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Outpatient Treatment in Pennsylvania

Are you looking for a high-quality substance abuse rehabilitation program in Pennsylvania for yourself or a loved one? offers valuable information about various facilities in the state to help you find the treatment center that’s right for you. We provide information on both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facilities so that you can find the program that will best help you or your loved one on the path toward recovery, whether the addiction is to marijuana, oxycodone, alcohol, or any other illegal or prescription medication.

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Addiction in Pennsylvania

In 2017, Pennsylvania had 5,456 drug overdose deaths.1 Heroin, alcohol, and marijuana were the most common primary substances of abuse in treatment admissions from 2005 to 2015.2 

Pennsylvania-Specific Drug Stats

  • In 2017, the rate of drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania (43 deaths per 100,000) was much higher than the national average of 22 deaths per 100,000.1
  • Greater fentanyl availability and misuse were factors in a 65% overall increase in overdose deaths in Pennsylvania between 2015 and 2017.1
  • In 2013, heroin became the most common primary substance of abuse among people admitted to treatment in Pennsylvania, and by 2014 the proportion of treatment admissions due to heroin was approximately 5% higher than the proportion of admissions due to alcohol.2
  • In 2014-2015, 6.4% of people aged 12 and older in Pennsylvania met the criteria for an alcohol use disorder.3

Pennsylvania Treatment Facts

In 2015, 59,584 people in Pennsylvania were enrolled in substance abuse treatment. Almost half (49.6%) were seeking treatment for drugs only and 13.1% for alcohol only, all others were abusing multiple substances3 The same year, 3,530 people in Pennsylvania were receiving buprenorphine and 20,408 were receiving methadone as part of their ongoing maintenance treatment.3

Anyone dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol would benefit from a face-to-face evaluation conducted by a licensed professional in the state of Pennsylvania. These evaluations will help you or a loved one understand the potential for detox, based on the substances being used, and the treatment options that would best suit their individual needs. These evaluations may be provided to the public free of charge and can be beneficial in providing you with the information you need to make the right choice about beginning and sustaining recovery.

Defining Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is any treatment that is completed in a hospital or office setting that allows the client to return home after the treatment episode is complete. Outpatient therapy includes partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), individual therapy, and medication management/maintenance therapy. Outpatient treatment is an important part of the process of recovery and can make the difference between lapse/relapse and sustained long term recovery.

PHPs are usually provided in a hospital or office setting. Some insurance providers will not pay for a PHP outside of a hospital setting so it is important to check with your provider. PHPs provide therapy in a group setting in combination with a weekly visit with a psychiatrist who may provide prescription medications to assist you in managing substance use or mental health symptoms during recovery. PHPs may also include an individual or a family therapy component once a week.

IOPs are similar to PHPs, although psychiatry and individual or family therapy components are not usually part of IOP programming.

Individual therapy is a less intense and usually long-term approach to sobriety. Individual therapy is most effective for substance use disorders if a person is no longer actively using and preferably after a person has participated in more intensive levels of care such as inpatient rehab, a PHP, or an IOP. Individual therapy can help a person maintain long-term sobriety by providing ongoing support and accountability. These sessions are usually provided weekly and may be limited based on your insurance provider.

Medication management is provided by a psychiatrist and can help manage co-morbid mental health symptoms along with symptoms related to substance abuse.

How to Find Outpatient Rehab in Pennsylvania4

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs provides an accessible and easy-to-use tool to search for treatment options closest to your zip code or throughout the entire state. There are 823 rehab facilities in Pennsylvania, providing all levels of care from detox to outpatient treatment. While providers are dispersed throughout the state, there are more options if you are located in southern Pennsylvania or near the capital.

Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in Pennsylvania?

For most people, substance use treatment will not be free, and for some people it will require a hefty co-payment. Because substance use treatment is considered elective, co-payments and deductibles usually must be paid prior to admission. Major insurance providers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Cigna, Aetna, and Tricare include substance use treatment in their plan and will therefore cover a portion of your substance abuse treatment. The portion that you will be responsible for will depend upon your carrier, your specific plan, whether you are seeking treatment with an in-network or out-of-network provider, and what your co-pays are for your plan. Call your insurance provider directly to find out what your out-of-pocket expenses are before seeking treatment. Once you have decided to seek treatment and have completed an evaluation at your chosen facility, the staff at the facility will seek initial and ongoing insurance coverage for your treatment.

Pennsylvania Insurance (i.e. Medicaid) Treatment Facilities

Pennsylvania Medicaid is health coverage provided by the state to those who are considered low-income. To be eligible a person has to be a resident and has to meet income eligibility guidelines which can be found here. Pennsylvania Medicaid will pay for substance use treatment but you may be limited to seeking treatment in or near your county of residence. Substance abuse programs through Medicaid are provided through Single County Authorities who determine eligibility and make referrals to appropriate programs. Contact your local county drug and alcohol office, or find the office nearest to you here. 

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  1. DEA Philadelphia Division and University of Pittsburgh. (2018). The opioid threat in Pennsylvania (DEA-PHL-DIR-036-18).
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Treatment episode data set (TEDS): 2005-2015: State admissions to substance abuse treatment services (Publication No. 17-4360).
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Behavioral health barometer: Pennsylvania 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 (Volume 4).
  4. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. (2019). Find drug and alcohol treatment.