I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

There are many different types of rehab programs and treatment options to consider. Here are a few of the decisions you need to make:

The main factors that determine which rehab options will be best for you are the severity of your addiction and your unique personal and financial situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab


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.

For more information about the five core metrics, head to the full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology

1. Recovery Center of Crozer-Chester Medical Center

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.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 9.1
  • Treatment Approaches: 7.5
  • Cost: 7.77
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 9.23
  • Ancillary Services: 8.36

2. Kirkbride Center

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.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 10
  • Treatment Approaches: 6.25
  • Cost: 4.44
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 7.81
  • Ancillary Services: 9.5

3. Gaudenzia Together House

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
  • Cost: 5.55
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 6.39
  • Ancillary Services: 8.74
The Top-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania
Rank Rehab Total Score Contact Information
#1 Recovery Center of Crozer Chester Medical Center 8.4 2600 West 9th Street 1st Floor, Administration Chester, PA 19013 Main Tel: 610-497-7223
#2 Kirkbride Center 7.6 111 North 49th Street Philadelphia, PA 19139 Main Tel: 215-471-2600
#3 Gaudenzia Together House 7.4 1306 Spring Garden Street 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th Floors Philadelphia, PA 19123 Main Tel: 215-238-2163
#4 Pittsburgh Mercy: South 9th Street Campus 7.2 330 South 9th Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Main Tel: 412-488-4040
#5 Wesley Spectrum Washington Office 7.1 90 West Chestnut Street Suite 200 Washington, PA 15301 Main Tel: 724-222-7500
#6 Pyramid Healthcare 6.8 306 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15221 Main Tel: 412-241-5341
#7 Choices of Northeastern Pennsylvania 6.3 534 Wyoming Avenue First Floor Kingston, PA 18704 Main Tel: 570-552-3700
#8 Pittsburgh Mercy: East Commons Street Campus 6.0 412 East Commons Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Main Tel: 412-323-4500
#9 Familylinks 5.7 250 Shady Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Main Tel: 412-924-0148
#10 Mercy Philadelphia Hospital 5.5 501 South 54th Street Philadelphia, PA 19143 Main Tel: 215-748-9391

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.

Type Of Care
Treatment Apporaches
Service Setting
Age Groups Accepted
Ancillary Services
Facility Operation
Facility Smoking Policy
Gender Accepted
Language Services
License Certification Accreditation
Payment Assistance Available
Payment Methods and Insurance Accepted
Special Programs Groups Offered

    What to Expect in Rehab

    There are many different methods for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of treatment are generally the same. 

    For more information on what to expect in treatment, read our guide on the subject

    II. Rehab for At-Risk Groups

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

    1 in 15 veterans had a substance use disorder in 2015

    1 in 15

    Veterans had substance use disorder in 2015

    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:

    • Enroll: If you aren’t enrolled already, you can check to see if you are eligible by using the Health Benefits Explorer, and then complete the application.
    • 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.

    For more information, read our guide on Substance Abuse Rehab for Veterans

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Teens

    More than 1 out of 6 youths abused substances in 2013


    Binge Drinking


    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.

    Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers

    Use the following resources to get a better understanding of three of the biggest dangers to youth: prescription drug abuse, underage drinking, and marijuana use.

    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.

    Below are a few ways to get immediate help, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:

    • 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.

    III. Finding Aftercare in Pennsylvania

    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.

