Drug & Alcohol Use Services

Drug & Alcohol Use Services

Drug & Alcohol Use Services

The City has many free and low-cost services for people with alcohol and drug use. In addition to the listings below, you can call New York City’s 24-hour-a-day, a seven-day-a-week hotline at 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or visit NYC Well online.

Find Help

  • Find the right drug or alcohol treatment program with the Substance Abuse Treatment Locator
  • For 24 hour/seven days per week information and referral, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355).
  • Your Guide to Syringe Service Programs in NYC (PDF)
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  • See the Buprenorphine Physician Locator and brochure (PDF)

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 Services

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 Idaho, 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).

Syringe Access and Disposal

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).

Overdose Prevention

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.

Peer-Based Services

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 for Opioid Use Disorder

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

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.

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