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Drug Rehab Connecticut
Find Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs in or around the following Connecticut cities:
- New Haven
- New Britain
- West Haven
- East Hartford
- Vernon Rockville
- New Milford
- New London
- New Canaan
- Rocky Hill
- Stafford Springs
- Old Saybrook
- North Stonington
- Mansfield Center
The state capital of Connecticut is Hartford. This state entered the union on January 9, 1788 and was the fifth state to join the United States of America. Their state motto is Qui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted still sustains). The Connecticut state flower is the mountain laurel and the state tree is the white oak. Their state song is “Yankee Doodle”. Nicknames for this state include Constitutional State and Nutmeg State. As of 2010 3,574,097 people called the state of Connecticut their home. The 2010 census population shows that 1,739,614 of the residents of Connecticut are Male (48.4%); Female: 1,834,483 (51.6%). White: 2,772,410 (77.6%); Black: 362,296 (10.1%); American Indian: 11,256 (0.3%); Asian: 135,565 (3.8%); Other race: 198,466 (5.6%); Two or more races: 92,676 (2.6%); Hispanic/Latino: 479,087 (13.4%). 2010 population 18 and over: 2,757,082; 65 and over: 506,559; median age: 40.0.
Connecticut Drug Use Trends
The state of Connecticut is located in the region of the U.S. known as New England, where it is the southernmost state. It is also part of what is known as the "Tri-State area" which includes Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. To the east is Rhode Island, to the north Massachusetts, with New York to the west and Long Island to the south. Connecticut tends to be somewhat of a suburb of New York City in many regards, with many New Yorkers commuting to work from the state during the weekday or having 2nd homes there. Alcohol, heroin, and prescription drugs are the biggest drug threats in the state of Connecticut, with heroin and prescription drugs causing many serious consequences among residents in recent years. This points to the fact that Connecticut residents could seriously benefit from education about the risks associated with any type of drug and prescription drug use and abuse, including the fact that prescription drugs induce dependence and addiction like any other drug, and the need for quality drug treatment when a drug problem becomes too much to bear and out of the individual's control in the state.
Alcohol is the most commonly used substance in Connecticut, as is the case nationally. According to recent studies and surveys in the state, over 60% of residents ages 12 or older in Connecticut (an estimated 1,775,000 persons) were current users of alcohol, which is 10% higher than the national average. Young adults aged 18-25 have the highest reported prevalence of current alcohol use, as well as the highest rate of binge drinking and dependence and abuse of alcohol. Underage youth also abuse alcohol at very high rates in the state, with 32% of young people in the state reporting past month alcohol use and 21% reporting binge drinking. College students binge drink at very high rates in Connecticut, with 54% of students reporting doing so within the past two weeks. Alarmingly, 42% of high school seniors in the state admit to having consumed five or more drinks within a short time on one or more occasion in the past 30 days.
In terms of illicit drugs, Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in Connecticut and nationally. The rate has only increased in recent years, with prevalence rates increasing from 6.9% to 7.6% and nearly 40% of Connecticut residents 18 and older reporting lifetime use of the drug. College students in the state show particularly high use rates of the drug, with 38% of students admitting to smoking marijuana in the past year and 23.2% in the past month. Additionally, 15% of 9th graders and 34% of 12th graders report current use of marijuana.
There are many indicators that the demand for heroin has increased dramatically in Connecticut in the last decade. It is extremely accessible in the state with an average purity level of 70-80%, making it a very dangerous drug of choice as well in the state. Connecticut's rate of heroin use among adults exceeds the national rate, and nearly 40% of treatment admissions to drug rehab programs in the state are due to the use of heroin as a primary substance. Additionally, there has been a significant increase in overdose deaths associated with heroin in Connecticut, due to the recent increase in potency levels most likely. Yet there is also a form of the drug being laced with an extremely potent narcotic called Fentanyl which is far more potent than heroin and users may not be aware that it is even in what they are purchasing and using in the state. In addition, nationally we are seeing a growing trend of individuals who have been involved in non-medical use of prescription pain killers switching to heroin because it is more accessible and cheaper, and so is the case in Connecticut as well.
Non-medical use of prescription drugs is a very serious problem in Connecticut and nationally. In Connecticut however, nearly 6 million prescriptions were written last year for controlled substances, which is almost double the amount of residents that actually live in the state. Among the most popular prescription drugs of choice for residents who abuse these drugs are Percocet, Oxycodone and Oxycontin which have a street value anywhere from $20 to $60 per tablet. As mentioned above, this is also leading to a heroin epidemic in Connecticut and nationally, because it can be very difficult to keep up with a more expensive prescription drug habit when heroin is far more accessible and far less costly in most cased. The rare of drug overdose deaths in Connecticut rose by 12% between 1999 and 2010, with the majority of these deaths being associated with prescription drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs is also associated with at least 23% of drug-related emergency department admissions and 20% of all single drug-related emergency department deaths. Currently, prescription opioids account for more drug mentions involved in multiple drug-related deaths (19%) than cocaine (15%), heroin (13%) and marijuana (3%) in the state.
Because Connecticut residents are faced with very dangerous drug problems which have been taking the lives of residents at alarming rates in recent years, it is crucial that quality drug treatment solutions are accessible to residents who need help to overcome any type of substance abuse problem. Fortunately, there are a number of quality drug rehab programs in the state, many of which are even covered through private health insurance.
One of the most common misconceptions among individuals looking for treatment is that all rehab is the same, and this couldn't be further from the truth. Some drug rehab programs offer very brief intervention to simply help someone get abstinent, while other programs in Connecticut are far more comprehensive and provide solutions to help an individual address the actual causes of their substance abuse problem. Addressing these types of issues is the key to continued abstinence of course, as is delivering essential behavioral therapy, life skills training, and encouraging the individual to make important lifestyle changes which will encourage a drug free life. These are all additional steps that aren't that are crucial and part of a more extensive and intensive drug rehab program in the state. When searching for a more comprehensive solution in Connecticut, consider long-term inpatient and residential drug rehab programs as your primary options.
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