    Name City Program Telephone Spanish Hotline
    24 Hour Answering Service Washington AA (724) 225-4188 N/A
    A B E Intergroup Bethlehem AA (610) 882-0558 N/A
    A.A. Tele Answering Service Comm Sharon AA (866) 309-1090 N/A
    A.A. Upper Bucks County Sellersville AA (215) 721-3656 N/A
    AA 24-Hour Hotline for Columbia/Montour Counties,PA Bloomsburg AA (800) 640-7545;(570) 654-0488 N/A
    AATASC-Mercer County -Serving Sharon,Hermitage,Farrel,Greenville,Mercer,West Middlesex,Sharpesville Mercer County AA (866) 309-1090 N/A
    Almost Heaven Area NA Almost Heaven Area (Waynesboro) NA (800) 777-1515 N/A
    Beaver Valley Area NA Beaver Valley Area NA (888) 251-2426 N/A
    Bee Hive Area NA Bee Hive Area (Wilkes Barre) NA (866) 935-4762 N/A
    Bucks County Area NA Bucks County Area NA (844) 624-3575 N/A
    Butler County South Answering Service Mars AA (724) 935-7238 N/A
    Butler Vicinity Answering Service Lyndora AA (724) 679-5647 N/A
    Capital Area NA Capital Area (Harrisburg) NA (717) 233-3733 N/A
    Central Alleghany Mountain Area NA Central Alleghany Mountain Area NA (814) 596-2614 N/A
    Central Answering Service State College AA (814) 237-3757 N/A
    Central Pensylvania Area NA Central Pensylvania Area NA (814) 761-3240 N/A
    Central Susquehanna Area NA Central Susquehanna Area (Lewisburg, Bloomsburg, Mt Carmel) NA (877) 501-1246 N/A
    Central Western Pennsylvania Area NA Central Western Pennsylvania Area (Meadville) NA (814) 337-4529 N/A
    Clean Acres Area NA Clean Acres Area (Chester County) NA (215) 629-6757 N/A
    Cumberland Valley Area NA Cumberland Valley Area (Chambersburg, New Oxford, Waynesboro) NA (800) 445-3889;(717) 642-3733 N/A
    Delaware County Area NA Delaware County Area NA (215) 629-6757 N/A
    Dist 23 Westmoreland Cty Answering Svce Greensburg AA (866) 851-8459 N/A
    Dist. 17 Gen Serv Comm Answering Service Altoona AA (814)946-9002;(888)202-9042 N/A
    Dist. 46 24 Hour Helpline Wellsboro AA (800) 316-2636 N/A
    Dist. 58 Hotline Pottsville AA (800) 659-4558 N/A
    District 35/Area 59-So. Central P.A. Answering Service Hanover AA (800) 296-9289 N/A
    District 40 NEPA Swoyersville AA N/A N/A
    District 62 Answering Serivce Dingmans Ferry AA (570) 296-5344 N/A
    Dubois Answering Service Dubois AA (800) 400-2346 N/A
    East End Area NA East End Area (Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Lincoln Place) NA (888) 251-2426 N/A
    East Shore Answering Service Harrisburg AA (717) 234-5390 N/A
    Erie Area Answering Service Erie AA (814) 452-2675 N/A
    Gateway to Freedom Area NA Gateway to Freedom Area (Bedford, Everett) NA (800) 777-1515 N/A
    Greater Philadelphia Region NA Greater Philadelphia Region NA (215) 629-6757 N/A
    Greater Scranton Steamtown Area NA Greater Scranton Steamtown Area NA (800) 503-9456 N/A
    Hanover Intergroup Hanover AA (717) 451-3991 N/A
    Harrisburg Intergroup Harrisburg AA (717) 234-5390 N/A
    Huntingdon Answering Service Huntingdon AA (814) 643-0623 N/A
    Intergrupal Hispana De PA Philadelphia AA N/A (215) 226-3049
    Interstate Crossroads Area NA Interstate Crossroads Area (Washington, Waynesburg, Canonsburg, McMurray) NA (888) 251-2426 N/A
    Johnstown Area Answering Service Johnstown AA (814) 533-5907 N/A
    Kinzua Area NA Kinzua Area (Warren, Youngsville) NA (888) 251-2426 N/A
    Lancaster A.A. Central Service Office, Inc. Lancaster AA (717) 394-3238 N/A
    Lancaster County Area NA Lancaster County Area (South Central PA) NA (717) 393-4546 N/A
    Laurel Highlands Answering Service Johnstown AA (814) 533-5907 N/A
    Laurel Mountain Highlands Area NA Laurel Mountain Highlands Area (Johnstown) NA (888) 251-2426 N/A
    Lebanon Valley Area NA Lebanon Valley Area (Lebanon) NA (717) 277-7500 N/A
    Lehighton Answering Services Lehighton AA (800) 640-7545 N/A
    Lewisburg Answering Services Lewisburg AA (570) 286-7436 N/A
    Lewistown Answering Service Lewistown AA (717) 242-1517 N/A
    Little Apple Area NA Little Apple Area (Allentown) NA (610) 439-1998 N/A
    Lockhaven Area NA Lockhaven Area (Lock Haven, Mill Hall) NA (800) 479-1563 N/A
    Mason Dixon Area NA Mason Dixon Area (Gettysburg) NA (800) 445-3889;(717) 642-3733 N/A
    Meadville Area Answering Service Meadville AA (814) 337-4019 N/A
    Mid-Mon Valley Monessen AA (724) 489-0740 N/A
    Milford Answering Service Milford AA (570) 296-5344 N/A
    Montgomery County Area NA Montgomery County Area NA (844) 624-3575 N/A
    North Pittsburgh Area NA North Pittsburgh Area NA (412) 391-5247 N/A
    Northeastern Pennsylvania Intergroup Pittston AA (800) 640-7545;(570) 654-0488 N/A
    Oil City Answering Service Oil City AA (800) 227-2421 N/A
    Philadelphia Area NA Philadelphia Area NA (215) 629-6757 N/A
    Pittsburg Area NA Pittsburg Area (PASCNA) NA (412) 391-5247 N/A
    Pittsburgh Area Central Office Pittsburgh AA (412) 471-7472 N/A
    Pittsburgh Inner City Area NA Pittsburgh Inner City Area (PICANA) NA (412) 391-5247 N/A
    Pocono Intergroup (Answering Service) Stroudsburg AA (570) 424-8532 N/A
    Pocono Mountains Area NA Pocono Mountains Area (Stroudsburg) NA (570) 421-6618 N/A
    Pure & Simple Area NA Pure & Simple Area (Sellersville, Pennsburg, Doylestown, Quakertown) NA (844) 624-3575 N/A
    Reading Area NA Reading Area NA (610) 374-5944 N/A
    Reading-Berks Intergroup Reading AA (610) 373-6500 N/A
    Schuylkil Valley Answering Service Pottstown AA (610) 323-3450 N/A
    Serenity in the Mountains Area NA Serenity in the Mountains Area (Hazleton) NA (866) 253-4988 N/A
    South Eastern Penna Intergroup Association Philadelphia AA (215) 923-7900 N/A
    South Hills Area NA South Hills Area (Pittsburgh) NA (888) 251-2426;(412) 391-5247 N/A
    South Philadelphia Area NA South Philadelphia Area NA (215) 629-6757 N/A
    South West Area NA South West Area (SWANA) NA (412) 391-5247 N/A
    State College Area NA State College Area (Lewistown, Huntingdon, Mt Union, Clearfield) NA (814) 761-3240 N/A
    Sunbury Answering Service Sunbury AA (570) 286-7436 N/A
    Tamaqua Answering Services Tamaqua AA (570) 654-0488 N/A
    Tri-State Region NA Tri-State Region NA (888) 251-2426;(412) 391-5247 N/A
    Twin Rivers Area NA Twin Rivers Area (Eastern PA) NA (866) 996-8444 N/A
    Warren Answering Service Warren AA (866) 839-3401 N/A
    Williamsport Answering Service Williamsport AA (866) 671-6130 N/A
    Williamsport Area NA Williamsport Area NA (570) 327-2678 N/A
    York Area Intergroup York AA (717) 854-4617 N/A
    York Area NA York Area NA (717) 848-9988 N/A

