South Dakota Addiction Statistics

When a person struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction goes to seek out treatment, an excellent detox and rehab facility in South Dakota should take into consideration the patient’s specific needs and their unique struggles and way of life. Addiction treatment must be molded to treat each patient because addiction feeds off of each person’s particular fears, each shaped by the history of the patient’s experiences and the lens through which they view their past, present, and future. Indeed, no one should be treated like a statistic, especially when it comes to addiction treatment. However there is still quite a bit of use to looking at overall trends. Understanding how intoxicants change the face of our communities can give us a better understanding of how to shape how South Dakota works to fight the crisis of substance abuse and chemical dependence in the state.


There are a lot of choices that those in South Dakota face when looking for addiction treatment. So many so that it can seem intimidating. Though this is true, like in the rest of the United States, many South Dakota citizens still never reach out to rehab programs seeking help. Why is this? How is it true that with this bevy of treatment options, new innovations in medical addiction treatment being tested and perfected every day, and more kinds of therapy options than ever before, that people in South Dakota still do not find treatment?


Without effective treatment many people end up overdosing; many of them die, others end up in the hospital. The reason for this is simple. Addiction is a chronic disease. It plays off the shame and self hatred that is so prevalent in those with addiction. Maybe this feeling comes from a trauma experienced, guilt, neglect, mental health disorders, or other personal struggles. When someone is stuck in the self loathing place it takes what often must feel like an insurmountable amount of courage and introspection to  accept that one has an addiction and to ask help of another. Finding treatment can be scary, and coming forward to ask for that treatment is often terrifying because our society is so tragically judgemental and cruel to those suffering from this disease.

South Dakota Addiction Statistics

According to The National Survey on Drug Use & Health report, the state of South Dakota has some statistics that deserve a deeper dive in order to fully comprehend drug and alcohol addiction in South Dakotan communities.


According to the Argus Leader, South Dakota drug deaths are up, and opioids play a big part in the spike. “South Dakota Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton said drug-related deaths statewide rose from 8 in 2013 to 33 in 2017; deaths due specifically to opioids including fentanyl and analogs rose from none in 2013 to eight in 2017.”

Youth Mental Health Stats

According to the South Dakota Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality report, Youth alcohol usage is down since 2011 by about 4 percentage points. An average of roughly 7000 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 reported having used alcohol recently. 

Interestingly, from 2011 to 2015, mental health disorders in adolescents aged 12 to 17 increased on average from 8.3 percent to 9.9 percent. In spite of that being true, less than 40 percent of those teenagers received treatment for their mental health disorders, thereby putting them on a more likely path to developing an addiction if they already have not done so.


Adult Mental Health Stats

According to the South Dakota Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality report, adult suicide attempts in the state have gone up from 2011.

“In South Dakota, an annual average of about 23,000 adults aged 18 or older (3.7% of all adults) in 2014–2015 had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. The annual average percentage in 2014–2015 was not significantly different from the annual average percentage in 2011–2012.”

Mental health disorders also went up in South Dakota in adults through these years. With 4.1 percent of people in South Dakota suffering from the struggles of having a mental health disorder. This puts people at a higher risk of developing addiction. The two diseases are often co-occurring and tend to ratchet up each other’s symptoms. Still, like teenagers in the state, not many people suffering from a mental health disorder receive treatment. Up from teenagers, 45 percent of adults with mental health disorders do receive help for their mental illness, but it is still less than half of a wide swath of the population of South Dakota.


Drug Statistics

Both the adults and the youth of South Dakota suffer from an increasing problem with opioid addiction, often in the form of a heroin addiction. In 2014 over 128 thousand people were admitted to a hospital for an opioid related matter. Heroin is a drug that is generally associated with needles. Because people often do administer the intoxicant via needle it brings with it a high risk for infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis.

“In South Dakota, an annual average of about 2,000 individuals aged 12 or older (0.27% of all individuals in this age group) in 2014–2015 had used heroin in the past year. The annual average percentage in 2014–2015 was higher than the annual average percentage in 2013–2014”

Methamphetamine, a drug that kills by way of psychosis and sometimes violent outrages, has become more and more prevalent of late consumption is also on the rise in South Dakota, with over 2 thousand people arrested in 2016, that’s up from the year before by 700 people. Though many have forgotten just how dangerous and deadly meth can be due to the outbreak of the opioid crisis across the globe, while opioids rose in prominence, meth regrouped, and is back now. It has become cheaper, and more available than ever. It has become mass produced rather than made in the middle of nowhere in a dirty lab. Mass production increases availability and the higher potency makes the drug more affordable as well.


South Dakota Drug Treatment

It doesn’t take much convincing for everyone to agree that South Dakota and the rest of the country needs to find a way to get more addicts treatment and more effective treatment at that.  It is vital that addicts seek detox through a medically supervised mental health facility because withdrawal symptoms can cause complications that vary in severity depending on different variables such as the person’s physical and mental wellbeing, the substances taken, and amount the drug was used prior to seeking treatment. Rehab can be done inpatient or outpatient. Through an inpatient treatment program someone will be able to escape the everyday stressors that make it difficult to have the energy to change habits, and be surrounded by individuals who are in similar struggles as well as medical professionals and licensed therapists. After treatment someone in South Dakota should seek out continuing therapy for relapse prevention. This is vital to keep addiction symptoms in remission.

Aspire Health Network offers an affordable detox and rehab programs with effective services and the best licensed staff at your side, supporting you through each step of the process. Throughout the process of recovery your treatment program will be tailored to fit your specific needs and struggles, including taking into account any mental health dual diagnosis that may afflict you. Patients will leave our detox and rehab programs armed with life skills that can help them as they rebuild their lives in a way that will promote their sobriety instead of addiction. And because those life skills are there, they will leave with the self worth necessary to put in the work to stay healthy and guard their sober life. Call us today to learn more about addiction and rehabilitation in South Dakota.