List of Free Addiction Treatment Resources in Washington, United States

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 Washington.

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

State-funded programs are a great option for someone who cannot financially afford to enroll in private programs. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services oversees publicly funded programs based on mental health services for people who live in Washington and are suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders. The state of Washington also provides a statewide Recovery Help Line that offers 24-hour help for people who are suffering from substance abuse, problems gambling, and mental health issues. The Washington Recovery Help Line is a program of crisis connection that offers anonymous 24-hour help for people who live in Washington. The people on the other end of the line are professionally-trained volunteers and staff that will provide you with emotional support. They can also connect you with local treatment resources and community services to best fit your needs.

Local Meetings

Local meetings can be a great source of support for someone working to overcome an addiction. In Washington, 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

Washington State Department of Social Services provides a plethora of mental health resources for people who are living in Washington and are suffering from a mental illness. By clicking on the link above you will be directed to the Mental Health and addiction Services page. This website provides services and information to help you figure out how to get free or low-cost health insurance to pay for treatment, determine who you can talk to in a crisis, figure out how to get admitted or admit a person into a state hospital, and more.

If you click on the “Who do I talk to in a crisis link” it will redirect you to the Washington Recovery Help Line. This website will provide you with further resources such as information on harm reduction and reducing the chances of overdosing, medications for opioid use disorder, treatment for cannabis use, and treatment options, treatment for people with an emotional or mental health challenge, resources for compulsive gambling, and resources for substance use disorder.

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 Washington. The Washington link will redirect you to a new page with a list of Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in Washington 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. You can find a comprehensive list of Washington N.A. Meetings through visiting the link provided. Click on the city closest to you to see a list of local N.A. meetings. Then, click on the location you wish to attend.

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

Faith-based meetings in Washington help those who are struggling with their addiction find relief while supporting and strengthening their faith. The Faith-Based Organizations and Chemical Dependency Recovery Support Services Legislative Report lists many faith-based resources in Washington State. If you click on the link above it will redirect you to those resources.

Teen Challenge 

This is a highly structured, faith-based program that gives teens who have an addiction to drugs the framework they need to rebuild their self-worth, overcome struggles, and be a productive member of society.

Open House Ministries

This program is a drug and alcohol support program for the whole family. It is designed to help families suffering from addiction and address their issues. All of the programs provide a spiritual dimension and linkage to the local church community.

Other Options/Paid Options

One of the biggest factors that cause people not to receive treatment in Washington state 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

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.

Insurance

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 provide contact information to speak to someone who can help.

Apple Health (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.

Loans

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. Due to Covid-19, all the Washington meetings are canceled until further notice, but they have some online meetings instead.

There are a few online Cocaine Anonymous meetings in the state of Washington. Some of their online zoom meetings IDs, passwords, and times are:

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.

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.

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.

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