The money question

Many local residential treatment programs cost thousands of dollars a month, though most offer a limited number of scholarships.

For low-income individuals who don’t have insurance, Vaya Health, a state-supported agency with an office in Asheville, manages government-funded behavioral health and developmental disability services in Western North Carolina.

And for those who don’t qualify for the free programs, there are other possibilities. “We support a variety of treatment services and facilities for substance-use recovery, including many options outside our publicly funded network,” notes Rachel Leonard-Spencer, the organization’s marketing and communications coordinator. If you need help and are on a tight budget, she says, Vaya can help you find treatment. “At the end of the day, all types of quality treatment contribute to building a grassroots recovery community and culture here in WNC.” Those programs, she continues, “help countless individuals enhance their health and quality of life.”

Vaya offers a toll-free, 24/7 access-to-care line at 800-849-6127. It’s available to all WNC residents seeking treatment information or help in a behavioral health crisis. For more information, visit vayahealth.com.

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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist.

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