Rhode Island Drug and Alcohol Statistics
Much like the rest of the country, residents of Rhode Island struggle with alcohol and drug abuse. Here are some Rhode Island stats:1,2,3
In 2020, 145,000 residents received substance use disorder treatment in the previous 12 months.
The majority of those who were treated entered a Rhode Island alcohol rehab.
71,000 Rhode Island residents sought treatment for illicit drug use.
6,000 people entered treatment for an addiction to prescription painkillers
Cost of Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Rhode Island
Since there is no one-size-fits-all rehab program, the cost of a drug or alcohol rehab in Rhode Island also varies based on the program you choose. Inpatient is typically more expensive than outpatient treatment, and the longer the program, the more it will cost.
Amenities and location also play a factor. For example, a rehab that feels more like a spa will cost more than a standard facility, and a beachfront location may also add to the overall price.
While private insurance can help keep costs down, you will want to find a rehab that accepts your insurance provider and is considered in-network to avoid paying additional out-of-pocket costs. You can check your coverage by calling the number on the back of your insurance card.
You can also explore whether the rehab you’re interested in offers a rehab scholarship or a sliding scale payment option based on your income. Some private insurance plans will cover the cost of some types of addiction treatment. If you qualify, Medicaid and Medicare are also two federal government insurance programs that cover the cost of rehab.
How Do You Choose a Drug Rehab in Rhode Island?
A lot of factors can go into choosing a Rhode Island drug rehab. Here are just a few things you should consider when looking at your options.
For many people, cost plays the biggest factor in their decision. You’ll want to see what types of payments are accepted and whether the facility accepts your insurance provider if you are going that route. Choosing a facility that offers several flexible payment options can make paying for rehab easier.
Perhaps you would prefer a facility with a specific treatment philosophy. Rehabs can take a more holistic approach that works to treat the mind, body, and spirit concurrently. There are also faith-based programs available that focus on the connection between spirituality and recovery. You might decide a rehab targeted to a specific population would be beneficial. Several drug and alcohol rehabs in Rhode Island are gender specific, along with rehabs that offer specialized treatment options for veterans or the LGBTQ+ population.
Treatment Setting and Location
A rehab’s setting or location can be an important factor. Rhode Island is known for its miles of ocean coastline. If a view of the water is important, look for a facility close to the ocean. Maybe it will benefit your recovery to be closer to family and friends. Be sure to factor in location when evaluating potential facilities.
Some rehabs are straightforward, while others can offer a long list of amenities. Once again, think about what will make your recovery successful. Do you find swimming relaxing? Rehab with a pool may be a good option. Do you use exercise to clear your head? A rehab that offers outdoor activities and dedicated exercise time could help make your rehab experience more enjoyable. If you prefer some solitude and quiet time, look for a facility that offers private rooms.
Levels of Care for Addiction Treatment in Rhode Island
Multiple levels of care are available to treat various needs related to substance abuse.
Alcohol and Drug Detoxification
Often the first step of recovery services, detox is the process of safely and comfortably removing drugs or alcohol from your system. This process is performed under medical supervision in a hospital, residential, or outpatient setting.
During residential or inpatient treatment, you live at a rehab facility and receive 24/7 supervised care. Treatment methods usually include individual and group therapy, medication, and other holistic therapy.
Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)
Rhode Island residents who participate in a PHP live at home while attending treatment at a hospital. Treatment methods are similar to inpatient care, but you can return home during non-treatment hours.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)
IOPs allow you to attend a few hours of counseling over several days each week. You spend the rest of your time at home, at work, or fulfilling other obligations.
Standard outpatient care involves one to two hours of treatment per week. Because this option has the least oversight and supervision, it is appropriate for highly motivated people with a strong support system.
Relapse prevention, or aftercare, starts when you complete an inpatient or outpatient rehab program. It involves ongoing support and encouragement through 12-step groups, non-12-step groups, ongoing therapy, sober living homes, and more.
What is a Typical Day Like at a Rhode Island Rehab?
An inpatient drug or alcohol rehab in Rhode Island will be highly structured. This allows you to know exactly what to expect each day so your focus can be on your recovery. While formats will vary from program to program, a general schedule is highlighted below.
Most inpatient rehabs will have you wake up at a certain time each day. A staff member will often come around to make sure everyone is awake and to hand out any needed medications. Residents will sometimes have assigned chores that need to be completed.
