Vermont’s drug use is, on average, higher than the average drug use for the rest of the country. In Vermont about 3.5% of the population is addicted to an illicit substance. This is compared to just over 2.5% in the rest of the United States. Drug abuse is most commonly seen in young people between the ages of 12 and 17. In Vermont about 15.5% of this young age group is dependent on an illicit substance, and the number of addicted young people has been increasing over the past six years. The average for the rest of the country is just under 10% and has remained stable over the same time period. Alcohol dependence is found in about 6.5% of people in both Vermont and the rest of the country.

Among those in treatment facilities in the state, the most frequently cited drug abused are prescription pain-killers. Prescription pain-killers are abused by about 47% of Vermont’s population of people in recovery. Marijuana is the second most frequently cited reason for seeking treatment with 32% of rehabilitation program enrollees listing its abuse. Cocaine and heroin are abused equally by Vermont’s residents at a rate of about 11% of those addicted to drugs.

Find rehab centers for alcohol and drug abuse in Vermont

Drug addictions in Vermont often are left untreated. On average only about 15% of the state’s residents that struggle with an addiction to an illicit substance find the treatment they need in order to recover. Alcohol addiction is treated even less frequently with about 1% of Vermont’s alcoholics finding a recovery program to help them overcome their dependency. It is highly recommended that anyone in Vermont that is struggling with any type of addiction find help from a rehabilitation facility.

The state has 39 different recovery centers offering treatment programs that can aid in overcoming addictions. Many of the programs in the state are privately owned and operated but there are a few facilities that are run by local or federal governments. Among those in treatment, 32% are in recovery for addiction to illegal drugs. 19% of enrollees are in recovery from alcohol addiction, and the remaining 49% are recovering from addiction to both alcohol and illicit substances simultaneously.

Vermont Behavioral Health Resources

Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
Room 202
Burlington, VT 05402
Phone Number: (802)-651-1550
Fax Number: (802)-651-1573
Web Site: http://healthvermont.gov/adap/adap.aspx