Michigan’s average drug use is slightly higher than that of the rest of the country. About 3% of Michigan residents are dependent on illicit drug use; the national rate is about 2.7%. The highest concentration of drug abusers both in Michigan, and in the rest of the country are between the ages of 12 and 17. The rate of illicit drug use for this group in Michigan is just under 12% while the national average is just under 10%.

Rates of alcohol dependence are similarly higher in Michigan than in the rest of the country. On average about 7% of the state’s residents abuse alcohol; the national average is about 6.5%.

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In Michigan, the most popular drug mentioned in treatment facilities is marijuana; about 34% of patients say it is their primary drug. Heroin is the second most common drug in the state at 25%, and other opiates including prescription pain-killers make up another 22%. Cocaine was cited as a drug most frequently used by just under 15% of people enrolled in rehabilitation programs in Michigan.

In Michigan, only about 17% of people struggling with illicit drug dependence or abuse receive treatment for their addiction. Residents who abuse alcohol heavily only enroll in recovery programs about 4% of the time. This leaves roughly 83% of drug addicts, and 96% of alcoholics without any treatment to overcome their dependence.

The state has 404 different facilities offering treatment for recovery from alcohol or illicit drug addiction, most of which are privately owned and operated but there are several centers that are run by the local, state, or federal government. Substance abuse rehabilitation programs are often offered in the same facility as other mental health services. In Michigan, 196 of the 404 locations offer a mix of both types of service; the other 208 facilities offer only substance rehabilitation services.

It is strongly recommended that anyone who is struggling with addiction to illicit drugs, or alcohol seek the immediate help of a rehabilitation center. Michigan has many different options from which to choose, most of which can bill through insurance or privately. Many people also find it helpful to locate a program through a rehabilitation referral service in order to find the program that will fit their needs best.

Michigan Behavioral Health Resources

Michigan Department of Community Health
320 South Walnut
Lewis Cass Building
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone Number: (517)-335-0196
Fax Number: (517)-335-2121
Web Site: http://michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2941_4868—,00.html