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230,000 people aged 12 and older had substance use disorder (SUD) in the state of Nevada in 2019 and 213,000 people aged 12 and older need professional treatment for an SUD but did not get it.1

Substance use disorder, commonly known as addiction, is a medical disorder affecting the brain. It is caused by chronic and compulsive substance misuse to the extent that you can no longer control your substance use no matter the devastating harms to multiple aspects of your life. One of the options for overcoming substance abuse is rehabilitation, often called rehab. Substance use rehab helps people address their physical dependency and underlying triggers associated with substance misuse, stop the use or misuse of substances, create a long-term recovery plan, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

What Is Rehab Treatment?

Rehabilitation treatment is a process that uses behavioral therapies and sometimes prescription medicines to treat drug and alcohol addiction. Rehab in Las Vegas Nevada is offered in different settings, including inpatient rehab, residential programs, and outpatient treatment.3

No matter the setting, most rehab programs in Las Vegas include counseling and other behavioral therapies. Therapy plays a vital role in recovery by helping you:5

  • Change behaviors and attitudes about drug use.
  • Build healthy life skills.
  • Make and follow a personalized treatment plan.

The type of treatment that’s right for you depends on which drug(s) you use, your treatment needs, and your recovery goals.2

What Therapies Are Used in Rehab?

There are a variety of therapies used in rehab, and treatment differs from person to person. Some behavioral therapy approaches often used in rehab include:5

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Techniques learned in CBT help you identify and cope with your triggers, or the people, places, and things that tempt you to use substances.
  • Family therapy. In this approach, you and your family learn how drug use affects the family as a whole and how to improve the overall family dynamic.
  • Motivational interviewing. This treatment helps you understand your readiness to change behaviors related to drug abuse.
  • Motivational incentives (contingency management). This encourages abstinence (not using drugs of abuse) through positive reinforcement and clear rewards.

Will I Get Medications in Rehab?

Some rehab programs use medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which is treatment that combines prescription medicines with counseling and behavioral therapy.4 MAT is an effective therapy for helping people recover from SUDs.4 Medicines used in MAT help ease or prevent withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, block the “high” effects of opioids and alcohol, and help restore normal brain function.5,6

MAT has been proven to:5

  • Increase survival rates.
  • Keep people in treatment.
  • Decrease drug use and criminal activity related to drug use.
  • Increase the chances of getting and keeping a job.
  • Improve the birth outcomes of pregnant people who have SUDs.

MAT is mainly used to treat opioid use disorders (OUD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD).6 There are currently 3 FDA-approved medicines each for OUD and AUD:

  • OUD: Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone.5
  • AUD: Disulfiram, acamprosate, and naltrexone.5,7

Inpatient Rehab Programs in Las Vegas

Inpatient rehab programs often happen in hospitals or standalone treatment centers. Treatment generally includes detox and rehab services.3 In Nevada in 2020, there were 28 non-hospital residential treatment centers and 9 hospital inpatient centers.19

Because you live onsite for the length of treatment and have access to 24-hour care, inpatient rehab may be a good setting for people who have severe SUDs or other physical or mental health issues (co-occurring disorders).5 Settings and intensity levels can vary. Some common inpatient settings include:

  • Long-term residential. This type of treatment is an intensive, live-in option with round-the-clock care and support.2,3 In Nevada in 2020, 24 treatment centers offered long-term residential treatment.19
  • Short-term residential. This is intensive, shorter treatment that may be similar to a 12-step approach. Treatment may last 3 to 6 weeks before patients transition to an outpatient or aftercare program.2 In Nevada in 2020, 18 rehab centers offered short-term residential treatment.19
  • Sober living homes (recovery housing). This is short-term housing to help patients transition back to independent life, generally after inpatient or residential rehab. Recovery housing often offers education and resources on managing finances or employment, for example.5

Outpatient Rehab Programs in Las Vegas

During outpatient rehab, you live at home while going to treatment at set appointment times. Like inpatient rehab programs, outpatient programs can vary in intensity but are generally more appropriate for patients with a stable home, a way to get to and from appointments, and a strong support system.2,3 Patients may move from one level to the next or previous level, depending on their treatment needs.

In Nevada in 2020, there were 93 total treatment centers offering outpatient treatment.19 Common outpatient rehab settings include:

  • Standard outpatient. This treatment can take place in various locations, like clinics or counseling offices. Patients generally attend treatment in the evening or on the weekend, so they can go to work or school during the day.3 In Nevada in 2020, 91 treatment centers offered standard outpatient care.19
  • Intensive outpatient (IOP). In an IOP, you attend between 9 and 20 hours of treatment per week.3 In Nevada in 2020, 67 treatment centers offered intensive outpatient care.19
  • Partial hospitalization (PHP). Sometimes called day treatment programs, these may be held in hospitals or clinics. Patients generally attend treatment and counseling for 4 to 8 hours per day.3 In Nevada in 2020, 21 treatment centers offered PHP.19

Specialized Rehab Programs in Las Vegas

Some rehabilitation facilities in Las Vegas offer specialized treatment for certain populations that may be more at risk than others or have been underserved due to biological, sociocultural, legal, or political factors.9 Treatment tailored to these populations can help some patients feel more comfortable. Staff in these programs may be from the same population as well.

Some of those populations include:

  • Veterans have a higher risk of SUDs and co-occurring disorders such as PTSD and depression than the general population.10 Veterans-only rehab programs offer recovery among other veterans who understand the challenges they face.
  • LGBTQ. Sexual and gender minorities also face higher SUD risks as well as increased social stigma, harassment, discrimination, and violence.11
  • Men. Men are more likely to use drugs than women, and they have higher rates of dependence.12
  • Women. Women are more likely to relapse (start using substances after a period of not using) and often have greater burdens or barriers because of family responsibilities.12
  • Teen. Many teens with SUDs don’t believe they need help and may have tricky living situations, so engaging them in treatment takes special skills.13
  • Seniors. Risk factors of older adults are complicated by age, medical conditions, health history, and medicine use.14
  • First responders. The stressful nature of their jobs puts first responders at greater risk of SUDs and co-occurring mental health disorders.15
  • Court-ordered. When attendance is a legal requirement, patients tend to stay in treatment longer.16
  • Couples who use drugs face unique challenges in how they relate to each other that can affect recovery.17

Paying for Rehab in Nevada

The cost of rehab in Las Vegas depends on the level of medical care and the setting for the program you choose, as well as location, program length, amenities, and your insurance plan.

All plans enrolled through the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as, must include coverage for substance abuse treatment.18 In addition, some treatment centers may offer grants, sliding-scale fees, payment plans, or other arrangements.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) is in-network with many common insurance plans. If you’re not sure if your insurance covers rehab costs, call your provider or the treatment center of your choice directly to discuss your options.

Finding Rehab Centers in Las Vegas

In 2020, there were 109 SUD treatment centers in Nevada offering a variety of treatment and payment options.19 In the United States, there were over 16,000 facilities, including Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories outside the continental U.S.19

American Addiction Centers is a leading provider of rehab nationwide, with a highly-rated facility in Las Vegas. For more information about substance use rehabilitation in Nevada or our Las Vegas facility, Desert Hope, call American Addiction Centers at .