In Connecticut, drug abuse is considered an epidemic. Every day, two people forfeit their lives to a drug overdose. Substance abuse kills more people in Connecticut than car wrecks or gun shots. In 2015, there were 723 deaths from drug abuse which is twice the number that lost their lives to drugs in Connecticut in 2012.
Is There a Substance Abuse Problem in Connecticut?
Many states have seen a rise in substance abuse related deaths, Connecticut is among these states and from 1999 through 2013 saw a 76.5% increase in drug-related deaths and a 59% increase in alcohol-induced deaths.
Of particular concern to health authorities in Connecticut is that of 723 deaths due to drugs in 2015, 60% involved prescription pain relief medication. As laws regarding prescription painkillers tighten opioid abusers often move to heroin that is easy to find and cheaper than pain pills. With these facts in mind, it is fair to say that substance abuse in Connecticut has reached epidemic status. Connecticut ranks in the top 10 states in the US for substance abuse.
Getting Help for Substance Abuse Disorder in Connecticut
Experts agree that the most difficult part of conquering substance abuse (drugs or alcohol) is the “drying out” or withdrawal phase. Physicians know that people who are medically supervised during withdrawal do much better in conquering substance abuse than those who attempt to do it on their own, a practice often referred to as “cold turkey.”
Withdrawal Treatment Options
There are three options for withdrawal treatment, they are:
- Medically supervised inpatient
- Medically supervised outpatient
- No medical supervision – DIY
According to scientific authorities, Option 1 is the best choice. Choosing this option allows medical personnel to supervise you and offer you medication to help you withdraw more comfortably.
Option 2 is a choice often made by people with family commitments or work-related obligations. Monitoring is less intense than in Option 1, and withdrawal medication may be limited.
Option 3, the Do-it-Yourself method has the highest failure rate of any withdrawal option. Also, people with substance abuse disorders who try the DIY method of withdrawal and fail may approach another attempt with fear of failure – often a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Connecticut
While nearly every substance use abuse treatment center in Connecticut accepts private pay patients and privately insured patients, patients who have Medicaid insurance often must hunt for a facility that will help them complete the work of becoming sober. The following list includes Medicaid providers is noted in the facility description.
Connecticut Substance Use Abuse Treatment Facilities
CASA Inc, Bridgeport Connecticut & Newport Connecticut
For the last 20 years, CASA has been providing substance abuse treatment to the traditionally underserved populations of Connecticut. CASA is nationally accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
CASA accepts Medicaid as well as all other forms of payment.
Treatment includes inpatient and outpatient services.
High Watch Recovery Center, Kent Connecticut
This residential treatment facility aids those seeking sobriety. High Watch uses the 12-step program as the basis for treatment along with treatment of the neurobiology of substance abuse. Each treatment plan is designed for the individual and their addiction and is provided in a comfortable, healthy, and safe environment.
Liberation Programs; Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, and Bridgeport Connecticut
Liberation Programs offers both inpatient and outpatient services. Services are facility specific. Medicaid is accepted as is private insurance and private pay patients. Liberation Programs can help individuals secure insurance through the government’s Affordable Care Act, determine eligibility and assist in applying for state and federal benefits, offer services on a self-pay sliding scale and, in limited circumstances, provide scholarship treatment. CARF accredited,
Connecticut Drug and Alcohol Rehabs
- Ansonia (5)
East Hartford (5)
Jewett City (2)
Mansfield Center (6)
New Britain (23)
New Canaan (1)
New Haven (45)
New London (11)
New Milford (6)
North Haven (2)
North Stonington (1)
Old Greenwich (1)
Old Saybrook (2)
Quaker Hill (1)
Rocky Hill (2)
Sandy Hook (1)
South Windsor (1)
Stafford Springs (3)
Vernon Rockville (3)
West Hartford (1)
West Haven (5)