Like many other states in the nation, Connecticut has experienced a surge in opioid abuse. In fact, opioid abuse and overdoses have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Substance abuse is associated with health problems, economic hardship, crime and poor life quality. Fortunately, Connecticut has a number of qualified drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities across the state. Rehab helps people from Connecticut receive the help they need to quit substance abuse and resume their normal lives.

Connecticut Drug And Alcohol Treatment Centers 

Mountainside Treatment Center

Mountainside Treatment Center provides detoxification, residential care, extended care, outpatient services, recovery care, and more. The three campuses of Mountainside Treatment Centers offer clinical treatments, a holistic approach, adventure-based counseling, family wellness, continuing care, and alumni services.


MCCA offers residential treatment, outpatient service, and transitional housing. Residential treatment includes a detoxification and evaluation program, a short-term residential program, and adult inpatient residential programs for men and for women.

High Watch Recovery Center

High Watch Recovery Center is situated in a relaxing, wooded environment in the Litchfield hills of Connecticut. This beautiful facility offers residential programs and an extended stay program.


InterCommunity offers residential programs that provide a variety of treatment and temporary housing environments. This treatment center helps people succeed on their journey to recovery.

Connecticut Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Disorders

Treatment for drug and alcohol disorders is usually a two-step process – first overcome physical dependence through detoxification then learn how to live without drugs or alcohol through rehabilitation. Each step is important, but detoxification and rehabilitation are different.

Detoxification can take just a few days to a couple of weeks. In-patient detoxification usually involves the use of medications to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms that make quitting so hard. Detoxification helps the body overcome the toxic effects of drugs or alcohol.

Rehabilitation typically takes much longer. Structured rehabilitation programs help individuals stop compulsive drug or alcohol use and regain their normal lives. Rehabilitation helps people change their attitudes towards drug or alcohol use, identify situations that trigger substance abuse, and provide the coping strategies that help people cope with the stresses that often lead to drug or alcohol abuse.

Most drug and alcohol disorders are chronic conditions, which mean relapses can happen. Treatment of any length is a step in the right direction. Because of the chronic nature of drug and alcohol disorders, though, inpatient rehabilitation is often the best approach.

Alcohol and drug disorders are just as unique as the people who experience them; so many Connecticut inpatient rehabilitation facilities offer a wide range of treatment options and amenities. Alternative types of drug and alcohol rehab, such as holistic, wilderness, and faith-based programs are also available.

When is the Right Time to Seek Treatment?

Treatment can help individuals overcome drug or alcohol disorders, but only a small percentage of people get the help they need. The “right” time to seek treatment is different for each person struggling with a drug or alcohol problem. Some recognize their problem early in the disorder and seek treatment right away. Many others go through years of denial before deciding to get help.

Some signs that it is time to seek treatment include:

  • Driving while high or intoxicated
  • A doctor’s notice that substance abuse is causing health problems
  • A request from a family member or friend to stop using drugs or alcohol
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
  • Arrest
  • Bodily harm while under the influence
  • Job loss or expulsion from school
  • Failed attempts at quitting without professional assistance
  • Lying about drinking or drug use
  • A desire to quit


Connecticut Drug And Alcohol Treatment 

SAMHSA tracked admission statistics by the state during 2010. That year, 51,951 people in Connecticut sought assistance in detoxification and rehabilitation for drug and alcohol issues.

Some people chose ambulatory care. About 31 percent of those undergoing treatment for drugs or alcohol issues entered outpatient ambulatory care and nearly 18 percent entered intensive ambulatory care.

Others went to detoxification clinics. Specifically, 16.1 percent entered a freestanding residential detoxification facility, 6.3 percent entered into a hospital inpatient unit, and 1.3 percent went to an ambulatory detoxification facility.

Many people chose residential rehabilitation that featured short-term programs with stays of 30 days or less, long-term programs lasting longer than 30 days, and hospital stays for rehabilitation only. The majority of people in Connecticut with drug or alcohol disorders chose long-term rehabilitation programs. Specifically, 8.5 percent opted for inpatient programs, 6.3 percent chose short-term programs, and 3.2 percent stayed in rehabilitation-only hospitals.

Connecticut Drug And Alcohol Facts

The percentage of illicit drug or alcohol abuse or disorders among adults in Connecticut in 2013 – 2014 was similar to the national average, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). During this time, about 206,000 individuals ages 12 or older were dependent on or abused alcohol. About 88,000 individuals in this age group were dependent on or abused illicit drugs. About 1,097 people aged 12 and older in Connecticut engaged in binge alcohol use in the previous month, according to SAMHSA estimates.

Treatment helps people break the bonds of alcohol or drug disorders, but treatment can only work when a person seeks help. About 20 percent of those with a drug problem in Connecticut sought treatment; just over 7 percent of those with an alcohol problem sought help.

Many do not seek help because they do not realize that they have a problem. Others think that their disorder is not that bad and that they will seek treatment when the time is right.

Connecticut Drug Rehab Admissions

Heroin and alcohol have accounted for most of the admissions to rehab since at least 2001, according to statistics presented by SAMHSA.

In 2015, there were 67,706 admissions to Connecticut treatment centers, according to SAMHSA, up from 47,116 in 2005. Of these, 12,966 were for alcohol only, 23,746 for heroin problems, and 2,934 for non-heroin opioids. Another 4,040 admissions were for cocaine and 8,125 admissions for marijuana or hashish.

Connecticut hit somewhat of a tipping point in 2015 when the number of admissions for heroin rose to surpass the percentage of admissions for alcohol; alcohol and heroin each account for about 40 percent of all treatment admissions in the state. Rehab admissions for other opioids remained largely constant over the years, as do admissions for methamphetamines and amphetamines. Cocaine admissions have dipped slightly. After speaking to nearly 20 percent of admissions in 2010, the percentage of admissions for marijuana remains steady.

Connecticut experienced a 49 percent increase in alcohol treatment rates from 500 per 100,000 people in 2005 to 747 per 100,000 people in 2015. The admission rates for marijuana more than doubled between 2005 and 2015.



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