Rhode Island is one of several New England states that has seen a rise in opioid abuse, addiction, and deadly drug overdose.

Seeking treatment for substance abuse and addiction can be life-saving. Each year, there are thousands of Rhode Islanders who seek substance abuse treatment. 

Treatment for drug and alcohol abuse can help residents become sober and learn the tools they need to achieve a healthier and more fulfilling future in recovery.

Types of Rhode Island treatment programs for addiction include:

  • medical detoxification
  • inpatient treatment
  • outpatient treatment programs
  • aftercare services
  • sober living homes

Living with addiction can be an isolating and painful experience—as can watching a loved one struggle and not knowing how to help. 

At Recovering Champions, we know that recovery is possible. Here you’ll find more information about different types of Rhode Island treatment programs, as well as a brief overview of our New England outpatient rehab center.

What To Look For In A Rehab Center

Drug rehab centers in and near Rhode Island vary in the types of treatment programs they offer and the quality of care they provide. When choosing a treatment center for yourself or a loved one, there are several qualities you can look for to ensure you find the best fit.

Consider looking for a rehab center that can offer the following:

  • Level of care needed: Not all rehab centers offer all levels of care. Make sure to look for a treatment center that can offer the level of support and structure you need.
  • Customized programming: Recovery is not a one-size-fits-all process. The best rehab centers offer customized programming that is tailored to meet each patient’s personal needs. 
  • Evidence-based treatment: Certain types of treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), are proven to be more effective at helping people conquer substance use.
  • Accepts Your Insurance: Cost is one of the primary concerns among people seeking addiction treatment. However, most private rehabs accept some form of insurance. To learn if a rehab center accepts your insurance, call the treatment facility directly or contact your insurance carrier.
  • Accreditation: Accreditation indicates that a rehab center meets adequate quality of care standards.
  • Supportive Environment: Receiving treatment in a peaceful environment with supportive and compassionate staff can make a positive difference in early recovery.

Rhode Island Substance Abuse And Addiction Treatment

Substance abuse can affect all areas of a person’s life, from their health, to their relationships, as well as their ability to function in their normal routine. Over time, substance abuse can lead to addiction, which can change how a person thinks and behaves.

The New England region of the United States is home to a range of recovery centers specialized in treating substance abuse and mental health disorders. The types of addiction treatment programs that are available in Rhode Island can vary by region. 

Detox Programs

The first step towards recovery from addiction is to get sober. Getting sober is critical to help both the mind and body heal from the effects of your drug use.

Detox centers offer a safe and supportive environment for people to get sober from drugs or alcohol. Stopping your use of drugs or alcohol abruptly can be highly uncomfortable at best, and life-threatening at worst. 

Medical detox programs can provide treatment for withdrawal symptoms and remove the option of returning to your drug use by placing you in a quiet, secluded environment. 

Detoxification may be aided through use of medications, such as methadone or Suboxone, depending on your drug of abuse and individual withdrawal symptoms.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment—also known as residential treatment—is the most comprehensive form of treatment for people overcoming addiction. This involves temporarily living within a treatment facility for around-the-clock access to medical and behavioral health support.

Within an inpatient rehab program, residents may:

  • attend individual counseling
  • attend group therapy (e.g. psychoeducational groups, 12-step groups, life skills groups)
  • receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • meet with a medical doctor 
  • participate in recreational activities
  • engage in holistic therapies (e.g. yoga, art therapy, mindfulness training)
  • create a long-term treatment plan to prevent relapse in recovery

The primary treatments for substance abuse are behavioral therapy and medication management. The types of treatment you receive will depend on the type of addiction and other personal factors, such as a history of mental illness and the severity of your substance use disorder (SUD). 

Outpatient Treatment Programs

Outpatient treatment programs are less intensive than residential programs. This does not involve living onsite. 

Outpatient treatment for addiction is most suitable for people who:

  • have recently completed inpatient treatment
  • have mild substance abuse issues that don’t require a higher level of care
  • have recently relapsed
  • can benefit from ongoing treatment in early recovery

There are several different types of outpatient treatment programs that vary in their intensity and level of structure:

Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization

Day treatment programs are the most intensive form of outpatient treatment. This involves attending treatment at a rehab center for up to 25 hours a week. 

During this time, patients may attend individual counseling sessions, group therapy, family counseling, and medication-assisted treatment. Additional activities—such as recreational outings—may also be offered, depending on the rehab center.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

Intensive outpatient treatment is less intensive than day treatment, but more intensive than standard outpatient. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) generally involve attending drug and alcohol treatment for a few hours in the afternoon or evening, two to four days a week. 