    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.

    IV. Substance Abuse in Pennsylvania


    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
    Ages: 12-17 Ages: 18+ Total PA % of Population National % of Population
    Alcohol (AUD)* 24,000 675,000 699,000 6.45% 5.10%
    Cocaine 5,000 170,000 175,000 1.62% 1.46%
    Heroin 1,000 58,000 59,000 0.55% 0.27%
    Marijuana 111,000 1,228,000 1,339,00 12.35% 11.09%

    * 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
    Ages: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths 126 152,585 152,765
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths 10 14,796 14,810
    Total Deaths 2,548 1,422,828 1,438,270
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 5.07% 11.76% 11.65%

    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
    All Substances 42,205 100% 100%
    Heroin 15,962 37.8% 22.1%
    Alcohol (Including alcohol usage with secondary drug) 12,604 29.9% 36.2%
    Marijuana 5,087 12.1% 15.3%
    Other Opiates (Including prescription painkillers) 4,722 11.2% 8.2%
    Cocaine (Including smoked and other usage) 2,037 4.8% 5.5%
    Other/Unknown 655 1.6% 2.2%
    Amphetamines (Including methamphetamines) 487 1.2% 8.9%
    Tranquilizers 428 1.0% 0.9%
    PCP 106 0.3% 0.3%
    Hallucinogens 61 0.1% 0.1%
    Other Stimulants 22 0.1% 0.1%
    Sedatives 18 0.0% 0.2%
    Inhalants 16 0.0% 0.0%

    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
    Ages: 12-17 Percentage of Population Ages: 18+ Percentage of Population
    Major Depressive Episode 109,000 11.65% 683,000 6.89%
    Serious Mental Illness No Data No Data 397,000 4.01%
    Any Mental Illness No Data No Data 1,803,000 18.21%
    Had Serious Thoughts of Suicide No Data No Data 407,000 4.10%

    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.

    Suicides in Pennsylvania Between 2006 and 2015
    Suicides in PA Suicides Rank PA Suicide Rate (Per 100k People) Suicide Rate Rank U.S. Suicide Rate (Per 100k People)
    Ages: 12-17 398 6th 4 38th 4.2
    Ages: 18+ 16,098 4th 16.2 31st 16
    Total 16,512 4th 13 30th 12.5

    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
    Ages: 0-20 Ages: 21-34 Ages: 35+ All Ages
    Pennsylvania Rate of Deaths (per 100,000) 1.4 7.2 2.8 3.3
    United States Rate of Deaths (per 100,000) 1.3 6.7 3.1 3.3

    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 National Average State Rank
    Opioid Pain Relievers 88.2 87.3 21st
    Long-Acting/Extended-Release Opioid Pain Relievers 14.9 12.0 9th
    High-Dose Opioid Pain Relievers 5.4 4.5 14th
    Benzodiazepines 46.1 39.2 13th

    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.

