourself to a state-funded inpatient treatment facility, the conditions there may not be luxurious and, if you have been to paid inpatient treatment before, you may experience a bit of culture shock. This fact does not mean that the staff is any less qualified than you would find in a paid facility. In many cases, the staff at these facilities are more dedicated because they are on the front lines of the fight against alcoholism. The experience that you have at a state-funded facility may be raw and gritty, but the message will be potent, and you will be in the company of fellow alcoholics that are genuinely fighting for their lives.
Attend an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting.
Alcoholics Anonymous is not inpatient or outpatient treatment, but it is free of charge, and you will find people there who will care about you even though they may have just met you. If you stick around after the meeting and speak with some of the members, you can explain to them that you are trying to find inpatient or outpatient treatment that is free of charge and, likely, they will assist you in this endeavor. While you are in the process of finding treatment, you can continue to attend meetings for support in your effort to stop drinking.
When you have completed your inpatient treatment, or while you are attending outpatient treatment, you may find that AA meetings are helpful to your recovery. There are millions of people that benefit from this fellowship, and you might be one of them. You could even get some exposure to AA while you are in treatment. For initial purposes, though, they can act in the capacity of sober friends that will try to help you find treatment free of cost.
Finding inpatient or outpatient treatment for alcoholism free of charge may be a little bit more complicated for you than if you had insurance or a fat bank account. However, maybe the result of this effort will be more meaningful for you and the quality of your recovery will be stronger. We want to help you get started, so give us a call right now at 770-299-1677 and begin your journey today.