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  • The state of Rhode Island has a high rate of drug and alcohol overdoses, and the city of Providence is not immune to the problem. 

    Specifically, the areas of North, South, and West Providence have higher rates of substance abuse than other areas of the city. 

    The issue of addiction in Providence most heavily affects males under the age of 35. From 2009 to 2018, deaths from overdose in Providence more than tripled. 

    To address these issues, a wide-range of addiction treatment services are available in Providence, Rhode Island, and across New England.

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Providence

    The Rhode Island Center for Health Data and Analysis works to provide data on drug abuse and overdoses throughout the state of Rhode Island, and is responsible for overseeing drug and alcohol rehab programs throughout the state. 

    There are several options for finding a substance abuse treatment in Providence, including: 

    While there are many excellent treatment options available in the Providence area, there are a few factors that set some addiction treatment centers above the rest, including: 

    • individualized treatment plans: a one size fits all approach isn’t a good fit—you’ll want to find a treatment center that creates a tailored plan for your individual needs
    • family therapy: getting the people you love on board with your treatment can be vital, so work with a treatment facility that involves family and other loved ones
    • evidence-based clinical services: many treatment facilities use methods that are proven to work for addiction, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and group therapy
    • continuum of care: care providers communicate with one another, allowing for a smooth transition of care from one treatment program to the next
    • co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis): mental health services for people who suffer from both a substance use and a mental health disorder like depression

    Providence Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

    There are many different types of addiction treatment programs, and the type of facility that makes the most sense for you will depend on several factors. Explore the different types of treatment options available in Providence, Cranston, Warwick, and across New England. 

    Medical Drug & Alcohol Detox

    For many people who struggle with addiction, going through a qualified drug and alcohol detox program is the first step toward recovery. Detoxing at home can be dangerous, and even fatal. 

    When you go through a medically supervised detoxification program, you may be able to receive medications to reduce symptoms or medical advice and care for health complications. 

    Although detoxification doesn’t treat substance use disorder, they set you up for a healthy start in a recovery program. 

    Residential/Inpatient Drug Rehab

    Inpatient or residential programs are the most intensive addiction treatment options available. During inpatient drug rehab, you live at the facility and  have access to 24-hour care. 

    This means that whenever a tough moment arises, counselors and doctors are there to help. Residential programs include a wide-range of clinical services, from behavioral therapy to peer support groups and life-skills training. 

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    For some people, inpatient treatment isn’t an option due to work, childcare, or other responsibilities. Outpatient treatment can still be an effective choice. 

    Intensive outpatient programs or day treatment/partial hospitalization programs require multiple hours of recovery services each week. They allow you to return home to you support network at night, which could be your home or sober-living arrangement. 

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Medication-assisted treatment allows people who struggle with opioid or alcohol addiction take physician-approved medication to help with cravings and dependence. These medications are combined with group therapy and other treatment services.

    Some people only use medication-assisted treatment for a short time, while others use medication-assisted treatment for years to help curb their drug addiction. 

    Aftercare Support

    When rehab ends, the journey to sobriety is just getting started. It’s important to have an aftercare plan in place in order to continue the path to wellness. 

    Aftercare support services may include:

    • counseling sessions
    • working with a sponsor
    • group therapy 
    • sober-living housing
    • access to resources throughout Providence County

    Using Health Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Providence

    If you have health insurance, part or all of your treatment may be covered. You’ll want to do your research to find out more about what your health insurance covers: 

    • call the number on the back of the insurance card to talk with a representative about your covered options for treatment
    • reach out to a treatment provider to learn whether they accept your insurance, which could be Medicaid, Medicare, or a private plan
    • research in-network treatment providers for your insurance company

    There are several options for Providence residents to get treatment on a sliding scale. Providence Safe Stations are the right place to start if you’re not sure where to turn for help. 

    You can go to any of Providence’s fire stations and talk with a trained professional who can help you to begin the path to recovery. This program is available 24 hours a day. 

    Providence Alcohol & Drug Addiction Facts

    The addiction crisis is growing in Providence, and city officials are working to connect residents with the care they need to get well. 

    Some of the current statistics on addiction in Providence include: 

    • only three percent of people who go to the ER for an overdose crisis are admitted to a detox program
    • fatal overdoses have risen nearly every year from 2009 (27 overdoses) to 2018 (85 overdoses)
    • more fatal overdoses occur among people aged 35-54 than any other age group
    • men are three times more likely to experience overdose than women
    • between 2016-2018, emergency room visits for overdose in Providence accounted for more than 31 percent of such visits throughout Rhode Island

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    At Ark Behavioral Health, we provide a seamless drug rehab center experience, from detox to aftercare planning. 

    At Bedrock Recovery Center, for example, you’ll enjoy state of the art care just over half an hour from Providence in Canton, Massachusetts. 

    If you’re ready to begin treatment, reach out today. We’re here to help.

    Providence Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Treatment In Providence? 

    Reach out to a Providence Safe Station, call the Rhode Island addictions hotline (401-414-LINK (5465), or contact your insurance provider for information on in-network treatment providers closest to you. 

    You may also talk with your primary care physician about what nearby treatment centers may be a good fit, or contact a drug rehab center directly. 

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Providence? 

    Your treatment will differ depending on the type of treatment facility you choose. In Providence, you’ll have the option of inpatient/ residential treatment, intensive outpatient care, partial hospitalization, or standard outpatient care. 

    Does Health Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Providence? 

    Depending on your insurance plan, it’s possible that your treatment will be partially or fully covered by your insurance. You’ll want to reach out to your insurance company to learn more about their approach to covering treatment for addiction. 

    Can I Go To Inpatient Drug Rehab In Providence Without Insurance? 

    It’s possible to go to drug rehab without insurance, but it’s likely that your out-of-pocket costs will be higher than if you had insurance. 

    Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In Providence? 

    Yes, there are walk-in opioid clinics in the Providence area. Your health care provider or the Rhode Island addictions hotline can direct you to the clinic nearest to you. 

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

    There are some rehab centers in Providence that may provide scholarships and/ or financial assistance, helping to greatly reduce your out-of-pocket cost for treatment. 

    Why Do I Need Addiction Treatment? 

    You deserve to live a happy and healthy life. When you’re in the throes of addiction, it can be hard to imagine anything better. Treatment will help you see that recovery is possible. 

    How Long Does Drug Rehab Last? 

    Rehab programs vary, but many services last between 30-90 days. The length of your program will depend on a substance use assessment and be based on your individual needs. 

    Where Are Your Treatment Centers Located? 

    We have treatment facilities in Quincy, Canton, Falmouth, and Ashby, Massachusetts.

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

    City of Providence - Providence Safe Stations
    Rhode Island Department of Health - Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
    Rhode Island Department of Health - Center for Health Data and Analysis – Providence
    Rhode Island Department of Health - Center for Health Data and Analysis – Rhode Island Municipality Overdose Data Report

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