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Connecticut Drug Addiction Recovery and Treatment Programs and Centers


Connecticut has problems with drug abuse in part because it is so close to New York City and all the unsavory activities that go on there. Of all drugs, heroin and cocaine are two of Connecticut’s biggest concerns. The state of Connecticut is part of a major drug smuggling route for drugs being brought in from Canada. For many years, the state of Connecticut has ranked near the top of the list of states with drug and alcohol addiction problems.


In 2006, there were over 36,000 people admitted to drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in Connecticut. Out of all people that sought treatment, the biggest number were there for heroin addiction treatment. Connecticut’s rehab centers tell us that about thirty-five percent of people admitted were treated for heroin use. Heroin is especially prevalent in Connecticut- and that extends right into the state’s schools. Almost four percent of Connecticut’s students have tried heroin.

Many parents think that their children’s school doesn’t have a problem with drugs, or that no one they know could ever become addicted. However, the fact that over half of all of Connecticut’s eleventh-graders have tried marijuana and the easy availability of prescription pain medicines should convince us otherwise. Of course, there’s no guarantee that one-time drug use will lead to an addiction, but most hard-core addicts got their start using “harmless” drugs like marijuana and alcohol.

If you live in Connecticut and you have a drug problem, there are many treatment centers there to help you. As of 2006, there were 209 alcohol and drug treatment centers in the state. That means that most of Connecticut’s people live within easy travel distance of a rehab. Of all of Connecticut’s drug treatment centers, eighty-six percent are private and nonprofit, and the remainder are either private/for-profit, tribally owned, or publicly run. This wide variety of centers offers Connecticut’s drug addicts a lot of choices, but not all programs are offered by all centers.

Only forty-one drug treatment centers in Connecticut offered opioid programs in 2006.

Most of Connecticut’s drug and alcohol treatment centers offer services on an outpatient basis, but not all addicts can be cured this way. Many people have addictions that are bad enough to require residential treatment, and there are sixty-six residential drug treatment facilities in the state of Connecticut. To beat a drug or alcohol addiction, a patient has to be evaluated, placed in a program, and receive counseling and behavioral therapy. A comprehensive treatment program offers the best chance for an addict to get clean, and a good support system will reduce their chance of a relapse.

If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs and alcohol, there are many treatment centers in Connecticut. With the majority of them receiving some form of public funding, Connecticut’s people have options when it comes to getting help. Don’t let fear or shame stand in the way of getting treated for an addiction.

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