West Virginia’s drug use is on average about the same as the average drug use in the rest of the country. Among the state’s residents, just under 3% struggle with addiction to illicit substances. This is the same rate as in the rest of the United States. In both the country and the state, the largest percentage of people dependent on illegal substances are between the ages of 12 and 17. In this age group, rates of addiction are lower in West Virginia than the rest of the country. In the state, 7% of young people are reportedly addicted to drugs, while the average for the country is just over 9%. Alcohol dependence is also lower in West Virginia than in the rest of the United States. About 5.5% of the state’s residents struggle with alcoholism; just under 7% of the country has a similar issue with alcohol.

Prescription pain-killers are the most commonly abused substances in West Virginia by a wide margin. About 56% of West Virginians in recovery centers say that prescription pain-killers are their biggest drug issue. Marijuana is the second most often cited drugs in the state’s rehabilitation facilities with about 25% listing it as their primary drug abused. Cocaine and heroin were both mentioned by about 7% of recovery patients.

Get rehab help for alcohol & other drug abuse in West Virginia

Most cases of drug addiction in the state are left untreated. Only about 17% of individuals that struggle with illicit drug addiction ever enroll in a treatment program. The rate of enrollment for people addicted to alcohol is even lower with 14% of people who report heavy alcohol abuse finding treatment. It is highly recommended that anyone looking to overcome an addiction to illegal drugs or alcohol find the immediate assistance of a rehabilitation facility.

In West Virginia there are 70 different facilities offering recovery programs that can help individuals overcome drug and alcohol addictions. 36 of the 70 facilities in the state are exclusively for people seeking treatment for addictions while the other 34 locations provide addiction recovery programs alongside other mental health services. Within treatment facilities 64% of patients are in recovery from drug addictions, 13% from alcohol addictions, and the other 23% from addictions to both drugs and alcohol.

West Virginia Substance Abuse Resources

West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health & Health Facilities

350 Capitol Street
Room 350
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone Number: (304)-358-0627
Fax Number: (304)-558-1008
Web Site: http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bhhf