The state of Washington’s average rates of drug abuse are higher than the national average. In the country, about 2.5% of the population struggles with illicit drug addiction. In Washington, about 3% of residents are dependent on illegal drugs. The demographic that most frequently becomes addicted to drugs is young people between the ages of 12 and 17. In this age group, Washington’s average rates of drug addiction are similarly higher than the national average. Among young Washington residents, about 11.5% are dependent on illicit drugs. The rate for the United States as a whole is just over 9%. Alcohol dependence is also higher in the state than it is in the rest of the country. About 7.5% of residents admit to heavy alcohol abuse, while only about 6.5% of the country’s residents say the same thing.

The most frequently abused drug in Washington is marijuana. About 39% of Washington’s drug rehabilitation program enrollees say that marijuana is their primary reason for seeking treatment. Various stimulants are the second most often cited drug in the state with 22% of respondents saying it they are their biggest drug problem. Heroin was the third most frequently listed substance in the state by recovery patients; 17% said that heroin was their primary reason for seeking treatment. Prescription pain-killers were the fourth most mentioned drugs at 14%, and cocaine was the fifth most mentioned at about 8%.

Drug and alcohol rehab centers in Washington

Drug abuse in Washington oftentimes goes untreated. Only about 11% of the state’s residents that struggle with illicit drug addiction ever enroll in a treatment program in order to overcome their dependence. Rates of enrollment for alcohol abusers are similarly low with only about 9% finding a rehabilitation program in which to recover. It is highly recommended that anyone in Washington that is trying to overcome an addiction find the immediate assistance of a rehabilitation facility.

There are 444 different facilities in the state of Washington that offer drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. Most of these facilities are privately owned and operated but there are several publicly funded options as well. Within the facilities about 25% of the patients are recovering from drug addictions, 24% from alcoholism, and the other 51% from addictions to both drugs and alcohol simultaneously.

Washington Behavioral Health Resources

Washington Department of Social and Health Services
P.O. Box 45330
Lacey, WA 98504-5330
Phone Number: (877)-301-4557
Fax Number: (360)-586-0341
Web Site: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dbhr