Alcohol abuse is an ongoing problem in the state of Montana, according to their official website. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Montana ranked third in alcohol-related deaths between 2006 and 2010.  Of course, alcohol is not the only substance abused in this state but on average 13.2 percent of all deaths of adults are linked to it in some way.

Montana Drug And Alcohol Treatment Centers 

There are several opportunities in the state of Montana for those looking to get help for a drug or alcohol disorder. They include outpatient options like walk-in clinics and self-help groups, short-term inpatient care and long-term residential treatment. You can opt for a treatment themed plan to enhance the experience by providing wilderness environments or counseling based on a specific faith.

If necessary, you could even look to neighboring states like Utah to find the best treatment options. Some of Montana’s top inpatient treatment centers include:

Alternative Youth Care

Located in the city of Kalispell, Montana, this facility is geared toward younger people and offers inpatient care for 60, 90 or 120 days. It also provides aftercare addiction treatment at designated halfway house or sober living facilities and has programs for those who want a Christian-based treatment plan.

Western Montana Addiction Service Carol Graham

In Missoula, Montana, residents can turn to this center to find extended inpatient care for serious disorders of either alcohol or drugs, prescribed or street. They specialize in dual diagnosis care for treatment for individuals with both a drug or alcohol disorder and underlying mental health issues like depression or bipolar disorder. There inpatient care spans from 60 to 90 to 120 days and includes residential beds for children, so they can avoid being separated from their primary caregiver. Treatment there would also involve aftercare at halfway houses or sober living facilities to provide a stable environment that improves the odds that the patient will stay sober after their inpatient care plan ends.

Montana Chemical Dependency Center 

A number of facilities in the state of Montana focus on short-term inpatient care because alcohol is the primary abused substance as opposed to prescription or street drugs. That would include this center located in Butte, which offers residential treatment plans for 30 days. They provide ASL for hearing impaired individuals and Christian counseling.

Montana Inpatient And Outpatient Treatment Centers

In Montana, those seeking help for a drug or alcohol disorder have the option of inpatient or outpatient care. Inpatient care requires them to live in a facility for a certain amount of time. The benefit is they are in a controlled environment and unable to use. Outpatient care involves going to counseling at a treatment facility each day but living at home with friends or family to help keep you sober.

One percent of people that enter into a Montana inpatient drug rehab opt for a short-term program, which is typically 30 days. Three percent decide on an inpatient treatment plan and stayed in a controlled environment for over 30 days. For severe disorders, inpatient care offers the best hope of prolonged sobriety.

Montana Alcohol Laws

All counties in the state of Montana are wet, in other words, it is legal to drink throughout the state. They do enforce strict drinking and driving laws, though. Jail time is almost a given with the first DUI offense, however, it can range anywhere from one day to six months. Residents also pay a fine for their first offense that ranges from 600 to 1,000 dollars

A second offense will put you in jail for 14 days to one year. Offenders pay a fine from 1,200 to 2,000 dollars. With a third DUI offense, both the jail time and fines increase. A person with three DUIs may face up 60 days to one year in jail and pay between 5,000 to 10,000 dollars in fines.

Multiple offenses or driving while intoxicated with minors in the car are considered felonies in Montana. All these penalties for driving while intoxicated include either a suspension or revocation of driving privileges.

Marijuana Use in Montana

In Montana, recreational marijuana use is still illegal and comes with stiff penalties. Possession of as little as one joint can mean up to six months in jail. In 2012, there were approximately 1,502 arrests or citations issued related to marijuana use. Ninety-five percent of them were for possession — that’s three times as many as in 2006. Marijuana continues to be the second most abused drug in the state.

Montana Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rates  

In this state, admission to Montana drug rehab centers is overwhelmingly for alcohol disorders. Approximately 60 percent of people seeking treatment do so to control their drinking. Compare that to the almost negligible numbers that get treatment for cocaine and other hard street drugs. Marijuana is the next closest abused drug in the state with around 20 percent of people being admitted to a treatment center for its use.

Of course, there is a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse with an escalation seen in the last few years of overdose deaths. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids estimates 2.1 million adults in this country abuse prescription opioids.

The state of Montana ranks low in the nation when it comes to opioid treatment concerns but it is still a significant cost factor. The state has spent around 50 million dollars trying to curtail the escalation of opioid disorders and it counts for around .2 percent of the total healthcare costs.

Alcohol abuse in Montana extends beyond chronic drinking. Reports show that around 214 individuals entered into a treatment program for binge drinking. Binge drinking means that they consume a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time. Compared to other states such as California, Montana’s binge drinking statistics are low but they do factor into the overall alcohol use problem there.



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