The City has many free and low-cost services for people with drug and/or alcohol problems. In addition to the listings below, you can call New York City’s 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week hotline at 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or visit NYC Well online.
Many people are unaware of the variety of services available to protect the health of people who use alcohol or other drugs. The terms below are not mutually exclusive – the services are often used together.
Harm reduction programs offer easily accessible, anonymous services for people who actively use drugs, those interested in recovery, and their family members. These programs prioritize the health and well-being of their participants and include an array of educational, rehabilitation, care coordination and outreach components that reduce harms associated with drug use. Learn more at Iduha, and at Harm Reduction Coalition websites.
Syringe service programs provide harm reduction services to people who use drugs. Learn more about syringe service programs (PDF).
Access to sterile syringes has helped reduce the number of new HIV cases among injection drug users by 95% in the last 20 years. Using sterile equipment also protects injection drug users from Hepatitis C and infections at the injection site. Find out where to get sterile drug use equipment at a syringe service program near you (PDF). Find a location to dispose of used syringes near you.
Learn more about syringe service programs in NYC (PDF).
Drug poisoning is the leading cause of injury death both in New York City and nationally. In NYC, overdose deaths rates have increased since 2011 for six consecutive years; on average there are more than 800 overdose deaths annually. Opioid involved overdose deaths are preventable and can be reversed with the medication, naloxone.
A peer is anyone who has personally experienced substance misuse and/or addiction and who works with others from the community in order to improve quality of life. Peers work with syringe exchanges, recovery centers, alumni groups, mutual support groups including AA and NA, and more.
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of certain medications (i.e., buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone), usually along with counseling, to treat opioid use disorder. Many studies have shown that methadone and buprenorphine reduce drug use and death, and overall, achieve better long-term results compared with treatment without medication. See the Buprenorphine Physician Locator and brochure (PDF) for one example
Outpatient treatment provides a flexible option for individuals seeking help for alcohol and drug addiction. Instead of living at a treatment facility, patients have appointments that can be scheduled around work or childcare responsibilities.
Residential drug treatment programs provide a safe and supportive living situation to people who are trying to stop using drugs and alcohol. Individuals live inside of a drug treatment facility and receive intensive social and behavioral support related to drug and alcohol use.