Drinking alcohol is fun for most people. However, it’s important to consider the amount of alcohol you drink and how it affects your life, as well as, those around you. It’s easy to start as a social drinker and eventually become an alcoholic. And most alcoholics have financial challenges too. That’s why some people do not seek treatment for alcoholism even when the negative effects of alcohol on their lives and loved ones are clear.
Some alcoholics are homeless and unemployed. They live in abject poverty. These are just some of the conditions that hinder some people from seeking treatment for alcoholism. Nevertheless, some individuals are genuinely interested in fighting their alcohol addiction. As such, they may try the dangerous at-home detox or cold-turkey due to their financial challenges.
Luckily, it’s possible to get substance abuse rehabilitation provided for free if you or a loved one is genuinely interested in beating alcoholism. You just need to know the available free or affordable options that you or a loved one can consider.
Finding Free or Affordable Rehab
Alcohol use disorder or alcoholism refers to drinking that causes physical or mental health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive consumption of alcohol causes about 88,000 deaths in the United States every year. Seeking affordable or free rehab can, therefore, save a life.
Most residential treatment facilities are expensive. They require patients to have good insurance and credit. However, some facilities offer free help to addicts that can’t pay for their services. Here are some of the options to consider when you want to fight alcoholism on a budget.
Professional Rehab Facilities
Despite being for-profit and private, some facilities offer free help for alcoholics. These treatment centers provide alternative means of payment, sliding-scale fees, or payment assistance. So, if you or a loved one wants to fight alcoholism on a budget, don’t hesitate to ask. Just call or visit the nearby facility to find out if it provides payment assistance plans. Some of these facilities have assistance plans for individuals that do not have insurance or employment.
Faith-based programs that target drug addicts and alcoholics have existed longer than 12-step programs and professional rehabs. Religious organizations and groups have reached out to communities to assist people struggling with drug abuse and alcoholism for ages.
And, this is yet to change. Today, there are many faith-based programs than there were in the last decades. For instance, it’s possible to get a free drug treatment program offered by a Christian organization in almost any community. Thus, you can undergo treatment for alcoholism with such a program even when you have a tight budget.
State Supported Rehabs
Some states, counties, and cities offer inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities for drug addicts and alcoholics. These are completely tax-funded and they do not charge a fee for their services. Their programs may include long-term residential treatment and short-term detoxification. They can also provide individual counseling and therapy at local clinics.
It’s, however, crucial to note that state-sponsored programs have long waiting lists. That’s because most people that use them are in the system already. These have interacted with agencies like the criminal justice system and the county health department.
Additionally, taxpayers’ money supports these programs. Therefore, they can experience significant cutbacks in funding during hard economic times. Consequently, their services can be restrained.
Online Recovery Support
If you Google ‘free rehab near me’ the search engine will list many options including those providing online support. These are platforms that offer support aimed at helping people quit drinking. Some are chat rooms, instant messenger groups, bulletin boards, and email groups. If you can use these platforms to communicate, you can also use them to get recovery support.
Any addiction recovery program has an online presence. In most cases, you will find chat meetings that started many years ago. That means you can learn about the challenges that different people have faced while fighting addiction. You can also get the support you need to fight alcoholism on a budget by checking in with your forum friends.
Mutual Support Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous is an example of mutual support groups that have helped many people fight alcohol addiction. This mutual support group has existed for over 75 years. Millions of people have learned to beat addiction and lead sober lives. The group has remained self-supporting via its members’ voluntary donations.
If you wish to regain sobriety but have a tight budget, attending meetings of a mutual support group can help you. You can also get a sponsor that will help you through the 12 steps. Most addiction recovery programs yield better results when mutual support is included. Even if you don’t have a spiritual inclination, there are secular support groups to consider. The majority of these groups do not have dues or fees.
Reasons to Get Professional Help with Alcoholism even on a Budget
Regardless of your financial status, it’s important to get professional help with alcoholism.
Here are some of the reasons why rehab is important:
Specialists at the rehab facility will guide and help you through the detox process. They will make the otherwise unsafe and painful process comfortable. Attempting to detox from alcohol or drugs at home can be dangerous without medical supervision. That’s because some withdrawal symptoms are life-threatening.
Rehab specialists provide the assistance alcoholics need to avoid relapse. They can even prescribe medication that facilitates the withdrawal process.
The counseling sessions offered in the rehab facilities help the patients understand their causes of alcohol abuse and addiction. This is an important step in the recovery process.
Rehab centers offer specialized treatment that heals the damage caused by alcohol to the brain structure and chemistry.
The aftercare support provided by rehab centers promotes a substance-free life and long-term sobriety.
A tight budget should not be a reason for not seeking treatment for alcoholism. Many options exist for those in need of affordable treatment or free alcohol treatment centers. Simply search for a facility that offers the kind of treatment you need and one that’s within your budget.
Whitney Houston hid her drug habit from her friends and family in the weeks before her tragic death, claims her pal and entertainment consultant Raffles van Exel.
Whitney Houston – who had a history of substance abuse – was found dead in the bath tub of her hotel room in February after suffering a huge heart attack partly brought on by her cocaine abuse but those close to her thought she had been clean for two years.
Raffles van Exel said: “Whitney was good at hiding her drug habit. I honestly thought she was clean in the two years before she died. Yes, she would have the occasional drink. And I knew she was taking painkillers and the anxiety drug Xanax. But I never suspected she was using hard drugs.
