Grants for Recovering Alcoholics

by Valerie Fox; Updated September 26, 2017
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For many recovering alcoholics, sobriety hinges on help from others. While recovering alcoholics may not be able to directly receive federal funds to help with their addiction, there are a host of programs that receive grants to help recovering alcoholics.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grants for recovering alcoholics are typically administered through government-run programs. Individuals do not receive funds directly; instead, they are able to take advantage of a host of treatment options to help them maintain their sobriety. These include both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA is one of the most formidable agencies providing help for recovering alcoholics through the use of grants. It was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effective substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society.

SAMHSA notes on its website that by continuously improving the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services, the nation’s health can be protected. In addition to block grants, SAMHSA also administers a combination of competitive, formula and data collection activities to reach its goals.

Access to Recovery

Access to Recovery is one example of a program that helps recovering alcoholics. It is funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. It began in 1992 as an initiative launched by former President George Bush. It provides vouchers to people in need of substance abuse, as well as recovery support services. SAMHSA touts the program’s goals as being able to expand capacity, support client choice and increase the array of faith-based and community-based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services.

Shelter Plus Grants

Shelter Plus grants provide rental assistance along with support services to homeless people who have disabilities, including those who have chronic alcohol problems. The services are meant to be administered on a long-term basis. They are funded by federal, state and local sources. Private donations are also accepted.

Veterans Rehabilitation and Drug Dependence

The Veterans Administration offers substance-abuse treatment programs in its medical centers and clinics. The VA offers help to recovering alcoholics, such as detoxification, substance abuse rehabilitation, psychiatric treatment and psychotropic medication, social services and vocational rehabilitation. According to the VA, it also provides educational opportunities; individual, group and family therapies; relapse prevention therapies; and continuing care.

About the Author

Valerie Fox is a business reporter and editor specializing in consumer affairs and debt management. She has been a writer since 1994, also covering politics, housing and the stock and bond markets. Fox has written for Cox, Gannett and Knight-Ridder newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Florida.

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