Virginia Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

Finding rehab centers in Virginia can be difficult. Here's everything you need to know about VA drug rehab programs and how to find a treatment center near you.

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Types of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers in Virginia

If you have a substance abuse problem with drugs or alcohol, you may need different levels of treatment based on the severity and nature of your addiction. Programs frequently begin with detox and withdrawal treatment, then continue with inpatient care, and often can involve outpatient care as well.

This table shows 231 alcohol and drug rehab facilities in Virginia that offer different types of treatment. Experts find that the longer the patient stays in treatment, the more effective the program will be.

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 203 87.88%
Regular 177 76.62%
Intensive 88 38.10%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 32 13.85%
Detoxification 34 14.72%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 91 39.39%
Residential (non-hospital) 37 16.02%
Short Term 25 10.82%
Long Term 24 10.39%
Detoxification 15 6.49%
Hospital Inpatient 11 4.76%
Treatment 10 4.33%
Detoxification 11 4.76%
Total 231 100.00%

“Detox,” or detoxification treatment, involves the safe clearance of drugs or alcohol from a person’s physical system and can last anywhere from a few days to weeks. After someone has used addictive substances for an extended time, the period of withdrawal and detox can lead to painful and even dangerous side effects. Common withdrawal symptoms include headaches, fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, and shaking. In severe cases, people may experience delirium tremens (DTs), which can last from 2-3 days to a week and sometimes bring on a stroke or heart attack.[4]

Severe withdrawal symptoms can lead to seizures and death if allowed to go untreated. Consequently, detox and withdrawal treatment prioritizes safe physical stabilization under medical supervision before encouraging patients to advance to a long-term addiction therapy program.

Inpatient and outpatient treatment offer two different approaches to therapy. Inpatient treatment seeks to establish 24-7 medical stabilization and can last between 1 and 3 months. Inpatient settings require the patient to reside on-site and follow the programming of the facility, which may include one-on-one therapy, group sessions, or other therapies.

Outpatient treatment emphasizes continued care, helping people maintain healthier habits and coping mechanisms to reintegrate individuals back to their normal lives. Rather than staying in a residential setting, the client returns to their normal routines while attending weekly group and individual therapy sessions. Outpatient treatment can help people who may not be able to temporarily suspend work obligations or family responsibilities.

How to Pay for Addiction Treatment in Virginia

The National Institute of Health projected that addiction treatment spending in the United States would reach $42 billion in 2020.[5] That is only a fraction of the $600 billion annual toll of U.S. substance abuse, but it can pay off: Some studies estimate that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs sees a return of $4-$7 in reduced drug-related crime and criminal justice costs.[6]

In 2019, Virginia expanded Medicaid coverage, giving more residents access to health insurance.[7] Nevertheless, treatment can be expensive, with costs including care from licensed medical professionals, room and board, medications, and staff supervision.

Often the most pressing concern for people interested in attending rehab or detox is resolving how to pay for their treatment. Before you choose a provider to ensure that the facility will suit your treatment needs, first decide whether or not to attend a state-funded rehab facility or a private facility. Then determine a payment plan.

Private and State-funded Drug Rehab Programs in Virginia

Private centers and federal or state-funded addiction treatment centers in Virginia have several key differences.

Private programs are typically supported by patients with personal financial means or employer-based health insurance to cover its costs. These programs generally have higher quality services, can have a higher ratio of staff to patients, and are less likely to have the potential limitations of government or state-funded programs. They might also offer a greater variety of therapies.

State and government-funded treatment programs may be more accessible to those who do not have private insurance or personal funds for private treatment. These facilities often accept patients on an as-needed basis as they may not have the capacity for new patients at a given time. Consequently, clients with the most severe addictions usually receive treatment first, while others may be placed on a waitlist.[8] The accessibility issue with government programs can make private programs preferable for many patients.

This table breaks down the number of drug and alcohol treatment centers in Virginia by whether they are private non-profit, private for-profit, locally-funded, or federally-funded.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 51 22.08%
Private for Profit 79 34.20%
Local, county, or community government 84 36.36%
State government 7 3.03%
Federal Government 10 4.33%
Tribal Government 0 0.00%
Total 231 100.00%

How to Check Your Insurance

At American Addiction Centers we know that treatment costs and payment options can play a major factor in your decision to seek help. We consult with insurance companies across the country to help people access the treatment they need and overcome their addictions. We offer resources for you to instantly verify your insurance benefits before you call to help you decide in a timely manner. We also operate a confidential detox helpline and have treatment facilities across the nation to make sure you can find a local treatment option. Our facilities provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to Virginians with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.[3]

Payment Options for Rehab Programs in Virginia

Spending on drug treatment through private insurance has stayed mostly stable in recent years, although total alcohol and other drug treatment spending in the country has declined since 1986. At that time, private insurance contributed nearly 30 percent to the treatment of alcohol and other drugs.[9] The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that insurance plans cover substance use disorder treatment, but not everyone is able to afford a plan through the ACA Marketplace.[10]

In 2019 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that more than 712,000 people under 65 in Virginia, or about 10 percent of residents, had no health insurance. [11]. Seeking treatment without health insurance can seem challenging but should not stop people from attempting to find help.

This table breaks down the typical payment methods used and shows how many facilities in Virginia accept each payment type to help you know your options.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 215 93.07%
Private Health Insurance 181 78.35%
Medicare 118 51.08%
Medicaid 166 71.86%
State-financed Health insurance 97 41.99%
Federal military insurance 124 53.68%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 4 1.73%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 10 4.33%
Other payments 1 0.43%
Sliding fee scale 124 53.68%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 81 35.06%
Total 231 100.00%

The table above shows that 181 of the 231 total treatment facilities in Virginia accept private insurance, while 215 accept cash or self-payment as well. At least 97 of the 231 accept state-financed health insurance and 120 work with federal military insurance plans. Lacking a private insurance plan could limit your options, but don’t let that stop you from seeking the help you need, as some treatment facilities offer assistance programs.

Accredited Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers in Virginia

After figuring out the level of care you need and the provider that best suits your payment method, you may want to study the accreditation of the treatment facilities under your consideration. Accreditation means that a facility has undergone evaluations that reveal its standards of quality in client care, based on factors such as patient satisfaction, long-term effectiveness of treatment, and more.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF, provides accreditation to operators around the world at the request of health providers, including 55 in Virginia. In addition to the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (also known as the Joint Commission) has been providing accreditation to treatment centers and other service providers in Virginia for decades.[12]

This table identifies the typical accreditations along with the number of facilities who hold each type:

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 207 89.61%
State substance abuse agency 180 77.92%
State mental health department 160 69.26%
State department of health 59 25.54%
Hospital licensing authority 19 8.23%
The Joint Commission 37 16.02%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 55 23.81%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 5 2.16%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 2 0.87%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 2 0.87%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 6 2.60%
Total 231 100.00%

No matter the type of treatment you need or how you plan to pay for it, many reputable providers with accreditations serve the state of Virginia.

Finding Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs in Virginia

A 2013 report from Trust For America’s Health found that only 1 in 10 people with a substance abuse disorder receives treatment in the United States. [13] To help redress the problem, Virginia recently passed the Drug Treatment Court Act with the goal of reducing drug addiction, substance abuse, and future drug crimes.[14]

When looking for drug and alcohol rehab centers in Virginia, consider one of our facilities. American Addiction Centers provide detox and all forms of treatment across the country while being dedicated to addressing any co-occurring mental disorders that may impact your addiction. We operate a free and confidential detox 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 .