Top 15 Drug Rehab Centers in Missouri & Free Treatment Resources

Drug overdoses, both fatal and nonfatal, have become an epidemic in Missouri over the past decade. Overdoses are the #1 leading cause of death among adults aged 18-44 in the state, with over 70% of them involving opioids.1 If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, know that there are nearly 300 accredited alcohol and drug rehab centers in Missouri.2 Many offer free or low-cost treatment options and accept Medicare, Medicaid, and military insurance. No matter your needs or preferences, there is a program that's right for you.

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Missouri Alcohol and Drug Use Statistics

According to statistics from 2021, 13.2% of adults in Missouri say they used drugs (excluding cannabis) for non-medical reasons.1 In addition, 18.5% of adults in Missouri reported excessive drinking in 2020, including past-month binge drinking or heavy drinking.2

Cost of Drug Rehab in Missouri

The cost of care can range from very expensive care at a luxury treatment center to low-cost care at facilities that aim to serve people of all income levels. Your out-of-pocket expenses will depend on factors including:

Inpatient vs. outpatient rehab

Where the facility is located

Insurance plans accepted

Amenities and features (luxury vs. standard)

Length of stay

Does Insurance Cover Rehab Center Costs?

Under the Affordable Care Act, all insurance policies must cover some rehab. Private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and military insurance will all include addiction treatment. Your insurance company will likely have a network of providers that they work with; choosing those facilities will keep your out-of-pocket costs lower. Call your insurance company to find a list of covered treatment centers.


Private Insurance

Private health insurance providers provide coverage for addiction treatment services like outpatient, PHP, IOP, and inpatient. Some popular providers are Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, and United.

Medicaid

Missouri Medicaid, also called MO HealthNet, provides health insurance coverage to low-income families and individuals. This also includes coverage for drug and alcohol rehab.

Medicare

Missouri Medicare provides health coverage to people 65 and older and covers a variety of substance abuse treatment services.

Low-Cost and Free Drug Rehab Centers in Missouri

If cost is a barrier, you can find free, low-cost, or sliding-scale facilities in Missouri. Some addiction treatment centers offer payment plans, with or without interest.

Missouri also has a program to provide substance abuse help for certain priority groups. The Comprehensive Substance Treatment and Rehabilitation (CSTAR) program treats women with children, adolescents, and others with opioid addiction.3 They may be inpatient or outpatient. The state contracts with facilities around Missouri to provide care.

To find free Missouri drug rehabs, call our helpline at 800-926-9037 (Info iconWho Answers?) to speak to a support specialist who can assist you. Our helpline is confidential, and someone is available 24/7 to take your call.

How Do You Pay for Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Missouri?

If you are uninsured, private or non-profit treatment facilities may allow self-payment. Some will work with you to adjust the cost to what you can reasonably afford.

Most facilities will need you to demonstrate financial need before they offer reduced fees or payment plans. The staff at the center can tell you what information is required. You may need to show income statements, tax returns, insurance coverage, and other financial records.

If your workplace has an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), it may include some financial assistance for addiction treatment. The EAP administrator can tell you what is included in your plan.

Find a Program That Offers Payment Plans: Some facilities may offer a payment plan to those who do not have enough money to cover the cost of care all at once. This will help you pay off the costs that fall to you after insurance pays its share. The facility will create a payment schedule so you can spread payments out over time.

Apply for a Scholarship: Limited opportunities exist for scholarships or grants that cover the costs of treatment. You typically need to apply for these funds, and there is no guarantee that you will receive assistance. You can learn more about these options by speaking to staff at your facilities.

Sliding-Scale Program: Sliding scale fees are adjusted based on the patient’s ability to pay. Many facilities use this type of formula to provide access to as many people as possible. The staff at the facility will go over your financial situation with you and discuss any insurance coverage you have. After that, the site will determine what you will be charged.

Addiction Treatment Settings

Medical Detox

Quitting drugs can sometimes result in dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Professional detox treatment can administer medications and medical care to reduce these symptoms and help you feel more comfortable.

Inpatient

Inpatient care is a good option for those seeking full-time treatment in a controlled environment. You will live in a facility for the duration of your program, which may last 30, 60, or 90 days. Staff will supervise all activities, and you will participate in extensive therapy sessions.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)

PHPs are the highest level of care you can receive while still living at home. You attend care every day for several hours each day, for a total of about 30 hours per week. This is commonly referred to as day treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

IOPs typically involve just a few hours of care, for three to five days per week. They are typically a bridge between PHP and standard outpatient,

Standard Outpatient

You go to therapy and counseling at a therapist’s office or clinic for a couple of hours each week.

Aftercare

An aftercare plan will come in the form of ongoing support that can help your sobriety and help prevent relapse. You may continue going to therapy and/or attend support groups.

Specialized Drug Rehabs in Missouri

There are hundreds of Missouri drug rehabs, each with unique qualities. You can narrow down your search based on what amenities are important to you in a facility. Be thorough when asking about treatment methods; make sure any program you consider is properly credentialed and uses evidence-based therapy methods.

Holistic

Holistic rehab has a core program of evidence-based therapy and offers additional services that complement standard care. These often focus on the whole person, not simply managing addiction. You may have access to acupuncture, hypnotherapy, special diets, or other mind-body practices.

Christian and Faith-Based 

You might benefit from a program with a religious focus if you are committed to religious observance. Many denominations run programs that center around the values of the faith and offer opportunities for worship.

Luxury 

If you have the means to pay premium prices for care, you can attend a luxury program. These addiction treatment centers offer amenities akin to high-end resorts, such as gourmet food, private rooms, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and customized personal care services.

Executive

Executive centers accommodate people who need to continue working during treatment. Computers, phones, and travel access are part of the environment.

