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 Utah.
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 Utah Department of Human Services oversees publicly funded programs based on mental health services for people who live in Utah and are suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Utah Department of Human Services Abuse and Mental Health provides a Utah Crisis Line to provide you with immediate, free confidential support.
Local meetings can be a great source of support for someone working to overcome an addiction. In Utah, there are tons of local meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and many other 12-step programs.
You can find resources to locate a comprehensive list of local meetings below.
Find Support Locally
The Utah Department of Human Services provides a plethora of mental health and substance abuse resources for people who are living in Utah and are suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. By clicking on the link above you will be directed to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health page. This website provides a list of the various services you can attend. It has information on prevention programs, treatment options, recovery services, education, 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 through visiting A.A. Near You. If you scroll down the page you can click on Utah. The Utah link will redirect you to a new page with a list of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Utah and their contact information.
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. By visiting Utah N.A. you will be redirected to the local Utah N.A. page. This website provides information about different N.A. meetings all over the state of Utah. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can click on “NA Meetings in Utah.” When you click on the link you will be redirected to a map of Utah where you can click on the location you live and see all the N.A. meetings near you. Friends and family members are invited to attend open meetings, those recovering from addiction only to closed meetings.
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 Utah help those who are struggling with their addiction find relief while supporting and strengthening their faith.
Below are a couple of faith-based meetings in Utah:
This faith-based addiction recovery program provides support from others who are going through the same addiction recovery as you. The program provides recovery services for those who are trying to overcome any kind of addiction. It provides in-person meetings, phone meetings, and educational material on overcoming addiction. It also provides support for families of addicted loved ones through discussing gospel principles, practical suggestions for applying those principles, and resources.
This program is offered in many locations all across Utah. You can find a meeting through clicking on the link above and then scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on “Find a Meeting.” That will take you to a list of meeting locations all across Utah.
Other Options/Paid Options
One of the biggest factors that cause people not to receive treatment in Utah 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.
Some facilities offer scholarships or even grants that will partially or fully cover the cost of your treatment. 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 two 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. 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.
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.
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.
Crystal Meth Anonymous meetings offer written and online crystal meth addiction recovery information, 24-hour helpline, crystal meth recovery group meetings, and a twelve-step recovery program for spiritual development regardless of religious beliefs. To find a meeting near you, click on the link above and follow the prompts.
Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) 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. There are currently no known DRA meetings in Utah.
Alano Club is a social club for men and women to share their experiences, strength, hope, and stories in order to help themselves and others recover from alcoholism and/or addiction. To find a location near you click on the link above.
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.
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 Utah, click on the link above, and follow the prompts.
Friends and family
Al-Anon is 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.
Additionally, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides additional services for families. Their program provides not only help for an addicted loved one, but also support for families. The program offers family counseling, local support groups, and addiction help. These meetings are free and do not require a bishop’s referral. To find a location near you click on the link above and it will redirect you to their webpage. Then, scroll down to the bottom and click on “Find A Family Services Officer.” That will redirect you to their family services offices where you can enter your location and find one near you.
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.
- Covered Services. Tricare.
- Funding opportunities. SAMHSA.
- Health benefits & coverage. HealthCare.gov.
- Local Meetings. Smart Recovery.
- Medicaid. Utah Department of Health | Medicaid.
- Medicare. Medicare.gov.
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coverage. Healthcare.gov.
- Online Program for Addiction Recovery. Life Process Program.
- Substance Abuse and the Affordable Care Act. Office of National Drug Control Policy.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Utah Department of Human Services.
- The Ogden Alano Club. TRIPOD.