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  • The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals recognizes 104 licensed treatment agencies for substance abuse within the state. 

    While the state has seen lower rates of single-day admissions into a treatment facility since the rising trends shown in 2015, there are still high figures throughout the state that are cause for concern.

    When so many individuals are looking for help with substance abuse, it helps to learn more about your options for recovery in Rhode Island and across New England.

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Rhode Island

    When you’re looking for a substance use disorder treatment program in Rhode Island, you can start with options available through the state’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH). 

    BHDDH helps you search licensed agencies that offer several options recognized by the state for the quality of care offered to Rhode Island residents.

    Alternative sources to learn about treatment programs include:

    As you or a loved one look for a treatment center in Rhode Island, consider the following factors:

    • family involvement at the treatment center, which helps individuals gain support and assistance throughout addiction recovery
    • accreditation and licensing to ensure quality of care
    • customized treatment plans that focus on the specific needs and concerns of each patient
    • licensed treatment professionals who have met or exceed Rhode Island’s standards for education and license to practice
    • a continuum of care that recognizes that different stages of recovery and provides assistance, from detox to aftercare support
    • treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders (dual diagnosis) that may exist in some individuals, including trauma or domestic violence

    You may want to evaluate the length of the program and the costs involved in drug treatment as well. Also, make sure the rehab program is appropriate for any health issues you or your loved one may have. 

    Rhode Island Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    The BHDDH in Rhode Island offers information about the licensed drug and alcohol rehab centers available throughout the state, from Providence to Warwick, Cranston, Kingstown, Newport, and other cities.

    The treatment option that you or a loved one selects is likely to focus on an assessment of personal needs and goals. Your treatment plan may take into account:

    • a personal medical history
    • alcohol and drug addiction history
    • personal treatment history in drug rehab centers
    • the potential for co-occurring mental health disorders
    • current health issues

    Your individualized treatment plan is likely to include multiple levels of care, different recovery services, and various rehab program options.

    Alcohol And Drug Detox Programs

    Before it is possible to start a treatment program, you must address physical and psychological dependence from alcohol or drug use. The process of eliminating substances from your body and stabilizing your health is called detoxification

    During the detox process, you or a loved one is supervised by a medical professional to address complications that may arise from withdrawing from the substance.

    Inpatient/Residential Treatment Programs

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that you have different options for inpatient or residential treatment. You can seek long-term treatment or short-term treatment through different residential programs.

    The key factors that set residential programs apart include:

    • living in a rehab facility with 24-hour support
    • intensive treatment that focuses on individual needs and goals
    • integrated care that addresses physical and mental health concerns
    • evidence-based treatments, including behavioral therapies
    • holistic treatment programs, such as yoga, animal therapy, or meditation
    • individual counseling services
    • group therapy
    • family therapy

    A residential program may last from a few weeks to several months, depending on the needs of the patient.

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    As the name implies, outpatient addiction treatment in Rhode Island refers to programs that do not require you or a loved one to stay in a treatment facility overnight.

    Outpatient care may fall into three primary categories

    Outpatient treatment programs may offer different services based on the type of program. For example, intensive programs may offer greater support and assistance when transitioning from a residential program into an outpatient program.

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in Rhode Island may be part of an inpatient or outpatient treatment plan. Designed for opioid or alcohol addiction, MAT programs involve a combination of behavioral therapy, peer support groups, and approved prescription drugs.

    Approved medications include methadone, Suboxone, disulfiram, naltrexone, and more.

    Aftercare Support

    Aftercare support in Rhode Island focuses on long-term addiction recovery. Since addiction recovery is a life-long process, you or a loved one may need additional support after an initial treatment program. 

    Aftercare support may include:

    • working with a case manager to find appropriate resources to assist with long-term goals
    • support groups
    • housing services for recovery maintenance
    • education
    • vocational services to help with a job search

    Using Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Rhode Island

    In Rhode Island, an insurance provider may offer coverage to help with the costs of addiction treatment and recovery. Be aware that coverage details vary based on your insurance provider, the policy you purchased, and any options made available through an employer.

    Steps to help determine if your insurance policy covers substance abuse treatment in Rhode Island include:

    • calling the phone number provided on your insurance card
    • reading through your policy or plan
    • contacting a treatment center for details

    Public health insurance plans, like Medicare or Medicaid, may also provide coverage for addiction treatment. 

    Substance Abuse Facts In Rhode Island

    Drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island have risen slowly since 2015 when 290 state residents died from a drug overdose, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. 

    While the numbers have risen and fallen over the years, drug-related deaths have steadily increased in recent years:

    • In 2019, 308 Rhode Island residents died of drug overdose
    • In 2020, 384 Rhode Island residents died of drug overdose
    • In 2021, 420 Rhode Island residents died of drug overdose

    The state’s primary problem with substance abuse and drug overdose deaths are opioids. In most cases, drug overdose deaths involve: 

    • synthetic opioids like fentanyl
    • prescription opioids
    • heroin

    While other substances are used throughout the state, the rate of death or severe injury remains relatively low in comparison to opioid-related deaths and injuries.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health 

    Ark Behavioral Health offers treatment services to residents of Rhode Island. If you or a loved one is working on addiction recovery, we offer the assistance you need to help with your long-term goals. 

    To learn about our four Massachusetts addiction treatment centers, please contact a treatment specialist today.

    Rhode Island Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Substance Abuse Treatment In Rhode Island?

    When you or a loved one wants to access treatment for substance abuse in Rhode Island, you want to contact a treatment specialist or an intake specialist. An intake specialist is able to evaluate your needs and make recommendations based on your specific goals and situation. 

    Alternatively, you can use state-resources to find appropriate services through the state’s helpline.

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Rhode Island?

    Drug and alcohol rehab centers use a combination of medical care and other services to teach you or a loved one effective life skills and coping strategies for long-term recovery. 

    The program may offer counseling services, evidence-based treatment, and life-skills training, depending on the needs of the patient. An example treatment plan may include:

    • a substance use assessment
    • medical detox services
    • inpatient or outpatient care
    • medication-assisted treatment programs
    • aftercare

    Since addiction treatment is based on patient needs, you can expect some variation in the strategies used by a treatment facility.

    Does Health Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Rhode Island?

    Insurance policies may cover addiction treatment programs. Keep in mind that your specific policy may set standards or limitations on your coverage, so you want to evaluate the details of any policy before you seek treatment to avoid complications with insurance payments.

    Can I Attend Addiction Treatment Without Insurance?

    Yes. You may have options for free or low-cost addiction treatment services through state-funded programs in Rhode Island In some cases, you may also consider a payment plan from the treatment facility if you decide to pursue a private program.

    Does Rhode Island Have Walk-In Opioid Clinics?

    Yes. In Providence, there are urgent care facilities that may allow walk-ins for opioid abuse. The facility may assist with finding long-term treatment after providing initial care for emergencies or withdrawal symptoms.

    Are There State-Funded Services For Addiction Treatment In Rhode Island?

    Yes, you can find state-funded options through the state’s helpline or through SAMHSA’s treatment locator.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

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