Today, there is a huge discrepancy between the number of individuals in need of substance abuse treatment, and the number that receive it. According to the most recent information presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2014, 22.5 million people within the U.S. needed treatment, of these, only 4.2 million received it. One commonly cited reason for this is a lack of finances. Fortunately, this is a barrier that many groups seek to remove.
Though it may not be well-known, there is quite a bit of funding for people in search of treatment from drugs or alcohol. Scholarships and grants made possible by a number of foundations and organizations may cover a portion, or the entirety of the cost of rehabilitation for people affected by substance abuse or addiction.
Where To Find Scholarships And Grants
There are a surprising number of grants and scholarships available for substance abuse treatment—you just have to find them. Individual foundations work to provide funding for persons struggling with addiction. Other organizations provide search tools to aid individuals seeking financial assistance for treatment. State funding is available for those who do not have insurance, and may not (or cannot) find scholarship or grants for funding.
Additionally, many websites provide pertinent information for interested individuals to help them find the right grants for which to apply, and most of the application processes can be completed online. In the absence of grants and scholarships, these websites may also direct a person seeking treatment to community resources.
Sobriety Optimization League Scholarship Foundation
One organization which dedicates itself to aiding people in finding proper funding is the Sobriety Optimization League (SOL) Scholarship Foundation. This foundation works to support individuals seeking recovery who struggle financially by “facilitating collaboration between charitable donors and recovery service providers.” SOL prides itself on aiding people overcome by an addiction to drugs or alcohol who want to recover, but cannot find the financial means to start.
The donor-funded treatment methods covered by the scholarships SOL grants include:
- Residential treatment
- Outpatient programs
- Individual, family and group counseling services
- Fostering a life of sobriety by sober living and extended case management (six months to one year)
As with any scholarship, the application process is necessary, but can be beneficial when it results in funding for you or your loved one. For SOL, the process is fairly easy, but one that requires diligence. Persons interested in applying for a scholarship must follow a series of steps. They are as follows:
- Fill out the online application
- Undergo a screening—this confirms that the application is complete, and verifies that you have met all application requirements (listed on the SOL website)
- Funding availability then determines if the application will be sent to a committee for review, or put on a wait list until funds become available.
- If the application is sent to the Clinical Committee for review, the committee reviews the application, and contacts the individual’s primary counselor from their current residential treatment center.
- At this point, the person seeking treatment may participate in a personal interview.
- Once a scholarship is awarded, the counselor will aid the individual in finding treatment.
Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration Grants
An organization committed to making a greater number of grants available, is the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). You can find out more information about this under their Grants page.
SAMHSA makes funds available to individuals through a number of avenues, including Center For Substance Abuse Prevention, the Center For Substance Abuse Treatment and Center For Mental Health Services. Essentially, SAMHSA provides funding to these organizations through grants, and individuals, in turn, can seek treatment from the organizations. In addition to information about the funding programs, you can also explore the application, review and management processes for grants on this web page.
Through SAMHSA, the Center For Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) focuses on endorsing community-based treatment. In addition to providing leadership which fosters quality treatment, CSAT supports groups which work to “improve and expand existing substance abuse treatment services under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Program (SABG).”
Block grants are state funds which are mandated by Congress, according to SAMHSA. The SABG directs these funds to all 50 states in order to provide treatment for those in recovery, and to promote prevention. Organizations which receive SABG funding are called single state agencies.
Single State Agencies
Each state comprises different agencies, with separate divisions. SAMHSA compiled all the contact information for these agencies in all 50 states into one directory, which may be accessed through the SAMHSA website. Funding for each agency, of course, depends on the block grants awarded to each agency. In other words, securing treatment in your community may require some research, but is definitely available.
Search Tools For Finding Scholarships And Grants
Because finding financial help for rehabilitation can be tricky, there are websites dedicated to providing accurate, current information for funding. Charity Watch provides donors with information in order to allow them to give to a cause, and to know where donations will be allocated. Charity Watch uses a number of criteria, and a strategic formula to rate charities, and reports its calculations for members. It also lists top-rated charities, including those for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Under these listings, members can find basic information, such as contact details, the calculated rating and the foundation’s mission statement.
GuideStar is also a helpful tool for people in search of treatment funding. It works in a similar manner to Charity Watch, and reports on as many characteristics as possible about charitable organizations, including, but not limited to:
Scholarships And Grants: Finding The Funding You Need
Whether it is a private scholarships through a foundation, grant funding through a state program, or funding you find through careful search tools, financial help for rehabilitation is available. In addition, some facilities also offer other forms of financial assistance, including reduced rates, or financing options. Contact a specific facility of interest to inquire about these options.
If you or your loved one are struggling with the effects of addiction, you know that numerous obstacles may get in the way of treatment—do not let finances be one of these things. To get started, contact us today. We will help you find the answers you need, and direct you to further resources for treatment.
Charity Watch — Give Thoughtfully
GuideStar — About Us
Sobriety Optimization League Scholarship Foundation — The Application Process
Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration — Block Grants
Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration — Center For Substance Abuse Treatment