“It really shocked me when I found that out. And actually it made me quite mad because I thought, <<Whitney, you had us all fooled>>. Everyone thought Whitney was in a good place and we never imagined anything like this was going to happen.”
Whitney Houston hid her drug habit from her friends and family in the weeks before her tragic death, claims Raffles van Exel
However, Raffles van Exel said Whitney Houston – who had been using cocaine at the time of death – had a premonition she was going to die.
He told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “But looking back, Whitney seemed to have a premonition about her death. She started carrying a Bible around everywhere she went and would read from it all the time.
“Also, she kept talking about <<leaving>> America. I thought she meant she was going to Switzerland, where she had talked about living, but now I realize she meant she was leaving this world.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s relatives have been very worried about her behavior since the death of her mother Whitney Houston in February 11 as she has allegedly been taking prescription pills, drinking heavily and smoking marijuana to cope with her loss.
According to the Star magazine, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s aunt Pat Houston recently arranged for several close family members and friends of the teenager to speak to her about her substance use, but their words fell on deaf ears.
A source said: “Everyone is worried sick about Krissy … her aunt Pat got a number of her friends and family to come to Atlanta and have a serious talk with her about her sobriety. There were lots of tears, but Bobbi Kristina didn’t listen.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown's relatives have been very worried about her behavior since Whitney Houston’s death
Pat Houston has even asked Whitney’s long-term mentor Clive Davis to speak to Bobbi Kristina – whose father is the late singer’s ex-husband Bobby Brown – about her problems in a bid for to alter her lifestyle.
The source added: ”Clive keeps telling Bobbi she needs to go to rehab, and that if she does, he’ll help launch her music career. He’s doing everything he can.”
Whitney Houston died from accidental drowning due to the effects of heart disease and cocaine use in February aged 48. She had a long history of substance abuse and had admitted to Oprah Winfrey she took cocaine in a candid 2009 interview.
New reports claim that Whitney Houston was a secret lesbian and binged on the drugs and alcohol that killed her because she was torn over living a lie.
Rumors have been circulating for 30 years Whitney Houston had had a secret relationship with her ex-assistant, but her friends have now publicly spoken about her sexuality following her death.
British-based gay rights activist Peter Tatchell even said her marriage to Bobby Brown was a smokescreen.
“It’s important to tell the truth about this aspect of her life,” Peter Tatchell told the Daily Star.
“Whitney was happiest and at her peak in the 1980’s when she was with her female partner.
“They were so loved up and joyful together. Perhaps her inability to accept and express her same-sex love contributed to her substance abuse and decline.
“She was pressured into the Bobby Brown marriage. It was a disaster. Her life started going downhill soon afterwards.”
The campaigner did not name the woman, but other sources have said it was Robyn Crawford.
They had known each other since Whitney Houston was 16 and Robyn Crawford dropped out of Monmouth College to work for the singer.
Rumors have been circulating for 30 years Whitney Houston had had a secret relationship with her ex-assistant, Robyn Crawford (right), but her friends have now publicly spoken about her sexuality following her death
Just hours after Whitney Houston’s death, Robyn Crawford wrote a Valentine’s Day-themed tribute, which was published in a U.S. magazine.
It said: “I first met Whitney when I was 16 and knew right away she was special.
“Whitney was modeling and had peachy-colored skin and didn’t look like anyone I’d ever met in New Jersey.
“I can’t believe that I’m never going to hug her or hear her laughter again.”
The claims have also been backed up by Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law and her ex-bodyguard Kevin Ammons.
Even the singer’s former husband Bobby Brown has hinted their marriage was a cover-up for her desire for women.
Bobby Brown’s sister Tina said: “I saw her with a woman a couple of times.”
Bobby Brown, 43, wrote in his biography that the marriage was “doomed from the very beginning. I think we got married for all the wrong reasons. Now, I realize Whitney had a different agenda than I did when we got married.
“I believe her agenda was to clean up her image, while mine was to be loved and have children. The media was accusing her of having a bisexual relationship with her assistant, Robin [sic] Crawford. Since she was the American Sweetheart and all, that didn’t go too well with her image.
“In Whitney’s situation, the only solution was to get married and have kids. That would kill all speculation, whether it was true or not.”
Whitney Houston’s bodyguard wrote in his book about the star that Robyn Crawford slapped Whitney Houston when she saw her flirting with men and was furious when she vowed to marry Bobby Brown.
The bodyguard also claimed Whitney Houston paid off ex-publicist Regina Brown to keep quiet about her affair with Robyn Crawford.
Whitney Houston spoke out about the rumors in 2000, saying: “I am a mother, not a lesbian. I am not gay.”
It has also been claimed that Whitney Houston told friends she “really wanted to see Jesus” in the days before her death and claimed she had a feeling the end was near for her, according to TMZ.
The Thursday before she died Whitney Houston apparently performed Yes Jesus Loves Me at Tru nightclub in Hollywood and told one of her friends: “I’m gonna go see Jesus … I want to see Jesus.”
The next morning, hours before her death, Whitney Houston discussed a bible passage involving John the Baptist and Jesus when she flashed a big smile and said: “You know, he’s so cool … I really want to see that Jesus.”
Another source told TMZ Whitney Houston had been telling friends she “felt like her time was coming”.