Alexandria Virginia Drug Alcohol Rehab

Top 15 Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Alexandria, VA & Free Treatment Resources

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I recently read about a case in Alexandria Virginia that was so vast, it almost seemed unbelievable. A Front Royal woman working as an office manager in a local doctor’s office ran a decade long oxycodone distribution network. She wrote thousands of fake prescriptions for a “ring of fake patients” that amounted to 45,000 Oxycodone pills between the years of 2012 and 2022. She recruited around a dozen people to serve as fake patients; they would then visit pharmacies to obtain the prescriptions. The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently sentenced the office manager to seven years in prison. It’s hard to believe that one person could get away with writing so many fake prescriptions, but, as with most drug dealers, it appears greed got the best of her.

~ Lesley Wirth

Cost of Drug Rehab in Alexandria

The cost of Alexandria drug rehabs can vary greatly depending on what type of care you receive. Types of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction include:4

  • Detoxification
  • Inpatient care
  • Short-term and long-term outpatient services
  • Telehealth sessions with doctors and/or therapists
  • Ongoing counseling therapies

There are other factors that contribute to the price of care. Some facilities are free or low-cost because they receive funding from outside sources. These centers often have shared living spaces and higher staff-to-patient ratios. On the other side, luxury rehabs and detox centers in Alexandria will offer more amenities, like private rooms and recreational centers. These facilities come with a higher price tag ranging into the thousands.

Low-Cost and Free Drug Rehab Centers in Alexandria

public area in alexandria vaSome of the Alexandria drug rehabs are state-funded, which means they offer free treatment, while others require private pay or insurance coverage. To see a list of state-funded programs in your area, visit the government website under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and search the directory of free drug rehabs in Virginia.5

You may need to prove that you are a resident of Virginia or provide income information to qualify for free treatment.

As mentioned above, free centers may not have as many amenities as private rehabs, but they are still effective in providing quality care to patients.


Using insurance to pay for rehabilitation is another option. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all state-funded insurance policies, including Medicaid and Medicare, to provide coverage for addiction treatment.6

To qualify for Medicaid, you must be part of an eligible group, including low-income individuals, pregnant women, children, or those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).7

To qualify for Medicare, you must be an American citizen over 65 years or have a qualifying disability.8

If you have a private insurance policy, talk to your provider about what it will cover. Most policies will have co-pays and deductibles that allow you to share the costs of rehab with your insurance company.

Scholarships and Sliding Scales

If you do not qualify for free treatment and do not have insurance, there are still options available to you. Many centers offer scholarships that are paid for by public funds or private donors.

You can also ask the facility about sliding scale fees. These are discounted rates set by a pre-determined formula that takes your income into account.

Alexandria, Virginia Drug and Alcohol Statistics

Engaging in heavy drinking or illicit drug use does not automatically lead to an alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD); however, these activities do raise your risk of developing one of the conditions.

Alcohol and Drug Laws in Alexandria, VA

The Good Samaritan Law: The Good Samaritan law states that anyone who reports a drug overdose to the police, whether involving themselves or another person, is protected from being charged with minor drug possession. The law is meant to encourage people to contact 911 if they witness a drug overdose without fearing that they will be charged with a crime themselves.

Naloxone Access: In Virginia, anyone can access naloxone by getting a prescription from their doctor, using the standing order written for the general public, or from Virginia’s Local Health Departments and some Community Services Boards at no cost.

Addiction Treatment Settings

There are different types of addiction treatment programs. Some facilities offer medical detox, differing levels of care, and specialized services for certain population groups.

Levels of Care

Treatment intensity varies based on the level of care you receive. The levels of care are as follows:

Medical detox

Inpatient care

Standard outpatient treatment

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs)

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs)

Detoxification is often the first step in recovery. Many of the withdrawal symptoms that come with detoxification can be managed with medications.

Meanwhile, inpatient treatment is the most intense level of care available since it requires overnight stay at the facility. This gives you access to treatment staff around the clock.

Both PHP and IOP also provide a high level of care, but without the overnight stay. Standard outpatient treatment usually involves ongoing therapy sessions and may last for months or even years.

