Not everyone looking for treatment has health insurance, the ability to self-pay for some or all of treatment, or a loved one willing to cover this cost. Ordinarily, this would prevent the person for getting any help at all although there are some free programs available. However, many of the free programs available may provide some sort of relief in terms of brief intervention and temporary change of environment, they may not be able to deliver the intensity of services that some clients need. Chronic addiction takes a devastating toll on a person, in many more ways than just the obvious physical ones. There are many challenges to overcome, and there are specific environments and types of facilities which best meet the needs of these clients. So when this is the right and really only option, such as an inpatient or residential facility, individuals should inquire about a sliding fee scale before giving up on receiving the quality treatment they need.
This is how a sliding fee scale works; Someone will meet with the potential client and determine what their current life and financial circumstances are. They will likely inquire about how much money the person is currently making and it is a regular flow of income, how much money they have on hand, how many dependents are they currently supporting, and what their monthly bills are like. Based off of this information they will determine based on a scale what type of discounted rate they can offer the individual so that quality treatment can become a reality. They can also help assist the individuals in finding other help and means to pay for treatment, if they are eligible for a loan or line of credit meant specifically for treatment for example.
The types of facilities which offer sliding scale fees can vary, but there are programs available with very good reputations and success rates for their clients. Inpatient and residential facilities which provide both short and long term treatment are often the most inclined to provide such financial help, because they understand the challenges that clients are up[ against coming up with such a substantial amount of money, but money which could potentially save their lives and most definitely improve the quality of it.
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Choosing the correct treatment program for yourself or a family member can be one of the the most important decisions you ever make. With so many choices for treatment, and so many variables to consider, getting help from a knowledgeable addiction specialist who understands what types of treatment will work best is invaluable.
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