Finding free addiction treatment resources can be challenging and time-consuming. Below is a comprehensive list of free addiction treatment resources in the state of Ohio.
How to Start Your Search for Free Treatment Resources and Programs
Given the large variety of information on the internet, it can be extremely challenging to sort through what is relevant to you and your specific treatment needs. The best way to start your search for free treatment resources and programs is by checking out the information below.
State-funded programs are a great option for someone who cannot financially afford to enroll in private programs. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services oversees publicly funded programs based on mental health services for people who live in Ohio and are suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides information on mental health, suicide prevention, combating the opioid crisis, finding addiction service providers, prevention, and various other resources for someone suffering from a substance abuse problem.
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides a Crisis Text Line for people who may need help coping with a stressful situation. This is a free, confidential service that is available 27/7 via text on mobile devices.ppThey also provide a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or a loved one. ppAdditionally, they have an Ohio Careline that is a toll-free emotional support call service that is available 24/7 for confidential support in times of person or family crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with challenges in their lives.
Local meetings can be a great source of support for someone working to overcome an addiction. In Ohio, there are many local meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and many other 12-step programs.
Find Support Locally
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides a plethora of mental health and substance abuse resources for people who are living in Ohio and are suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. By clicking on the link above you will be directed to their Get Help page. This website provides assistance in learning more about Ohio’s mental health resources, helpline phone numbers, suicide prevention, and more.
Local AA Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is a 12-step program for men and women who have a drinking problem, supporting each other to overcome their addiction. You can find a comprehensive list of local A.A. meetings by visiting A.A. Near You. If you scroll down the page you can click on ppOhiopp. The ppOhio pplink will redirect you to a new page with a list of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in ppOhiopp and their contact information.
If attending A.A. meetings in person does not work for you, you can also attend online A.A. meetings. Click on the link provided and it will redirect you to a list of virtual A.A. meetings, their time, date, and a link to access the meetings.
Local NA Meetings
Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) is a 12-step program designed to help people who are addicted to narcotic drugs stop using drugs and find new ways of living. You can find a comprehensive list of Ohio ppN.A. meetings by visiting the link provided.
There are also virtual N.A. meetings. Click on the link provided and then click on “To Find a Meeting Click Here.” The link will redirect you to a list of virtual N.A. meetings, their time, date, and a link to access the meetings.
Faith-based meetings in Ohio help those who are struggling with their addiction find relief while supporting and strengthening their faith.
Below are a few faith-based meetings in Ohio:
This faith-based addiction recovery program is a Christ-centered 12 step recovery program for individuals suffering from alcohol and substance abuse. It is a safe place to find community and freedom from issues that are controlling your life.
To find a location near you in Ohio click on the link above and then click on the How Do I Find A Celebrate Recovery link. You will be sent to a page where you will then “click here” where it says to find a Celebrate Recovery group near you. You will then be sent to a page where you can put in your location and find programs near you.
This is a faith-based recovery program that uses Buddhist teachings and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors and is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths. Due to COVID-19 all in-person meetings have been canceled and moved online. pp
This is an online faith-based recovery program for people suffering from abuse, family dysfunction, depression, anxiety, grief, illness, trauma, addictions to alcohol, drugs, and more. It is a safe space for people to regain balance and order in their life through actively discussing the Bible and sharing their own experiences, faith, strength, and hope.
This is a faith-based recovery group of men and women who are joined together on the “Path of Peace.” They share experiences, strengths, and hopes while recovering from active addiction to mind and mood-altering substances. This recovery group integrates the treatment requirements of both Al-Islam and the Twelve Step approach to recovery in one simultaneous program.
This faith-based recovery group is an international network of Christ-centered Twelve-Step support groups which ministers to individuals, their families, and loved ones who suffer from the consequences of any addictive behavior.
This faith-based recovery group is an association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sorority through affiliation with and participation in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Other Options/Paid Options
One of the biggest factors that cause people not to receive treatment in Ohio is the inability to afford or not knowing how to pay for treatment. Below lists a few ways to help you pay for your addiction treatment.
Scholarships help to bridge the gap between what people can afford and the high costs of the treatment they need to overcome their addiction. Some facilities offer scholarships or even grants that will partially or fully cover the cost of your treatment. Rehab scholarships are most often provided by individual institutions on a case-by-case basis for people who need treatment, but can’t receive it without a scholarship. One thing you can do is contact the treatment program you wish to attend to see if they offer any scholarships or grants you can apply for.
Below are some funding options to help you pay for your treatment:
10,000 Beds is a scholarship that is geared towards awarding 250 addiction treatment scholarships each year to individuals who are in need of addiction treatment. 10,000 Beds is a non-profit foundation that partners with individual treatment facilities that have openings that aren’t currently filled. The treatment facility agrees to donate a certain number of openings and 10,000 Beds contact those who need help to the organizations that are donating the treatment. You can apply for this scholarship by clicking on the link above.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides funding opportunities and grants to help people afford their substance abuse treatment. You can apply for one of these grants by following the prompts in the link above.
Private Insurance is one way to pay for addiction programs. Insurance companies are legally required to pay for insurance to help cover addiction treatment. Depending on the type of insurance you have you may be able to attend treatment at a very low cost to yourself.
There are a couple of federally funded options to help you fund your addiction treatment. These include government health insurance and the Veterans Administration. Below are a list of government health insurance options and the Veterans Administration form of insurance known as Tricare. If you don’t already have insurance, you can apply for a subsidized insurance plan such as your state's Medicaid.
