That said, people usually come in after:
- Searching on websites like Google, AddictionCenter.com or PsychologyToday
- Calling the number on the back of their insurance card
- Getting a referral from a doctor or therapist
- Going to an AA meeting and asking for a recommendation
- Getting a referral from a friend, co-worker or neighbor
From there, you have to compare your options.
What if there are no good options for alcohol rehab near me?
Staying sober is more important than staying local. Driving 3 or more hours to a facility isn’t that big of a deal considering you’re staying for several weeks. You may have driven farther for just a few days of vacation. Every day people come from all across the state to our main campuses. (Just be sure you call first because we often have waitlists). Focus on finding the highest quality option, not the closest.
If there are really no options around, consider flying to get the help you need. (Just like you might fly to see a specialist with other diseases). Florida and California are known for having tons of addiction treatment options. A sunny location helps you escape the chaos of your addiction and fully focus on yourself. While you may not have wanted to go far from home, that could be exactly what you need to really stop drinking.
How do I know which alcohol rehab center is best?
If you’ve never gone to rehab before, you probably don’t know what separates the great rehabs from questionable ones. Here are some things to look for:
- Treatment – Check that the provider has a “dual-diagnosis” license and is authorized to prescribe medications like anti-cravings. That means you’ll be able to tackle underlying mental health issues (like anxiety, depression and trauma) and rebalance your brain. Without properly addressing co-occurring issues, treatment is unlikely to be successful.
- Staff – You should be able to see the treatment team and their credentials on the website. Look for education, including masters-level, and actual experience. Look for a therapist-to-client ratio of at least 1:8.
- Accreditation – Accreditation is not required. It’s a much higher set of standards that good providers choose to meet. CARF is the highest accreditation in this industry, earned by only 20% of treatment providers. The CARF seal is a good sign, then confirm the accreditation.
- Insurance – Living in a nice place with access to 24/7 medical and clinical care for 30 days isn’t always an option without insurance. Plus, being in-network means health insurers are continually monitoring the quality and results.
- Reviews – A reputable provider will have plenty of positive reviews on multiple websites. Instead of perfection, look for a consistent history of positive feedback. Reviews should be easy to find and above a 4-star.
- Overall presence – The best facilities go above-and-beyond the standards in ways that are hard to categorize — from having research departments and partnerships with universities to offering support like this Ask Our Doctors website. Some programs specialize in treating certain populations, like this veterans alcohol rehab that focuses on treating military trauma and addiction.
Are there alcohol-only rehabs?
Being an alcoholic myself, I know it’s easy to feel different (“better”) than a drug addict. When we drink, it’s not illegal. We don’t have to go to any extremes to get our drug. But, alcohol is a drug. All of us in addiction need to fix the same processes in our brains.
Therapies and medications depend on what each person needs, but there’s very little difference in treatment based on our drug of choice. And, don’t be fooled, there are high functioning meth, pill and heroin addicts too. (Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Loyd used to be one of them).
For all of those reasons, it’s the same license to treat addiction to drugs or alcohol. Don’t let that get in your way.
How do I find an alcohol rehab if I don’t have insurance?
State-funded, nonprofit facilities offer low or no-cost treatment to low-income residents. The problem is access. Over five million Americans don’t receive treatment every year because of lax government-funded resources.
Your best bet is to use FindTreatment.org. Search your zip code, then filter for Free or no-cost care under payment options. If nothing comes up, try filtering for Payment assistance available or Sliding fee scale.
The process can be frustrating. Facilities may have waitlists or require you to go in-person on a first-come-first-serve basis, but don’t give up. You can do this.
NOTE: If you make less than $15,586 per year as an individual, you may be able to apply for Medicaid.