Nov 19, 2012 | By Tim Stoddart

Free Addiction Help & Resources

Addiction Treatment

You begin drinking heavily, and you lose your job because of it. You want to get help to stop drinking, but you can’t afford rehab because you don’t have a job. It’s the type of dilemma that many alcoholics and addicts face, and finding free addiction help may be the only solution. But where can you find get it?

State Programs

Most states use tax dollars to run free alcohol treatment centers and free addiction help centers, including detox units, and outpatient and inpatient rehab and counseling. Programs vary greatly by state, so you should contact your state’s mental health or substance abuse division for more information. You can find free addiction help information on your state’s website, and most programs are under the Department of Mental Health, the Division of Behavioral Health, or similar names.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is one nonprofit that offers free addiction help centers and addiction treatment centers all over the United States. However, be aware their program is Christian faith-based, so it’s not for everyone. You can find out more about their six-month programs at You must go through an in-depth interview process before being selected.

Local Rehab Centers

If you’re having trouble finding free alcohol treatment centers and free addiction treatment centers in your area, do not hesitate to contact all your local rehab centers. Many rehabs have programs that offer rates on a sliding-scale, and many also offer sponsorship programs that grant free treatment to individuals who apply and are accepted. It never hurts to ask!

Support Groups

While not treatment centers, there are many support groups for alcoholics and addicts that offer assistance and a safe environment for free. Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SOS, SMART, and LifeRing, to name a few, are accepting of everyone who is looking for support and guidance while trying to live a clean and sober life. All of these resources can provide free addiction help through support and therapy.

12 responses to “Free Addiction Help & Resources

  • my name is Charlene I live in JHB I have a 26 year old uncle, he is high in drugs he talks to himself and extremely violent he lives with my grandparents and he seems to be fighting with my granny all the time he see people in the sealing and he sleeps with knives under his pillow i am really scared for my grandparents and the big problem is that he does not admit that he has a problem he seem to think that there is nothing wrong with him and my grandparents live in fair every day we tried to get him help but they saying that he needs to admit that he has a problem so if the drugs is so far in his mind how can he ever admit that he has a problem please i need help with this man he needs help urgently he also doesn’t sleep at night he talks to himself right through the night till the next day everyday , they cant afford for a rehab because they on pension

  • Charlene u can contact local police anonymously and casually ask for county and or state offered assistance. When lives become a risk, assistance evaluates the patient and costs are covered.

  • I am not currently working. I know I have a problem but I can’t afford help at this time. I don’t know what else to say. I can’t say anything en but I can’t sleep, my father passed away 3 years ago. I have horrible nightmares and I drink to keep them away. My dad was my best friend and I think my problem only got worse after that. Can you help me?

  • hi I need help I’m sick and tired of pain med, please comment I would like to hear any advice anything at all, I’m broke but I want to end this awful curse…….

  • My sister is in pain management and she drinks too. She can’t live with out pain management and does want to to quit drinking. I stop her once before she was alcohol free for two years until her husband started drinking again. He would bring Gallon of Crown in the house. I truly believe he did this on purpose. Is the any thing nature like Carrots Or what ever that would help the DT’s?

  • Chris Keller

    9 years ago

    I’m having alot of problems waiting for help. Went for help and they let me go home after cutting my arm and busting my head wide open. I found a program but i can’t make the appointments because i am on the verge of homelessness and no car. I found certain medicines help me but i can’t afford them. Please help.

  • I’m so tired and alone, my life has been nothing worth living for, for the past 20yrs due to my drug addiction and I want to get help and need to get help can somebody please help me I feel as if I have no other option but to end it all and be done with it all together. I hate the way I treat my family and use them for money. I need someone to talk to so I can leave them alone and give them some peace once and for all. PLEASE HELP ME!!

  • My son is an addict. He has children and has tried to stop but is just getting worse and worse. Rehabs don’t work for him and I can’t help him. He hates me and blames me for his addiction. I am at my wits end. I am thinking to end their lives and mine to stop this torment and misery. I just don’t want it anymore.

  • I’m a mother of 16 and 7 year old boys I’m a functioning alcoholic on methadone for pain pills for over 8 years drinking for over 20 some years I need help I live with an abusive husband I don’t own a car because of him I also care for my elderly mother we have stayed in separate rooms for several years I want help I don’t know how I have no job no car little money and boys who depend on me and my mother I’m scared and I don’t want to die!

  • I am looking for free addiction counseling.
    I have a addiction to narcotics but I haven’t used for 4 months now but I get angery and lash out and have mood swings. It has gotten to the point were my girlfriend has had enough and if i don’t get help she will leave me. So I ask can someone help me find free counseling so i can keep the love of my life. PLEASE HELP ME

  • Never underestimate the power for friends and your own community. When I really needed help, I was completely broke and with no insurance. I reached out to my close friends just saying I needed help and didn’t know what to do. Through a series of connections, I managed to find someone who worked in the recovery field at Bodhi Addiction and Wellness in Santa Cruz ( He used his connections to get me sponsored at a rehab center, in exchange for some help with his business after I recovered. It may not be the norm, but there are places out there that are in it to help people before making money, and will find a creative way to get you the help you need, even if you can’t afford traditional treatments.

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