Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Rhode Island
Approximately 225,000 residents of Rhode Island – 21.27% of the state population – use illegal drugs and another 62,000 – 5.86% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. Consequently, 16.8% of all deaths in Rhode Island between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol, over four percentage points above the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of 12.71%. Of the two most populous cities in Rhode Island, Providence-Pawtucket reported the higher rate of drug- and alcohol-related deaths during the same time period at 17.18%, while Warwick was just slightly lower at 16.76%.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Rhode Island who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction to find affordable treatment that will put them on the path to recovery. It is also intended to inform the general public about the dangers of substance abuse in Rhode Island.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Rhode Island, you can use our directory to locate low-cost, quality treatment right away. Read on to find instructions for using the directory and to learn which rehabilitation centers qualify as the highest-rated, low-cost facilities in the state.
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Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Rhode Island
The Highest Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Rhode Island
If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 56 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Rhode Island. Of those 56 centers, Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. Substance Use Services in Warwick received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. Substance Use Services in Warwick earned the first spot in our rankings, with an overall score of 6.8 points out of 10 possible points for its intensive outpatient rehabilitation services for adolescents and adults. However, its weakest performance was in this category of Rehabilitation Services Provided as it does not offer medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, although it does still accept patients on opioid medication. The center received maximum points in the category of Treatment Approaches, which are wide-ranging and include such modalities as cognitive, dialectical, and rational emotive behavioral therapies; trauma-related counseling, anger management, and relapse prevention, among several others.
Additionally, the center earned full points in the category of Cost due to its acceptance of a multitude of payment options, such as Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, Access to Recovery vouchers, government funding for substance abuse programs, private insurance, and self-payment, in addition to providing payment assistance and a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.
Located in Pawtucket, Gateway Healthcare, a partner of Lifespan, received an overall score of 6.4 points out of 10 points in our rankings. The center garnered its highest score in the category of Rehabilitation Services Provided for its outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services for adults, primarily due to its offering of detoxification services and medication-assisted treatment utilizing drugs such as buprenorphine and naltrexone.
Additionally, it earned an equally high score in the category of Ancillary Services as a result of its wealth of options intended to complement clients’ long-term recovery, ranging from assistance with obtaining social services, employment counseling or training, and mental health services to housing and transportation assistance, social skills development, and several others. However, the center scored lowest for its limited number of special programs for unique populations, as it caters only to clients with co-occurring mental health disorders.
With a score of 5.5 out of 10 points, East Bay Health Center, located in Riverside, scored third in our rankings for its outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services for adults. While the center earned similar scores in all five categories, its strongest feature is its specially-designed program for individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders. The center received its second-highest score in the category of Rehabilitation Services Provided for its medication-assisted treatment utilizing drugs such as buprenorphine and naltrexone.
It received a mid-range score in the category of Cost due to its somewhat limited payment options; however, the center does accept Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, Access to Recovery (ATR) vouchers, private health insurance and self-payment, in addition to a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. Clients also have access to several treatment approaches – such as brief intervention and motivational interviewing – and ancillary services intended to complement long-term recovery, including mental health assessments, individual/group/marital/family counseling, aftercare services, and more.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 6
Treatment Approaches: 5
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 6.66
Ancillary Services: 5
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Rhode Island
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Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Rhode Island
Start by contacting your referral center
In Rhode Island, the first step is to contact the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to obtain information on substance abuse resources within the state. Visit the BHDDH website for substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for Rhode Island residents.
The purpose of a referral center is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The referral center is also the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the State of Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services contact page.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Rhode Island recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.
Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.
Substance use disorder and PTSD go hand-in-hand for many veterans
Veterans face unique challenges that can place them at higher risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population. The primary factor leading to this increased risk is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while other situations, such as unemployment, homelessness and chronic pain, can also be contributing factors. Furthermore, individuals – including veterans – with a substance use disorder are more likely to develop PTSD, so the problem is cyclical in nature.
1 in 3
veterans seeking treatment for a SUD also has PTSD
1 in 4
veterans with PTSD also has a SUD
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, as of early 2019, nearly one of every three veterans who seeks treatment for a substance use disorder also has a PTSD diagnosis. Similarly, over one in four veterans who has received a diagnosis of PTSD is also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in 10 of those individuals who visits a VA health care facility has a substance use disorder.
