The average drug use among all ages in Massachusetts is slightly under the national rate; the rate for the country is about 3%, and in the state it is roughly 2.5%. The highest concentration of drug abusers in Massachusetts is among people between 12 and 17 years old. In this group, nearly 13% of people abuse illicit drugs in Massachusetts. The rate for a similar age group in the rest of the country is just under 10%.

Heroin is by far the most popular drug abused in Massachusetts. Patients enrolled in rehabilitation programs mention heroin as their primary drug about 62% of the time, and another 10% cite other opiates besides heroin. Cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs each are cited by about 8% of those enrolled.

Massachusetts drug and alcohol rehab help

The rate of alcohol dependence in Massachusetts is also much higher than it is in the rest of the country. Nationwide, about 6.5% of the population struggles with alcoholism. In Massachusetts, between 2008 and 2012, about 8% of residents in the state reported an addiction to alcohol.

In Massachusetts there are 263 different facilities offering drug or alcohol rehabilitation care. As in most states, the majority of recovery centers in Massachusetts are privately owned and operated. There are also several public options run by the local, state, or federal government. Of the 263 centers in the state, 102 of them offer only programs for addiction recovery; the other 161 facilities offer these services alongside other mental health services not necessarily having to do with addiction.

The rate of enrollment in rehabilitation programs in Massachusetts is about 4% for heavy alcohol abusers, and about 14% for illicit drug users. This means that approximately 96% of people struggling with alcohol use, and 86% of drug addicts do not receive treatment for their dependency.

Addictions are very difficult, if not impossible for some to overcome on their own. It is strongly recommended that anyone wishing to recover from drug or alcohol dependency seek out a rehabilitation center in order to have the highest chance at overcoming their problem. There are also many referral services that can assist in choosing the right facility for a potential patient.

Massachusetts Behavioral Health Resources

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Phone Number: (617)-624-5111
Fax Number: (617)-624-5185
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