The average drug use in Rhode Island is significantly higher than the average in the rest of the country. In the state, over 4% of residents struggle with illicit substance addiction; the average for the United States is just under 3%. Rhode Island’s drug use is also much more prominent among young people than it is in the rest of the country. On average, 15% of 12 to 17 year olds in Rhode Island are addicted to an illegal substance. Under 10% of the same age group in the United States have similar addictions. Alcohol dependence is also higher in Rhode Island than the rest of the country. On average, about 9.5% of the state’s residents struggle with alcoholism.

The most popular drug used in Rhode Island is heroin, about 37% of patients in the state’s treatment facilities say that heroin is their primary reason for rehabilitation. Marijuana and prescription pain-killers are the second and third most frequently mentioned drug in Rhode Island’s treatment centers with about 22% of patients citing their abuse. Cocaine is the fourth most abused drug in the state according to those in treatment. About 12% say that cocaine is their primary reason for seeking treatment.

Find rehab centers for substance abuse in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, only about 20% of the state’s residents that struggle with addiction find the treatment they need to overcome their dependency. Treatment statistics for alcohol abuse are significantly lower than those for illicit drug abuse. In the state, only about 3.5% of heavy alcohol abusers enroll in a rehabilitation center. It is highly recommended that anyone struggling with addiction in Rhode Island seek the immediate assistance of a rehabilitation facility.

Rhode Island has 48 different rehabilitation facilities offering recovery programs for people seeking help with addiction recovery. 54% of patients in the state’s rehabilitation centers are there for illicit drug dependence only, another 31% are recovering from addictions to both alcohol and illegal drugs, and the other 15% of patients are in recovery from alcoholism.

Rehabilitation is a highly individualized process and many different factors need to me considered when choosing a program. People often find it helpful to contact a rehabilitation program referral service in order to best match a program with an individual.

Rhode Island Behavioral Health Resources

Rhode Island Dept of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals
14 Harrington Road
Barry Hall
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone Number: (401)-462-1000
Fax Number: (401)-462-6078
Web Site: http://www.bhddh.ri.gov/bhservices/