With the costs of private rehab reaching as much as $20 000 per month and more, those people without private health insurance or the means to pay for rehab often wonder what they can do to better painful and crippling addictions to drugs and or alcohol.

It's unfortunate that everyone is not in a position to benefit from the high standard of care as is offered at better private rehabs, but as our current health care reality precludes universal access, we are left with few options.

Thankfully, the Salvation Army Christian drug and alcohol rehab programs have been in the business of helping addicts better problems with substance abuse for years, and for those without the means to pay, treatment is generally offered free of charge.

Entry requirements

The Salvation Army drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are mandated to assist those in society unable to fund private care, and the only requirements for entry into a program are sobriety at the time of entry, a willingness to participate in a Christian form of treatment, and a willingness to work within the organization as a way to fund your stay.

In return The Salvation Army offers free drug and alcohol treatment, free room and board, free clothing if necessary, free learning materials and even free access to education or job training.

What types of therapies are offered?

The Salvation Army free drug and alcohol rehabs are Christian centered, and participants must be willing to partake in religious therapy and prayer. Therapy consists primarily of 12 steps style group meetings, with additional prayer, bible study and private religious counseling as well.

Residents are expected to work their way through the months of rehab, and the organization considers work as an essential component of the therapies of rehab. Through working in the ubiquitous Salvation Army stores or performing other needed tasks, addicts gain employment skills and a sense of responsibility as they also help to offset the costs of their inclusion into the program.


The Salvation Army has endured wide criticism for its refusal to hire Gays or Lesbians; people they consider to be morally unfit. Gay or Lesbian addicts are not likely to find a treatment of worth through an organization critical of their being.

As the programs are offered free of charge, participants are to expect fairly Spartan accommodations. Rooms are likely dormitory style, clothing provided second hand; and meals of a lower standard. Additionally, participants can expect little private therapy, limited access to pharmacological management of symptoms and cravings, and limited cognitive behavioral therapies.

For those with no place else to go

If you can afford better, then the Salvation Army may not meet your expectations of care and living, but for those with no where else to go and needing of low cost assistance with drug or alcohol addiction, the Salvation Army offers hope of a better life.

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