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Rehabs in Alaska for Drugs and Alcohol

Last Updated: Friday, 9 February 2024
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Finding a quality center that provides expert care is crucial when searching for drug and alcohol rehab in Alaska. This includes residential treatment, detox centers, and other drug rehab services. This page provides information on the cost and the pros and cons of treatment in Alaska. We provide detailed information about each center listed so you can make an informed decision.

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List of Rehabs in Alaska

Below is a list of the different drug rehab centers in Alaska. Each listing provides information on the types of services provided and the payment options available. You can also find accreditations and certifications to help you determine if the rehab center is trusted and has the expertise you are looking for. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact a treatment specialist.

Our editorial and medical expert team conducts thorough research on the websites of the drug rehab centers listed in our directory. They regularly review these websites to ensure the information is up to date and comprehensive. Our experts also provide reviews to help you gain a better understanding of the services offered at each facility.

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Rehab Services

Adult & Teen Challenge Pacific Northwest – Alaska Campus

Reviewed: July 11, 2023

Adult and Teen Challenge Pacific Norwest, Wasilla, AK, location for men is a men-only treatment center located northeast of Anchorage. After reviewing the website, we found that it is a residential long-term recovery and discipleship program for men. It has the capacity for 24 students. Each student at the campus takes part in vocational training and a Christ-centered curriculum.

Rehab Settings

- Long-Term Inpatient
- Residential
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Christian
- Faith-Based
- Men

Payment Options

- Free or Low-Budget
- Low-Cost Options

Trust Factors

- Adult & Teen Challenge (ATC) Accredited

Professional Staff: Larissa King, Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry Leadership & Christian Counseling | Regional Intake Coordinator

560 S Knik-Goose Bay Road, Wasilla, AK

Adult & Teen Challenge Pacific Northwest – Houston Women’s Campus

Reviewed: July 11, 2023

Adult and Teen Challenge Pacific Northwest, Houston, AK, location for women is a women’s treatment center located one hour from Anchorage. After reviewing the website, we found that it provides long-term recovery and discipleship for women suffering from addiction. It has the capacity for women and their children. The facility is located on a ten-acre property.

Rehab Settings

- Long-Term Inpatient
- Residential
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Christian
- Faith-Based
- Women

Payment Options

- Free or Low-Budget
- Low-Cost Options

Trust Factors

- Adult & Teen Challenge (ATC) Accredited

Professional Staff: Larissa King, Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry Leadership & Christian Counseling | Regional Intake Coordinator

977 S Kenlar Road, Houston, AK

Cook Inlet Tribal Council – Ernie Turner Center

Reviewed: July 11, 2023

Cook Inlet Tribal Council provides extensive resources and services. After reviewing the website, we found that the addiction and recovery program offers comprehensive treatment to help people through all stages of recovery. There are residential and outpatient programs. Support services include those for adults ages 18 and up and youth ages 10 to 24. The residential option is a 14-bed facility.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Detox
- Interventionist
- Long-Term Inpatient
- Medical Detox
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Short-Term Inpatient
- Sober Living
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- ASL or Assistance for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Faith-Based
- Native Americans
- Twelve-Step

Payment Options

- Access to Recovery Voucher
- Aetna
- Cigna
- Low-Cost Options
- Medicaid
- Private Health Insurance
- Sliding Fee Scale
- Tricare/Military Insurance
- UnitedHealthcare

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Dr. Angela Michaud | Sr. Director of Recovery Services

30881 Eklutna Lake Rd, Chugiak, AK

Fairbanks Native Association – Graf Rheeneenhaanjii

Reviewed: July 11, 2023

Fairbanks Native Association, Graf Rheeneenhaanjii, provides services for children, youth, and young adults. After reviewing the website, we found that through behavioral health services, the organization offers prevention and works with youth and local communities. The intervention and treatment program serves children 12 to 17 years old and children aged 10 to 25.

