Fighting alcohol addictionAlcohol and related drugs have contributed to 11.6% percent of all Pennsylvania deaths over the last ten years. Young people between the ages of 12-17 were among those affected by mortalities.

This guide was curated to help the Pennsylvanians who are struggling with addiction find affordable care. This section takes a keen look at the situation and includes some relevant statistics on Pennsylvania substance misuse.

The good news however is that those struggling with addiction can get a grip of their lives by going to a rehab facility.

What you need to know before choosing a rehab center

With several facilities to choose from, some patients do still not find the right match for their situations: 

  1. Rehab lengths: are you looking for a short fix(30days) or need more attention?
  2. Service Package: Are you looking for inpatient or outpatient service programs? 
  3. Type of Facility: Are you interested in holistic/all in one rehab or just alcohol and drug detox rehab?

You may also want to include the severity of your damage. Hopefully, the questions above help you make the correct choice.

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Pennsylvania

Alcohol rehab facilities in PennsylvaniaA good starting point would be looking at the type of coverage. If you have private insurance, you should contact your plan provider to determine what services are covered. If you have state or federal insurance like Medicaid and would like to find out how to get covered, link up to insurance.pa.gov to get started. The nature of your cover does not dictate much; insurance companies are required to cover substance abuse treatment for qualified individuals.

You can also check out the state database, which lists all of the treatment facilities in the state of Pennsylvania recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

Upon a successful search, your next step should be seeking a professional treatment examination. For this, you will be required to schedule an assessment by a qualified, trained medical staff. Most hospitals provide assessments, or better yet, your primary care provider should refer you. 

Essentials for treatment in a rehab facility?

There are many different approaches for treating addiction, and the research on science in studying addiction is unwaveringly improving. Regardless, the core tenets of treatment still hold the same. The steps include assessment, detox, therapy, and aftercare. 

Finding Aftercare in Pennsylvania

This step is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. Suddenly the chances of relapse for individuals who retract back to their ordinary lives gradually rises. Instead of just retracting back, a more careful approach would be, making up for follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes.

Drug and alcohol-induced deaths occur slightly below the national average.

Outlined below is on substance abuse in Pennsylvania either caused or partially induced by drugs and alcohol from 2006 to 2015. 

Mortality Caused by Drugs and Alcohol in Pennsylvania Between 2006 and 2015

  Ages: 12-17 Ages: 18+ Total PA % of Population National % of Population
Alcohol (AUD)* 24,000 675,000 699,000 6.45% 5.10%
Cocaine 5,000 170,000 175,000 1.62% 1.46%
Heroin 1,000 58,000 59,000 0.55% 0.27%
Marijuana 111,000 1,228,000 1,339,00 12.35% 11.09%

Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

Alcohol treatment in PennsylvaniaVeterans face particular challenges that can expose them to a higher risk for substance abuse than the general population. Top on the key drivers of this trend are isolation and homelessness. A 2011 TEDS survey found that 1 in 5 Pennsylvania veterans who sought out treatment were homeless.

Veterans have the privilege of additional resources for care and treatment. For assistance with substance abuse from the VA health care system, consider the following steps:

Enroll: If you aren’t enrolled already, you can check to see if you are eligible by using the health benefits explorer and proceed to your application.

Discover: Find out whether your local VA center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. Alternatively, call the VA hotline to find out: 1-800-827-1000.

Find Treatment: If your local VA does provide SUD treatment, discover your options, get started on treatment.

If you’re relapsing or finding any addiction challenges, there’s help and treatment to be found in Pennsylvania. To get started:

  1. Check on your insurance covers or qualify for subsidized insurance.
  2. Use the website to find and contact a rehab facility near you to schedule an assessment.
  3. Keep in mind; many low-cost rehab facilities can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel that rehab is out of the question due to financial constraints.

References & Resources

Health Insurance pages

State Medicare Programs