Addiction and Treatment Statistics for Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin has seen escalating rates of drug abuse and addiction since 2009. Local and national groups like D.A.R.E. and the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth responded by creating state-specific programs to try to improve awareness of the problem. These programs allow individuals to receive the treatment they need to live a life of sobriety.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Statistics

Wisconsin has some of the highest rates in the U.S. for both adult and adolescent substance abuse. Among the biggest concerns is the misuse of prescriptions painkillers and the escalating number of deaths due to alcohol-related liver disease. Consider other critical statistics from Wisconsin:

  • Alcohol consumption is 1.3 times higher than the national average.
  • Fifteen percent of high school students admit to the illicit use of prescriptions drugs.
  • In 2015, alcohol played a role in two-thirds of all motor vehicle injuries with an economic burden of almost 7 million dollars.
  • The rate of drug overdose deaths increased by 24.5 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The rate of overdose deaths was higher in men between the ages of 24 to 35 and women aged 35 to 54.

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Choosing The Right Rehab Program In Wisconsin

Given the increasing number of substance abuse problems in Wisconsin, there is an urgent need for effective treatment programs and preventive education. The AODA system works to help state residents find the resources they need. When researching rehab programs, consider:

  • Accreditation: All Wisconsin treatment centers must have state licenses and should have the certificate posted or available for review when needed. They may also carry certifications from CARF and the Joint Commission. Accreditation establishes the rehab center provides quality care and is effective.
  • Evidence-based Approaches: This means the center provides programs and treatment methods based on three components: clinical experience of staff, research and evidence, and meeting the needs of patients.
  • Length/Location: In general, inpatient treatment lasts from 30 to 120 days, but depends on an individual assessment. Location is significant because families should look for a center that offers them the best option, even if they have to travel.
  • Aftercare and Alumni Services: Proper aftercare is critical to reducing the risk of relapse. For most treatment facilities, this means access to sober living houses, outpatient treatment, and peer support organizations like AA or NA.
  • Payment: Typically, insurance plans cover a portion of rehab services. The insured should contact their insurance company to determine which services are covered.

Wisconsin Drug and Alcohol Rehab Services

Wisconsin drug and alcohol rehab programs likely offer different services. Understanding these services helps families find the right facility. Some worth knowing include:

  • Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs: Detox programs help manage uncomfortable and potentially dangerous symptoms of withdrawal when a person stops using. Medically supervised detox provides a safe environment to ensure a smooth transition into rehab.
  • Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT): MAT refers to the use of FDA-approved medications for opioid addiction to ease the path towards recovery. Programs include drugs like methadone to lessen dependence and reduce cravings.
  • Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral therapy is the core of most treatment strategies. It allows a person to understand their addiction and find ways to avoid future substance use.
  • Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis): People who use drugs or alcohol tend to have an underlying mental health problem that plays a role. Treating both the addiction and mental health condition together offers the best hope of recovery.

Finding Addiction Treatment In Wisconsin

Finding the right rehab center is a complex process. The state of Wisconsin has many online resources available that can help. Families should plan to travel if necessary when looking at facilities and investigate each service offered to ensure the facility meets their need.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Drug Overdose Death Data

Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services - Wisconsin Epidemiological Profile on Alcohol and Other Drugs 2016

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