The ongoing pandemic has impacted mental health nationwide. Many have increasingly turned to drugs or alcohol use to cope with declining mental health, and Colorado expects to see a sharp rise in overdose deaths and substance use. Unfortunately, the pandemic has also jeopardized employment status and income for many residents — hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are still unemployed.

To combat the exponential effects of financial stress, health fears, isolation and general uncertainty, low-cost or free solutions are vital for jobless or uninsured Coloradans. Detox, rehabilitation and prevention services can help treat addiction and reduce risks, but cost can be a concern. The thought of attending drug rehab with no insurance can cause people to avoid seeking treatment altogether, leading to lifelong consequences.

However, with outlets like federal grant assistance, state-funded programs, teletherapy, community-based programs and nonprofit organizations, it’s possible to find free or low-cost addiction treatment services throughout Colorado.

Financial Assistance

There are a few types of financial assistance for drug rehab, including grants, scholarships and loans. The state offers various mental health and addiction-related services through Health First Colorado, a Medicaid program. Additionally, the state website provides a helpful treatment locator tool that allows users to search for Medicaid-eligible facilities or that operate on a sliding payment scale. Like in years past, Colorado recently received millions of dollars in grants to improve access to rehabilitation treatment.

Nonprofit organizations like Step Denver also help state residents find life-saving care. Step Denver, in particular, is a charity group that helps support homeless and low-income men who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction.

Free or State-Funded Rehab Centers

There are a few ways to learn about what free or low-cost rehab facilities may be available in Colorado. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) locator tool can help you see what’s available throughout the state. Additionally, you can call their helpline to find a location that fits your needs and works with your financial situation.

Another way to find drug rehab programs is reaching out to nonprofit groups, community mental health services and religious organizations. Private practitioners may also provide treatment on a sliding payment scale that charges affordable fees based on your income. Many rehab facilities, like The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, also offer affordable payment plans to help manage the cost of rehab treatment.

Teletherapy or Online Rehab

Teletherapy is growing in popularity due to its accessibility and flexibility, and online addiction counseling can offer many of the same services as in-person rehab facilities. Teletherapy platforms like Talkspace provide affordable options for people with mental health concerns, but therapists on these websites may not provide effective addiction treatment.

The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake has its own telehealth app designed specifically for clients with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. Our professional therapists and counselors use evidence-based approaches to help clients learn coping strategies, avoid relapse, and maintain lifelong recovery.

Get Help for Your Recovery

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or a co-occurring disorder, The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is here to help. Whether you wish to attend rehab in person or online, there’s a program that can fit your needs. Contact us today to learn more about treatment plans that can work well for your situation.

By – Kacie Chelli, MS
Kacie has her M.S. in clinical psychology. Previously, she was employed with American Addiction Centers, where she helped people find appropriate care to begin their journey in recovery. Read more
Editor – Melissa Carmona
Melissa Carmona puts years of writing and editing experience to work helping people understand substance abuse, addiction and mental health disorders. Read more

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