Rehab Settings

- Long-Term Inpatient
- Residential
- Short-Term Inpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Services for Addicts with HIV/AIDS

Payment Options

- Medicaid
- Medicare

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

2550 Lawlor Road, Fairbanks, AK

Set Free Alaska – Homer

Reviewed: July 11, 2023

Set Free Alaska, Homer location is an outpatient substance abuse treatment center for adults. After examining the website, we found that it offers outpatient and intensive outpatient services. It also provides help for people with co-occurring disorders. The program offers a flexible schedule to accommodate individual needs.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Long-Term Inpatient
- Residential
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Beds for Clients' Children
- Christian
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Faith-Based
- Holistic
- Men
- Pregnant Women
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals

Payment Options

- Free or Low-Budget
- Low-Cost Options
- Medicaid
- Sliding Fee Scale

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Dori Hagen, MA, LPC | Clinical Manager – Residential Services
Jessica Herndon, LCSW, CDC I | Clinical Manager – Outpatient Services

1130 Ocean Drive Suite A, Homer, AK

Set Free Alaska – Mat-Su

Reviewed: July 12, 2023

Set Free Alaska, Mat-Su is an outpatient substance use treatment program. After examining the website, we found that the program treats adults and teens. The services for teens are for those ages 14 to 17. Treatment for co-occurring disorders and continuing care are also provided. Commercial insurance and Medicaid is accepted. Sliding fee scales are available. Costs also vary based on the frequency and duration of treatment.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Long-Term Inpatient
- Residential
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Beds for Clients' Children
- Christian
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Faith-Based
- Holistic
- Pregnant Women
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
- Women

Payment Options

- Free or Low-Budget
- Low-Cost Options
- Medicaid
- Sliding Fee Scale

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Dori Hagen, MA, LPC | Clinical Manager – Residential Services
Jessica Herndon, LCSW, CDC I | Clinical Manager – Outpatient Services

PO Box 876741, Wasilla, AK

Fairbanks Native Association – Gateway to Recovery Detoxification Program

Reviewed: July 11, 2023

Fairbanks Native Association, Gateway to Recovery Detoxification Program is a detox center for men and women. After examining their website, we found that the detox center is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. It offers medical detox to both male and female adults for a period of one to ten days. There are 16 beds, and enrollment is continuous.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Detox
- Medical Detox
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Drug Prevention and Education
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Licensed medical staff

3100 S. Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK

Maniilaq Association – Maniilaq Counseling and Recovery Center

Reviewed: July 11, 2023

Maniilaq Association, Maniilaq Counseling, and Recovery Center provide different forms of counseling. After examining the website, we found that it offers confidential, group-based programming and one-on-one counseling. The cost of treatment is covered for IHS beneficiaries, and low-cost options exist.

Substances Treated

Alcohol
Marijuana

Rehab Settings

- Outpatient
- Partial Hospitalization or PHP
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Adolescents
- Adults
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Holistic
- Native Americans
- Services for Addicts with HIV/AIDS
- Services for DUI/DWI Offenders

Payment Options

- Medicaid
- Medicare
- Private Health Insurance
- Tricare/Military Insurance
- UnitedHealthcare

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Ronto Roney, Clinical Mental Health Counselor | Substance Team Clinical Supervisor
Raymond Coppock, CDC II, BHA II, RHS I | Counselor

733 2nd Avenue, Kotzebue, AK

Fairbanks Native Association – Ralph Perdue Center

Reviewed: February 23, 2024

Fairbanks Native Association, Ralph Perdue Center is a residential drug rehab program. After DRS examined the website, we found they offer short-term residential drug rehab for 45 days. The program treats native and non-native adult men and women. They provide individual or group counseling and drug education.

Rehab Settings

- Long-Term Inpatient
- Outpatient
- Partial Hospitalization or PHP
- Residential
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Adults
- Co-Ed
- Drug Prevention and Education
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Faith-Based
- Family Programs
- Holistic
- Men
- Native Americans
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Families
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
- Twelve-Step
- Women

Payment Options

- Low-Cost Options
- Medicaid
- Medicare
- Private Health Insurance
- State-Financed
- Tricare/Military Insurance
- UnitedHealthcare

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

3100 South Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK

Fairbanks Native Association – Women and Children’s Center for Inner Healing

Reviewed: February 23, 2024

Fairbanks Native Association, Women and Children’s Center for Inner Healing is a residential drug rehab program. After DRS examined the website, we found they are a medium-intensity long-term residential program. They help substance-abusing pregnant and postpartum women with children through age seven.

Rehab Settings

- Long-Term Inpatient
- Residential
- Short-Term Inpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP)
- Beds for Clients' Children
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Family Programs
- Pregnant Women
- Women
- Workplace Drug Services

Payment Options

- Aetna
- Cigna
- Low-Cost Options
- Medicaid
- Medicare
- Private Health Insurance
- Sliding Fee Scale
- State-Financed
- Tricare/Military Insurance
- UnitedHealthcare

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: The program director is Tamara Thompson she is an experienced Licensed Practical Nurse.

