How To Start Your Search For Free Treatment Resources And ProgramsThere are many reasons as to why one would opt for a free addiction treatment program. Firstly, having an addiction can drain your financial resources--adding a paid program on top of the list may not be feasible. Second, the cost of living in Hawaii is generally expensive compared to other states. Some people have difficulties paying off their daily expenses alongside a paid program. Others would just like to dip their foot in addiction treatment and see how it goes from there. Nevertheless, here are some general guidelines you can take if you want to start your search for free addiction treatment resources in Hawaii:
- Browse the list of resources and see which ones will be feasible for you: Feasibility of the program depends on your schedule, level of commitment, and interest in the addiction treatment. Some people prefer one-on-one counseling, and others would like a group type of setting. Others would want a spiritual approach, and some would prefer scientific methods to battle addiction. List down the top 3-4 programs that you think are feasible for your needs and preferences.
- Contact the centers and ask for information: The next step is to ask any questions you may have about the program. Important details can include the schedule, the requirements you need, as well as things you can expect when you go through the free treatment.
- Have the necessary preparations: Some programs require preparation beforehand. For example, faith-based ministries would require you to go through a weekly meeting and this would mean that you need to carve out time and effort to complete the program. If you have other responsibilities, it is important to prepare that someone else will take care of them as you undergo the free treatment.
State-Funded ProgramsHawaii has its own Alcohol and Drug Abuse addiction program funded by the state. They offer a list of free addiction treatment programs on their database, as well as schools offering outpatient services.The database contains all the contact details of many establishments offering the programs all over Hawaii, including Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Oahu, and the Big Island. If you are unsure about which program is available in your area, you can also contact their information line at 808-586-4400.
Local MeetingsAnother trait of many Hawaiian residents is their love for gatherings. The aloha spirit may just be one way of encouraging you to stay sober through local meetings in your area. There are various kinds of local meetings, from non-profit secular ones to religious ministries. Here are some of the well-known organizations in the state:
Find support locallyEach island has its own chapter of support groups. You can find local addiction support by contacting the main website dedicated to your area.
Local AA MeetingsHawaii has several resource websites for its own Alcoholics Anonymous. Since the state is considered an archipelago, they have an AA website for:
Local NA MeetingsNA or Narcotics Anonymous is similar to AA but with a focus on illicit drug abuse. People also share their experiences during support group meetings, while gathering encouragement from each other. There is only one website resource for the state, which is called Narcotics Anonymous Hawai’i. The website has helplines available to assist you in finding a local meeting in your area.Additionally, they also have a section that shows you the schedules of virtual meetings.
Faith-Based MeetingsThere are also various faith-based meetings available in the state of Hawaii. online self-help forums. In these discussion boards, people can also share their stories on alcohol and drug abuse. They can also give you advice on how you can stay sober after treatment.It is important to value other people’s confidentiality in these message boards. Always keep your personal information private when discussing with others in online forums.
Other Options / Paid OptionsIt is understandable that not all people will find free addiction treatment programs effective. Sometimes, the influx of individuals coming from all backgrounds seeking treatment may cause you to have longer wait times to get the program started. Others prefer a comprehensive rehab treatment that covers detox, therapies, and aftercare.If you’re low on finances, here are some suggestions on how you can have a paid rehab at minimal to no cost.
ScholarshipsDid you know that some schools have their own rehab referrals in place? If you get a scholarship or grant from another foundation, you can apply for rehab treatment once you’re enrolled as a student. You can check out the list of available scholarships in Hawaii at Scholarships.com. There are scholarships for various interests such as students taking a degree for business, automotive industry, hotel, and restaurant management, among many others.
InsuranceInsurance is also a major financial helper to get high-quality paid addiction rehab. For example, Sunshine Behavioral Health centers offer hotlines that can help you verify your insurance and determine the coverage for addiction treatment. Most health insurance companies now cover inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment services as it is required as a policy by the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 1996.
LoansYou can also sign up to get a personal loan to cover addiction treatment. Many people use personal loans to help with out-of-pocket medical bills, to start a business, or to pay off debt.When picking a personal loan program, it is best to inquire about the interest rates and see if it is a good option for you. You can also compare interest rates and terms of payment which are ideal in your situation. Hawaii State FCU has some great options for residents who want an affordable personal loan plan.
12-Step Programs and Non-ReligiousTo be specific, quality paid rehabs offer a variety of options such as 12-Step and Non-religious programs. 12-Step comprises a spiritual approach that is centralized on admitting an addiction problem and surrendering one’s burdens over a Higher Power. This is an ideal treatment program for those who want to discover their spiritual side.Non-religious programs include psychotherapies, holistic approaches, and fitness recommendations that can help people identify the physical and psychological causes of their addictions.
Friends and FamilyYour friends and family are one of your strongest pillars towards freedom from addictions. Aside from moral support, they can also be sources of financial assistance if you’re struggling to pay for a quality rehab.To solicit financial help, you can simply be honest with a trusted loved one about your desire to become sober. You may ask for sponsorships, donations, and even a loan from your family and friends while staying true to your word about being addiction-free.
Recovery Advice When Money Is ScarceMoney doesn’t have to be a barrier for you to seek treatment. Many individuals who initially sought addiction help started with free resources. Here is a simple, step-by-step guide on how you can go about your addiction treatment at minimal to no cost:
- Start with the free options: You can first attend support group meetings, join online forums, or sign up for state-funded programs. Have a flexible schedule that will allow you to finance a quality rehab in the future.
