Alcohol & Drug Rehab in New York

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Addiction is a growing problem in the United States, and New York is facing unique challenges. Overdose deaths for 2018 numbered 3,697 in New York and the mortality rate was 18.4, 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.

Luckily, evidence-based addiction treatment can be an effective way to treat substance use disorders, ranging from alcohol use disorder to opioid use disorder. Understanding what substance use disorder services are available in the state of New York and how to access them can help you begin your journey to recovery.

Types of Rehab in New York

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

  • Medical detoxification services, commonly known simply as detox, is the process during which the body rids itself of substances. Many prefer to undergo detox in a medical setting due to the potential of physical withdrawal symptoms.
  • Inpatient and residential. Often considered the mainstay of addiction treatment, inpatient treatment will see a patient living at a facility and receiving around the clock addiction treatment and care. Inpatient treatment tends to last a few weeks, while residential treatment can last up to a year.
  • Outpatient treatment. Normally considered a follow-up to a more intensive inpatient track, outpatient treatment allows one to live at home and participate in daily life while still receiving critical addiction 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 New York that offer each level of care:

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 619 68.93%
Regular 566 63.03%
Intensive 248 27.62%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 66 7.35%
Detoxification 99 11.02%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 455 50.67%
Residential (non-hospital) 245 27.28%
Short Term 73 8.13%
Long Term 188 20.94%
Detoxification 40 4.45%
Hospital Inpatient 78 8.69%
Treatment 62 6.90%
Detoxification 57 6.35%
Total 898 100.00%

The majority of care facilities in New York (70 percent) are outpatient. Among outpatient facilities, the majority are regular (63 percent), followed by those for methadone/buprenorphine (51 percent) and intensive (28 percent). Residential facilities outside of a hospital represent 27 percent of facilities; 21 percent are long-term, while 8 percent are short-term, which gives people almost equal options about where is best for them to stay.

The Cost of Rehab in New York

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 New York attending treatment either use private or state insurance plans.

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. Certain factors that may cause the cost of rehab to vary include:

  • Where you attend treatment.
  • Whether a rehab is in-network with an insurance plan.
  • The type of insurance plan.
  • How long treatment lasts.
  • How intensive the treatment is.
  • The accommodations and amenities offered by a rehab.

Private & State-Funded Rehab in New York

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. Waitlists, the number of times you may attend, and other factors do not limit access to treatment when you attend a private facility. The following table breaks down the number of facilities in New York 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 637 70.94%
Private for Profit 148 16.48%
Local, county, or community government 61 6.79%
State government 39 4.34%
Federal Government 9 1.00%
Tribal Government 4 0.45%
Total 898 100.00%

More than half (27 percent) of the number of treatment centers in New York are private non-profit while far less than half (16 percent) are private for-profit, which is good news for people seeking low-cost alternatives to their addiction treatment.

Ways to Pay for Rehab in New York

While 837 of the total 898 treatment facilities in New York accept cash, 719 also accept private health insurance and 795 accept Medicaid. At least 591 of facilities accept state-financed health insurance. Some ways to pay for treatment include:

  • Private insurance.
  • Public insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, VA insurance, TRICARE, etc.)
  • Private pay.
  • Loans.
  • Grants and scholarships.
  • Sliding scale fees.

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

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 837 93.21%
Private Health Insurance 719 80.07%
Medicare 424 47.22%
Medicaid 795 88.53%
State-financed Health insurance 591 65.81%
Federal military insurance 261 29.06%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 5 0.56%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 45 5.01%
Other payments 7 0.78%
Sliding fee scale 741 82.52%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 407 45.32%
Total 898 100.00%

As you can see, treatment is possible in New York for those the without private insurance. Cash represents the majority (93 percent) of payment options in New York followed by Medicaid (89 percent) and private health insurance (80 percent). For clients who struggle with their finances, good news: Almost all facilities (83 percent) accept patients on a sliding fee scale, and 45 percent provide treatment at no charge or for minimal payment.

Finding Rehab Centers in New York

Finding a rehab center in New York can be an important first step in starting your journey to recovery. A good place to start would be to contact your doctor. They may be able to help you determine your medical needs and may be able to refer you to a New York rehab near you. You may also consider visiting the SAMHSA treatment locator, a free online tool that can connect you with New York rehab centers.

Additionally, you may consider reaching out to an addiction helpline. Addiction helplines are phone lines that offer advice to those struggling with addiction. American Addiction Centers (AAC) operates a 24/7 addiction helpline that can help you connect with New York rehab centers. If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, reach out to us at or you can text us.