Consumer’s Guide to Addiction and Alcoholism Treatment, and Treatment Locator
A free service provided by Baldwin Research Institute
It’s never been easy to choose a treatment for addiction. Today, there are more than 14,000 specialty addiction treatment programs in the US, and they offer a wider array of methods than ever before. This means it’s even harder to choose a treatment program now than it ever was.
This website serves to clear up all the confusion in getting help for a substance use problem, and match consumers with the services that are right for them. It’s both a database of available treatment programs, and a database of the growing range of available treatment methods. There are two ways you can use it to your advantage. You can enter your treatment preferences and be matched with programs that best fit what you want. And if you are unsure of what you want, you can learn about all the available methods before you make a choice.
One important note before beginning your search – if you believe you may need urgent medical assistance with detoxification, please contact your primary care physician, local hospital or 911 for an immediate referral for that service. Withdrawal syndrome from substances such as alcohol or benzodiazepines (prescription drugs such as Xanax or Valium) can be dangerous and potentially fatal, and the need for medical assistance with detoxification from these drugs can only be determined by direct examination from a medical professional.
For those who already know what they want and do not have an immediate need for detoxification, we offer 3 broad categories to choose from, each of which include a choice between inpatient or outpatient treatment (inpatient programs are those where the patient lives in a facility during the initial stages of treatment, often for 28 days, known as “rehab” or residential programs. Outpatient refers to services delivered at appointments in offices or clinics while the patient continues living at home). Some of the treatment providers listed in your personalized search results can also provide or coordinate detoxification services when needed.
You can check the following options, and then will be brought to a page of matching programs, where you can further refine your search. For those who are less familiar with these treatment options, click here to visit our educational portal where you can learn more about the options before doing your treatment search.
- 12 Step Treatment. Based on the theory that addiction is a disease. This is the traditional spiritual model of addiction recovery based on Alcoholics Anonymous that has dominated the treatment field throughout the 20th century.
- Non-12-Step / Alternative treatments. Based on the theory that addiction is a disease or mental illness. These are programs that focus more on therapeutic methods and possibly medication-based treatments. This can include Dual-Diagnosis programs for other mental health diagnoses, but can also include a wide range of methods that are spiritual or holistic in nature as well.
For those who do not believe that addiction is a disease or mental illness, we also offer information about The Freedom Model for Addictions – a social/educational model of help for people with substance use problems. This model doesn’t treat addiction, rather, it teaches users how to regulate their own desires and choices regarding substance use:
- The Freedom Model for Addictions, non-disease based, non-12-step, social educational approach.
If you know one of the above options is what you want, clicking on any one of them will bring you to a page where you can further refine your results in that category by cost, location, insurance coverage, demographic specialties (adolescent, adult, elderly, men, women, LGBTQ, etc.), and with or without medical detoxification. If you want to know more before searching for treatment, continue reading.
Learning more about your options
A good doctor will always explain how a treatment, medication, therapy, or surgical procedure basically works before applying it, but this sadly isn’t the case with addiction treatments. Treatment centers simply say you need their treatments, give a list of several methods they might use as part of an “individualized treatment plan”, assure you these are Evidence Based Treatments (EBT), but offer little or no explanation of how these methods are meant to work. They quickly move to getting you signed up for the treatment, creating urgency with dire warnings of how intractable the disease of addiction will be without treatment. The conversations with treatment quickly move toward logistics of payment/insurance coverage, before you can gauge whether the treatment fits your needs. The gap in knowledge and emotionally charged process of seeking addiction treatment leave the consumer at a disadvantage, and can lead to costly decisions since the average inpatient rehab costs more than $20,000.
Our educational portal can help you to navigate these choices better, by closing the information gap, and putting you on a level field with treatment providers. Here you can learn the basics about common addiction treatment methods to gauge whether they might be a good match for your individual needs. The portal covers methods like CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy); Twelve Step Facilitation; MI (Motivational Interviewing); Individual Counseling; Group Counseling; Dual Diagnosis Treatment; Relapse Prevention; Support Groups such as SMART Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc; Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) such as Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Subutex, Methadone, Naltrexone, Vivitrol, Antabuse, Disulfiram, etc; EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); and many more. When available, we will also describe the evidence base for these methods. With fuller knowledge of the methods offered, you’ll be better equipped to handle decisions regarding the best addiction treatment for you or your loved one.
Even if you already know that you want 12-Step or Non-12-Step treatment, we still recommend using the educational portal before conducting your search, as there is often crossover between these categories, and the evidence base for these methods may surprise you.
Click here to enter BRI’s Addiction Treatment Education Portal
About The Baldwin Research Institute Addiction Treatment Locator and Education Portal
Founded in 1989, the Baldwin Research Institute’s mission is to research cutting edge drug and alcohol issues, educational methodology, and best practices for drug and alcohol problems and related issues; to guide the drug and alcohol treatment industry and recovery society as a force for change, and to honestly and objectively educate the public as to the effectiveness of treatment and prevention programs with respect to drug and alcohol use.
Baldwin Research Institute first began its efforts in 1989 when it conducted a study of the modern Alcoholics Anonymous organization. Then, in 1990, the Institute began a study of 38 subjects with drug and alcohol problems. These studies were initiated to prove or disprove claims by Alcoholics Anonymous of success rates as high as 93% and claims by the treatment industry of success rates as high as 80%, but the claims of any single treatment program could not be validated with a success rate greater than 30%.
Baldwin Research Institute continues its over a quarter of a century mission of research of substance use issues, methodology, and education. By disseminating its findings, BRI impacts the drug and alcohol treatment industry and the current “recovery society” as well as providing an objective resource for scientifically verified information for the general public to be more accurately and fully informed.
This website is a free service to consumers seeking information about addiction treatment, and fulfills BRI’s original charter to educate the public on solutions to drug and alcohol problems. BRI also offers unique methods of help for people with substance use problems, and this site serves the purpose of matching the right candidates with our services. Our model of help is educational and choice-based rather than treatment and disease-based. It does us no good to accept students who are fully invested in a disease / mental health model of addiction as we cannot be helpful to them. We would rather match them to the services they believe are appropriate for them, as research shows that people with substance use problems are more likely to make progress when they believe in and have chosen the recovery method they are using.
The Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. is a New York State Corporation. The United States Department of Treasury has ruled Baldwin Research Institute to be a tax exempt corporation as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, the Baldwin Research Institute is registered with the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau and the New York State Department of State Office of Charities Registration. Additionally, the Baldwin Research Institute has been approved by the New York State Supreme Court to conduct business as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York and has been approved by the New York State Department of Education as an institute conducting alcohol and drug research.