Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Pennsylvania
The rate of heroin abuse in Pennsylvania is double the national average, and heroin and prescription opiates are collectively responsible for nearly half of all state-funded treatment admissions. Drugs and alcohol have contributed to 11.6% percent of all deaths in Pennsylvania over the last 10 years. Among those deaths were over 2,500 young people between the ages of 12 and 17.
This guide was made to help the many Pennsylvanians who are struggling with addiction find affordable treatment. Below, the guide will walk you through the path of recovery and inform on important statistics on Pennsylvania substance abuse.
If you need help finding a treatment center, you can use our directory to find low-cost, quality treatment right away. Read on to find instructions for using it, and to learn which rehabs qualify as the highest rated, low-cost facilities in the state.
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Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Pennsylvania
The Highest Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Pennsylvania
If the cost of rehab is an obstacle for you and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to get the help you need. Out of the 479 rehabilitation facilities in Pennsylvania recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), 73 offer some form of payment assistance to most adults. Of the 73 that offer payment assistance, the Crozer-Chester Recovery Center in Chester (about 20 miles outside of Philadelphia) received the highest overall scores from Help.org.
The Recovery Center of the Crozer-Chester Medical Center offers both outpatient and inpatient treatment options and is located roughly 20 miles outside of Philadelphia. The rehab received an overall score of 8.4, with its highest individual score of 9.23 coming from the number of programs designed for unique demographics. It also includes special circumstance rehabs, such as dual diagnosis for patients with a co-occurring mental disorder. The rehab’s worst performance was on “Treatment Approaches” with a score of 7.5, which was about average for the top performing rehabs.
The Kirkbride Center is located in Philadelphia and offers short and long-term inpatient residential services, as well as medically monitored detoxification. Overall, the rehab earned a score of 7.6, while earning a perfect 10 for the number of rehab services it provides. The rehab’s weakest aspect was in “Cost,” receiving a 4.44 because it doesn’t recognize state-financed insurance outside of Medicare and Medicaid.
The Gaudenzia Together House is also located in Philadelphia and provides both short and long-term residential treatment. The rehab earned a 7.4 ranking, with its highest metric coming from the number of treatment approaches Gaudenzia offers. The rehab’s lowest score, a 5.55, was in the category of “Cost.” The rehab offers a sliding-scale system based on income, but no other payment assistance. It does, however, accept cash, private health insurance, TRICARE, and any other state or federal financed plans.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 6.37
Treatment Approaches: 10
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 6.39
Ancillary Services: 8.74
The Top-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania
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Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Pennsylvania
Start by determining your coverage
If you have private insurance or coverage purchased through the healthcare marketplace, contact your plan provider for to determine precisely what services are covered. If you have Medicaid or would like to find out how to get covered, visit insurance.pa.gov to get started. Whatever type of coverage you have, insurance companies (public and private) are required to cover substance abuse treatment for qualified individuals.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Pennsylvania recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant rehabs near you.
Schedule an assessment
If you are pursuing treatment that will be covered by insurance, your first step will likely be scheduling an assessment by a qualified individual such as a therapist or counselor. Most facilities provide assessments, or your primary care provider may be able to refer you. Contact companies in our database above to find out if they will provide this service.
Veterans face unique challenges that can put them at higher risk for substance abuse than the general population. Factors leading to increased risk include things like PTSD and homelessness. A 2011 TEDS survey found that 1 in 5 Pennsylvania veterans who sought out treatment were homeless.
Veterans have access to additional resources for treatment, and VA benefits often cover the cost. To get help with substance abuse from the VA health care system follow these steps:
Discover: Find out whether your local VA center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA is, call the VA hotline to find out: 1-800-827-1000.
Find Treatment: If your local VA does provide SUD treatment, then discover what your options are and enroll in treatment. If your local VA doesn’t provide SUD treatment, then use the SUD program locator to find one that does.
