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State Funded Drug Rehabs

There are several differences in a private rehab for drug and alcohol treatment versus state funded drug rehabs. One may think that a public rehab facility would be an easier or better choice, and in most cases, that is correct. Public rehabs are often state funded rehabs which are paid for by state government. This means that they are required to provide care to all those who need addiction treatment whether they are able to pay or not. Getting into one of the state funded drug rehabs may mean spending time on a waiting list. And if you do not have health insurance, the wait may even be longer.  

The level of care you receive in the state funded drug rehabs is not like a luxury drug rehab, but it does provide the addiction treatment necessary to get and stay sober. In state funded drug rehabs, your drug treatment will consist of a lot of group therapy sessions and some individual counseling, and you will be in a very medical-like setting. The main difference between state funded drug rehabs and a private addiction treatment program is the amount of individualized treatment. At a private drug or alcohol rehab facility, one that is “for-profit,” their physician to client/therapist to client ratio is likely to be smaller.

What you should keep in mind is that seeking treatment, whether it is free in a state funded drug rehab, or in some other type of drug and alcohol treatment center, is better than no treatment at all. If your budget does not allow for a stay in a private drug and alcohol rehab center, you should seriously evaluate your options and choose the best state funded drug rehab center available to you.

If you are serious about seeking addiction treatment for yourself or for a loved one and you need to get into one of the state funded drug rehabs, ask around – to your doctor, or your local health department or your local NA or AA group to get the best addiction treatment program you can fit into your budget. You will be able to get clean, and likely move to a sober living arrangement and transition back to a normal life free from drugs and alcohol with some new coping skills, new friends, and a new outlook on life.

If you or someone you know needs help with addiction or finding an alcohol detox, we can help: Call today, (877) 548-0193.


Our articles are written by individuals who have seen addiction up close. They may have watched addiction take a toll on someone they loved or had their own battles with substances, and they write for us to spare others some of that pain and confusion. If you find these writings useful and would like to speak to someone who gets addiction, call us at (844) 826-1700.

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