The Department of Health and Human Services in Nebraska reports that depression is a problem in this state. Mental health issues are often the underlying cause of drug and alcohol disorders. A 2014 report indicates that binge drinking might be part of the mental health crisis in Nebraska. More than 2.5 percent of adults admit to driving while under the influence in a 30-day period.

Treatment Centers in Nebraska

Most of the major cities in Nebraska offer at least one treatment center that provides either outpatient or inpatient care. Those living in small towns or rural areas can easily get to a nearby facility, too. Some of the inpatient treatment centers in Nebraska include:

Alcoholic Resocialization Counseling Help Inc (ARCH)

As the name suggests, this facility located in Nebraska’s biggest city, Omaha, deals strictly with alcohol disorders. It also only accepts men for treatment. ARCH provides long-term inpatient care for 60,  90 or 120 days and includes aftercare at halfway houses or sober living facilities. ARCH takes a holistic approach to alcohol treatment.

CenterPointe Adult Long-Term Residential Program

The capital city of Lincoln has several treatment facilities including this one. Technically, CenterPointe is a mental health service, so they specialize in dual diagnosis care. The long-term residential program lasts for between 60 to 120 days and includes both holistic and alternative treatment plans.

Friendship House 

Grand Island is the third largest city in the state and home to the Friendship House. The Friendship House is a male-oriented long-term treatment facility that provides both inpatient care and aftercare at halfway houses or sober living facilities. Their residential program last between 60 to 120 days.

Nebraska Drug and Alcohol Disorder Treatment Statistics

In this state, the most common complaint by those entering a Nebraska drug rehab facility is an alcohol disorder. That seemly supports the claim by the health department that binge drinking is an overwhelming and escalating concern in the state. Binge is defined as drinking a lot of alcohol in a short time frame.

In 2001, about 61 percent of people seeking treatment did so for alcohol disorders that would include 361 people getting help specifically for binge drinking. The number of alcohol disorder admissions rose to almost 80 percent just 10 years later.

Methamphetamines are another growing issue in this state. In 2003, the National Drug Intelligence Center issued a threat assessment regarding meth abuse in the state of Nebraska citing the drug’s availability as the main cause. That year, about 20 percent of people admitted to a treatment facility suffered from a meth disorder. That number has remained consistent since that threat assessment was issued, although alcohol admissions increased.

Marijuana and cocaine are each responsible for about 10 percent of treatments. Nebraska, like most states, does have a rising opioid problem. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services issued a working strategy to contain this epidemic in 2016. They report that in 2015, 54 Nebraska residents died from an opioid overdose, most of which involved prescription drugs. In January of 2017, the state enacted The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in response to ensure health providers stay within acceptable limits when prescribing opioid-based medication.

Alcohol Laws in Nebraska

Nebraska is a wet state by law, meaning the state prohibits counties from refusing the sale of liquor. The state legal age to purchase alcohol is 21, but they allow anyone over the age of 19 to serve it. Those under the age of 21 caught driving with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of above .02 are subject to arrest. For adults over 21, the BAC limit for operating a vehicle is .08 as it is throughout most of the country. If the police officer feels you are drunk even if your BAC is below .08, you may still be charged with a DUI.

The first DUI conviction comes with 10 days in jail and a 500 dollar fine. The driver’s license is also revoked for up to six months. A second DUI charge means 30 to 90 days in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine. This driver loses his or her license for up to 18 months. A third DUI offense means imprisonment for between 90 to 180 days and a 1,000 dollar fine. A third conviction will also mean you lose your license for 15 years.

Marijuana Use in Nebraska

Marijuana is not a huge problem in the state of Nebraska, in part, because it remains illegal both for recreational and medical use. Possession of less than one ounce is a minor infraction that comes with a 300 dollar fine for the first offense. A second offense might lead to jail time of five days or less and a 500 dollar fine. A person carrying more than an ounce but less than a pound is charged with misdemeanor possession and may spend up to 90 days in jail along with paying a 500 dollar fine. More than one pound of marijuana means five years in prison and a 10,000 dollar fine.

In Nebraska, any attempt to sell marijuana is a felony that leads to 1 to 20 years in jail. If a person sells it in a school zone, the jail time goes up to 1 to 50 years. Those penalties are for any weight of marijuana.

Nebraska Treatment Centers for Drug and Alcohol Disorders

A person with a drug or alcohol disorder has many opportunities for treatment in Nebraska. They include outpatient or inpatient care. An outpatient plan would require you to get regular counseling for the disorder but still live at home. Nebraska inpatient drug rehab means living in a facility for anywhere between 30 to 120 days. This allows the patient to remain in a controlled environment while getting treatment. Long-term care is usually the best strategy for those with severe problems or with a dual diagnosis concern. With the high rates of depression in Nebraska, many facilities specialize in dual diagnosis care.

In this state, an estimated 16,000 seek professional treatment for a drug or alcohol disorder each year. This would include 6.3 percent that will look for short-term inpatient care at a residential facility and 3.0 percent that are admitted for long-term inpatient treatment. Long-term care offers the best chance of sustain sobriety.


Nebraska residents in need of drug or alcohol disorder treatment will find lots of choices both in and outside of the state. Contact us for assistance locating a drug and alcohol treatment center in Nebraska.




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