How to Find Detox in Rhode Island

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In a stark example of the toll that drug addiction can take, 308 people died of drug overdoses in Rhode Island in 2019. According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, this was the fourth year in a row that deaths by overdose topped 300 in a state with a population of about one million people.[1]

To work against the U.S. addiction crisis, American Addiction Centers is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, in Rhode Island and across the country.[2]

This page offers a resource to people looking for guidance about rehabilitation and addiction treatment in Rhode Island for either themselves or a loved one. You’ll find convenient information about addiction treatment, detox treatment, and withdrawal treatment services.

Whether you are looking for inpatient, outpatient, or other services, you’ll be able to find help and options for payment in Rhode Island.

Types of Rehab Available in Rhode Island

People dealing with addictions to alcohol or drugs may require different types of treatment based on the nature and severity of their condition. Detox and withdrawal treatment, inpatient care, and outpatient care are the most widely recognized types of treatment.

Detox and withdrawal treatment often provides the first step for many people seeking to control addiction. It offers an opportunity for individuals to physically stabilize before moving on to the next step in their treatment. After a person has used addictive substances for an extended period of time, the period of withdrawal and detoxification (or “detox”) can lead to uncomfortable and even dangerous side effects. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, nausea, and shaking. In more serious cases, people may experience delirium tremens (DTs).[3]

If left untreated, the more serious cases of withdrawal symptoms can lead to seizures and, in the most extreme cases, death. This is why detox and withdrawal treatment puts the priority on safe physical stabilization under medical supervision before encouraging patients to move onto a long-term addiction therapy program. When seeking treatment for the first time, you may want to consider beginning with detox as opposed to other levels of care.

Inpatient and outpatient treatment offer two popular forms of therapy that can help guide an individual to recovery. Inpatient treatment is an intensive treatment that a patient may enroll in after attending a detox program. Inpatient settings require the patient to live on-site and adhere to the programming of the service provider, which may include one-on-one therapy, group sessions and other therapies.

Outpatient treatment is often recommended for people who have completed inpatient treatment and focuses on reintegrating individuals back to their normal lives. Rather than living in a residential setting, the person returns to their normal routines while setting aside time for group and individual therapy sessions throughout the week. Outpatient treatment can be the best recourse for people who may not be able to take time away from work obligations or family responsibilities.

As shown in the table below, Rhode Island has more than 50 facilities that offer different types of care.

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 47 83.93%
Regular 47 83.93%
Intensive 25 44.64%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 10 17.86%
Detoxification 16 28.57%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 29 51.79%
Residential (non-hospital) 12 21.43%
Short Term 9 16.07%
Long Term 11 19.64%
Detoxification 2 3.57%
Hospital Inpatient 6 10.71%
Treatment 4 7.14%
Detoxification 6 10.71%
Total 56 100.00%

Paying for Treatment in Rhode Island

Addiction treatment spending in the United States is projected to reach $42 billion in 2020.[4] While that number is a mere fraction compared to the $600 billion annually that substance abuse typically costs the nation, it indicates how paying for treatment in Rhode Island and the rest of the country can be challenging for some individuals.[5]

Treatment costs, especially for detox and inpatient programs, can include care from medical professionals, room and board, staff supervision and medications.

Consequently, the most common concern for people interested in attending rehab or detox is how they will pay for their chosen treatment. Consider the following factors when choosing a provider to ensure that the facility will suit your needs. First, decide whether or not you will attend a state-funded facility or a privately-owned facility. Then determine how to pay for treatment.

Private Rehab & State-Funded Rehab in Rhode Island

Private programs are typically attended by individuals who have personal financial means or employer-based health insurance that will cover their costs. These programs generally have higher quality amenities, can have a higher ratio of staff to patients, and are less likely to have the limitations of government or state-funded programs. They might also offer a greater variety of types of therapies.

Government and state-funded programs may be more accessible to those who do not have private insurance or personal funds to cover private treatment. However, they also tend to accept patients on an as-needed basis as they may not have the capacity for new patients at a given time. This means that patients with the most severe addictions usually receive treatment first, while others may be placed on a waitlist.[6]

The following table breaks down the number of facilities in Rhode Island by whether they are private non-profit, private for-profit, locally-funded or federally-funded so that you can understand what type of treatment centers.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 36 64.29%
Private for Profit 17 30.36%
Local, county, or community government 0 0.00%
State government 0 0.00%
Federal Government 2 3.57%
Tribal Government 1 1.79%
Total 56 100.00%


Ways to Pay for Rehab in Rhode Island

The amount of money spent on drug rehabilitation via private insurance has remained mostly stable in recent years, although the share of total alcohol and other drug treatment expenditures in the United States has declined since 1986. Back then, private insurance contributed nearly 30 percent to the treatment of alcohol and other drugs.[7] While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has mandated that all plans cover substance use disorder treatment, not everyone is able to afford an ACA plan through the Marketplace.[8] In 2014 Rhode Island expanded access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), creating more opportunities for paying for treatment.[9]

Roughly 3.7 percent of the Rhode Island population is still uninsured as of 2018.[10] Seeking treatment without insurance can be disheartening, but should not stop people from attempting to find the treatment they need as they may find more options than they expect.

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

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 51 91.07%
Private Health Insurance 49 87.50%
Medicare 22 39.29%
Medicaid 48 85.71%
State-financed Health insurance 41 73.21%
Federal military insurance 24 42.86%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 0 0.00%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 2 3.57%
Other payments 0 0.00%
Sliding fee scale 23 41.07%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 12 21.43%
Total 56 100.00%

The table above shows that 49 of the 56 total treatment facilities in Rhode Island accept private insurance, 51 also accept cash or self-payment. At least 41 of the 56 accept state-financed health insurance and 24 accept federal military insurance plans. A lack of a private insurance plan could limit your options, but don’t let that stop you from seeking the help you need, as there are multiple treatment facilities that offer assistance. We can help you find a program for you.

Treatment Center Accreditations in Rhode Island

After determining the level of care you need and the provider that best fits your payment method, you may want to learn the kind of accreditation a given treatment facility has. Accreditation means that a facility has gone through a series of evaluations and met certain standards of quality in client care.

Accreditations are an important part of selecting the right treatment provider. In Rhode Island, you can learn more about addiction-medicine doctors through the Rhode Island Society of Addiction Medicine, part of the Rhode Island Medical Society.[11]

Additionally, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits operators worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. The Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (often referred to simply as the Joint Commission) also provides accreditation to service providers.[12] Other licensing, accreditation or certification authorities include the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the state’s department of health and the hospital licensing authority.

The table below breaks down the typical accreditations along with the number of facilities who hold each type of accreditation:

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 54 96.43%
State substance abuse agency 45 80.36%
State mental health department 38 67.86%
State department of health 35 62.5%
Hospital licensing authority 9 16.07%
The Joint Commission 14 25.0%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 29 51.79%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 0 0.00%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 4 7.14%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 1 1.79%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 0 0.00%
Total 56 100.00%

As you can see, matter the type of treatment you need or how you plan to pay for it, you can find many reputable providers with accreditations serving the state of Rhode Island.

Finding Detox or Rehab in Rhode Island

If you’re looking for withdrawal treatment in Rhode Island, consider one of our treatment centers. American Addiction Centers is dedicated to providing detox and all forms of treatment in the United States, including several facilities in Rhode Island.

We operate on a research-based treatment model that treats not just the addiction but the whole person. That includes addressing any co-occurring mental disorders which may play a role in your addiction. We operate a free and confidential helpline, where our team members can help you get the information you need to start you on the road to recovery. We can be reached at Help is only a phone call away.