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State-Funded Drug Rehabilitation Centers

State-Funded Drug Rehabilitation Centers

People who need care for an addiction, but can’t afford to enter a private facility, may be able to get the help they needed from state-funded rehabilitation programs. This page answers commonly asked questions about government funded drug rehab centers and provides a look at where to find these facilities, who is eligible to receive treatment, and what patients can expect when they enter state-funded rehab programs.

People who need care for an addiction, but can’t afford to enter a private facility, may be able to get the help they needed from state-funded rehabilitation programs. This page answers commonly asked questions about government funded drug rehab centers and provides a look at where to find these facilities, who is eligible to receive treatment, and what patients can expect when they enter state-funded rehab programs.

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By the Numbers: State Funded Drug Rehab Programs

Frequently Asked Questions: Government Funded Drug Rehab Centers

  • How can I find state-funded drug rehabilitation centers?

    The easiest way to find state-funded drug rehabilitation centers is to visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website, where there is a Directory of Single State Agencies (SSAs) for Substance Abuse Services and a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator search tool.

  • Are government-funded rehabs free?

    Not necessarily. In some states, people can receive free treatment if they qualify based on their income, the amount of care that they need, and the available amenities in the facility. In other cases, people may be charged for treatment at state-funded rehab centers, which can be thousands of dollars. However, oftentimes the cost of treatment at government funded rehabs is much less expensive than it would be at a private facility.

  • Who is eligible to receive treatment from government funded drug rehab centers?

    It depends on what state patients live in. In order to receive care from government funded drug rehab centers, prospective patients may be required to provide proof of the following:

    • Finances, including income and outstanding debts
    • The history and nature of the addiction they’re suffering from
    • State residency and Unites States residency
  • How can I be admitted into state-funded drug rehabilitation centers?

    State-funded drug rehabilitation centers require prospective patients to fill out paperwork to be admitted. Also, additional information specified by the treatment center will be required to prove inability to pay for private services.

  • How soon can I receive treatment from state-funded drug rehab programs?

    State-funded drug rehab programs often do not have the resources to admit patients right away. As a result, in some cases, patients may have to wait up to six months to be admitted into a program.

  • If government funded drug rehab centers are full, can I still receive some kind of help while I wait for space to open up?

    Depending on a patient’s needs, government funded drug rehab centers may provide medication to help them deal with withdrawal symptoms as they wait to be admitted. That way, someone struggling with an addiction can get through the waiting period without turning to substances to cope with the cravings they experience.

  • What kind of treatment is available at government funded rehabs?

    It depends on the facility. Generally, people who enter government-funded rehabs can receive detoxification services, and in some cases, there is in-house counseling available. Facilities that don’t provide therapy in house will make referrals to counseling and twelve-step programs.

  • Is the care at state-funded rehab centers provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis?

    It depends on the treatment center. Some state-funded rehab centers have inpatient programs and others treat people on an outpatient basis.

  • Do state-funded drug rehab programs have amenities?

    Although state-funded drug rehab programs may have some amenities, budgets prohibit them from having many of the amenities that can be found in private rehab centers. However, even though these facilities do not have a spa-like environment, they still provide quality care that helps patients get on the road to sobriety.

  • Who delivers care at government-funded drug rehab centers?

    Care at government-funded drug rehab centers is delivered by certified professionals who specialize in alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatments.

Pros and Cons of State Funded Rehabilitation Centers

State-funded programs can help people begin their recovery, however, before checking in, they should keep in mind that there are pros and cons to getting services from government-run treatment centers. The following are some of these considerations.

Quality care

Although these are not upscale programs, state-funded drug rehab programs still deliver quality care that helps patients begin to live a clean and sober lifestyle. The personnel at these facilities are certified professionals with experience working with those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Outdated Equipment

Budgets are tight at government-funded rehabs, so facilities generally do not have the latest equipment used to treat addiction. Since treatment techniques are constantly evolving, government-run facilities may have equipment that is several years out of date.


In some cases, patients can receive treatment at no charge when they check into state-funded rehab centers. Other times, they may not receive care for free but can still save a significant amount by getting services at these facilities.

Waiting Lists

State-funded drug rehabilitation centers have limited space, so patients may have to wait to receive treatment. People can stay on a waiting list for up to six months, depending on the demand for services.

Interim Help

Just because patients may have to wait to enter state-funded drug rehab programs doesn’t mean they can’t get any help at all. While people are on a waiting list, they may still receive medications to help them deal with the cravings for substances they may have, as well as a referral for twelve-step programs.


Since there are so many people receiving treatment at the same time, there may be several people sharing a room together at government-funded drug rehab centers. This can make patients feel uncomfortable, which can exacerbate the stress they already feel.

Alternatives to State Funded Rehab Centers

Low income people who are struggling with addiction do not have to go without treatment. If they’re unable to get admitted into government-funded rehabs, they may still be able to get the help they need without having to worry about the cost. The following are some of those options.

The Salvation Army has Adult Rehabilitation Centers that provide addiction treatment to meet people’s physical and emotional needs. In addition to medical assistance, these centers offer counseling, vocational training, and life skills classes.

The Chabad Residential Treatment Center provides treatment for men based on the lessons in the Torah, although it is a nondenominational center. People who receive treatment here get help with their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Although this center does not provide services for free, it does offer financial aid to patients who demonstrate need.

Support groups do not provide medical treatment, but they do provide free meetings to help people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction—which can be helpful as they wait to receive care at state-funded drug rehabilitation centers. The following are some of the support groups that people can participate in:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Cocaine Anonymous
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous
  • Dual Recovery Anonymous
  • Heroin Anonymous
  • LifeRing Secular Recovery
  • Marijuana Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Pills Anonymous
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety
  • SMART Recovery
  • Women for Sobriety

People who qualify may be able to have part of their treatment at private facilities paid for by government programs. For example, the federal Access to Recovery Voucher program allows people to get up to 90 days of treatment for a reduced price. Also, some private rehabilitation centers accept Medicare and Medicaid, which also significantly defrays the cost of treatment.

State Agencies to Contact for Substance Abuse Services