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New York Drug Rehab

New York State has a higher than average rate of drug abuse, especially for drugs like heroin. To counteract this, the state also has rehabs and state-sponsored services, like methadone treatment, to help people get and stay sober.

Addiction Treatment in New York

New York City from Central ParkIn 2011 alone, over 300,000 New Yorkers received treatment for their addictions. Most people in New York get help for addictions to alcohol, heroin and marijuana, but there are rehabs for any addiction.

New York has addiction treatment programs varying from luxury residential to state-funded outpatient centers.

No matter your addiction or income level, there are rehabs across the state that offer individualized treatment.

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While many alcohol and drug rehabs can be found in New York City and the surrounding boroughs, there’s a multitude of treatment centers across the state — from Buffalo to Syracuse, Albany to Poughkeepsie.

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Top Rehabs in New York

People can find drug rehabs in virtually every corner of New York state. Each rehab has its own history and philosophy that make it unique, but some have established reputations that make them stand out among the rest. Here are some of New York’s top drug and alcohol rehabs:

Phoenix House (Brentwood, Long Island City)

Phoenix House BrentwoodPhoenix House has a reputation going back to the 1960s, when six people addicted to heroin came together to keep each other sober. Physicians and counselors helped shape Phoenix House into a place that now offers medical detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment, and sober living houses. Each resident gets access to psychiatrists, social workers, family therapists and career counselors. Phoenix House now has over 20 treatment centers throughout New York City and Long Island.

Phoenix House makes individualized treatment a priority for all their residents, which can be seen in specialized programs designed for veterans, teens and addicted mothers. This rehab accepts many forms of insurance, and the staff at Phoenix House works with insurance companies to get clients the coverage they need.

St. Joseph’s Recovery Center (Saranac Lake)

St. Joseph's Recovery CenterWith over 40 years of experience, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers consist of a main residential campus and several outpatient treatment centers. The residential treatment center is tucked in the Adirondack Region of upstate New York in the spacious, newly renovated Rumsey Cottage.

The inpatient rehab at St. Joseph’s is a co-ed facility with 65 beds. Most residents stay at the rehab for a period of 90 days. Treatment here consists of psychiatric care, medical monitoring, counseling and experiential therapies like yoga. This rehab boasts an outstanding success rate of 93 percent among its inpatient graduates. This is due in part to the rehab’s extensive aftercare program.

The Dunes East Hampton (East Hampton)

The Dunes East HamptonThose looking for a high-end luxury rehab in New York need look no further than The Dunes East Hampton. This rehab is not only a top rehab in New York, but a destination for people from northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Amenities at The Dunes, including large bedrooms, massage therapists and sophisticated cuisine, are among the best in the Northeast. This rehab makes individualized treatment and privacy a priority for all of its residents.

The Dunes has a holistic approach to addiction treatment that focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of each resident. The inpatient and outpatient programs at this rehab offer one-on-one therapy, spiritual counseling, meditation and experiential therapy. The Dunes also offers legal services for those facing charges like driving while intoxicated, so they can focus on recovery.

Conifer Park (Glenville)

Conifer ParkConifer Park is one of the largest drug and alcohol rehabs in New York and has over 30 years experience treating addiction. The rehab treats all aspects of addiction, from medically supervised detox to behavioral therapy. Conifer Park also has outpatient programs across the state that focus on relapse prevention.

Conifer Park has programs for people from all walks of life, no matter their addiction or underlying mental health needs. Conifer Park offers standard inpatient and intensive outpatient services as well as specialized programs designed for women and teens. There is also a free, intensive workshop for family members to learn more about their loved one’s addiction and how they can help. Most insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover treatment at Conifer Park. If insurance doesn’t cover treatment, the rehab will negotiate a self-pay plan.

Should I Consider Traveling for Treatment?
Many people choose to leave their environment behind when they start treatment. Familiar places, especially those where you used drugs or alcohol, can trigger cravings that can put your sobriety at risk. Traveling to another town or state is the best way to prevent these temptations and make new, healthy habits. There are residential treatment centers all over the state of New York that can provide a healthy environment to build a drug- and alcohol-free life.