Medicare is a federally funded form of health insurance for people who are over 65 and or under 65 but have certain disabilities. Medicare is affordable health insurance that offers various plan options to best fit your needs. To check your eligibility and apply click on the link provided above. The website will prompt you on how to get started with Medicare.
Medicaid is a state and federally funded form of health insurance for people who are pregnant, disabled, or low income. Participants pay little to nothing for coverage. To check your eligibility and apply click on the website provided above.
Tricare is health insurance for military members and their families. Tricare covers substance use disorder treatments and is a great option for members of the military and their families to seek treatment for their addictions.
Not all insurance policies will cover all the necessary treatment services needed for a person to recover from their addiction. One option is to take out a loan to help pay for addiction recovery. A home equity loan is a loan that uses your home as collateral. These are considered low-risk and have favorable interest rates.
Private loans are sometimes catered specifically to those seeking finance for addiction treatment. These private companies offer affordable rates that take into account a person's treatment needs and recovery timelines.
Personal loans are another option. Personal loans are taken directly from a person’s bank account and are based on their credit history and other assets. The loan varies on the amount but may offer you assistance in covering some of your treatment expenses. These loans can have relatively low-interest rates.
12-Step programs and non-religious
Secular Alcoholics Anonymous is like the 12 step A.A. program but without the Christian aspect to it. It is an agnostic version of the traditional A.A. program. You can click on the link above and enter your location to see a list of local Secular A.A. programs near you.
Cocaine Anonymous is a 12 step program for individuals wishing to overcome their cocaine addiction. Follow the prompts on the website to find local C.A. meetings near you.
Online Cocaine Anonymous meetings are another option for someone who cannot attend a physical meeting or likes the convenience of the meetings being online. If you click on the link provided it will take you to the website where you can find a list of the online meetings. If you prefer to attend email meetings or even voice meetings they have those available for you as well.
Dual Recovery Anonymous is a 12 step program to help people manage their dual diagnosis. The goal is to help those who are experiencing dual illnesses. This program is for people who are chemically dependent and suffering from emotional or psychiatric illness. It helps them recover from both their substance abuse and emotional or psychiatric illness by focusing on relapse prevention and improving their quality of life.
Smart Recovery is an alternative to 12-step programs. This program uses cognitive therapy to change behaviors that trigger substance abuse. Click on the link above to find a program in your area.
A lot of the programs have moved online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Using the link provided above, click on the area you are interested in attending for additional information. If you wish to attend online, you can click on the SMART Recovery Online Community link and follow the prompts.
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. CoDA uses 12 Steps and 12 Traditions are their principles for guidelines to develop honest and healthy relationships. This meeting supports those who are suffering from addiction and codependency. To find a meeting in Ohio click on the link above, and follow the prompts.
Friends and family
Al-Anon pis a group for family and friends of alcoholics to help them recover from the effects of living with a loved one who has a drinking problem. Click on the link provided and enter your location. The link will take you to a list of local Al-Anon meetings near you.
Nar-anon is a meeting for friends and family of addicts and recovering addicts. If you click on the link provided it will take you to their website where you can type in your location and it will populate local Nar-anon meetings.
Families Anonymous is a 12 step fellowship program for the family and friends of individuals with drug or alcohol issues. To find a location near you click on the link provided.
Recovery Advice When Money Is Scarce
Even if you are low on money, recovering from your drug addiction should be a priority. A lot of the 12 step programs that you can attend to aid in your recovery are volunteer lead and should be free. Many health insurance policies will cover some of your addiction treatment because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) lists addiction as one of the 10 essential health benefits that are required to be covered similarly to other medical and surgical needs. Also, friends and family can be a source to borrow money from if you are having difficulty getting a loan or insurance is not covering enough. It can be very difficult for your friend or family member to watch you struggle with your addiction. As a result, they might be willing to help you pay for addiction treatment.
Online Self-Help Forums
Smart Recovery Online (SROL) is an online community that offers daily online meetings, message boards, and a 24/7 live chat to help people overcome addiction. You can see a list of online meetings and register to attend them by clicking on the link above and following the prompts.
Self Recovery is a private online addiction recovery program. This is a great option for those who have hectic schedules, family obligations, tight budgets, and fear judgment from others. This program enables the user to explore the causes of their addiction. You can enroll in their classes by clicking on the link above and following the prompts.
Life Process Program is an online recovery service for drug and alcohol addiction. The program is an alternative to AA and other 12-step programs. It is self-paced and puts you in control of your recovery. This program is broken down into 8 online modules that consist of video files, reading materials, and exercises relevant to the topic of that module. You can register for this program by clicking on the link above and following the prompts.
- Buddhist Recovery Network. Buddhist Recovery Network.
- Co-dependents Anonymous. CoDA.org
- Covered Services. Tricare.
- DRA Meetings in Ohio. Ohio Dual Recovery Anonymous
- Funding opportunities. SAMHSA.
- Health benefits & coverage. HealthCare.gov.
- Medicare. Medicare.gov.
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coverage. Healthcare.gov.
- Millati Islami. Milatiislam.org
- Ohio Medicaid. Benefits.gov.
- Online Program for Addiction Recovery. Life Process Program.
- Overcomers Outreach. Overcomersoutreach.org.
- Substance Abuse and the Affordable Care Act. Office of National Drug Control Policy.
- The Calix Society. calixsociety.orgpp