Connecticut Substance Abuse Statistics

When someone is dealing with alcoholism or an addiction to drugs and they decide it is time to find treatment in Connecticut, they should take note of their personal history and life’s struggles as well as the addiction itself. Since addiction hits everyone differently, addiction treatment services should be tailored to each patient’s current state of mind as well as how they look at both their past and their future.


Because of this, someone fighting an addiction shouldn’t be seen as a number, but the individual that they are. Nevertheless, it can be useful looking at Connecticut addiction statistics as a whole. By doing so, we can determine a variety of things, not the least of which being just how much of a problem certain substances have become in our state. To help control those numbers, many rehab centers in Connecticut have sprung up over the last decade-and-a-half or so. But even with some of the best rehab centers in the country being located here, many addicts in the state, much like the rest of the country, don’t get the much-needed treatment to quit using and abusing drugs, alcohol, or both. Be it because of circumstantial belief they can’t get help, they don’t know help exists, or they just choose not to seek a rehab center, it is a shame that so few people receive substance abuse treatment in Connecticut when so many great services are available.


Without the help of treatment, many drug and alcohol users find themselves in an overdose situation. While every overdose doesn’t result in death, the dangers of consuming too much drugs or alcohol are very real and can lead to situations that many find worse than death, including severe injuries, brain damage, and more. That being said, looking at the statistics for addiction and substance abuse in Connecticut can be a good tool for rehab centers to know where and how available resources should be used to best treat current and future clients.


Connecticut Addiction Statistics

Every year, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services puts out an Annual Statistical Report that gives “information about the services the Department provides and the individuals served by our mental health and substance abuse system.” Within the Connecticut 2017 Annual Statistical Report for fiscal year 2017.


Some interesting points of information from the report include things like the number of mental health and substance abuse programs available, what type of services people are receiving, the primary substance addictions people are being admitted for, and more. In the state, there were 56,459 substance abuse program admissions (and 57,556 mental health program admissions for those who were wondering).


Of those who attended rehab centers in Connecticut, the primary substances that clients are addicted to are alcohol, heroin, and marijuana (and associated products like THC and Hashish). The number of people who were active in alcohol, heroin, and marijuana programs in order were 28,119, 27,702, and 10,053. Math-minded readers may have noticed that those numbers add up to far more than the 56,459 programs that people were admitted to. This is because many of those programs were individually tailored to people who have addictions to multiple substances.


It should also be noted that there are overlaps of programs between those for mental health and substance abuse. In 2017, that accounted for 7,109 programs where someone received services for both types of programs. This situation is usually referred to as either a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. The overlap number of 7,109 is likely off from what really happens in most rehab centers in Connecticut since so much of what happens in rehab includes a number of behavioral therapy techniques. More specifically, those clients admitted to substance abuse programs are discovered, after the admission, that they have a corresponding mental health problem. These cases are still situations of co-occurring disorders, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they end up always being reported as such to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Furthermore, it should be noted that the report’s Quick Facts also has a category called Major Diagnosis Categories and it shows there were 46,026 serious mental illnesses, 49,936 substance abuse diagnoses, and 24,562 dual diagnoses.


In regards to the diagnoses for those going into mental health programs, the three most common were depressive disorders, schizophrenia spectrum (and other psychotic disorders), and bipolar and its related disorders. The numbers for those, respectively, were 15,888, 10,522, and 9,972. The ratio between those numbers is similar to the mental illnesses that are a part of a dual diagnosis.


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If you or a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, contact us today to find an addiction treatment facility in Connecticut. Our addiction specialists will work with you to determine the best course of action for you and your family in your path to living a life free from addiction and substance abuse.