Rates of drug use by young people in Connecticut are slightly above that of the rest of the country by a margin of about .5%. This translates to roughly 30,000 people between the ages of 12 and 17 using illicit drugs within one month of being surveyed. Connecticut’s rates for alcohol dependence among the same age group is about 2% higher than the national average at about 8.5%. Those surveyed above this age range fall almost exactly in line with the rest of the country on average in terms of drug and alcohol use and dependence. Drug and alcohol abuse in Connecticut has remained relatively constant over the past 5 years.

Find drug or alcohol rehab help in Connecticut

Like most other states, alcohol is the most popular substance abused in Connecticut. Patients enrolled in rehabilitation facilities mentioned alcohol as a reason for their enrollment about half of the time. Cocaine and heroin were also frequently mentioned about 45% and 40% of the time respectively. Unlike most other states, marijuana is the drug least mentioned by enrollees; only about 20% of patients cite its use.

Connecticut residents struggling with alcohol dependence receive treatment for their abuse only about 5% of the time which means that the vast majority of those needing rehabilitation do not get the care that they need. Those who have similar problems with illicit drugs enroll in treatment about one-fourth of the time. Although this rate is higher than several other states, it still means that 75% of drug abusers are left untreated.

For people needing help with their dependency on drugs or alcohol it is highly recommended to seek the help of a rehabilitation facility. In Connecticut there are about 200 different rehabilitation facilities from which to choose. Most of Connecticut’s treatment centers are privately owned and operated with the majority being not-for-profit. Connecticut does also have several public options for those seeking help that way. Roughly 70% of the treatment centers in Connecticut also offer care in the form of outpatient and/or residential services. Billing at the rehabilitation centers can go through insurance or privately. There are also referral services that people seeking help with finding a rehabilitation service can employ in order to find a facility that will best fit the patient and give them the best chance at recovery.

Connecticut Behavioral Health Resource

Substance Abuse Agency
Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone Number: (860)-418-7000
Fax Number: (860)-418-6691
Web Site: http://www.ct.gov/dmhas