The state of New York, like many other heavily-populated U.S. states, seems to be grappling with a stubborn drug abuse problem. Opioids are the main culprit, and heroin is at the forefront. The top three most abused drugs in New York are heroin, marijuana, and cocaine.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a 2019 report on addiction treatment admissions of those 12 years and older in the state. It breaks down like this:

Total addiction treatment admissions: 269,448

  • Heroin: 76,539
  • Marijuana: 29,908
  • Cocaine (smoked): 13,897
  • Other Opiates: 13,406
  • Cocaine (other route) 10,500
  • Amphetamines: 4,739
  • Tranquilizers: 4,563
  • Sedatives: 1,003
  • Hallucinogens: 247
  • PCP: 957
  • Inhalants: 97

Data about opioid-related overdoses and deaths in New York from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 2018 might be a sobering eye-opener:

  • Opioids in General: 2,991
  • Synthetic Opioids (Fentanyl, Carfentanil, etc.): 2,195
  • Heroin: 1,243
  • Prescription Opioids: 998

Adults aren’t the only ones needing substance use disorder treatment. Teenagers ages 12 to 17 were also struggling with addiction, as a SAMHSA report indicates:

According to SAMHSA’s reports of adolescents with addictions from 2017 to 2019:

  • The yearly average prevalence of past-month illicit drug use was 8.7%.
  • 8.9% used alcohol for the first time
  • 5.7% (or 78,000) used marijuana for the first time
  • The yearly average prevalence of past-year substance use disorder was 7.1% (or 1.2 million individuals) for people over age 12 with a SUD

New York City, one of the most dynamic and heavily populated cities in the country, is grappling with drug addiction and overdose problems itself. During the first three quarters of 2020, for which data is available, unintentional drug overdose deaths increased, though marginally:

  • 448 during the first quarter of 2020 
  • 495 during the second quarter of 2020
  • 503 overdose deaths confirmed during the third quarter of 2020

New York Tackles Drug Abuse in Court

Drug abuse is a continuing issue for almost every state, and New York is no exception. Drug use can cause many serious problems in a person’s life and many problems for those who care about them. People who abuse drugs can lose their families, homes, jobs, money, health, and even their life. 

New York has experienced the devastation of what drugs can do and has developed top-rated drug treatment courts throughout the state’s unified court system. 141 drug courts work together in the approach to drug treatment involving all legal personnel, law enforcement officials, and addiction treatment and education providers. 

Non-violent offenders voluntarily go into the program where the rules are clearly spelled out and a contract is signed between all parties involved in the case.

Four different drug treatment courts are handling specific issues:

Criminal Drug Court

Defendants with a substance use order facing misdemeanor or felony charges may be eligible to participate in the Drug Treatment Court program. Individuals who complete their drug treatment court program could get a reduction in their sentence or even have the charges dropped. There are also a few Young Adult Drug Treatment Courts for those between the ages of 16 and 21.

Family Drug Treatment Courts

Respondents in neglect cases where substance use is a component of the allegations are targeted in this type of court. Those who complete the program successfully may be reunited with their children and successful cases can receive more time to visit with their children.

Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts

Adolescent participants in this court program are facing either Person In Need of Suspension or Juvenile Delinquency petitions in the Family Court where substance use is part of the pending petition. Those who graduate from this program usually will have the charges dismissed.

Opioid Courts

In New York, both Buffalo and the Bronx have drug courts that are specific to opioid use.

The Buffalo Opioid Intervention Court provides immediate intervention, treatment, and medication for defendants who screen positive for opioids and are at risk of overdose or addiction. Case management for defendants is done by the University of Buffalo and can get individuals to medicated assisted treatment (MAT) within 48 hours of arraignment if needed.

The Bronx County, unfortunately, has the highest amount of opioid-related overdose and death statistics in the state. As such, the Bronx Opioid Avoidance and Recovery Court were established in which the court, prosecutors, and defense collaborate to determine if the defendant should enter addiction treatment. Only those charged with misdemeanor drug possession are eligible. If the defendant graduates the program successfully, charges are usually dismissed when the recommended intervention is completed.

Delphi Drug Rehab in New York 

New York drug rehab is readily available. Delphi Behavioral Health has four addiction and behavioral health facilities nearby if you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction.

