Recover from drug addiction by finding treatment in the Empire State. New York is home to rehab facilities that treat a wide range of addictions and co-occurring disorders.
The state of New York has the second highest number of drug rehab facilities in the United States. It was the first state to open a mental health facility dedicated to treating addiction in 1864. It’s also the home of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a national leader in addiction medicine. For more than 100 years, New York has invested in mental health treatment and recovery resources.
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More than 280,000 people were treated for substance use disorders in New York in 2015. The number of people treated for heroin addiction has increased each of the past three years, and the drug continues to be the most common reason New Yorkers enter rehab.
Comparatively, cocaine, marijuana and prescription opioid admissions have slightly declined during each of the last three years, but alcohol treatment admissions have remained stable.
Heroin, prescription drugs, cocaine and marijuana were the top drug threats identified by law enforcement in New York in 2015.
Opioids, including heroin and prescription pain relievers, have contributed to growing numbers of drug overdose deaths during the last decade. The number of heroin deaths in 2014 was 25 times higher than in 2005, and the number of annual prescription opioid deaths quadrupled during the same time frame.
Prescription opioid deaths totaled 1,008 in 2014, and heroin deaths accounted for 825 deaths that year. Since 2006, the rate of heroin overdose deaths in New York has exceeded the national rate. Numerous counties have also reported increasing numbers of fentanyl-related deaths.
2013–2014, Use of Various Substances in the Past Month, Ages 12 and older, New York
2013–2014, Use of Various Substance in the Past Year, Ages 12 and older, New York
Similar to national trends, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana are the most common substances of abuse among New York high schoolers. About half of New York teens who report drinking alcohol say they binge drink. Electronic vaping products are also more popular among high schoolers than traditional tobacco products.
In most categories, boys are more likely than girls in New York to use substances of abuse. However, high school girls are more likely than boys to drink alcohol regularly.
of New York high schoolers said they drank alcohol at least once in the past 30 days. Girls (32.4 percent) were more likely than boys (26.8 percent) to drink alcohol.
of high schoolers used an electronic vapor product in the past month.
percent of high schoolers said they used cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco in the past 30 days. Boys (20.6 percent) were more likely than girls (12.2 percent) to use tobacco products.
of high schoolers said they drank more than five drinks on one occasion in the past month.
of high schoolers said they consumed marijuana at least once in the past 30 days.
of high schoolers said they had tried synthetic marijuana at least once. Boys (10.8 percent) were more likely than girls (8.5 percent) to have tried synthetic pot.
of high schoolers reported trying cocaine at least once. Boys (9.2 percent) were more likely than girls (8.5 percent) to have tried cocaine.
of high schoolers said they had tried heroin at least once. Boys (6.5 percent) were more likely than girls (2.6 percent) to have tried heroin.
New York has more prevention, treatment and recovery organizations than almost any other state. Most organizations operate on a local level, but several agencies and groups coordinate and support anti-drug activity across the state.
The Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services operates 12 treatment facilities and supervises a system of more than 1,600 programs for people affected by addiction. OASAS supports community-based prevention coalitions, recovery groups and programs that promote well-being for all citizens on a state level.
Talk2Prevent is a program sponsored by OASAS that provides resources for parents to connect with their children, communicate about alcohol and drug use and learn how to establish consequences for breaking rules. It also distributes a toolkit for community members to build coalitions and implement evidence-based strategies.
New York’s HOPEline provides free crisis intervention and referral services for individuals with gambling issues. Certified counselors who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week staff the statewide hotline. They also practice therapeutic techniques that enhance callers’ motivation for seeking treatment.
The New York State Smokers’ Quitline provides free services for individuals trying to quit using tobacco products. The hotline offers free nicotine replacement medication starter kits and coaching for two attempts per year. The program also helps residents find discounts on nicotine replacement medications.
New York’s Statewide College Consortia Steering Committee and OASAS work together to support college and university initiatives that raise awareness and reduce alcohol and tobacco use, gambling and violence in their communities. The NYS College Prevention Program provides training and professional development opportunities for college personnel to improve prevention outcomes.
In 2012, New York approved the Prescription Drug Reform Act which created I-STOP, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing. The prescription drug monitoring program helps physicians and pharmacists track a patient’s prescription drug history to deter drug diversion and abuse. The state also developed publications and programs that teach prescribers how to recognize signs of addiction and abuse.
The New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area comprises several counties in New York and New Jersey, including New York City, Hudson Valley, Long Island, the Capital Region and counties in Western and Upstate New York. The DEA, FBI and local law enforcement collaborate to reduce drug trafficking in the region.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Heroin Task Force was established to lead the state’s opioid abuse prevention and treatment efforts. The group is composed of recovery advocates, health providers, individuals in recovery and community leaders. The task force’s efforts include raising awareness, bolstering prevention programs, expanding access to treatment and increasing support for people in recovery.
The Council on Addictions of New York State comprises prevention, intervention and treatment organizations across the state. The groups partner to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and problematic gambling in the state. They also provide resources to families and friends of individuals affected by addiction.
The Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State represents alcohol and drug rehab facilities, prevention coalitions, recovery organizations, research institutions and other groups that support recovery. Its mission is to alleviate negative consequences associated with alcohol and drug use. NYASAP hosts annual conferences and summits where its members meet to discuss current issues.
Alcohol Awareness Programs are licensed agencies that educate and reform youth accused of alcohol-related offenses. Adolescents are referred to the programs by law enforcement, schools, family members or other organizations. The alternatives to incarceration teach youth the consequences of problematic alcohol use.
Youth Power! is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing adolescent exposure to alcohol and other drugs. The group’s current ambitions include advocating for the criminalization of synthetic drugs, providing grants for youth development programs, training providers to communicate with youth and continuing public education campaigns.
Friends of Recovery is a statewide organization that includes New Yorkers in recovery and friends, families and community members who support people in recovery. It represents the interests of the recovery community, advocates for policies that support recovery and strives to increase access to treatment and resources for people affected by addiction.
The New York Recovery Coach Academy is a product of a partnership between OASAS, Friends of Recovery and the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery. The academy trains recovery coaches to provide peer-based services to help individuals sustain long-lasting recovery. Recovery coaches also help individuals find treatment and increase motivation for seeking treatment.
You can find support group meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, in communities across the state of New York. Thousands of meetings are held every day for people seeking sobriety and recovery from addiction.