    The U.S. HUD AHAR: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

    Substance Abuse Among At-Risk Groups

    “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.

    Substance Abuse Among Youth
    Illicit Drug Use in Pennsylvania Illicit Drug Use in the U.S. Binge Alcohol Use in Pennsylvania Binge Alcohol Use in the U.S.
    2009 – 2010 9.5% 10.1% 19.9% 17.5%
    2010 – 2011 9.3% 10.1% 17.8% 16.3%
    2011 – 2012 8.9% 9.8% 16.8% 15.6%
    2012 – 2013 8.5% 9.2% 17.0% 14.7%

    SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Barometer: Pennsylvania, 2014

    V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs

    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
    Crozer-Chester Recovery Center Kirkbride Center Gaudenzia Together House
    Rehabilitation Services Provided 9.1 10 6.37
    Treatment Approaches 7.5 6.25 10
    Cost 7.77 4.44 5.55
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics 9.23 7.81 6.39
    Ancillary Services 8.36 9.5 8.74
    Total Score 8.4 7.6 7.4

    Deaths from drugs and alcohol in Philadelphia are slightly below the state average


    of Philadelphia deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol


    of Pennsylvania deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The percentage of deaths related to drugs and alcohol stands at 11.06% in Philadelphia, lower than the 13.36% national average, and slightly below the state average of 11.65%.

    Drug and Alcohol Induced Deaths in Philadelphia County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths 10 15,999 16,021
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths N/A 1,980 1,982
    Total Deaths 414 159,504 162,738
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 2.89% 11.27% 11.06%

    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 Philadelphia
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
    Sheltered Homeless 5,280 5,119 5,377 5,328 5,407
    Unsheltered Homeless 500 526 361 670 705
    Homeless Veterans 394 440 357 337 293
    Total Homeless 5,780 5,645 5,738 5,998 6,112


    The three highest rated rehabs near Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh Mercy Wesley Spectrum Pyramid Healthcare
    Rehabilitation Services Provided 7.28 5.46 8.19
    Treatment Approaches 7.5 8.75 7.5
    Cost 6.66 5.55 8.88
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics 5.68 10 0
    Ancillary Services 9.12 6.84 7.22
    Total Score 7.2 7.1 6.8

    The percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Pittsburgh is about average in Pennsylvania


    of Pittsburgh deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol


    of Pennsylvania deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The average of drug and alcohol-related death in the Pittsburgh area is 11.26%, over 2 percentage points lower than the national average, but barely below the state average of 11.65%.

    Drug and Alcohol Induced Deaths in Allegheny County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths 15 15,590 15,610
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths N/A 1,828 1,828
    Total Deaths 219 153,417 154,762
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 6.85% 11.35% 11.26%

    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.

    Homelessness in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
    Sheltered Homeless 1,320 1,401 1,465 1,386 1,108
    Unsheltered Homeless 56 91 108 38 48
    Homeless Veterans 214 207 231 216 167
    Total Homeless 1,376 1,492 1,573 1,424 1,156


    The table below shows the three highest rated treatment centers that offer payment assistance in or near Allentown, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near Allentown
    MARS-ATP Treatment Trends, Inc. NHS Montgomery County
    Rehabilitation Services Provided 1.82 1.82 5.46
    Treatment Approaches 7.5 7.5 2.5
    Cost 4.44 3.33 1.11
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics 4.97 3.55 1.42
    Ancillary Services 5.32 2.66 2.66
    Total Score 4.6 3.9 3.0

    The percentage of drug and alcohol-induced deaths in Allentown is higher than the state average


    of Allentown deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol


    of Pennsylvania deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Allentown’s rate of alcohol and drug-related death (12.76%) is the slightly below the national average of 13.36% and is above the statewide average of 11.65%.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Lehigh County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths N/A 4,251 4,255
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths N/A 445 445
    Total Deaths 70 36,375 36,808
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 5.71% 12.9% 12.76%

    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
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
    Sheltered Homeless 1,621 1,764 1,786 1,994 1,996
    Unsheltered Homeless 131 317 235 416 603
    Homeless Veterans 88 136 103 150 111
    Total Homeless 1,752 2,081 2,021 2,410 2,599

    VI. Take Action

    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.