However, there is hope for veterans suffering from a substance use disorder, as they have access to additional resources for treatment for a SUD or co-occurring SUD and PTSD, and VA benefits often cover the cost of this treatment. To find help with substance abuse treatment from the VA healthcare system, follow these steps:
Enroll: If you aren’t already enrolled, you can check if you are eligible for VA health benefits and then complete the application. You can also research the Department of Veterans Affairs Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program. This program is available in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics around the United States and provides a variety of treatment options, such as rehabilitation, detoxification, and psychiatric services, for veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol. Keep in mind that you must already be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be considered for the program.
Discover: Find out whether your local VA medical center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA medical center is located, call the VA hotline at 800-827-1000 to find out or click here for a comprehensive search of VA locations around the United States.
Find Treatment: Veterans in Rhode Island can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in their state. Additionally, they can locate information regarding substance abuse treatment services at the State of Rhode Island Veterans Services website.
Treatment is available for veterans in Rhode Island who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 9 substance abuse treatment facilities in Rhode Island – representing 18.8% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Adolescents in Rhode Island use marijuana and alcohol at rates higher than the national average
of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2017-2018
of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2017-2018
Between 2017 and 2018, 8.6% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Rhode Island reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, higher than the national average of 6.6%. In terms of alcohol use, 10.4% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Rhode Island had taken part in the behavior in the past month, above the national average of 9.4% by nearly two percentage points. Additionally, 2% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Rhode Island in 2017 were aged 12-17. To address the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
The State of Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) provides substance use prevention resources geared towards youth and families. Review the BHDDH website to access educational content and support services for youth and young adults.
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 substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use 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 from which to receive help.
Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:
Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain 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 the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.
Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in Rhode Island:
Division of Behavioral Healthcare Services: Rhode Island’s DBH website has an informative section on its integrated mental health services available to residents.
Rhode Island National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): The Rhode Island branch of NAMI provides information on mental health resources across the state and offers specific sections for families, schools, and veterans.
Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenges posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Substance abuse aftercare treatment 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 try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.
12-Step Addiction Meetings in Rhode Island
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just 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.
Free Spirit Area NA
Free Spirit Area (Southern RI)
Greater Providence Area NA
Greater Providence Area
New England Region NA
New England Region (RI Statewide)
Oficina Intergroupal Hispana
R.I. Central Service Office
Southern R.I. Intergroup
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 independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.
Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.
Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.
The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of Rhode Island between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Rhode Island population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Rhode Island, 2016-2017
* ‘Alcohol’ refers to an 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, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.
* ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.
of Rhode Island deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Rhode Island between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Rhode Island compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Rhode Island, 2008-2017
When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of Rhode Island, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Over 160,000 residents of Rhode Island suffer from mental illness every year
As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.
of Rhode Island adults had a serious mental illness
of Rhode Island adults had a major depressive episode
From 2017-2018, 4.9% of Rhode Island adults aged 18 and over were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.6% nationally. Among Rhode Island residents, 8.1% of adults suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, a full percentage point higher than the national rate of 7.1%.
The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Rhode Island.
Mental Health Issues in Rhode Island by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Rhode Island are lower than the national average
The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.
Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, Rhode Island witnessed a 34.1% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Rhode Island ranked 42nd in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Rhode Island and the United States, 2017
Rhode Island has a lower opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate
Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.
opioid prescriptions per 100 Rhode Island residents, 2017
opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017
After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in Rhode Island was consistently lower than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 76.9 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 51.2 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a far greater decrease of 33.42%.
Rhode Island and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Rhode Island is slightly over half the national average
A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.
The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.
of every 10,000 Rhode Island residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Rhode Island had approximately 1,101 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 10 of every 10,000 Rhode Island residents and just slightly over half the national average. This number reveals a 7.48% decrease since 2014 when 1,190 homeless persons lived in Rhode Island.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Rhode Island by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in the two most populous cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each city are listed.
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Providence-Pawtucket and the neighboring city of Johnston are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Providence-Pawtucket Area
Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are slightly higher in Providence-Pawtucket than the rate across Rhode Island
of Providence-Pawtucket deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Rhode island deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The number of deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol in Providence County, in which the neighboring cities of Providence and Pawtucket are located, was 11,591 between 2008 and 2017. This number represented 17.18% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was slightly higher than the state average of 16.8% during the same time period. Providence-Pawtucket reported a higher rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths in comparison to Warwick.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Providence County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Warwick and the neighboring cities of Riverside and Middleton are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Warwick Area
Warwick’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths aligns with the state average
of Warwick deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Rhode Island deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Kent County, in which Warwick is located, experienced 3,451 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017. This death toll represented 16.76% of the total number of deaths in the county, which is almost identical to the state average of 16.8% in the same time frame. Furthermore, Warwick ranked below Providence-Pawtucket for the rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Kent County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Rhode Island for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your referral center. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.