How to find rehab in New York - Withdrawal

How to find rehab in New York

Finding detox in New York can be difficult. Here's everything you need to know about NY rehab options and how to find local treatment as soon as possible.

What you will learn
  1. Types of rehab in New York
  2. How to pay for detox in New York
  3. State-funded-rehab in New York

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.

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

Types of Rehab Available in New York

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 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.

Paying for Detox or 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.

Addiction treatment can be costly. Projections anticipate that healthcare costs will rise to $6 trillion by 2027.[3] Healthcare spending in New York is higher than the national average and the gap is widening; per-person spending grew 27 percent between 2013 and 2017. In fact, New Yorkers paid $6,335 per person in 2017 compared to the $5,335 national per-person average that same year.[4]

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.

If you’d like to know whether your insurance may cover the full or partial cost of rehabilitation at one of American Addiction Centers’ various rehab centers across the states, simply fill in your information in the form below.

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We believe it is important for you to have all the information you need before going to treatment.

The Difference Between State-Funded & Private 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.

Detox & Rehab in New York by Payment Method

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.

Five percent of people in New York are without health insurance.[5] 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 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.

Treatment Center Accreditations in New York

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.

New York has only one level of certification for substance abuse counselors: The Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). The state has specific requirements including education, training, experience, exams, and the signing of a Code of Ethics. New York also requires counselors to hold a master’s degree in counseling, especially if they intend to enter private practice.[6]

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.[7]

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 883 98.33%
State substance abuse agency 854 95.10%
State mental health department 161 17.93%
State department of health 321 35.75%
Hospital licensing authority 116 12.92%
The Joint Commission 252 28.06%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 105 11.69%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 17 1.89%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 30 3.34%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 9 1.00%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 27 3.01%
Total 898 100.00%

The good news is that there are a number of reputable providers with accreditations serving the state of New York. Almost all agencies (98 percent) have some kind of accreditation and almost all (95 percent) are accredited state substance abuse agencies. You can rest assured there are many reputable options available no matter your individual circumstance