Drug detox is always a morally and physically challenging decision and process to go through. Still, necessity to financially manage it often makes it way too much of a burden and becomes a significant obstacle. Naturally, those with low income are less able to afford such a costly procedure, and in almost every case people are still very interested in saving some money on this procedure if possible. So are there any ways to do this?
Firstly, it is important to define what type of care one needs. In the US, there is inpatient and outpatient types of care available. Inpatient one is normally much more costly, as it includes being at the facility under professional supervision 24/7, a bigger range of both physical and psychological detox procedures, provides isolation from environment that may expose a person to danger of relapse and often ensures better chances of success, especially in cases of severe addiction. Outpatient one, however, allows one to maintain social life and regular routines like work, study, family etc., provides access to peer support, which is sometimes even more effective than a medical one, and requires less money to undertake.
However, even inpatient drug detox can be got at a quite affordable price. For people short of money, non-profit detox facilities are a way to go with. These ones are primary providers of services rather than medication, though, so if medically-controlled detox or intensive medical supervision are required, private ones may still be the better option from the effectiveness point.
Also, the total cost of drug detox depends on a number of issues like length of detox program, range of medical procedures one needs, severity of one’s condition and relapse history that, if present, indicates that longer time of staying in the facility is required. Last but not least, it is the speed of detox and necessity of pain-alleviating meds that influence the cost significantly.
Everyone knows that insurance is a must-have in our country. But not everyone is able to have it. So what are one’s drug detox options if they’re uninsured?
- Look for non-profit detox facilities. Apart from cheaper detox thanks to government funding they may receive, there is also a chance that free services may be provided for a person in need, especially if the situation is not extremely complicated;
- Try No Insurance Treatment Centers. These can be found with the help of a locator, created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These centers provide people with services for reduced cost or on a sliding-scale-fees basis;
- Ask your doctor for information. As a professional, they will be able to find the most financially convenient facility for you and to refer you there;
- Think of taking a loan. To borrow money often is the quickest working strategy, especially in emergency cases. However, always make sure you’ll be able to pay it back afterwards, otherwise it may lead to even bigger problems. This option may well be the last one to consider, though it can still be helpful if everything else is off the table for any reason.
Of course, being unable to afford much necessary healthcare can hardly add to one’s wish to get back to sobriety. Still, this is not a reason to give up. There are ways to detox even if one’s budget is very limited and insurance is absent. If you find yourself unable to pull it together alone, seek help from doctors you are able to reach, relatives, non-profit organizations and volunteers that help people in need of treatment from drug addiction.