How to Find Detox in Connecticut

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Overdose deaths for 2018 numbered 1,069 in Connecticut and the mortality rate was 30.7, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1] To help reverse this trend, American Addiction Centers continues to focus on its mission to help people find treatment regardless of whether or not it is at one of our facilities.

This page is a comprehensive resource of information about addiction treatment in Connecticut. We detail the different types of rehab in Connecticut, how to pay for private rehab, how to find state-funded resources, and where to look for accreditation information.

Types of Rehab in Connecticut

There are three different types of treatment for those seeking help with substance abuse: detox, inpatient care, and outpatient care.

People struggling with addiction are vulnerable to the dangers associated with withdrawal. Detox is often the first step before moving to longer-term treatment options.[2] Detox includes medical support and guidance for an individual who is in withdrawal so they can physically stabilize before engaging in long-term, therapy-based treatment.

Inpatient care involves a residential setting where patients receive around-the-clock care. Outpatient care is for those who have already completed inpatient care or for people who may not be able to take time away from work obligations or family responsibilities.

The table below showcases the number of rehab facilities in Connecticut that offer each level of care:

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 180 81.82%
Regular 159 72.27%
Intensive 116 52.73%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 18 8.18%
Detoxification 23 10.45%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 990 40.91%
Residential (non-hospital) 48 21.82%
Short Term 27 12.27%
Long Term 32 14.55%
Detoxification 11 5.00%
Hospital Inpatient 10 4.55%
Treatment 7 3.18%
Detoxification 10 4.55%
Total 220 100.00%


The majority of care facilities in Connecticut (82 percent) are outpatient. Among outpatient facilities, the majority are regular (72 percent), followed by intensive (53 percent) and methadone/buprenorphine (41 percent). Residential facilities outside of a hospital represent 22 percent of facilities; 15 percent are long-term, while 12 percent are short-term, which gives people almost equal options about where is best for them to stay.

Paying for Rehab in Connecticut

The expense of paying for individual treatment can be daunting for people seeking enrollment in an addiction treatment program, especially for those who do not have health insurance coverage. Most people in Connecticut attending treatment either use private or state insurance plans.

Addiction treatment can be costly and people need relief. In January 202, the governor signed two executive orders that addressed the rising costs of healthcare in the stat. The first order created annual cost growth benchmarks by December 2020 and established targets of increased primary case spending to reach 10 percent of total healthcare spending by 2025. The second executive order creates an advisory board to study efforts to control Medicaid costs, which account for more than 20 percent of state spending.[3]

How much treatment costs depends on several factors: the type of care required, whether it is inpatient or outpatient, the type of facility, the amenities, and more. Costs also depend on the type of treatment centers you choose, either state-funded or privately-funded.

Private & State-Funded Rehab in Connecticut

Private treatment is the best option for people with private insurance coverage through an employer. Those with independent financial security may also choose the private treatment as well. Among the two options, private treatment is ideal considering the challenges that often arise seeking government-run addiction treatment programs.

The following table breaks down the number of facilities in Connecticut by whether they are private non-profit, private for-profit, locally funded, state-funded, or federally funded.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 188 85.45%
Private for Profit 20 9.09%
Local, county, or community government 1 0.45%
State government 6 2.73%
Federal Government 3 1.36%
Tribal Government 2 0.91%
Total 220 100.00%


Almost all (885 percent) of the number of treatment centers in Connecticut are private non-profit while just 9 percent are private for-profit, which could create a challenge for those seeking affordable options.
While 189 of the total 220 treatment facilities in Connecticut accept private insurance, 204 also accept cash or self-payment. Almost all (196) accept Medicaid but just over half (122) cover Medicare. So while most facilities are private, you can see that there are many state or federal options available as well.

How to Pay for Treatment in Connecticut

While 189 of the total 220 treatment facilities in Connecticut accept private insurance, 204 also accept cash or self-payment. Almost all (196) accept Medicaid but just over half (122) cover Medicare. In Connecticut, five percent of people without health insurance.[4] While not having a private insurance plan might limit your options, always remember that there are several treatment facilities that will serve your needs regardless.

The table below breaks down the typical payment methods used and how many facilities in Connecticut accept each payment type.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 204 92.73%
Private Health Insurance 189 85.91%
Medicare 122 55.45%
Medicaid 196 89.09%
State-financed Health insurance 151 68.64%
Federal military insurance 94 42.73%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 1 0.45%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 16 7.27%
Other payments 2 0.91%
Sliding fee scale 164 74.55%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 109 49.55%
Total 220 100.00%


As the table shows, if you don’t have insurance, there are still options. Cash represents the majority (93 percent) of payment options in Connecticut followed by Medicaid (89 percent) and private health insurance (86 percent). For clients who struggle with their finances, three-fourths of facilities (75 percent) accept patients on a sliding fee scale, and half (50 percent) provide treatment at no charge or for minimal payment.

Treatment Center Accreditations in Connecticut

Now that you understand the types of care available, the differences in facility types, and how to pay for treatment, the last thing you’ll want to consider about a facility is its accreditation.

Connecticut has two certifications: a certified substance abuse counselor and a licensed level. The two titles are the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). The LADC level requires a Master’s degree in behavioral science and supervised experience.[5]

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits operators worldwide at the request of health and human service providers and can be a good reference point when looking for accredited drug and alcohol treatment facilities. The Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (often referred to simply as the Joint Commission) also provides accreditation to service providers.[6]

Below is a table outlining the typical types of accreditations or licenses so you can understand what number of facilities have these and how common they are.

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 210 94.45%
State substance abuse agency 139 63.18%
State mental health department 143 65.00%
State department of health 195 88.64%
Hospital licensing authority 19 8.64%
The Joint Commission 86 39.09%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 59 26.82%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 8 3.64%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 21 9.55%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 1 0.45%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 12 5.45%
Total 220 100.00%


The good news is that there are a number of reputable providers with accreditations serving the state of Connecticut. Almost all agencies (95 percent) have some kind of accreditation while 89 percent have accreditation from the state’s department of health. You can rest assured there are many reputable options available no matter your individual circumstance

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