Addiction and Treatment Statistics for Connecticut

Connecticut has several rehab centers located throughout the state, from Hartford to Middletown, and Danbury to New Haven. With treatment options ranging from inpatient centers to sober living recovery homes, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), outpatient counseling, and community-based support, everyone is sure to find the program that is best for them.

Connecticut Substance Abuse Statistics

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that Connecticut is one of the top ten states in opioid-related deaths. Here are more eye-opening statistics about substance abuse in Connecticut:

  • According to NIDA, between 2012 and 2016, Connecticut saw opioid-related fatalities grow from 5.7 per 100,000 to 24.5 deaths per 100,000, twice the national average.
  • In 2016, the state saw increases in deaths due to heroin, prescription opioids, and synthetic opioids (fentanyl).
  • More than 27,000 people were admitted to treatment programs for opioids in 2015 in Connecticut, according to DMHAS.
  • Connecticut admissions for opioid treatment surpassed those for alcohol between 2014 and 2015, with about 25,000 seeking treatment for alcohol abuse and 27,100 for opioids.
  • Fewer than 5,000 people in Connecticut were admitted for crack cocaine, and less than 10,000 for marijuana or hashish, the DMHAS reported.

Choosing The Right Rehab Program In Connecticut

Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (DMHAS) directly funds a number of drug and alcohol programs in the state, monitoring and licensing drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Here are other things to consider:

  • Accreditation: Connecticut’s treatment programs can be certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Joint Commission, or Connecticut’s DMHAS. Accreditation includes a complete review of facilities, safety and program standards, equipment, and staff member qualifications.
  • Evidence-based Approaches: Evidence-based programs are those which have confirmed success rates through medically-valid and peer-reviewed studies. The use of therapy and medications are examples of evidence-based treatment methods.
  • Payment: Many programs in Connecticut are publically-funded and are operated by not-for-profit corporations. Other rehab centers may accept private insurance, state and federal insurance, and private pay.
  • Length/Location: Length of stay varies. Many inpatient rehab programs are either short-term (up to 30 days) or long-term (longer than 30 days and up to a year or more). Traveling to some rehab centers outside of Connecticut may be necessary to receive the best care.

Connecticut Drug And Alcohol Rehab Services

One hallmark of Connecticut’s substance abuse programs is the response to special needs, including individuals with co-occurring disorders, addictions to opioids or alcohol, and a full range of detox and therapy programs. Consider the following essentials of treatment:

  • Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs: Detoxification or “detox” programs provide medical supervision for the initial period when people stop using substances, which may include physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. Detox programs can be as short as 24 hours but are typically 48 hours to a week or longer.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): Often associated with opioid treatment, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) provides FDA-approved medications to reduce cravings and lessen dependence. MAT programs also provide supportive services and counseling to help strengthen the recovery.
  • Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement, contingency management, and behavioral reinforcement are all forms of behavioral therapy that work to develop coping skills and healthy behaviors.
  • Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis): Substance use disorders often co-occur with mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and psychosis. Dual diagnosis programs treat both conditions with an integrated approach, using various healthcare professional to address each issue.

Finding Addiction Treatment

Find the right treatment by conducting a needs assessment and talking to treatment providers and referral and resource professionals. Connecticut has many resources and referral services, as well as community-based outreach programs. However, if Connecticut doesn’t have the right fit, traveling to rehab out-of-state can be an effective alternative.

Connecticut - Triennial State Substance Abuse Plan 2016

National Institute on Drug Abuse - Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment--A Research-Based Guide

National Institute on Drug Abuse - Connecticut Opioid Summary

United Way of Connecticut 211 - Substance Abuse Resources and Information

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