After breakfast, you will attend morning sessions with a therapist or counselor. These are often in a small group format where everyone can check in with each other.
After lunch, there are more individual and group sessions that can be more intense than what was held during the morning. Various therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy are often used to help address negative thought patterns. An individual therapy session can often be followed by some quiet, introspective time.
Specialized and alternative therapy sessions, skills training, relapse prevention, and educational programs are often hosted during the afternoons as well. There may also be structured exercise and other fitness opportunities.
Dinner is often served at the same time each night. Afterward, there can be another short group session to discuss the day. Support group meetings are also typically held at night. There can also be structured visiting time in the evening with family members. Sleep is an important part of the recovery process and lights-out times are often strictly adhered to while in rehab.
How Long Does Rehab Last?
The length of time you’ll spend in a Rhode Island drug or alcohol rehab can vary and is based on your individual needs. An inpatient residential program typically lasts between 30 and 90 days, though there are longer programs available for those that need it.
Longer treatment programs allow patients more time to get used to the rehab process, live in a supportive, medically supervised environment, and fully understand their addiction and triggers. Research has shown this often leads to better long-term treatment outcomes.5
Outpatient programs can last from a few months to up to a year or more. Depending on the intensity of your program, you can be required to spend 6 to 20 or more hours of your time a week in treatment. Outpatient programs last longer than inpatient programs because you have the flexibility to live at home while undergoing addiction treatment.
Partial hospitalization programs are the most intensive form of outpatient treatment and require the greatest time commitment of around 20 hours a week. The next step down is an intensive outpatient program, which can include 9 or more hours a week in treatment. A standard outpatient program has the lowest time commitment per week.
What Happens After Rehab?
The recovery journey doesn’t end once rehab is completed. Aftercare is just as important as the rehab process to maintaining sobriety. A Rhode Island drug rehab or alcohol rehab will often help you create an aftercare program that will provide the support needed to prevent a relapse.
Here is a breakdown of a few of the services that are available once you complete rehab.
Sober Living Homes or Transitional Housing
Sometimes, someone who has completed inpatient rehab is not ready to live on their own. Sober living homes or transitional housing provides that bridge between inpatient rehab and independent living. While these facilities do not have the same level of structure as an inpatient facility, they do provide a safe and sober living environment that encourages residents to develop and practice healthy coping skills so they can successfully return to independent living.
Support groups are a common aftercare option for people who have completed drug rehab or alcohol rehab in Rhode Island. Two of the most well-known are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). AA and NA offer meetings in most towns and cities. A support group allows people who are in recovery to talk about their struggles and successes in an encouraging and motivating environment.
One other option growing in popularity is SMART Recovery. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training and takes a slightly different approach than AA and NA. Participants are asked to design and implement their own recovery plan.
Ongoing therapy can be critical following rehab, particularly for people who have been diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder. This can include individual or group therapy. A therapist can help you work through any issues you’re experiencing post-rehab and can be a valuable resource if other services are needed.
Rhode Island Alcohol and Drug Laws
Rhode Island lawmakers and public health agencies have established the following policies related to substance use:1,2,3,4
Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act: This law provides some immunity against arrest for Rhode Island residents who call for help when someone is experiencing an overdose. The act protects the person who is experiencing the overdose, anyone who calls for help, and anyone who administers naloxone to someone they believe is experiencing a drug overdose.
Naloxone Access: Rhode Island law stipulates that any of its residents can get naloxone at a local pharmacy without a prescription. Rhode Island residents can also request to have naloxone delivered to their home at no cost.
Adult Drug Court: This system is designed to help Rhode Island residents who are in the criminal justice system get treatment for substance use disorder. Participants can enter the program with any felony that isn’t a violent crime and where addiction was a determining factor. If accepted into the program, participants must meet all requirements of treatment, and, after 12 months, they can have their charges dismissed.
Rhode Island Department of Corrections Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: Rhode Island offers enhanced treatment for opioid use disorder to its entire prison population. Detox and medication-assisted treatment are provided. Inmates who are released can continue MAT and receive referrals for ongoing recovery services.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). Admissions to and Discharges from Publicly Funded Substance Use Treatment.
- State of Rhode Island Department of Health. (2022). Drug Overdose Surveillance Data Hub.
- State of Rhode Island Department of Health. (2022). Addiction & Overdose.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, June 3). How long does drug addiction treatment usually last?