3100 South Cushman, Fairbanks, AK

Alaska Dream Center

Reviewed: February 7, 2024

Alaska Dream Center is a faith-based discipleship and leadership training school equipping people to lead a successful, purposeful life. After DRS examined the website, we found that individuals attending the Alaska Dream Center will spend nine months focused on God and his calling for their lives. Once completing the program, individuals may choose to stay for three additional months of leadership classes. Applications can be made online.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Long-Term Inpatient
- Residential
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Adults
- Christian
- Faith-Based

Payment Options

- Free or Low-Budget
- Low-Cost Options
- Sliding Fee Scale

Professional Staff: Steve Ray, MA in Pastoral Ministry | Program Director

8117 E New Hope Street, Palmer, AK

Salvation Army – Clitheroe Center

Reviewed: February 7, 2024

Salvation Army, Clitheroe Center is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation provider. After DRS examined the website, we found there is a men’s and women’s residential program offering individual and family counseling. The outpatient programs provide ADIS and MRT classes and include aftercare programs.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Long-Term Inpatient
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Short-Term Inpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- ASL or Assistance for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Christian
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Faith-Based
- Men
- Services for Criminal Justice Clients
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
- Women

Payment Options

- Access to Recovery Voucher
- Aetna
- Cigna
- Free or Low-Budget
- Low-Cost Options
- Medicaid
- Payment Assistance
- Private Health Insurance
- Self Payment
- Sliding Fee Scale
- Tricare/Military Insurance
- UnitedHealthcare

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

3600 East 20th Avenue, Anchorage, AK

Genesis Recovery Services, Inc.

Reviewed: February 7, 2024

Genesis Recovery Services Inc. is a drug and alcohol treatment provider. After DRS reviewed the website, we found they specialize in substance abuse counseling from a psychological perspective. Genesis provides a well-rounded Bio-Psychosocial Spiritual approach to the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. The application process is done online.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Sober Living
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Adults
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Faith-Based
- Family Programs
- Men
- Services for Criminal Justice Clients
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
- Twelve-Step
- Women

Payment Options

- Medicaid
- Self Payment

Trust Factors

- Certified by the State of Alaska

2825 W 42nd Avenue, Anchorage, AK

Central Peninsula Hospital – Care Transitions Detoxification Facility

Reviewed: December 4, 2023

Central Peninsula Hospital, Care Transitions Detoxification Facility provides residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment services. After DRS examined the website, we found that the detox facility provides six beds. It is an inpatient program where patients can be admitted and medically monitored.

Rehab Settings

- Detox
- Medical Detox
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Trust Factors

- Joint Commission Accredited

Medical Staff: Certified and trained counselors

245 North Binkley Street, Suite 202, Soldotna, AK

Alaska Family Services – Behavioral Health Treatment Center

Reviewed: February 7, 2024

Alaska Family Services Behavioral Health Treatment Center is a drug and alcohol treatment provider. After DRS examined the website, we found people can access outpatient services that provide ASAM level 2.1 Intensive Outpatient programs, ASAM level 1.0 Outpatient programs, and ADIS or Prime for Life. They accept Medicaid and private health insurance and have a sliding fee scale.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Outpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Abstinence-Based Recovery
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Family Programs
- Pregnant Women
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Families
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
- Virtual Counseling for Addiction

Payment Options

- Low-Cost Options
- Medicaid
- Private Health Insurance
- Sliding Fee Scale

5851 East Mayflowers Court, Wasilla, AK

DANZIG Counseling & Intervention Services

Reviewed: October 12, 2023

DANZIG Counseling and Intervention Services offers professional intervention and counseling services. After DRS examined the website, we found that the counseling services are permanently closed, but they refer to other qualified clinicians. The substance use family intervention service is operational and helps families with loved ones addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Rehab Settings

- Interventionist
- Outpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Substance Abuse Counseling

Medical Staff: Steve Danzig, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CIP

Gastineau Human Services

Reviewed: February 23, 2024

Gastineau Human Services is a private non-profit organization. After DRS examined the website, we found they help people struggling with addiction, homelessness, or those incarcerated. They offer residential and outpatient programs. In addition, there is a transitional housing program.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Outpatient
- Sober Living
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Transitional Housing

Services Offered

- Adults
- Aftercare
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Faith-Based
- LGBTQ+ Community
- Men
- Pregnant Women
- Services for Criminal Justice Clients
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Twelve-Step
- Women

