Attending treatment at a methadone clinic is actually much less expensive than continued drug abuse. But many individuals need treatment that is even less costly. In some cases, certain individuals cannot afford to pay anything for treatment because drug addiction has caused them an extreme amount of financial trouble. For these individuals, free methadone clinics actually do exist, although finding one can take some time and effort.
At MethadoneCenters.com, we have an extremely comprehensive list of methadone clinics all across the country. These facilities are listed by state, then city, and for each, a phone number and address is provided to help potential patients find out more information. Calling one of the facilities closest to you can help you find out if they may provide free treatment or at least some kind of payment assistance. Remember to ask questions like:
- What are your payment policies?
- Do you provide all free treatment to certain patients?
- How can a particular patient be eligible for free treatment?
In addition, SAMHSA‘s behavioral health treatment services locator can help you find clinics all over the country, many of which dispense methadone and provide other treatments as well such as individual and group therapy, resocialization, aftercare transitional help, and vocational, relationship, and family counseling. When searching through the facilities closest to you, look under the box marked “Payment Assistance Available” in order to find out if the facility provides low-cost or free treatment.
Ask the Professionals
There are many people you can ask about the possibility of free methadone treatment in your area. One of the best resources is your primary physician. Your doctor may know a facility nearby where you can receive the kind of treatment you need and, best of all, they know you and your health needs better than other individuals with whom you have no prior relationship.
You can also find help from physicians at free health clinics. These individuals have likely referred many patients to free methadone centers in your area and know where they can be found. They may even have pamphlets with information on certain locations that they can give you.
Another great place to look for information about free methadone clinics is your city government building. According to the NIJ, methadone maintenance treatment is “one of the most monitored and regulated medical treatments in the country.” This is because the drug has a high abuse factor and is, therefore, only dispensed by clinics that meet certain government standards. Many of these facilities, especially the free and low-cost ones, receive government funding. Thus, someone at your local government office will likely know about free clinics that dispense methadone and provide other addiction treatments in your area.
According to the NIDA, “In the United States, there are about 1,400 methadone maintenance programs serving over 254,000 patients.” While not all of these facilities provide treatment at absolutely no cost, you can find free methadone clinics in your area if you know whom to ask and where to look. Search the Internet and ask some of the professionals listed above to find the free clinics available to you.