Wisconsin’s average rates of drug abuse are about the same as the rates of the rest of the country. On average, just over 2% of Wisconsin’s residents are dependent on illegal drugs. The average for the United States is about 2.5%. The largest portion of drug addicts in the country are between the ages of 12 and 17. In Wisconsin about 9% of 12 to 17 year olds are addicted to illicit substances. In the country the rate is slightly higher at about 9.5%. Although drug use is slightly lower in Wisconsin than in the rest of the country, alcohol addiction is higher than the national average. 8% of Wisconsin’s residents are addicted to alcohol use while about 6.5% of the rest of the country is similarly dependent.

Wisconsin’s most popular drug is marijuana. 35% of patients enrolled in recovery programs in the state say that marijuana is their primary reason for seeking help in overcoming their addictions. The second most frequently cited reason for seeking treatment was cocaine abuse. 22% of rehabilitation program enrollees listed cocaine as their biggest drug problem. Prescription pain-killers are another frequently abused type of illicit substance in Wisconsin with another 20% mentioning them. Heroin was the fourth most common response from those in recovery at 18%.

Get help in Wisconsin for drug or alcohol addiction

Addictions in Wisconsin are frequently left untreated. Only about 12% of people who struggle with addiction to illegal drugs receive treatment. Rates are even lower for people wishing to overcome alcoholism. About 7% of Wisconsin’s alcoholics ever enroll in a treatment program. It is strongly recommended that anyone looking to recovery from an addiction contact a rehabilitation facility.

Wisconsin has 213 different drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities within its borders. Most of the facilities in the state are privately owned and operated but there are also several publicly run facilities as well. 87 of the 213 facilities offer treatment programs only for those recovering from addictions. The other 126 locations offer addiction recovery services alongside other mental health services. Out of the patients enrolled in these recovery services, 33% are in recovery from illicit drug addictions, 26% from alcohol addictions, and 41% from addictions to both alcohol abuse and drug abuse simultaneously.

Wisconsin Behavioral Health Resources

Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Substance Abuse
1 West Wilson Street
Room 850
Madison, WI 53707-7851
Phone Number: (608)-266-2717
Fax Number: (608)-266-2579
Web Site: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/substabuse/index.htm