More than 1 out of 6 youths abused substances in 2013
Illicit Drug Usage
8.5% of young people in Pennsylvania used illicit drugs in 2013, while 17% participated in binge drinking. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide teen-specific treatment programs. Our database has a filter that allows you to find the closest rehabs that provide that treatment option.
Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 18% of those with some form of mental health illness also have a substance use disorder, and 39% of those with a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder.
Mental Health Resources & Treatment
If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety there are many resources and ways to get help.
Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to get immediate access to emergency services.
Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.
Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 800-273-8255 to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat, or you can text 838255.
Those who have mental health issues and a substance abuse problem may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehabs. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehab centers with programs designed to meet the unique challenge posed by co-occurring disorders.
Aftercare is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who just try and go back to “normal life,” rather than pursuing further treatment in aftercare. There are several types of aftercare including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes.
12-Step Addiction Meetings in Pennsylvania
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for those recovering from an alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is one only one example.
Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you
The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.
Sober Living Homes
Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living on their own, while maintaining sobriety. They are especially helpful for those who don’t have a supportive and positive environment to live in after rehab.
Residents can stay for a couple months of for years, as long as they follow the rules and don’t relapse (most homes have a zero tolerance policy for using substances). Other rules usually include completing chores, attending mutual support groups regularly, and paying an equal share of the cost of renting the home.
Some halfway houses are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. Otherwise, head to our guide on sober living homes to learn more about sober living homes, and to find a certified recovery residence near you.
Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in Pennsylvania
of Pennsylvania residents use marijuana
of Americans use marijuana
12.35% of the Pennsylvanian population uses marijuana every year, which is higher than the national average of 11.09%. In fact, Pennsylvanians used each substance measured in the following table at a higher rate than the rest of the nation.
Annual Averages for Substance Abuse in Pennsylvania
* AUD stands for Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD.
Drug and alcohol induced deaths occur slightly below the national average
of Pennsylvania deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of US deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The table below shows the number of deaths either caused or partially caused by drugs and alcohol from 2006 to 2015. Although Pennsylvania’s drug use was above the national average, the state’s percentage of drug and alcohol-related deaths for all ages (11.65%) was slightly below the national average of 13.36%.
Deaths Caused by Drugs and Alcohol in Pennsylvania Between 2006 and 2015
Heroin and other opiates account for nearly 50% of state-funded admissions
of Pennsylvania rehab admissions are for heroin
of US rehab admissions are for heroin
Amongst addicts who went to Pennsylvania state-funded rehabs in 2014, 49% were there because of addiction to heroin and other opiates (37.8% and 11.2%, respectively), which is considerably higher than the national averages (22.1% for heroin, 8.2% for other opiates). However, alcohol addiction was 6.3% lower, and amphetamine addiction was down 7.7% from the national average.
Admission into State-Funded Treatment Programs in 2014
Total Admissions in Pennsylvania
Percent of all Admissions in New York
Percent of All Admissions in the US
Alcohol (Including alcohol usage with secondary drug)
Other Opiates (Including prescription painkillers)
Cocaine (Including smoked and other usage)
Amphetamines (Including methamphetamines)
Key Indicators of Substance Abuse Issues
When trying to understand the substance abuse problem in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage stats, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances and demographics present the biggest problem and are at the highest risk. Key indicators with recent, credible statistics available are examined below.
Over 18% of Pennsylvanians struggle with mental health issues
Based on data from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 18% of those with some form of mental health illness also have a substance use disorder, and 41% of those with a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder. The combination of the two issues is called a “dual diagnosis.”
of Pennsylvanians have mental health problems
of Americans have mental health problems
Mental health issues afflict 18.21% of Pennsylvanians, compared to the national average of 13.55%, which could play a role in the state’s elevated drug use compared to the United States as a whole.