Patients may attend individual and group counseling, and check in with a medical doctor or psychiatrist.

Standard Outpatient Treatment Services

Many people who seek treatment for drug and alcohol abuse continue to attend regular therapy sessions for some time. 

Outpatient counseling and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) are common ways for people to receive ongoing support in the early months and years of recovery. 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis is the most effective type of treatment for people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. This whole-person approach integrates both substance abuse treatment and mental health services to treat all health issues at once. 

Not all drug and alcohol rehab centers offer dual diagnosis treatment. If you or a loved one has a mental illness, make sure to look for a New England rehab center that can offer this type of care.

Continuing Care

Recovering from alcohol or drug addiction is not a quick or easy process. Many people can benefit from finding support groups in their communities to attend on a daily or weekly basis for long-term support. This may include groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Many rehab centers offer case management services to help connect those in recovery to sober housing, job assistance programs, and other recovery support services. 

The Scope Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Rhode Island

Rates of alcohol abuse have remained relatively steady among Rhode Islanders in recent years, although still exceed the national average. 

Unfortunately, the U.S. opioid epidemic has caused a dramatic rise in the abuse of several substances, including opioid and opiate illicit and prescription drugs, meth, and cocaine.

In the state of Rhode Island:

  • Treatment admissions for methamphetamine (meth) and amphetamine abuse tripled between 2005 and 2005.
  • The primary drug of abuse reported by residents upon admission to addiction treatment is heroin, followed by alcohol.
  • Rhode Island ranks eighth nationwide in highest rates of opioid overdose deaths.
  • Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl rose from virtually zero in 2012 to more than 200 in 2018.
  • Underage drinking rates and an unmet need for treatment among teens and young adults in Rhode Island exceed the national average.

On average, more than 90 percent of Rhode Island residents who had an alcohol use disorder between the years of 2011 and 2014 did not receive alcohol and drug treatment. For illicit drug use, this unmet need for treatment was as high as 82 percent.

Rhode Island Addiction Treatment Laws And Overdose Prevention

Among all New England states, Rhode Island has consistently struggled to meet the demand for substance abuse treatment in the midst of the ongoing opioid epidemic. 

In recent years, Rhode Island legislators and health agencies have collaborated to determine an effective plan for addressing widespread substance abuse and overdose rates. 

Like many other states, the state has focused on implementing a harm reduction approach that serves to address immediate harms of drug abuse and demonstrate compassion for people struggling.

Recent efforts to prevent substance abuse and drug overdose in the state include:

  • expanding clean syringe/needle exchange programs
  • increasing funding for developing evidence-based treatment services for Rhode Islanders and expanding access to substance abuse treatment
  • implementing substance abuse education programs in schools and other community settings
  • expanding recovery housing services

Outpatient Treatment Programs For Addiction At Recovering Champions

Recovering Champions is an accredited treatment center that offers a range of outpatient treatment options from our nearby location in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Our addiction recovery programs include:

  • day treatment
  • intensive outpatient 
  • outpatient program
  • medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

Although we don’t offer inpatient programs from our two treatment facilities, Recovering Champions does belong to a network of rehab centers across Massachusetts. 

Together, our network of treatment centers offers a full continuum of care for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction—from detox to aftercare.

If you choose to travel to our treatment facility, you’ll find a compassionate treatment environment that offers a wide array of evidence-based and holistic therapies for ongoing support in recovery. 

Our treatment center is dedicated to setting residents up for success by not only providing addiction treatment, but also connecting residents to job and volunteer opportunities and other supportive resources. 

Finding Addiction Treatment When You Live In Rhode Island

If you or a loved one who lives in Rhode Island is seeking outpatient treatment for addiction, look no further than Recovering Champions.

Our addiction treatment center serves the greater New England area from our peaceful and restorative setting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

If you’re traveling from Rhode Island, our staff can assist in arranging travel, verifying your insurance, and finding temporary housing for your commute.

Though we are out of state for Rhode Island residents, our recovery center is within driving distance of many major cities in the state, including: 

  • Providence (less than 1.5 hours by car)
  • Warwick (1.5 hours by car)
  • Cranston (less than 1.5-hour drive)
  • Newport (1.5-hour drive)
  • Woonsocket (less than 1.5 hours by car)
  • Kingstown (under 2 hours by car)

We know from many of our staff members in recovery and former patients that overcoming addiction is possible. Don’t wait to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one on your recovery journey. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has not kept us from helping people find long-term recovery, and we’re ready to help you or your family member. Call our treatment helpline today to learn more about our recovery programs and the types of treatment services we offer.