The average rate of drug use in North Dakota is about the same as the average rate in the rest of the country. The highest concentration of drug abusers is among those between the ages of 12 and 17 in both the state and the country. For this demographic, the average rate of drug addiction in North Dakota is significantly lower than that of the rest of the country. In North Dakota, just under 7% of people in this age group struggle with illicit drug addiction. The rate for the rest of the country is just under 10%. Although average rates of drug use are lower in North Dakota, alcohol abuse is higher in the state than it is in the rest of the country. Just under 9% of North Dakota residents struggle with alcoholism, the rate for the country is about 6.5%.

Marijuana is the most frequently abused drug in North Dakota. About 67% of North Dakota residents enrolled in recovery programs cite marijuana as their primary reason for treatment. Prescription pain-killers and various stimulants are the second and third most commonly cited reason for treatment. Both are abused more than any other drug by about 13% of those in recovery. Cocaine, heroin and other illicit substances make up the other roughly 7% of rehabilitation patients.

Find rehab help for substance abuse in North Dakota

North Dakota residents that are struggling with addiction only receive treatment for their addiction about 13% of the time. The rate of treatment among those with an alcohol problem are even lower. About 3% of reported heavy alcohol users enroll in a rehabilitation program to overcome their addiction.

There are 53 different facilities in North Dakota that offer treatment for recovery from illicit drugs and alcohol. Most of the treatment centers in the state are privately owned and operated and are for-profit, but there are many non-profit and publicly funded options available. Most of the locations in North Dakota are exclusively for those seeking help with addiction recovery, but 14 of the 53 facilities offer these services alongside other mental health services.

It is strongly recommended that anyone in North Dakota that is struggling with addiction to illegal drugs or alcohol find the immediate assistance of a rehabilitation program. Many people also find it helpful to go through a rehabilitation referral service in order to find a program that best fits their needs.

North Dakota Behavioral Health Resources

North Dakota Department of Human Services
1237 West Divide Avenue
Suite 1-C
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone Number: (701)-328-8920
Fax Number: (701)-328-8969
Web Site: http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/mentalhealth/