I speak with thousands of people each year who have made the decision to get clean from opiates. They are tired of living the roller coaster life of an addict. They are tired of worrying about where they will get their next fix and how they will afford it. Deep down, they know that the weight of their addiction is destroying their life and the people they love around them. They realize that if they don't change now, it might be too late. This is the point that addicts need to reach before they get clean. It's important that an addict gets clean because they choose to, not because they are forced to. Breaking the addiction to opiates is a very tough battle, and those who want to get clean need to realize it's going to be a tough road ahead. Determination, education, and the right support system can help make an addict successful in their battle to break their addiction.
A lot of people I speak with tell me they can not afford to a stay at a rehabilitation center, even though they know it would be beneficial to. Some people need to go away and be in a facility that will show them the way and help guide them along. What if you are an an addict and can't afford treatment? What are your options if you can't afford a professional treatment center?
I can speak from experience about wanting to get treatment but unable to afford it. I was broke and didn't have any money to buy socks let alone spend thousands of dollars on treatment. So how did I receive treatment for free? I attended the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center of Manhattan. The Salvation Army ARC's are rehabs that generally run for 6 months or longer. You get to attend for FREE and all of your food, shelter and clothing are provided for you during your stay. Anyone is welcome as long as they are willing to participate in a Christian program of recovery and willing to work within the organization as you undergo treatment, (as a way of helping to fund your stay.)
If you are not a religious person, do not close the door to this opportunity. The values they teach are priceless and they do not shove religion down your throat. (But you will have to attend church on Sundays at their facility and you need to participate.)
I can honestly say that The Salvation Army is a major reason I am alive today. I have no obligation to them, and have no ties to their organization, but I highly recommend them. The help they provide to addicts is priceless, especially when their service is free. Their rehab is by no means a spa like resort such as the places you see on television or read about online, but the simple setting with no frills is usually what people need to rebuild themselves. I loved the fact that I had to earn my stay at the facility and it created a sense of pride to be there. If you are unable to pay for treatment, The Salvation Army may be the right choice for you.