Addiction is considered a chronic, relapsing disorder—but it is treatable. While there is no cure for addiction, clinically proven treatments and therapies address substance use at the root cause and work with the individual identifying behaviors that brought on drug use. Those in treatment receive individualized plans and work with addiction professionals closely to learn how to manage mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Through our structured drug rehab programs, anyone can overcome drug abuse and enjoy a life free from addiction.


Detox, sometimes called medical detox, is oftentimes the first step in addiction treatment. Sobriety is a crucial part of addiction treatment. One cannot begin to address their addiction unless all toxins from substances are eliminated from the body. Detox is the medically supervised process in which all addictive substances and toxins are removed naturally from the body. 

Detox can be dangerous to undergo at home, as many drugs can cause very uncomfortable and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms. When in medical detox, withdrawal symptoms are managed by a caring team of medical personnel. It is a safe and controlled environment. Delphi provides different detox options, such as outpatient detox, partial hospitalization, and residential detox.


Inpatient or residential drug rehab is a treatment modality where the person lives on-site in the drug rehab center for at least 30 days. During inpatient treatment, there is 24/7 access to addiction and medical staff and structured therapy sessions and activities. One should expect to participate in individual, group, and family therapy sessions, as well as attend education classes. Here are some of the clear benefits to inpatient or residential addiction treatment:

  • Access to professional medical and mental health care 24/7
  • Focus directly on recovery as distractions, responsibilities, and stressors are removed
  • A structured daily schedule is put in place and enforced

Delphi’s inpatient and residential treatment facilities offer a comfortable home-like atmosphere with many amenities.

Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization (PHP) programs must meet specific requirements, such as they have to be available five days per week and offer alternative hours, like weekends and evenings. PHP programs can be stand-alone centers or part of the larger treatment facility that provides a full continuum of care. This entails a multi-level treatment protocol where an individual steps down to the next level of care.

Intensive Outpatient

Intensive outpatient (IOP) is an addiction treatment program where the support groups are smaller, providing more focus to be placed on the individual. The person may live at home so they can tend to their obligations and responsibilities. Counseling and therapy sessions are three to five days per week and focus mostly on relapse prevention. IOP allows for flexible scheduling and is ideal for those who have recently relapsed, have completed detox and inpatient programs elsewhere, require help to transition to full-time sober living or those that might have a co-occurring mental health disorder.


Delphi’s alumni program is our aftercare program.  Rather than send the person on their way when formal addiction treatment is completed, aftercare programs connect the newly sober individual with other alumni and people in recovery. Since isolation often leads to relapse, we offer a wide range of sober activities that help you stay plugged into the recovery community. Delphi’s alumni activities keep people connected to others, encourage participation in 12-step programs, and ensure no one is alone on the road to recovery.

Drug Rehab in New York FAQ

How long is rehab?

Each person progresses through drug rehab at different rates, and there is no predetermined length of time. But as a rule of thumb, 90 days is an effective length of time to get lasting outcomes.

Does Delphi provide transportation?

If you or the person you love needs transportation to one of our inpatient programs, we can arrange flights and transportation. However, you will need to coordinate transportation to and from our facility for outpatient treatment.

How much does drug rehab cost?

Good question. Drug rehab may seem like it could be an expensive way to stop using substances. You may have read somewhere that drug rehab can cost in the tens of thousands; however, that could be for a very upscale and exclusive addiction treatment center the rich and famous can afford. The rest of us can check out the Delphi Free Rehab Guide, which shares essential information about local, state, and federal programs that help pay for drug rehab.

What insurance carriers does Delphi take?

Delphi Behavioral Health Group currently takes insurance from Aetna, Anthem BC/BS, CareFirst BlueChoice, and Cigna. It is also a good idea to check your insurance policy to see if it covers substance use disorder and mental health disorder treatment. Many Affordable Care Act plans do cover it.

Do I have to travel?

You will have to travel by some means of transportation from New York to a drug rehab facility. Fortunately, there are four Delphi addiction treatment facilities within a few hours. If you live farther away, then the possibility of travel by bus or plane is an option. As mentioned above, if you need help with transportation, just let us know. We’re happy to help.

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