How to Find Detox in Arkansas

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Deciding to take back your life and seek treatment in a substance abuse family is one of the most important decisions you can make. With Arkansas’s drug overdose mortality rate at 13.5 percent per 100,000, the substance abuse trend seems to be still growing at an alarming rate [1]. That percentage translates to around 388 people per 100,000 that died in Arkansas due to a drug overdose in 2018. To help you make an informed decision for your substance abuse treatment, the American Addiction Centers are committed to assisting all Arkansas citizens in locating affordable and accredited therapy in their area.

The information provided below will help you narrow down your choices. We’ve included information about the treatment process, facility types, and the common ways to pay for treatment. Lastly, you will learn why accreditation is important when selecting a facility. Once you have the information and treatment options to consider, you will be on the road to recovery.

Types of Rehab in Arkansas

Treatment begins with a detox that will rid the body of the addictive substance. [3] Detoxification occurs in a medical facility or other safe environments. During detox, some patients experience pain and stress. Medical detox can alleviate the unpleasant experience during the process. In a medically supervised detox, medications and therapy to manage symptoms of withdrawal. Once the patient is stabilized, they are ready for the next phase of treatment in either an inpatient or outpatient program to get to the addiction’s core [4].

The main difference between inpatient and outpatient is where the patient resides. Typically, inpatient treatment provides a more intense level of care. The patient lives at the facility and has access to medical staff 24/7. Outpatient care patients live at home and attend treatment services like group counseling, individual therapy, and relapse prevention classes at the facility. This option is good for patients with family obligations or with limited leave time. Both facility types are capable of providing effective treatments to help you overcome addiction.

Listed below are the number of treatment facilities in Arkansas that offer each level of care:

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 129 89.58%
Regular 124 86.11%
Intensive 70 48.61%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 27 18.75%
Detoxification 11 7.64%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 17 11.81%
Residential (non-hospital) 27 18.75%
Short Term 23 15.97%
Long Term 24 16.67%
Detoxification 12 8.33%
Hospital Inpatient 7 4.86%
Treatment 3 2.08%
Detoxification 7 4.86%
Total 144 100.00%

Cost of Treatment in Arkansas

Paying for substance abuse treatment is a determining factor in whether or not one without insurance will receive treatment. [5] It’s understandable because professional treatment can be expensive. The average cost for outpatient care ranges from $3,000 to $10,000 for 90 days, and inpatient care ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 for 30 days. [6] Many inpatient and outpatient programs will accept private insurance or state-assisted health insurance, which does offset treatment costs. For patients who may not have insurance, there are low-cost and free programs available.

Most patients with health insurance choose to receive treatment in a private facility. These facilities can offer more amenities, treatment options, and lower patient-to-staff ratios. For non-insurance patients without income security, treatment is available in state-funded facilities. Treatment centers funded by the state may offer limited amenities and have larger patient-to-staff ratios, but they still provided accredited care. Also, there are several options in the state of Arkansas to help lower-income patients pay for treatment. Some of these options include grants or services sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Medicare and Medicaid, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Affordable Care Act (ACA). [13].

Private & State-Funded Rehab in Arkansas

Substance abuse facilities are either state-funded or private. Therefore, a facility funded by the state operates on a limited budget and can not offer a variety of services. Private rehabs generally offer a more in-depth assortment of programs due to their larger budgets. Either facility will provide the proper treatment needed to overcome addiction. However, private clinics are typically the preferred choice for those with adequate health insurance, [7]

Due to the limited funding, state facilities admit only patients who meet certain criteria. These patients must apply for treatment and undergo a qualification process, primarily based on the severity of addiction and income. [8] Even with limited amenities, state-funded facilities are a viable option for lower-income individuals or those without health insurance.

The table below lists Arkansas Facilities’ number by private nonprofit, private for-profit, locally funded, state-funded, or federally funded.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 115 79.86%
Private for Profit 23 15.97%
Local, county, or community government 0 0.00%
State government 2 1.39%
Federal Government 4 2.78%
Tribal Government 0 0.00%
Total 144 100.00%

Regardless of your current health insurance status, there are many substance abuse treatment options in Arkansas.


How to Pay for Treatment in Arkansas

There are 144 clinics in Arkansas for substance abuse treatment, and 105 of them accept private insurance. At least 81 clinics accept state-financed health insurance, and 67 accept federal military insurance plans. Many of these facilities also offer other options for payment.

Arkansas’s uninsured rate is 8.2 percent, right in line with the national uninsurance rate of 8 percent. [10] Although many Arkansas residents have some health insurance, there are many treatment facilities in the state with programs to assist those without insurance to meet substance abuse care expenses in their facility.

The table below lists the payment methods used and how many Arkansas facilities accept each payment type.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 126 87.50%
Private Health Insurance 105 72.92%
Medicare 41 28.47%
Medicaid 70 48.61%
State-financed Health insurance 81 56.25%
Federal military insurance 67 46.53%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 6 4.17%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 6 4.17%
Other payments 1 0.69%
Sliding fee scale 86 59.72%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 95 65.97%
Total 144 100.00%

About 72 percent of Arkansas Treatment centers accept private insurance, around 29 percent accept Medicare, and about 49 percent accept Medicaid payments. For clients with lower income or uninsured patients, 59.7 percent of the facilities use a sliding fee scale based on income, and 66 percent provide treatment at no charge or a minimal amount.

Treatment Center Accreditations in Arkansas

Arkansas has many treatment facilities, and narrowing down the best option should not be solely based on insurance coverage. Its accreditation can also determine the quality of a facility. Facilities that undergo the accreditation process means they are committed to providing quality care. Several organizations supervise the accreditation process. These agencies examine the staff, facility, programs, and more to ensure that they meet the governing agency’s standards. Furthermore, accredited facilities must maintain compliance with privacy laws.

The three leading organizations that offer accreditation are:

  • The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment of 2018 for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT)
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • The Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (Joint Commission).

SUPPORT certifies that treatment and care administered to patients meet nationally recognized guidelines for quality and uniform behavioral health care. [11] CARF evaluates substance abuse and dual diagnosis programs. They are the largest U.S. accrediting organization for addiction facilities. The Joint Commission is the second-largest substance abuse program and the largest organization that accredits medical facilities and hospitals and. [12]

The table below lists the typical accreditation types or licenses to help you understand the number of accredited facilities and how common they are.

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 136 94.44%
State substance abuse agency 118 81.94%
State mental health department 76 52.78%
State department of health 39 27.08%
Hospital licensing authority 2 1.39%
The Joint Commission 22 15.28%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 98 68.06%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 8 5.56%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 18 12.50%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 0 0.00%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 7 4.86%
Total 144 100.00%

Many facilities in Arkansas have accredited providers. Over 94 percent of all facilities have some accreditation, and 81.9 percent are accredited state substance abuse agencies.

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