Opioid Treatment in New York


Opioid addiction treatment in New York comes in several forms. This can be overwhelming at first to the person seeking help for themselves or someone else. Every program believes its own model is the best, so searching among them can seem like a sea of confusion. But different models have different end products, and it's vital that the person chooses a program that aligns with their own goals.

For example, someone may want to get back the life they had before drug use. To them, this means being drug-free and not addicted to anything. But many newer programs utilize replacement opioids to substitute for the ones the person is illegally abusing. They keep the person on opioids for the rest of their life and call it treatment. Programs like this are not rehabilitation because they don't restore a person to their former capacity. While there may be less risk of being dependent on a legal prescription, this is not recommended when other options are available.

Traditional treatment programs have saved countless lives over the decades since their inception. These programs began with Alcoholics Anonymous but were quickly adapted to treat all forms of substance abuse and many types of compulsive behavior due to their effectiveness and broad application. Traditional programs average four weeks in length and may include a detox phase. This is often separate from the rest of the program because of the use of medication to help through the withdrawal process. Most traditional programs strive to be drug-free, but it's still worth inquiring about their long-term use of medications if your goal is recovery.

Holistic programs are among some of the most effective for treating opioid addiction. Holistic programs specialize in using no unnecessary drugs or medications. Instead, they focus on health and nutrition and intensive counseling to address the underlying causes of addiction. While this may be more rigorous and lengthier than other forms of treatment, holistic programs' long-term effectiveness makes them a good choice for those seeking recovery from opioid addiction.

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New York Opioid Possession Penalties

All states regulate and control the possession of controlled opioids, though each differs in its exact scheduling and the penalties for possession. New York classifies well-known opioids like heroin as illegal, and the compounds used to manufacture them. Illegally making or selling opioids carries different penalties.

New York divides opioids into five "Schedules." Schedule I lists the most dangerous drugs, which have a high probability of abuse and addiction, and no recognized medical value. Heroin is an example of a schedule I opioid. Schedules II, III, IV, and V decrease in dangerousness and probability of abuse, and increase in recognized medical uses. Prescription opioids like Vicodin or codeine are examples of these.

Because there are so many different types of opioids that vary in dangerousness, the penalty for possessing them differs as well. Multiple factors influence the sentence one might receive for being charged and convicted of illegally possessing opioids in New York. The scheduling level affects it and the amount, the person's criminal history, and if there was any intent to distribute the opioid to others.

New York Opioid Statistics

Nearly 9 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed in New York State in 2015. Between 2011 and 2014, approximately 145,000 New Yorkers annually abused or were dependent on opioids. Financial relationships between physicians and drug manufacturers are common, including payments for speaking and consulting fees and various gifts such as meals. Between 2013 and 2015, drug manufacturers spent more than $3.5 million in opioid promotion activities with thousands of New York State physicians. The report finds roughly 1 in 10 physicians who prescribe opioids received a payment and physicians who prescribe more opioids got more opioid-related payments.

In New York, drug overdose deaths involving opioids totaled 2,991 (a rate of 15.1) in 2018—a decline compared to the 2,166 (a rate of 10.8) in 2015.

  • Deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (mainly fentanyl and fentanyl analogs) remained steady, with 2,195 (a rate of 11.2) reported in 2018.
  • Deaths involving heroin or prescription opioids also remained stable with a respective 1,243 (a rate of 6.3) and 998 (a rate of 4.9) deaths in 2018.

In 2018, New York providers wrote 34.0 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons. One of the lowest rates in the country. The average U.S. rate in the same year was 51.4 prescriptions per 100 persons.

List of Detox Programs for Narcotic Abuse in New York

Here is a list of drug detox for opioid addiction in New York. The list can be incomplete, so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.


Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 21, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.