Specialized Drug Rehabs in Alexandria

Specialized care refers to services that address the specific needs and desires of certain patients. Some common specialized programs include:

Treatment catered to veterans, LGBTQ+, or other populations

Christian rehab services like faith-based counseling and prayer times

Holistic approaches utilizing alternative medicines, yoga, or meditation

Telehealth appointments that allow for flexibility

Dual Diagnosis, which provides care for multiple conditions simultaneously

Luxury centers with resort-like amenities

Executive rehab for the working professional

How to Choose the Right Alexandria Drug Rehab?

alexandria sidewalkWhen you search for drug and alcohol rehabs in Alexandria, you may be overwhelmed by the options available to you.

Understanding what type of treatment you need is essential when choosing the drug or alcohol rehab that is best for you. Ask your doctor or treatment center staff for a substance abuse assessment if you are not sure what you need. These assessments will help professionals make an informed recommendation on what level of care you need and any specialized services you should look for.

Once you’ve had an assessment, there are still factors to consider in making your decision. Try asking some of these questions to narrow down your choices:9

  • Does the rehab address any specialized care needs you have?
  • What does its success look like with other patients?
  • How does the rehab center help prevent as well as respond to relapses?
  • Is the location convenient for you?
  • What amenities does the program offer?
  • What are the program rules regarding visitors?
  • What are the costs of the program, and what financial assistance is available?

Should You Travel for Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Alexandria?

When considering whether or not you should travel to Alexandria for treatment, ask yourself these questions:

  • What types of treatment are offered in Alexandria?
  • Do you have people in the area that can help support you?
  • What does your insurance cover in Alexandria?
  • Do you need to attend rehab away from your residential area for privacy reasons?
  • Is the environment and climate in Alexandria preferable for you?

Alexandria has many beautiful neighborhoods to consider when looking for treatment in Virginia. Here are just some of the options in the area.

Old Town: Old Town is Alexandria’s downtown district located on the Potomac River waterfront. The King Street Mile and surrounding sidewalks are surrounded by centuries-old architecture, historical attractions, and businesses. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, museums, and water attractions in this part of the city.

Del Ray: Del Ray is in the northwest area of Alexandria. It is well known for Mount Vernon Avenue, which has independent shops, the Del Ray Farmers Market, and a booming restaurant scene. This neighborhood is also known for its “Wellness District,” a large community of holistic health businesses.

West End: The West End is only eight miles from downtown Washington, D.C. You’ll find award-winning restaurants as well as historic parks like the 45-acre Civil War-era Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, Dora Kelly Nature Park, and Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center.

Carlyle and Eisenhower: In the southwestern part of the city, Carlyle and the Eisenhower Valley are Alexandria’s contemporary counterpoint to historic Old Town. Here, you will find The National Science Foundation, the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum, the African American Heritage Park, and the Edmonson Sisters sculpture.


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  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Virginia State-Specific Tables.
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). 2016-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health National Maps of Prevalence Estimates, by State.
  5. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (n.d.). Drinking Levels Defined | National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) ( National Institutes of Health.
  6. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Types of Treatment Programs.
  7. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d.). Single State Agency Directory.
  8. (n.d.). Mental health and substance abuse health coverage options.
  9. (n.d.). Eligibility Medicaid.
  10. (n.d.). Health Insurance and Mental Health Services.
  11. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2021). Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help.National Institutes of Health.

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Lesley Wirth, MA, CCAR
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Lesley Wirth is a certified recovery coach with a master’s in spiritual psychology. She helps women experiencing a “dark night of the soul” find their way to deep and unshakeable self-assurance, so they can stand firmly in their value and create a brighter future, regardless of what they’ve been through or how much pain they are currently in. Her work has been featured in trauma centers, r
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Dr. Rebecca Byard graduated with her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2011 from Marshall University. She then attended the family medicine residency at The Washington Hospital until 2014, at which time she stayed on as a faculty member for three years. She has been at Tristate Health Services assisting patients with MAT for opiate dependence since 2016. She moved into urgent care for four years and re