If you’re looking for alcohol addiction treatment in Nevada, here are some of the more frequently asked questions about rehab within the state:
Where Can I Find Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers in Nevada?
According to a 2017 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are 13,585 substance abuse treatment centers across the state which treated more than 1.3M people that year.1 Of those, 11,184 are designated as outpatient centers, 3,125 are residential (non-hospital), and 715 are inpatient facilities.1 Many of these facilities are located in Central Las Vegas, but centers can also be found in Reno, Sparks, and Henderson as well.
A part of the American Addiction Centers (AAC) portfolio of treatment facilities across the U.S., Desert Hope is centrally located just 10 minutes from the McCarran International airport. Desert Hope offers a full continuum of care, from detox to inpatient and outpatient care as well as recovery residence at Resolutions Las Vegas.
Desert Hope offers a range of evidence-based therapies in both individual and group formats in order to help patients modify thoughts and behaviors related to alcohol abuse. Therapies include everything from cognitive-behavioral therapy to equine therapy, for a multifaceted approach to recovery.
To find other programs in the state, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a full list of Nevada rehabilitation facilities, which can be found here.
Where Can I Find Medical Detox Centers in Nevada?
In Nevada, there are 1,366 outpatient detox centers, 908 residential (non-hospital), and 655 inpatient facilities.1 Depending on the magnitude of physical dependence, alcohol withdrawal syndrome may range from mild to physically dangerous. Symptoms may include irritability, anxiety, agitation, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, seizures and in rarer cases, delirium tremens.2
Alcohol withdrawal may be dangerous when done on your own; because of this, a supervised, medical detox center can help avoid unnecessary discomfort or life-threatening withdrawal complications. Detox is the process of getting substances out of your body and helping you manage acute withdrawal symptoms from alcohol.3 These types of programs provide individuals with onsite physicians and 24-hour care to help gain management over alcohol withdrawal symptoms.3
Medical detox centers in Nevada are primarily found in the southern tip of the state in Las Vegas. However, medically-assisted detox is also available in Carson City, which is located on the western coast of Nevada just outside of California. To find local detox facilities in Nevada, search SAMHSA’s directory which can be found here.
Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in Nevada?
Due to the potentially high cost of addiction treatment, most rehab centers accept health insurance to help clients offset the out-of-pocket expenses associated with their care. Private health insurance is accepted at more than 70% of the treatment centers in Nevada, 90.2% accept cash or self-payment, 63.9% accept Medicaid, and 59.1% offer a sliding fee scale that adjusts payments to accommodate the amount the client can reasonably afford based on their income.1
If you’re considering private health coverage versus state coverage, first make sure that your policy covers rehab for substance use disorder. Coverage varies by provider, policy, and individual need. Some plans will only cover detox and outpatient treatment, while others may provide coverage for a significant portion of the costs associated with inpatient or residential care.
Below are some of the most popular health insurance providers in Nevada:
- Aetna Health
- Health Plan of Nevada
- Prominence Health Plan
- Cigna Health
- United Healthcare
- Sierra Health
Why Choose AAC?
American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers a nationwide network of facilities, an alumni support system, quality care, and a 90-day promise. If a person relapses after completing 90 days of treatment at an AAC program, they can return for 30 days of complimentary treatment.
Additionally, AAC alumni from across the country host fun gatherings and events while alumni coordinators check-in regularly to ensure those recovering from substance abuse benefit from continued support.
Check to see if your insurance covers alcohol addiction treatment with American Addiction Centers here.
Nevada Insurance (i.e. Medicaid) Treatment Facilities
Medicaid offers health coverage to individuals and families throughout the U.S. based on certain eligibility requirements set forth by the federal government. Medicaid is the largest source of healthcare coverage in the country, assisting 72.5 million Americans with health coverage at any given time.4
Medicaid eligibility is determined based on the following items:
- Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)
- US citizenship (or qualified non-citizens)
- Pregnancy or parenting status
More than 630,000 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid in Nevada as of 2019.5 The state expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults and, as of 2016, the following income eligibility levels are tied to the overall federal poverty level (FPL):5
- Adults who are parents or caretakers must have a MAGI of 32% or less of the FPL to qualify
- Adults that do not have children/are not caretakers must have a MAGI of 133% or less of the FPL to qualify
- Pregnant women may qualify for Medicaid if their income is 160% of the FPL or less
To enroll for Medicaid or find out if you qualify, visit the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services website and apply for assistance.6 This will help to determine your eligibility for Medicaid or other programs offered in Nevada to help residents live a healthy lifestyle.
If you already have Medicaid, treatment for alcohol addiction may be found at one of the 8,685 centers that accepts Medicaid in Nevada.1 These facilities may have limited availability but accept the state-level coverage that is provided to an estimated 633,325 residents currently.5
Nevada-Specific Packing List
Nevada is known for the hot climate that often reaches well into the 90s in summer and remains in the upper 50s or higher most of the winter.7 When packing clothes for rehab, it’s likely you won’t need a heavy coat or the snow clothes you may be accustomed to if you live in a cooler region of the U.S. However, as it is the desert, it can get cold in the winter months, so a warm jacket is still needed.
Consider packing the following items for your treatment journey:
- Cotton clothing.
- Loose-fitting attire.
- Shorts, jeans, skirts, dresses.
- Athletic wear.
- One nice outfit for special occasions.
- A semi-heavy jacket for fall and winter.
- Closed-toed shoes for the cooler seasons, as well as at night.
- Sandals or flip-flops.
- Sunglasses and hats.
- Alcohol-free toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sunscreen).
Avoid packing clothing that has offensive graphics or language printed on it. Also, do not bring any clothing that is provocative or that promotes drug or alcohol use.
You may also wish to bring the following items:
- Your driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
- A list of medications you are currently taking.
- Your insurance card.
- Laundry detergent.
- Special photos or mementos of family and friends, including names, phone numbers, and addresses to keep in touch while you are away.
- A journal.
Before you pack nail clippers, files, razors, or any electronic devices, check with the program you will attend to ensure such items are allowed.
Nevada-Specific Alcohol Stats
- In 2017, 60% of high school students reported having a drink of alcohol, 25.2% currently drink alcohol, 43.1% had alcohol provided to them by someone else, and 17.9% had alcohol before the age of 13.8
- 3,427 deaths were related to alcohol and drugs in 2017, with alcohol-related deaths making up 19% of those deaths.8
- 1,025 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Nevada from 2003-2012.d
- There were 89 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2017.10
Other ways to get help
- Nevada 2-1-1
- Las Vegas Alcoholics Anonymous
- AA Area 42
- NA Meetings
- Sierra Sage Region NA
- The Center – Serving the LGBTQ Community
- Northern Nevada Teen Challenge
. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). 2017 State Profile-United States and Other Jurisdictions: National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).
. MedlinePlus. (2019). Alcohol Withdrawal.
. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2006). Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.
. Medicaid.gov. Eligibility.
. Medicaid.gov. Medicaid & CHIP in Nevada.
. Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. Access Nevada Apply for Benefits and Manage Your Account Online.
. U.S. Climate Data. Climate Nevada – Carson City.
. Southern Nevada Behavioral Health Policy Board. (2018). 2018 Southern Nevada Behavioral Health Annual Report.
. Centers for Disease Control Prevention. (2014). Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Nevada.
. Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. (2018). Alcohol Statistics State Map.