Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Pennsylvania

Drugs and alcohol play an unfortunately large role in the life of the average American and unfortunately also plays a large part in the average Pennsylvanian‘s life. Nationally 22 people per 100,000 people died from drugs in a year. In Pennsylvania, the number of drug deaths is 44 per 100,000 people in a year. Most of these deaths are caused by opioids like heroin and oxycodone. 

Alcohol is a top killer, too. Nationally alcohol has lead to 80,000 deaths nationwide. All these numbers occurred in a year. Over 70,000 people died in 2017 of a drug overdose. This means that 150,000 people die every year of substance abuse. 

How Many Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers are in Pennsylvania?

There are 140 drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Pennsylvania. This large number represents hope and despair. The number of clinics seems depressing. None of us want to admit that drugs and alcohol are so prevalent in our communities and, sometimes, our homes. But this large number also represents hope. It reflects how seriously Pennsylvania, and the country, is starting to take the drug and alcohol addiction crisis.

You are not alone. The numbers alone prove it. If we can come together as one community of healing, we have a fighting chance. Licensed rehab facilities are excellent places to start. With help, you can detoxify from substance use, overcome addictive behaviors, and replace them with healthy ones— and you’ll have support every step of the way.

What Do I Need to Know About AA and NA?

It is important to know where your local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and your local Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are. These groups are wonderful for helping you hold onto your success in rehabilitation long after the outpatient treatment. 

A few AA sites are:

Upper Perkiomen Senior Citizen Center

517 Jefferson St.

East Greenville

Clearview Methodist Church

76th St. & Buist Ave.

Southwest Philadelphia

Grace Calvary Church

123 E Diamond St


These are far from the only meetings in Pennsylvania; there are hundreds of meeting places. More complete lists of meeting places can be found here.

There are also many NA meetings. Please keep in mind that AA meetings are only for alcoholics and NA meetings are only for people who have been addicted to drugs like heroin. Here are a few places:


1141 East Market Street


York Hospital

1001 South George Street


Trinity Lutheran Church

221 South 2nd Street


Hanover Valley Presbyterian Church

133 Carlisle Street


A fuller list of NA meeting places is here.

Do I Need to See a Therapist After Drug Rehabilitation?

Once a patient is done with his or her treatment journey, it is wise to continue some form of therapeutic treatment. Therapists can often act as sounding boards and can often identify potential stressors in a recovered addict’s life before the patient can. Sometimes it is a matter of distance from the problem. Not a matter of not knowing yourself. 

How Many Health Professionals are in Pennsylvania? 

There are 179 mental health care professionals per 100,000 people in Pennsylvania. This is below the national average. Your rehab center staff might be able to direct you to a therapist in your area, depending on your county. 

Mental health disorders are often major stressors that bring people to abuse substances. Many individuals use drugs to help soothe the pain caused by one or more mental disorders. One of the problems is that, when someone starts abusing substances to numb their pain, those drugs sometimes are not enough, and they start to turn toward more addictive and destructive drugs to keep the pain under control. This can happen to a patient who is experiencing physical pain as well as psychological. Sometimes the pain pills do not feel like enough and the patient starts taking them in ways not directed by their doctor and become addicted.

How Do I Choose the Right Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center?

There are several things to consider when choosing the right rehabilitation center. Holistic care is one of them. In holistic care, the whole person is treated, not just the illness. Family therapy and individual and group therapy are important as well. Other therapies offered in some rehab centers may include equine therapy, yoga, and nutritional counseling. All in all, there are many ways for patients to learn how to control the stressors in their lives to avoid cravings and relapse.

Most holistic clinics are generally also dual diagnosis clinics. Dual diagnosis is when a mental disorder and an addiction occur together in the same person. For example, a heroin addiction co-occurring with depression is very common. 

What is the Difference Between Inpatient Treatment and Outpatient Treatment?

Many clinics start with inpatient treatment. This is when the patient lives in the clinic. Sometimes, if a patient has not been addicted very long and has only been addicted to certain substances the patient can start with outpatient care. Residential care transfers to outpatient care after some time. Of course, this depends on how long it takes for the patient to get healthy enough to be discharged. In outpatient care, the patient lives at home and comes to the clinic for treatment a set number of hours a week. 

Outpatient programs are good for patients who have critical responsibilities at home like children and/or work. Unfortunately, outpatient treatment is not always a good fit. Neither we nor any reputable clinic would put a client in an outpatient treatment plan unless it was a good fit. Your health is paramount to us. 

If you go into an outpatient treatment when you need to be in an inpatient treatment your chances of relapse after detoxification is astronomically higher. Outside of the clinic, a patient can easily access drugs and alcohol. They have also not yet learned the proper skills to function without these drugs on a psychological level. 

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