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Advice for People Without Healthcare

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by mannyme, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. mannyme

    mannyme Member

    I'm a 35 year old male with pretty bad liver disease from years of inhalant abuse and heavy drinking. i have been in the hospital alot because of my drinking and drug use but can't always pay, since im currently unemployed and do not have health insurance. What are the best options for people like me who can't afford treatment. Or don't have health insurance? ive been going to meetings because they are free.
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  2. Jen S.

    Jen S. Guest

    Hi mannyme,
    There are treatment options available for people without health insurance.
    I would not recommend detoxing from home. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition (click here to read more about it).

    I would recommend calling our toll free hotline at 1-800-943-0566 to discuss payment options.
    You can also search for alcohol abuse programs by state here.

    If for some reason you're unable to find a plan that works for you, check out The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator. To find facilities offering free or reduced cost services, select from the “Payment Assistance” options when you search.

    I hope this helps! :)
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  3. KeyserSöze

    KeyserSöze Member

    I don't have insurance either. Sometimes you can find places that do a sliding scale based on how much you make or collect every month.
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  4. soberdoug

    soberdoug Member

    I never had insurance and had to do it all through AA meetings myself. Not saying it's the only way but it's free and there are a ton of meetings every day. Check out the online meetings too. Meetings is a good place to start bro. Peace!
  5. Allen24

    Allen24 Active Contributor

    Jen's post has a lot of useful information. I hope you are able to find an affordable program near you. I have not had insurance before and I know it can be a struggle. Good luck with your treatment.
  6. Nick W.

    Nick W. Community Listener Community Listener

    I would just suggest being very careful, perhaps looking into some clinics as well. Doing things alone at home can be pretty dangerous under the right circumstances. I know how hard it can be without insurance, so I get it, but don't put your life at risk either. There are options.
  7. Daniel Lucky

    Daniel Lucky Active Contributor

    There are clinics and rehabs that are free, just might not be so close to home. If you want to get sober there are free places like someone said in a previous post that some base it on your income. Have you tried looking at churches for support. I had a church organization that paid for me to go to rehab once when I needed the treatment and was broke. Remember we do have options there is always someone out there willing to help if that what you want. I would suggest you making lots and lots of phone calls and doing as much online research that you can and I am absolutely positive that you will find the treatment you need! Sometimes we don't get as much time we think we have befor something bad happens and it gets worse. Good luck!
  8. Nick W.

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    I would suggest thinking about POST-REHAB before starting as well. Where will you stay, will you be able to afford the keep your apartment, will you have a support system, will it be too far from home to get back? These kinds of things can derail a promising recovery. Planning is key to this type of major lifestyle change.
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  9. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    Everyone has suggested clear points in where to get free treatment. But I would like to add that in order for you to get healthy, you need to eat a healthy diet and your body will heal itself on it's own. Almost everything in the grocery store is potentially bad due to processed and GMO additives.
  10. Jericho Mercado

    Jericho Mercado Active Contributor

    Lots of great ideas here that are very helpful. Many people who do not have insurance are often left wondering where they can go for help. Just realizing and having the desire to get help is 1/2 the battle and once that starts, the support group falls into place. You may meet others in your situation and from them learn what helps them cope and how they manage the demands of society.
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  11. Nick Anthony

    Nick Anthony Active Contributor

    You can die from liver disease, so you need to get treatment as soon as possible. I don't know about any free services to deal with this, but if you have family members then now is the time to reach out to them. You've had a problem with drinking, so you're going to need help getting out of this. I wish you the best man.
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  12. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    If you are unemployed, you should be able to also get help with insurance through Obamacare. Most hospitals will also work with you and there are some clinics that help people who are low income so you just need to do some research based on where you live.
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  13. Nick W.

    Nick W. Community Listener Community Listener

    Nick & Rosyrain have some good points and advice here. This seems like something that you need to address sooner rather than later. Even if that means dealing with the ER and working out a payment plan for the treatment. Lack of treatment is going to compound the issues and only cause more treatment which leads to more cost as well.
  14. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Maybe there are hospitals there or groups that can offer free treatments or assistance to those who do not have insurance. Also maybe you can also find those with treatment plans that would make it easier to you to pay or avail medications.
  15. Nick W.

    Nick W. Community Listener Community Listener

    I did not know about clinics and other free services until I started working in the medical field. There are some services out there, they just seem to be rather difficult to find some times. Do an exhaustive internet search and see what you come up with. Also, it never hurts to ask someone from your local hospital. They have services and specialists that can help find support when needed.
  16. cpinatsi

    cpinatsi Senior Contributor

    I'm sorry about that, everyone should be entitled to healthcare, but anyway that is a whole new different conversation. As others said, SAMHSA is worth looking into. Maybe you should also do some googling and see what info you can gather. I hope you will find a solution to your problem.
  17. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    You did the damage already. I wouldn't worry about it. You didn't care about yourself before. You can't possibly be worried now that it is a big hoo ha about health care. Go to an herbalist and eat some healthy foods. They consult for free and will tell you how to take better care of yourself. You want to go for prescription drugs and treatments. It is a lure to make money and slowly destroy people. Go back to basics it's all you can afford. People want to take prozac and eat pizza. They wonder why they gain weight, have pimples, and can't sleep.
  18. thomas pendrake

    thomas pendrake Active Contributor

    My older son is an alcoholic. He has moderate control over his problem currently, but refuses to understand that he needs at least a year of sobriety before he can attempt moderate, controlled drinking. I am not sure that it would be a good idea even then.
    He is in the process of trying to get a disability approved because of injuries and PTSD resulting from the two auto accidents which caused those injuries. One of the problems he has had is that he turned up to several doctor's appointments related to the claim reeking of beer. Unfortunately alcoholism is no longer allowed as a disability, and many of the doctors are prejudiced with a person with that problem. The fact is that he has developed this problem because of the injuries and PTSD. He is now on psych meds that have greatly reduced his tendency to over-imbibing. DON'T SHOW UP FOR DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS DRUNK OR REEKING OF ALCOHOL, ESP. BEER!!!!!
    My younger soon had gone through quitting and then being able to return to moderate drinking for a number of years. However, a few months ago he had a relapse due to a stressful circumstance. He got that back under control but was on medication for whatever the emotional situation was (I have never been made privy to the details ) and managed to accidentally OD on the medication.
    I would like to be able to drink a glass of red wine daily for health purposes. Neither I nor my brother (who looks like a twin, so I am sure we have essentially identical genetics) seem to be prone to alcoholism, and I know of none on my mother's side. I have had some uncles who have had problems, and my sons' mother drinks far too much (but only after work, and she is sober in the morning). Does anyone else have a problem with not being able to drink moderately because of an alcoholic relative?
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2015