Finding a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity
November 20, 2011 11:34 AM   Subscribe

Help me find a good US-based alcohol and/or drug treatment charity that's not affiliated with any religion.

I'm not asking for anyone, just looking for a program to add to my holiday charity list. The closer the program is to actually helping people on the ground the better. Ideally this would be a place where people without resources could go for detox, rehab, and/or sober living without being sold on religion. I'm also interested in charities or foundations working directly on addiction research but less interested in those that focus on lobbying or awareness.
posted by Thin Lizzy to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
I just went to their benefit on Friday night, and I know the founders: the folks at the Harm Reduction Therapy Center do awesome, awesome work. They do direct services with patients and they train clinicians.

The Harm Reduction Therapy Center (HRTC) is a certified drug and alcohol program with a mission to transform substance abuse and mental health treatment in the United States. We have created a treatment model that welcomes people into a treatment regardless of the status of their drug and alcohol use and regardless of their goals for future use. Our approach is pragmatic and compassionate.

posted by rtha at 11:41 AM on November 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

Hmm. Dawn Farm in Ann Arbor is effective, cheap and chronically underfunded, but it's a bit far from home.

I had a roommate who worked there for years, and they have really good numbers specifically because they're very pragmatic about their approach and don't go in for a lot of religious mumbo jumbo.
posted by klangklangston at 12:51 PM on November 20, 2011

SMART recovery is a science based alternative to AA.
posted by nadawi at 2:11 PM on November 20, 2011

I'll second Dawn Farm. It's an excellent facility, well managed, and effective.
posted by tomswift at 2:13 PM on November 20, 2011

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