Finding Free
Alcoholism Treatment

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : FEBRUARY  22, 
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Even if you have limited resources or no insurance, free alcoholism treatment programs are available across the U.S. that provide help to those with demonstrated financial need.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers online help to find local alcoholism treatment programs.

While the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator does not make specific recommendations or endorsements regarding individual treatment facilities or types of treatment, it does provide information on both public and private facilities that are approved by their state substance abuse agency.

The Locator also includes treatment facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Department of Defense.

Go to the Locator’s Advance Search function and check the boxes for “sliding fee scale” and “payment assistance” after you indicate the city, state and zip code where you live. Then, be sure to complete the fields that ask for the...

  • Primary focus of the provider you wish to find (substance abuse, mental health, or a mix of both);
  • Services you need (including substance abuse treatment, detoxification, or halfway house);
  • Type of care you may require (outpatient, partial hospitalization/day treatment, non-hospital residential, or hospital inpatient);
  • Special programs/groups sought (including those for adolescents, persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, and DUI/DWI offenders); and
  • Necessary special language services, if applicable (including assistance for the hearing impaired or fluency in foreign languages).

If you don’t want to limit your search to just the treatment facilities in your immediate area, SAMSHA recommends using the List Search feature on the Locator.

A second option is to go to SAMHSA’s list of state substance abuse agencies.

This list is alphabetized by state and includes phone numbers, website address, and/or e-mail addresses for these organizations. 

Additional Free Alcoholism Treatment Resources

If you need additional help in locating alcoholism and addiction treatment centers, call the Referral Helpline operated by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The numbers are toll-free: 1-800-662-HELP; 1-800-662-9832 (Español); or 1- 800-228-0427 (TDD).

Fifteen states and one Indian Health Board are currently receiving funding from SAMSHA to create voucher programs for substance abuse critical treatment and recovery support services.

Called “Access to Recovery,” the three-year grant program is designed to ensure that those with addiction problems who do not have financial resources have access to a comprehensive treatment services and recovery support options. 

Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 

I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LPC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More

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