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Treatment

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    Alaska has treatment options and recovery supports in many communities. Some providers have same-day openings.

    Every step is available in Alaska. Not everyone needs every step.​ People may need to repeat steps.

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    People with severe addiction may need to medically stabilized or go through managed withdrawal ("detox") before beginning treatment.

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    To start treatment & recovery, the first step is an assessment (intake) to find the best treatment fit.

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    Residential (inpatient) treatment offers a high level of support for starting recovery.

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    Transitional housing provides people in treatment or early recovery with a safe, supportive home.

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    Outpatient treatment lets people live at home and maintain their regular schedule during treatment. Some people may start with outpatient treatment after an ssessment.

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    Recovery supports like self-help groups, peer support, employment programs and safe housing are important for maintaining recovery.

    Addiction is a chronic condition like diabetes, so recovery is a lifelong process.

Medication assisted treatment

      • A proven method for effectively treating addiction is through Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). This treatment method uses medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. Health care providers specializing in treatment can go over the pros and cons of each medication and participate in building a recovery plan that works. The main medications used in MAT are Buprenorphine (Suboxone®), Methadone and Naltrexone (Vivitrol®). Naltrexone can be used to treat alcoholuse disorders.
      • Health care providers specializing in treatment can go over the pros and cons of each medication and participate in building a recovery plan that works.

How can I pay for treatment?

    Private insurance is now federally required to cover substance use disorder and mental health treatment. Also, many providers accept Medicaid.

    If you don't have insurance through your employer, the fastest way to apply for health care coverage, including Alaska Medicaid, is through healthcare.gov.

    If you have coverage questions, call your insurance provider or the Alaska Division of Insurance, 269-7900

Is involuntary treatment available?

    Not in Alaska. No treatment facilities here are designed hold people against their will.

Additional treatment resources

    Learn more about treatment and various supportive resources at the Division of Behavioral Health's treatment page.