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Outpatient Treatment in Texas

Are you looking for a high-quality substance abuse rehabilitation program in Texas 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 cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine, marijuana, oxycodone, or any other illegal or prescription medication.

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Texas Treatment Facts

In Texas, overall drug use and drug-related deaths were lower than the national average in 2009-2010. However, Texas was among the top 10 states for cocaine use among persons age 12-17. Marijuana is cited as the number one drug for drug rehab admissions.5

Addiction in Texas

While Texas drug-related deaths remain below the national average, there were 715 deaths due to methamphetamine in Texas in 2016 and 539 due to heroin.6 Marijuana is noted as the most widely used drug, and other drugs, such as PCP, are emerging as a growing threat.6 Although alcohol is a legal substance, the use of alcohol in a binge drinking pattern is the most widely reported substance used by people in Texas.7

While fentanyl is seen as a problem, it has not had as much of an impact in Texas, unlike other states where heroin is often laced with fentanyl. Part of the reason for this low rate of fentanyl-laced heroin is the popularity of so-called “black tar” heroin in Texas, which is a gummy form of heroin that is not easy to mix with powder.6

Overall, Texas has 5.1 opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 people, as compared to a national average of 14.6 per 100,000.8

Texas-Based Drug Statistics

Methamphetamine remains a serious issue in Texas. Treatment admissions related to meth rose from 3% in 1995 to 17% in 2016.6  The state also saw an increase in the proportion of people admitted to treatment for heroin, from 12% in 2012 to 16% in 2016.6

As noted earlier, Texas has been spared some of the higher numbers of opioid overdose deaths. However, the rate of deaths from fentanyl has tripled over the past decade, and heroin overdose deaths doubled during that same period.8

Defining Outpatient Treatment

When people visualize drug rehab, many people think of a 24/7 program where people who need treatment sleep, eat, and go to groups. While many people do attend an inpatient treatment program, many others go to outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment usually involves the same treatment modalities as inpatient drug treatment, including:1

High-quality treatment is available in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While some outpatient programs offer low-intensity services that only meet once or twice per week, numerous programs meet 4­­–6 hours per day, 5–7 days per week. These high-intensity programs offer the same quality of services as inpatient programs with the only real difference being that participants go home at night.2

For some people, outpatient treatment is not enough, and they need to be in a 24/7 inpatient program, particularly if they are suicidal, or in detox from alcohol or benzodiazepines. In these cases, outpatient may be a step-down from an inpatient detox or treatment program.3

How to Find Outpatient Rehab in Texas

Texas has 362 outpatient substance abuse treatment centers and 62 that have opioid treatment programs.4 Most of these programs are clustered around Dallas and Houston, as well the Eastern half of Texas around San Antonio and Austin. There are some in the Western part of the state, around El Paso, and in the Permian Basin region, in Midland.

Among Texas’ outpatient programs, 53% offered intensive outpatient treatment and 15% offered partial hospitalization.4

Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in Texas?

If you want to attend a rehab program in Texas, it is important to find out which treatment providers are covered under your insurance plan. While many treatment facilities may accept your insurance, costs will vary. It is generally better and cheaper to go with a provider that is part of your insurance company’s network.

Among the most popular insurance providers in Texas are:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • United Healthcare
  • Humana
  • Aetna
  • Superior
  • Care Improvement Plus
  • Cigna
  • Amerigroup

Texas Insurance (i.e., Medicaid) Treatment Facilities

If you do not have insurance, you may want to explore your eligibility for Medicaid. Medicaid is a government-administered program for healthcare that covers low-income people, children, and people with disabilities who meet certain requirements, including income thresholds.

If you are not eligible for health insurance through your employer or other private plans, check your eligibility for Medicaid in Texas here.

Other Ways to Get Help

Texas has many community resources available to people with SUDs, including the following:


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). Treatment approaches for drug addiction.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of drug addiction treatment: A research-based guide.
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2006). Detoxification and substance abuse treatment.
  4. National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. (2017). State page: Texas.
  5. Executive Office of the President of the United States. Texas drug control update.
  6. Maxwell, J. (2017). Substance abuse trends in Texas in 2017. University of Texas School of Social Work.
  7. National Drug Early Warning System: Texas. Sentinel Community Site (SCS) Drug Use Patterns and Trends.
  8. National Institute on Drug Abuse (2019). Texas opioid summary: Opioid involved overdose deaths.