Pennsylvania Annual Averages for Mental Health Issues in 2014 and 2015
Suicide is an act that’s often linked with substance abuse – those who have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) are six times more likely to attempt suicide during their lifetime than those without a SUD. Compared to the other states, Pennsylvania is ranked 30th for the rate of suicide, averaging 12.5 per 100,000 people.
The rate of DUI-related deaths in Pennsylvania is the same as the national average
The most tangible impact substance abuse has on a community may be when individuals choose to get behind the wheel of a car after using drugs or alcohol.
deaths per 100,000 people involving intoxicated drivers in Pennsylvania
deaths per 100,000 people involving intoxicated drivers in the US
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.8% of Pennsylvania drivers report driving after drinking too much, which is slightly below the national average of 1.9%. However, the rate of death involving driving under the influence in Pennsylvania is even with the national average at 3.3 per 100,000.
Deaths Involving Drivers Under the Influence of Alcohol in 2012
Opioid painkillers are prescribed in Pennsylvania at a moderately high rate
Prescription drug abuse (particularly opioid painkillers and Benzodiazepines) is an increasing problem in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many people use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the CDC and IMS have researched the variation in painkiller prescriptions between states. The more prescriptions are written, the greater the potential for dependence and abuse.
long acting/extended release opioid prescriptions writen per 100 people in Pennsylvania
long acting/extended release opioid prescriptions writen per 100 people in the US
As the table below shows, Pennsylvania ranks fairly high in just about every category of prescription painkillers for the rate of prescriptions written per 100 people, which likely correlates to the state’s elevated rehab admissions for opioid addictions.
Painkiller Prescriptions in Pennsylvania per 100 People in 2012
Pennsylvania has a relatively low rate of homelessness
A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse problems. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both the cause and result.
Pennsylvania has a low homeless rate, averaging 12 per 10,000 people, compared to the national average of 17 per 10,000. Although the homeless rate has been increasing from 2013 to 2016, it’s seen a very slow growth, only increasing from 11.8 to 12 over the four-year span.
“At-Risk Groups” are segments of the population who are especially vulnerable to developing a substance abuse problem, or those who have a higher likelihood of negative outcomes. One of the groups most “at risk” is youth, largely because of the detrimental effects substance abuse can have on a developing brain.
Youth in Pennsylvania binge drink at a higher rate than the rest of the nation
of Pennsylvanian youth had a binge drinking session in 2013
of US youth had a binge drinking session in 2013
Illicit drug use among Pennsylvania’s youth remained below the national average from 2009 to 2013 (which is the most current data), corresponding to the drop in the national average percentage. Conversely, youth binge drinking was consistently a few percentage points above the average for the United States.
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Pennsylvania by examining key indicators in the five largest cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabs that offer some type of payment assistance near each city are listed.
The three highest rated rehabs in the Philadelphia area that offer payment assistance are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near Philadelphia
Homelessness in Philadelphia has stayed the nearly same for the last five years
The total number of homeless people in Philadelphia has increased by 332, but when accounting for the increase in population, the rate of homelessness has only increased from 0.38% to 0.39% since 2012.
Homelessness in Pittsburgh sharply declined between 2014 and 2016
The total number of homeless people dropped from 1,376 to 1,156 over the course of 5 years with a significant spike in 2014. Since 2014, there’s been a sharp decline in homelessness in the Pittsburgh area.
Allentown and surrounding areas have seen a sharp increase in homelessness
The Department of Housing and Urban Development groups Allentown and Lehigh County into the broad grouping of Eastern Pennsylvania. This area has seen a sharp rise in homelessness, rising from 1,752 in 2012 to 2,599 in 2016.
Homelessness in Allentown and Eastern Pennsylvania
If you’re struggling with an addiction, there’s help and treatment to be found in Pennsylvania. To get started, take the necessary steps to determine what your insurance covers, or if you qualify for subsidized insurance. Then use our tool to find and contact a rehab center near you to schedule an assessment. Remember, many low-cost rehab centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel that rehab is out of the question due to financial constraints.