Dual-Diagnosis Addiction Treatment

Addiction often co-occurs with other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you have an underlying condition or suspect that you do, look for a program that has experience managing co-occurring disorders. Controlling mental health symptoms can enhance addiction recovery.

Depression and Addiction: More than 30% of adults who have substance-use disorder also have a diagnosis of depression.5 Treating depression symptoms with targeted therapy or anti-depressant medications can ease recovery and improve the chances of long-term success.

Anxiety and Drug Addiction: Anxiety is highly prevalent among adults in the United States, and people who have anxiety disorders can be two to three times more likely to also experience substance use disorders.6

PTSD and Alcohol and Drug Addiction: PTSD is a complex disorder resulting from having experienced significant trauma. PTSD occurs in the aftermath of physical or sexual trauma, natural disasters, war, the death of a loved one, or significant injuries. Many military veterans report PTSD.

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder: Bipolar disorder is recognized as a cyclical mood disorder resulting in extreme swings. Bipolar disorder requires medication to stabilize moods, so anyone with this condition will need to address that as well as addiction.

Personality Disorders and Addiction: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious and complex mental disorder. People with BPD demonstrated atypical behavior, moods, self-image, and functioning.

Types of Addiction Therapy Used in Alcohol and Drug Rehab

Most experts recommend using evidence-based therapy to treat addiction. Several well-documented treatment modalities can help with recovery. Drug rehab centers in Missouri may use a combination of these therapy models to offer robust care.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is one-on-one talk therapy between counselor and patient. The goal of CBT is for clients to learn to recognize how their thoughts and emotions impact their behavior.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is also talk therapy, but the main focus is on preventing self-harm. Therapists use this method to hone in on particularly negative behaviors and identify the triggers for them.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

MET seeks to help patients develop internal motivation to change addictive behavior. Many substance users understand that they are doing themselves harm and know that quitting is a good choice.

Contingency Management (CM)

CM therapy is a system of rewards for positive behaviors intended to build positive associations with desired behaviors. Therapists work with clients to set up a program of actions and incentives.

Group 

Group therapy treatment sessions involve more than one patient and interaction between patients. The facilitator leads cooperative discussions and exercises with the group. The sessions provide peer support and perspectives while continuing the work clients are doing individually.

Family 

Family members and family therapy play an important role in addiction treatment. Some centers will offer therapy for family members who need help dealing with living with a loved one who has an addiction.

Should You Travel to Missouri for Drug and Alcohol Rehab?

Selecting a facility is a matter of personal choice, and a lot of factors go into the decision. Here are some reasons you may want to consider attending drug rehab in Missouri:

You prefer the climate of Missouri or need a change of scenery

You want to attend a particular facility in Missouri

You have family or friends who live in Missouri and can provide support

Your insurance covers treatment in Missouri

Alcohol and Drug Laws in Missouri

Missouri has some of the nation’s strictest drug laws:8

Marijuana: The state has not decriminalized marijuana for any reason. Any possession of marijuana is illegal. Penalties start with a misdemeanor punishable by a fine for a first offense of possessing small amounts of the drug. Possessing larger amounts, cultivating and distributing marijuana are felony offenses that can bring jail time.

Other Drugs: Drug crimes are punished according to state sentencing guidelines.9 Possession of any other illegal substance is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. The distribution of drugs is a felony that brings a sentence of up to 15 years. Distribution near a school, park, or government building can result in a life sentence.10

Alternative Sentencing: Some people are eligible for alternative sentencing.11 First-time nonviolent offenders, people on probation, and formerly incarcerated people returning to the community from the Department of Corrections may be eligible for treatment through Missouri’s drug court. The program can be voluntary or ordered as a condition of probation and parole. Participants go to state-run individual counseling and group counseling, and they are expected to work or get job training as part of the program.

Good Samaritan Law: Missouri has a Good Samaritan law to provide assistance to someone during an overdose.12 This means if you call for assistance during an overdose, you will not be prosecuted for possession of drugs. The law protects only those who actively seek treatment for someone during an overdose. Merely being present at the scene does not confer automatic immunity.

Naloxone Access: There is broad access to naloxone in Missouri.13 The state allows anyone to obtain naloxone and administer it to someone who is overdosing. A statewide standing order allows pharmacies to sell naloxone to anyone who asks for it, even without a prescription. The state also works with community organizations and local health departments to distribute naloxone.

There are many great options for accredited drug rehab centers in Missouri. If you need help finding the best one for you, call our confidential helpline at 800-926-9037 (Info iconWho Answers?) . We have support specialists available to help 24/7.

Resources

  1. Opioids Dashboard | Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. (2020). Mo.gov. 
  2. FindTreatment.gov. (n.d.). FindTreatment.gov. 
  3. America’s Health Rankings. (2021). Non-Medical Drug Use – Past Year In Missouri.
  4. America’s Health Rankings. (2020). Excessive Drinking In Missouri.
  5. Missouri Department of Mental Health. (2022). Services and Resources.
  6. Missouri Department of Mental Health. (2022). Locating Treatment & Services.
  7. National Institute of Mental Health. (2022). Major Depression.
  8. American Psychiatric Association. (2021). What are Anxiety Disorders?
  9. Chapman J, Jamil RT, Fleisher C. (2022). Borderline Personality Disorder. StatPearls Publishing.
  10. Revisor of Missouri. (2016). 579.015. Possession or control of a controlled substance — penalty.
  11. Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission. (2022). Missouri Sentencing Laws.
  12. Revisor of Missouri. (2017). 579.030. Distribution of controlled substance in a protected location — penalty.
  13. 13th Judicial Circuit of Missouri. (2022). Drug Court Overview.
  14. Missouri Department of Health. (2022). Good Samaritan Brochure.
  15. MO-HOPE Project. (2022). Get Naloxone.