Search for Alcohol Treatment Programs
Pointing the way to evidence-based care®
Use the Navigator’s simplified search tool, below, to search for outpatient, residential, or inpatient treatment programs listed in a national database maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For any program you are considering, be sure to ask the 10 recommended questions, and use the answers to check for five signs of higher-quality care. More on this below.
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A note on programs for veterans: If the person needing treatment is a veteran or is covered by health benefits for veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help you find VA services near you. Visit the VA Substance Use Disorder Program Locator to do your search.
What do alcohol treatment programs do?
Treatment programs provide group, individual, and family counseling in a variety of settings. Some offer comprehensive services that include mental health treatment, medical care, and other supportive services. The type of program needed depends on the severity of the AUD being treated, as well as other issues identified in a comprehensive assessment. Program settings include:
- Residential. Most people have heard of rehab programs. This is the common name for long-term residential programs, where people live for several weeks while participating in treatment.
- Outpatient. These programs are becoming much more common. In outpatient treatment, patients live at home and attend treatment at a clinic or treatment center one or more days per week, usually for several months.
- Inpatient. Patients with significant medical issues may require an inpatient program. These programs are based in hospital settings and are staffed by doctors and nurses.
How can I spot quality?
When searching for a treatment program, look for one that is licensed and accredited—these are not the same thing. All programs must have a license to provide a service. Beyond this, accredited programs have gone through a rigorous review by an independent review board. This signals that the program meets widely accepted standards of clinical quality. (The search tool on this page indicates which programs are accredited by the major national accrediting bodies, but you should call to be sure.)
Accreditation is only one sign of quality. Of note, some programs may not be accredited because their states have rigorous standards that are comparable to accreditation, or because they are small programs that forego accreditation because of the costs involved. Nevertheless, they may still provide high quality treatment. The next section will help you learn whether a program has the signs of quality, whether or not they are accredited.
Also, look for programs in which the counselors are licensed, and have formal education and training in alcohol and drug counseling.
What questions should I ask?
After you’ve done your search and found some options, call to learn more about their approach to treating AUD. The Navigator offers 10 recommended questions for treatment programs — and provides the answers to listen for. These will help you learn whether a provider offers higher-quality treatment and is a good fit for your situation.
What if I can’t find a treatment program nearby?
NIAAA cannot endorse any treatment providers nor be responsible for the options ultimately chosen. The NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator® cannot ensure that the search process will deliver higher-quality treatment providers in your vicinity who are using evidence-based approaches. In addition, the search tools on the Navigator may not capture every possible higher-quality treatment provider in your vicinity. For any alcohol treatment program you are considering, be sure to ask the 10 recommended questions, and use the answers to check for five signs of higher-quality care.