New York Drug Statistics


Twelve percent of New York state residents suffered from a substance use disorder in 2010. That’s 1.9 million New Yorkers.


Nearly 109,000 New Yorkers were arrested for drug crimes in 2014. Approximately 75 percent were misdemeanor offenses.


In 2011, over 30 percent of all treatment admissions in New York were for heroin addiction.

New York State Addiction Services

New York state provides resources for people and families suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is New York’s primary state-run agency for addiction services and one of the nation’s biggest.

OASAS offers services including:

  • Prevention programs
  • Intervention
  • Drug detox
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Residential treatment
  • Methadone maintenance
OASAS operates 12 residential treatment centers in the state, which admit 8,000 people per year. Each treatment center serves New York residents from specified counties.

OASAS-operated residential treatment centers only accept those most in need of addiction treatment. While it’s up to the medical director of each facility to allow admission, people are generally seen as high need if they are:

  • Failing to maintain sobriety in outpatient care
  • Living in an environment that threatens recovery
  • Having physical or mental health issues that require treatment
  • Needing 24-hour supervision to prevent drug use

These state-run treatment centers don’t reject admission to anyone based on his or her inability to pay for treatment.

Treatment for Gambling Addiction

Many New Yorkers are familiar with problem gambling. The state estimated over 750,000 adults were affected by gambling addiction in 2005. The state even reported gambling problems among 10 percent of adolescents, a quarter of whom also had a substance abuse problem. Part of OASAS’s mission also includes providing treatment for those suffering from a gambling addiction.

Harm Reduction Laws in New York

There are several New York drug laws put in place to help protect addicted people and prevent future generations from becoming addicted. Some of the most notable New York drug laws include:

  • Prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) – A state registry system allows doctors to find out if their patients have received certain drugs from other doctors before writing a prescription. PDMP helps reduce “doctor shopping,” which is when someone sees multiple doctors to stock up on the same prescription drug.
  • 911 Good Samaritan law – This law offers limited immunity from drug possession charges, prosecution and arrest in the event of an overdose. This encourages people to call 911 for themselves or others regardless of whether they have drugs in their system or on their person. For example, the law protects against arrest for those in possession of up to 3.5 grams of cocaine or heroin if they call 911.
  • Rescue drug law – In New York, it is legal for non-medical personnel to possess and administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdoses. This law helps prevent the death of people suffering from addictions to heroin and narcotic painkillers. The state also offers training courses on the use of naloxone through the OASAS.

Despite the high rates of drug abuse in New York, the state has one of the country’s lowest drug overdose mortality rates in part to laws like these.

New York Medicaid and Addiction Treatment

Health Insurance Claim FormMedicaid laws in the state of New York differ from other states’ laws in some regards. Medicaid is a federal- and state-funded health insurance program for people with limited income. There are mandatory and optional services offered to those with Medicaid in the state of New York.

In 2014, New York expanded health coverage to those with Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” While addiction treatment was only an optional Medicaid benefit in the past, the state health insurance now covers all mental health and substance abuse services for New Yorkers.

Before New York enacted the new rules for addiction treatment, Medicaid only covered inpatient rehab for some and didn’t cover the cost of detox at all. Since January 2015, New Yorkers with Medicaid can use their benefits for any behavioral health service, including inpatient rehab and detox.

New York Drug Courts

The state of New York developed its drug court system as a way to reduce the rates of repeat drug offenders. There are 146 drug courts in the state. In these courts, the state gives people the opportunity to receive treatment for their addictions if they were arrested for nonviolent drug crimes.

“Results from these treatment programs have been overwhelmingly positive. A 2003 study of six drug courts conducted by the Center for Court Innovation demonstrates that the rates at which drug court graduates re-offend are significantly reduced.”

The New York State Unified Court System

Those participating in drug courts may have their charges and/or sentences dismissed or reduced. Drug courts provide New Yorkers with an invaluable resource to turn a negative situation into a positive.

Find Addiction Treatment in New York

There are numerous resources for addicted New Yorkers to take back control of their life. Whether you’re looking for an affordable rehab nearby, or something more luxurious, we can help you find treatment that’s right for you. Call us now to explore your treatment options in New York.

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