Drug use in Oklahoma has been similar to the average rates of drug use in the rest of the country for the past six years, and has recently seen a small decline. Most recent data shows that Oklahoma’s average rate of addiction is the same as the rest of the United States, at about 3%. The highest concentration of illicit drug abusers are between the ages of 12 and 17 in both the state and the country. In Oklahoma, about 9% of this age group struggles with addiction; the rate for the country is just under 10%. Average alcohol abuse, on the other hand, is higher in Oklahoma than the rest of the country. About 8% of Oklahoma’s residents are dependent on alcohol, while about 6.5% of the rest of the country has similar dependency issues.
Oklahoma’s most popular illicit substance abused is marijuana. Among those residents enrolled in treatment programs in the state, about 40% say that marijuana is their primary drug used. Various stimulants were listed as the second most popular substances with roughly 32% citing them as primary substances. Prescription pain-killers were the third most frequently mentioned drugs in Oklahoma at a rate of about 16%, and cocaine was the fourth most often listed substance abused with another 12% of rehabilitation program enrollees mentioning its abuse.
Find treatment help for drug and alcohol abuse in Oklahoma
The vast majority of Oklahoma’s residents that struggle with addiction do not receive the treatment they need in order to recover. Among those addicted to illegal substances, only about 14.5% find help from a recovery facility. The rates for people addicted to alcohol are even lower. Only about 5.5% of Oklahoma’s alcoholics receive the help of a rehabilitation facility.
In the state there are 169 different locations offering services that help people overcome addictions to various substances. Most of Oklahoma’s facilities are privately owned and operated but there are many public options as well. 100 of the 169 facilities in the state offer treatment exclusively for people looking to overcome addictions; the other 69 centers offer these services alongside other mental health services.
It is highly recommended that anyone in Oklahoma that is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol seek help from a rehabilitation facility. There are many variables to consider when choosing a program, so many people also find it helpful to enlist the help of a rehabilitation referral service in their search.
Oklahoma Behavioral Health Resources
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
1200 NE 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3277
Phone Number: (405)-522-3908
Fax Number: (405)-522-3650
Web Site: http://www.ok.gov/odmhsas/