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  • Many residents of Buffalo and western New York suffer from addiction, and it can be hard to reach out for help. 

    Erie County offers many options for Buffalo residents to connect with rehab services that can help them get well. Learn more about treatment services in New York, Buffalo, and across the United States. 

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Buffalo

    The Erie County Department of Health is in charge of providing resources to Buffalo citizens struggling with drug addiction. 

    If you’re beginning to search for an addiction treatment center, you may want to take these next steps: 

    • directly contact a treatment provider 
    • use New York State’s 24/7 HOPEline 
    • call Erie County’s 24-hour addiction hotline
    • use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Behavioral Health Treatment Locator

    You can also consider some factors to help you select the healthcare facility that’s best for your needs: 

    • accreditation: an accredited program is certified by oversight organizations that examine quality of care
    • individualized treatment plan: the issues that caused your substance use disorder are specific to you and require customized treatment programming
    • evidence-based services: some treatment approaches (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy) have been proven with science and research to be effective
    • family involvement: you may want your family and loved ones to function as a part of your treatment team, and many drug and alcohol rehab facilities encourage this
    • co-occurring disorders: if you suffer from a mental health issue in addition to substance use disorder, it’s important that you work with a dual diagnosis treatment facility 

    Buffalo Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    There are many levels of alcohol and drug abuse treatment available in the Buffalo area. Many begin recovery with detox, followed by outpatient or inpatient treatment, which may include medication-assisted treatment (MAT). 

    After treatment, it’s important to continue in your recovery with an aftercare program that provides you with ongoing support. 

    Medical Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

    The thought of going through detox can be scary. If you’ve tried to detox on your own, you know that the process can be incredibly uncomfortable. 

    To detox as safely and comfortably as possible during withdrawal, you need to work with a medical detox team. After you complete the detox period, you’ll be fully prepared to take on a comprehensive rehab program. 

    Learn more about Drug & Alcohol Detox

    Inpatient/Residential Treatment

    During inpatient treatment, you’ll live at the treatment facility with access to around-the-clock professional care. 

    You’ll get to develop relationships with both your peers and treatment providers, collecting an arsenal of strategies for identifying triggers and developing coping mechanisms.

    Many people who attend inpatient treatment find it helpful to have a chance to get away from the pressures of day to day life and focus solely on recovery. 

    Learn more about Inpatient Treatment Programs

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    Some people are not able to attend inpatient treatment due to family, work, and other responsibilities. Outpatient treatment can be just as effective as inpatient options. 

    During outpatient treatment, patients travel to and from the facility each day, receive care and therapy, and return home at night. Some outpatient treatment centers include IOPs (intensive outpatient programs) and PHPs (partial hospitalization programs).

    Learn more about Outpatient Treatment Programs

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Opiate and alcohol addiction can cause temporary and/or permanent changes to the way your brain and body function. Medication can sometimes help. 

    Medication-assisted treatment uses a combination of behavioral therapy, medications, and support groups to reduce chemical dependency and increase your chances at long-lasting recovery. 

    Aftercare Support

    When you finish a formal course of treatment for substance use disorder, your journey to long-term wellness is just getting started. 

    Your rehab center will likely set you up with a comprehensive aftercare program which may include 12-step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, stress management, exercise/nutrition, and therapy. 

    Using Health Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Buffalo

    Your treatment for substance use disorder may be fully or partially covered if you have health insurance, which may include your Medicare or Medicaid plan. 

    It can be tough to sort through insurance information online, so it can be helpful to reach out to your insurance company directly by calling the number on your insurance card. 

    You can also call a treatment provider to learn more about whether they take your insurance. Regardless of the approach you take, it’s key to know your coverage, whether you need prior authorization for treatment, and whether you’ll be responsible for any co-pays. 

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    At Ark Behavioral Health, our caring staff members are here to help you get your life back, one healthy decision at a time. We offer treatment at our Massachusetts facilities, and we’re proud to serve Buffalo residents at our Spring Hill facility in Ashby, Massachusetts. 

    Buffalo Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Treatment In Buffalo? 

    You can learn more about treatment in Buffalo by reaching out to a treatment provider directly, or calling New York State’s 24/7 HOPEline or Erie County’s 24-hour addiction hotline.

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Buffalo? 

    While addiction treatment differs from person to person, most people start with a medically supervised detox, followed by inpatient or outpatient treatment (and possibly medication-assisted treatment). 

    After formal treatment is complete, it’s important to work through a comprehensive aftercare plan. 

    Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Buffalo? 

    Your health insurance may cover addiction treatment. Reach out to your insurance company to learn more about your coverage. 

    Can I Go To Drug Rehab In Buffalo Without Insurance? 

    Yes, you have the option of utilizing state-funded resources or paying out of pocket for substance use disorder treatment. 

    Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In Buffalo? 

    Yes, Buffalo offers walk-in opioid clinic services at various locations throughout the city. 

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In Buffalo? 

    Yes, there are some state-funded rehab centers in Buffalo. Contact Erie County or New York’s OASAS to learn more.

    How Long Does Drug Rehab Last In Buffalo? 

    Most rehab programs last 30, 60, or 90 days. However, your treatment length is likely to vary and be based on your insurance coverage, the rehab center, and your individual needs.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2023 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Erie County, New York Department of Health - Substance Use
    New York State - Office of Addiction Services and Supports
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