Methadone Clinics in Nebraska

Name rehabsAddressPhone
BAART1941 Center Street, Suite 210, Omaha, NE 68105(402) 341-6220
BAART - Omaha 1941 South 42nd Street Omaha, NE 68105
Catholic Charities Omaha Campus for Hope1490 North 16th Street Omaha, NE 68102(402) 827-0570
Faith Regional Health Services East Campus1500 Koenigstein Avenue Norfolk, NE 68701(402) 644-7329
Lincoln Treatment Center4305 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510(402) 488-2122
Lutheran Family Services513 North D Street Fremont, NE 68025(402) 721-1774
O'Neill Valley Hope Alcoholism Treatment Center1421 North 10th Street ONeill, NE 68763(402) 336-3747
Omaha Treatment Center11215 John Galt Boulevard, Omaha, NE 68137(402) 592-5900
Panhandle Mental Health Centers Substance Abuse Treatment Service Prog4110 Avenue D Scottsbluff, NE 69361(308) 635-3171x125
University Drug and Alcohol Program The Center1941 South 42nd Street Suite 210 Omaha, NE 68105(402) 595-1703

Rules and regulations

Nebraska adheres to strict federal and state regulations regarding methadone clinics, outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. All clinics must be licensed and accredited.

Certification procedures

To open a new opioid treatment program in Nebraska:

  • Submit application to state opioid treatment authority
  • Undergo facility inspections and plan reviews
  • Demonstrate capacity to provide required services
  • Have certified medical director and staff
  • Meet security standards

Benefits of medication-assisted treatment

Benefits of methadone maintenance therapy include:

  • Reducing opioid cravings and withdrawal
  • Allowing focus on recovery and rehabilitation
  • Lowering risk of overdose and infectious disease
  • Improving overall health and functioning

How clinics operate and their purpose

Methadone clinics provide supervised methadone dosing, counseling, case management to support recovery from opioid addiction. The goal is harm reduction and improved wellbeing.

Insurance Coverage

  • Nebraska Medicaid covers methadone treatment
  • Some private insurers may offer limited coverage
  • Uninsured individuals may qualify for state-funded treatment slots

Drug Use in Nebraska

  • Over 275 opioid overdose deaths in 2020, a 38% increase since 2019, declared a public health crisis
  • Around 500,000+ people reported misusing opioids from 2015-2019
  • Methamphetamine, alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis also widely used

Addiction Treatment Overview

Inpatient Treatment

  • Focuses on medical stabilization, counseling, group therapy in a residential facility
  • Typical stay is 30 days

Outpatient Treatment

  • Services while living at home – counseling, medication management
  • 1-5 days a week for several hours per day

Treatment Level Unreported

An estimated 18% did not specify treatment level

Comparison of Availability

CityTreatment CentersInpatient BedsCost of Treatment
Omaha, NE112~800 beds$5,000+/month
Denver, CO125~1,900 beds$15,000+/month

Methadone Treatment

What is Methadone

Methadone is an opioid agonist medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and opioid treatment programs (OTPs). It binds to opioid receptors, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Society has mixed opinions on methadone treatment – some view it as replacing one addiction with another, while advocates emphasize its efficacy as harm reduction. Put simply, methadone stabilizes patients and enables functioning.

Methadone Distribution

Nebraska has strict regulations for methadone distribution:

  1. Urine testing: Patients undergo at least eight random drug tests in the first treatment year to ensure compliance.
  2. Take-home doses: Patients are limited to a 24-hour methadone supply for the first 14 days, with more take-homes allowed over time if patients meet certain criteria.
  3. Monitoring: Methadone clinics have interprofessional teams overseeing treatment, including counseling, case management, and care coordination.
  4. Prescription drug monitoring: Clinicians review the PDMP to carefully cross-reference methadone dosage with medications, as methadone has a narrow therapeutic range and risk of interactions.

Nebraska categorizes methadone as a Schedule II controlled substance, indicating potential for abuse and dependence.

Methadone Treatment Effectiveness Research

Methadone has been effectively used to treat opioid addiction since 1947.

Evidence for Effectiveness: Studies show participation in a methadone program is linked to reduced opioid use, disease transmission, and criminal behavior:

  • 33% fewer opioid-positive drug tests
  • 4.44 times more likely to stay in treatment

Retention in methadone treatment lowers overdose and disease risks while increasing employment opportunities.

Major Drawbacks:

  • Potential for misuse/diversion
  • Severe withdrawal if stopped suddenly
  • Possible QTc prolongation/cardiac issues
  • Respiratory depression/overdose risk when combined with other substances

Comparison to Other Medications: Research shows methadone and buprenorphine have equal effectiveness for reducing illicit opioid use.

About Nebraska

Nebraska is located in the Midwestern United States, bordering South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. The state capital and largest city are Lincoln and Omaha, respectively. Nebraska covers 77,356 square miles of land. Infrastructure includes highways, railroads, airports, and inland ports along the Missouri River.

Population Statistics

The total Nebraska population is approximately 1.9 million residents.


  • Gender: 50% female, 50% male
  • Age brackets: 23% under 18 years, 62% between 18-64 years, 15% over 65 years


  • Healthcare and social assistance (17% of jobs)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)