Payment Options

- Low-Cost Options
- Medicaid
- Payment Assistance
- Sliding Fee Scale

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Jonathan Swinton, LMFT | Executive Director
Michele Federico, LCSW | Client Services Director

5597 Aisek Street, Juneau, AK

Kenaitze Indian Tribe – Dena’ina Wellness Center

Reviewed: February 23, 2024

Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Dena’ina Wellness Center is an integrated medical facility. After DRS examined the website, we found they offer holistic approaches. They address physical, spiritual, emotional, and social health. They provide chemical dependency treatment and support.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Adolescents
- Adults
- Family Programs
- Holistic
- Native Americans
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Families
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals

Payment Options

- Medicaid
- Medicare
- Private Health Insurance
- UnitedHealthcare

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Fridrik Gudmundsson, LCSW | Behavioral Health Clinician

508 Upland Street, Kenai, AK

Ketchikan Indian Community

Reviewed: February 23, 2024

Ketchikan Indian Community is part of the KIC Tribal Health Clinic. After DRS examined the website, we found they offer Native cultural values, family preservation, and holistic wellness. They provide mental health and substance abuse assessments, individual and group counseling, and outpatient drug rehab.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Family Programs
- Holistic
- Native Americans
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Couples
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Families
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals

Payment Options

- Medicaid
- Medicare
- Private Health Insurance
- Tricare/Military Insurance
- UnitedHealthcare

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Substance Abuse Counselors have Bachelor’s or higher degrees.

2960 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, AK

SOS Interventions

Reviewed: October 12, 2023

SOS Interventions is a full-service intervention network. After DRS examined the website, we found that they consult with and implement recovery services at all phases of the addiction and recovery process. They have licensed addiction professionals, board-certified addiction counselors, and qualified clinical supervisors. They offer outpatient services, DUI assessments, and intervention, among other services.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Interventionist
- Outpatient
- Sober Coach
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Adolescents
- Adults
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Drug Prevention and Education
- Evidence-Based Approach
- Family Programs
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
- Twelve-Step

Medical Staff: D’wayne, LADAC II, CADC II, ICADC II

NCADD-Juneau

Reviewed: July 11, 2023

NCADD, Juneau, Alaska, provides community housing and support services for adults with severe mental illness. After examining the website, we found that there is 24/7 crisis response and medication-assisted treatment. Walk-in assessments are available. In addition, there are numerous individual counseling options for patients.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment

Services Offered

- Drug Prevention and Education
- Evidence-Based Approach

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Becky Iverson, LCSW | Clinician
Craig Smith, M.Ed, LPC, CDCS, MAC | Clinician III

211 4th St. Suite 112 , Juneau, AK

CDI, Inc. (Chemical Dependency Intervention Services)

Reviewed: October 12, 2023

Chemical Dependency Interventions and Customized Care provides professional intervention services. After DRS reviewed the website, we found they also offer case management services, sober transport, treatment evaluation and placement, and in-home assessments.

Rehab Settings

- Interventionist

Medical Staff: Jonathan Rauch, LMSW, CASAC-T, CIP

Family First Intervention

Reviewed: October 12, 2023

Family First Intervention is a professional substance use intervention provider. After DRS examined the website, we found they offer alcohol intervention, drug addiction intervention, mental health disorder and dual diagnosis intervention, and S.A.F.E Intervention and family recovery coaching.

Rehab Settings

- Interventionist
- National Addiction Services
- Sober Coach

Services Offered

- Evidence-Based Approach

Trust Factors

- Better Business Bureau Accredited
- LegitScript Certified
- Member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

Medical Staff: Mike Loverde, MHS, CIP | Clinical Director & Founder
Lisa Loverde, CADC | CFO & Compliance Officer

Hightower Intervention Services, LLC

Reviewed: October 12, 2023

Hightower Intervention Services is a family intervention provider. After DRS reviewed the website, we found that they take clients through a three-phase alcohol and drug intervention process, ensuring the best possible outcome. The owner is a Certified Intervention Professional.

Rehab Settings

- Interventionist

Medical Staff: Earl Hightower, CIP

Hired Power Recovery Assistance Services

Reviewed: October 12, 2023

Hired Power Recovery Assistance Services provides numerous addiction recovery services. After DRS reviewed the website, we found that these services include interventions, monitoring, sober companions, case management, and recovery coaching.

