Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Washington DC
Making the decision to get help for addiction is the biggest and hardest step, but settling on a program can also feel overwhelming when you don’t know where to begin. Browse our listings to find locations in Washington, D.C. (or even in other cities or states, if that best supports your recovery) and read comprehensive facility reviews from people who have been through the programs and can offer their experiences to help you find a good fit.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d.). District of Columbia, Table 27: Selected drug use, past year alcohol use disorder, and past year mental health measures in the District of Columbia.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Behavioral Health Barometer: District of Columbia, Volume 4: Indicators as measured through the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, and the Uniform Reporting System. HHS Publication No. SMA–17–Baro–16–States–DC. Rockville, MD.
- 3. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2017). District of Columbia Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts
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D.C. Substance Abuse Facts
Washington, D.C. may be best known as our nation’s capital, but for the 70,000 people here who suffer from alcohol dependence or an alcohol use disorder, it’s the place where proper addiction treatment could mean the difference between life and death.1
A single-day count conducted in 2015 found that only 2,824 people were enrolled in substance use treatment in Washington, D.C. at the time.2 In a 2015 survey of adolescents ages 12 to 17, 6% reported that they needed treatment for drug or alcohol abuse but did not receive it.3
Alcohol is not the only substance of abuse in our nation’s capital. Of those enrolled in treatment in Washington, D.C., more than 30% were treated for both and alcohol and drug problems.2 The percentage of Washington, D.C., residents over the age of 12 who reported using heroin, for example, in the past year is almost twice as high as the national average.2
It is clear from these numbers that there is an unmet need for addiction treatment. If you or someone you love is in need of substance abuse rehabilitation, the first step in the journey to recovery is learning more about your options.
Getting Addiction Treatment Help
Some people may be seeking rehab services in Washington, D.C. so they can stay close to home while they receive care. Others may be traveling from other parts of the country so they can leave behind the negative influences, habits, and stressors that led them to addictive behavior.
Treatment centers recognize that every patient has their own unique set of circumstances, and this is reflected in the types of therapy offered, community atmosphere, level of family involvement, amenities, and alternative therapies such as yoga or horseback riding. It will be up to you to determine which features will best support you during recovery.
If you need guidance in finding a program, call 1-888-744-0069Who Answers? to have a confidential conversation with a member of our treatment support team who can answer your questions about treatment and connect you with resources.
Where Else Can I Find Help?
Price is a big factor in deciding on a rehab program. Remember that paying for rehab is an investment in your future. Anyone who has experienced the rock bottom of addiction can tell you that a sober life free from drugs and alcohol is worth the cost.
If you do not have health insurance that will help you cover the cost of addiction treatment, find out if you’re eligible to enroll in D.C.’s Medicaid program. Policies provided through Medicaid are required to cover substance abuse treatment, so this is an option that many in recovery have utilized.
Another payment option is to apply for a low-interest healthcare loan or line of credit designed specifically to help people seeking recovery pay for medical expenses in payment amounts they can manage.
Some treatment centers offer payment plans of their own or sliding scale fees in which the amount you’re charged is based on your income level. Every facility is different, so it will be up to you to find an option that suits your financial situation.
Resources in Washington, D.C.
To get started looking for rehab centers in Washington, D.C., visit the district’s Department of Health page. Here you can learn more about services available in D.C., find a healthcare provider near you, find important information for children and special populations, and view a directory of departments and helpful phone numbers. D.C.’s Medicaid page will help you apply for Medicaid and learn more about the types of substance abuse treatment that are covered by the program.
You can also browse facilities using the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Search locations across the country based on location, level of care offered, and medications they are licensed to dispense.
The Washington, D.C., Department of Behavioral Health Assessment and Referral Center offers same-day physical and mental health assessments and treatment referrals for individuals seeking substance abuse rehab. You can schedule an appointment or just walk in. Priority is given to people with HIV/AIDS and women who are pregnant or who have small children. Services include detox, medication-assisted treatment, group counseling, and residential treatment (if needed).
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and don’t know where to turn, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. This free and confidential resource can help you turn your life around when you are in distress.
How Our Helpline Works
For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the DrugAbuse.com helpline is a private and convenient solution.
Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).
We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you.
Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither DrugAbuse.com nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.
For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page.