Iowa’s illicit drug consumption is most popular among young people in the state between the ages of 12 and 17. On average, about 8.5% of residents in this age group struggle with dependence on illegal drugs. The national average for the same age group is just under 10%. Although Iowa’s average drug use among this demographic is lower than the national average, this still means that about 23,000 young people report illicit drug use. The rate of drug dependence for Iowa residents including, and above this age range is about 2.5% compared to a national average of just under 3%.

Although Iowa’s rates of drug dependence is lower than the national average, the state’s average rate of alcohol is higher than that of the rest of the country. About 7.5% of people in Iowa over the age of 12 report alcohol abuse and dependence; the average rate of alcohol dependence for the country is about 6.5%.

Get help for alcohol or drug abuse in Iowa

In Iowa, only about 3% of people struggling with heavy alcohol use receive treatment from a rehabilitation service. Illicit drug use is treated less than 15% of the time.

According to those surveyed in Iowa’s rehabilitation centers, marijuana is the most frequently reported primary drug used by recovery patients.

Stimulants are the second most popular drugs abused in Iowa with about 25% of those in recovery citing their use. Cocaine, heroin, and other opiates are listed as users’ primary drug roughly 20% of the time.

There are 107 facilities in Iowa available to those seeking help with drug or alcohol addiction. Most of the rehabilitation centers in the state are privately owned and are not for-profit. Of the 107 centers in Iowa, 29 of them offer assistance for both those addicted to drugs or alcohol, and for those seeking help with mental health; the other 88 recovery centers offer help exclusively for drug and alcohol addiction recovery.

For anyone struggling with addiction, or for anyone who knows someone struggling with addiction, it is strongly recommended that they seek the assistance of a rehabilitation center. Those who enroll in a recovery program find it much easier to overcome their addiction than those who don’t.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a facility; it is also recommended to seek the help of a referral service in order to have the highest chance at recovery.

Iowa Behavioral Health Resources

Iowa Dept of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse
321 East 12th Street
Lucas State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone Number: (866)-227-9878
Fax Number: (515)-281-4958
Web Site: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/bh/substance_abuse.asp