Rehab Settings

- Interventionist

Services Offered

- Evidence-Based Approach

Trust Factors

- CARF-Accredited

Medical Staff: Nanette Zumwalt, CADC II-CS, CCJP, CIP, CRS | President & CEO

Alaska Long-Term Drug Rehab

Long-term treatment is often an ideal option for a person who wants to overcome addiction. Here are several reasons why this is true:

  • Long-term programs can last anywhere from 30 days to six months, ensuring the person has ample time to recover fully.
  • The length of treatment also gives them a chance to identify the destructive patterns and habits associated with their substance use problem and eliminate them.
  • Medical and psychological support can be provided 24/7, so they know help is always there when it is needed.
  • Better aftercare support can be offered once the person completes treatment to ensure they have the tools necessary to maintain their sobriety.

Getting Help With Substance Use: The Basics

Paying for Treatment in Alaska

Dealing with a substance use problem can be exceptionally challenging for drug users and those closest to them. Finding a drug treatment program that fits your budget is an additional challenge that can deter some from finding drug treatment. With the help of various types of programs, recovery services are now more available than ever. As states continue to accept Medicaid expansions and programs that offer self-pay and sliding scales, patients can afford their treatment regardless of financial status. There are also rehabs that take Medicaid in Alaska.

Using Private Insurance to pay for Drug Rehab in Alaska

Aside from Medicaid coverage, there are private health insurance plans available. These plans can cover many health insurance programs, primarily private drug rehab centers. These programs typically offer a higher level of care and quality, allowing patients more options for drug recovery. Each health insurance policy can differ from the next, so it is important to talk with your provider about your benefits and which programs are available to help you overcome the substance use problem for good.

Per the Alaska Health Insurance Marketplace Guide 2023, the following insurers are available in Alaska for 2023:

  • Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Moda Assurance

Paying for treatment when uninsured

Dealing with a substance use problem is never easy, and finding a program without insurance or finances can be even more challenging. Luckily, the state offers its residents sliding scale programs which makes the cost of the program a fee based on income rather than a set price. This can help patients enroll in treatment and help lower the rates of substance use. Regardless of how the treatment is paid for, the important thing is that some form of drug and alcohol recovery services are utilized to end the addiction immediately.

Ask a professional

  • What would someone expect to pay for drug and alcohol treatment in Alaska?

    • The average cost of residential long-term drug rehab for one individual is $52,000. Yet this price can vary depending on the facility and your insurance.
    • The average cost of outpatient drug rehab in Alaska is $1,700, yet this can go up with lengthier programs.
    • Clinical drug and alcohol detox costs between $250 and $800 daily. In comparison, medical detox costs between $500 to $650 per day at a private facility.
    • Alaska also has low-cost and free treatment options within the state for those who qualify.
  • What is the standard length of time a person would stay at a substance use treatment center in Alaska?

    The length of time someone spends treating their addiction in Alaska varies and largely depends on individual needs. However, some of the following should be considered:

    • The average length of stay at a drug or alcohol detox center in Alaska is seven days. Yet medical detox may last 7 to 14 days or longer.
    • The average length of stay at an inpatient treatment in Alaska is 28 days. There are other long-term programs that can last 3 to 6 months.
    • The average stay at an outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in Alaska is between 12 to 18 weeks.
  • What are the most commonly abused drugs in Alaska?

    Based on treatment admissions, Alaska’s most commonly used drugs are alcohol and heroin.

    If someone you know shows signs of alcoholism or heroin addiction, it is critical to intervene. Early intervention saves lives and helps the individual accept treatment.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from Addicted.org’s “Learn from our Experts” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at mike@addicted.org.

Addicted.org’s Evaluation of Alaska Drug Treatment

There are challenges in Alaska with accessing substance use treatment. However, when residents can access the help they need, there are affordable rehabilitation options.

The Medicaid program in the state was expanded in 2016, providing more coverage and access to life-saving substance use treatment programs. The vast majority of the programs in the state accept Medicaid for payment.

However, the downside is the long wait times at some programs and the lack of available resources because of remote communities and sparse populations. When at all possible, it is beneficial to travel to another state for help.

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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.

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Dr. Rohit S. Adi is certified in addiction medicine, through examination, by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. While in Louisiana, he worked as an emergency-room physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, but then transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where he works to this day. Holding numerous positions throughout his medical career, Dr. Adi has seen the devastating effects caused by drugs and alcohol. Having the ability to do something about the problem, he co-founded a holistic drug rehabilitation center in Louisiana, where he serves as the facility’s Medical Director.