South Dakota’s average illicit drug use is lower than that of the rest of the country. In the state, an estimated 2% of residents are addicted to illegal drugs while the rate for the country is about 3%. The highest concentration of people addicted to drugs is among people between the ages of 12 and 17. In South Dakota, about 7.5% of this population struggles with addiction. In the rest of the country just under 10% of 12 to 17 year olds are addicted to illegal drugs. Although drug abuse tends to be lower in South Dakota than in the rest of the country, alcoholism is much higher. In the state, about 9.5% of residents are dependent on alcohol, which is significantly higher than the average for the country.

Marijuana is the most popular drug abused in South Dakota by a significant margin. Among those in the state’s treatment facilities, about 60% say that marijuana is their primary reason for seeking treatment. Illegal stimulants were the second most mentioned drugs in the state with 20% of rehabilitation patients citing their abuse. Prescription pain-killers are also popular choices for recovery program enrollees, 12% abused prescription pain-killers in South Dakota. Cocaine is the fourth most frequently cited drug in the state at 4%.

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment help in South Dakota

In South Dakota less than 15% of residents that struggle with addiction enroll in a recovery program. An even smaller portion of people who are dependent on alcohol receive treatment. Among those addicted to alcohol, only about 4% enroll in a rehabilitation program.

In South Dakota there are 63 different facilities offering treatment programs that can help people overcome addictions to drugs and/or alcohol. Most of the facilities in the state are privately owned and operated, but there are several options for those seeking publicly sponsored options as well. Among the people enrolled in programs within the state, 14% are in recovery for drug addictions, 33% are recovering from alcohol dependency, and 53% are recovering from both addictions to drugs and alcohol.

It is highly recommended that anyone in South Dakota that is struggling with addictions of any kind contact a rehabilitation program to overcome their addiction. There are many different options to choose from and many options need to be considered when choosing a program.

South Dakota Behavioral Health Resources

South Dakota Department of Social Services
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone Number: (605)-773-3123
Fax Number: (605)-773-7096
Web Site: http://dss.sd.gov/behavioralhealth/