- Pool all the ways you can pay for addiction treatment: If paid rehab is your choice, you can combine all the ways you can pay for treatment. These include calling your insurance provider about coverage, starting fundraising activities, or asking for donations.
- Research self-management apps and programs: There are also available apps for you to improve on your mental health and addiction management skills. You can use this in conjunction with paid and non-paid substance abuse treatment options.
Free Addiction Treatment Is Within Your HandsSuffering from substance abuse without money for rehab isn’t a lost cause. Through this list of available free resources in Hawaii, you can take the first step towards sobriety and get the help you need with little to no cost.
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Many people abuse pills, are addicted to them, or once struggled with pill abuse or addiction. So it’s not surprising that there are many members of Pills Anonymous.
What Is Pills Anonymous?
Pills Anonymous (PA) is an organization that aims to help its members stop using pills. It’s similar to other recovery and sobriety organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Like AA and NA, Pills Anonymous:
-Encourages members to progress through a series of twelve steps to find addiction recovery. This process is called “working the steps.”
-Follows twelve traditions to guide the organization as a whole.
-Values its members’ anonymity.
-Provides literature about the program, addiction, and other matters related to addiction.
-Is free to join, but accepts donations during meetings and sells literature to raise funds.
Pills Anonymous also shares similarities with recovery and sobriety groups such as Marijuana Anonymous. Both groups:
-Feature a series of questions that people can ask themselves to determine if they have an addiction.
-Operate under the World Service Conference to provide management and ways for members to access its service.
Like other 12-step groups, Pills Anonymous (PA) welcomes people to join. According to PA, “The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using pills.”
What Is a Pills Anonymous Group?
A group is the basic operating unit of Pills Anonymous. Anyone who wishes to become and remain sober can hold a PA meeting. PA will recognize the meeting as a local group if the meeting:
-Includes people who want to stop using pills.
-Supports itself financially.
-Aims to help people stop using pills by using PA’s twelve steps.
-Does not express opinions about non-PA outside issues or outside affiliations.
-Strives to attract new members instead of promoting the group for its own sake.
There are different kinds of Pills Anonymous meetings and groups, including:
-H&I: Gatherings for residents or clients of hospitals or institutions who cannot attend regular PA meetings. These are introductory or beginners’ gatherings and are not required to be self-supporting.
-Speaker: Gatherings where one or more members of PA share personal experiences for longer amounts of time.
-Participation: Gatherings where PA members share personal experiences, one person at a time.
-Book study: Gatherings where people discuss and study PA literature and related resources.
-Step study: Gatherings where people discuss and study the twelve steps of PA.
Instead of using the term leader, PA says that trusted servants can help manage (not govern) individual groups.
Groups can appoint people to serve in positions, including but not limited to:
-Group service representative
-A world service conference delegate
What Kinds of Meetings Does Pills Anonymous Meetings Offer?
People who want to attend a Pills Anonymous (PA) meeting can do so in many areas in the United States and around the world.
The Pills Anonymous website lists several in-person meetings. One page also includes handy codes that include more specific information:
-C = Closed meeting (meetings that are closed to nonmembers)
-O = Open meetings for both members and nonmembers (everyone)
-H = Handicap-accessible meetings
-B = Babysitting services available at these meetings
-M = Men’s only meetings
-W = Women’s only meetings
-LGBT = Lesbian gay bisexual transgender population meetings
There are many types of PA meetings and many ways to attend them.
Virtual meetings may be available for people who desire to stop abusing prescription pills, but for whom it may not always be possible, easy, or desirable to attend in-person meetings.
For example, there may not be any regular in-person meetings in their geographical area. Or, due to the spread of the contagious COVID-19, buildings may be closed and residents ordered to shelter-at-home by their county or state governments.
Pills Anonymous lists some virtual meetings on its site with codes that include whether they are open, closed, etc.
Starting Your Own Meetings
People can also start Pills Anonymous meetings of their own. The PA website includes resources for starting meetings, including suggestions for meeting formats.
For example, a PA participation meeting may start with the meeting conductor:
-Welcoming new members and explaining the program
-Asking members to read from Pills Anonymous literature, such as its Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
-Passing a basket for voluntary contributions.
-Awarding chips or tokens to commemorate different periods of sobriety.
Participation meetings also allow people to share their experiences. Pills Anonymous doesn’t allow crosstalk during its sharing periods. Only one person can speak at a time, though others can ask the speaker questions.
The group may set limits for sharing periods, such as allowing people to speak for 3–5 minutes only.
People may be encouraged to share contact information if they have questions or other things to share.
Depending on the preferences of the group members, meetings might end with meditation, a prayer, or in some other way.
Like other 12-step meetings and sobriety groups, Pills Anonymous acknowledges that people have different wants and needs. While sobriety is the common destination, there are many paths to get there.
- pillsanonymous.org - Here Are the 20 Questions Designed to Help You Determine If You Are a Pill Addict
- pillsanonymous.org - Pills Anonymous World Service
- pillsanonymous.org - Definition of a Pills Anonymous “Group”
- pillsanonymous.org - Find a Meeting
- pillsanonymous.org - Find a Virtual Meeting
- pillsanonymous.org - Start a Meeting
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