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At the height of this opioid crisis, Connecticut and its citizens have struggled significantly. The state has some of the highest opioid prescribing rates, which has led to serious consequences. In 2014 there were 568 drug-related deaths in Connecticut, but that number jumped quickly to 729 deaths in 2015—of which 188 involved the extremely potent opioid, fentanyl. This year, there are a projected 888 drug-related deaths in the state.
Connecticut—Managing a Crisis with Progressive Prevention
Connecticut was recently awarded a large federal grant to fund prevention programs and behavioral healthcare services to fight back against this problem. The state is responding with drug take-back days to collect unwanted prescription drugs, policymakers have passed a law limiting the length of some opioid prescription, and a prescription monitoring system has been established. Intravenous drug users can access clean syringes, and naloxone distribution programs are working to save more lives from overdoses.
As its substance abuse problems deepen, Connecticut is strengthening its prevention and treatment efforts. There are quality treatment facilities in Connecticut that can help you or your loved one. Call us and we can help you in your search: 1-866-317-7050.
- Every year, almost 300,000 people in Connecticut are abusing or dependent upon drugs and/or alcohol.
- Only around 7% of people who need treatment for alcohol abuse attend a treatment facility.
- For those in need of treatment for illicit drug abuse, more than 20% of people in Connecticut receive it.
- Among people in treatment in Connecticut during 2015, over 35% reported heroin as their primary drug of abuse.
- Alcohol was reported as a primary substance of abuse for around 34% of treatment admissions that same year, and marijuana for 12%.
Sobriety in Connecticut
Though Connecticut is a relatively small state in size, it has over 200 different rehab facilities. One of the greatest assets of Connecticut rehabs is their growing recognition of the link between substance abuse and mental disorders. The state’s data shows that anywhere from 12% to 45% of people in the state deal with co-occurring disorders. For this reason, there’s been a strong push for integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Facilities that offer this kind of care are called dual diagnosis rehabs. These facilities help people with underlying conditions ranging from low to high severity. The ultimate goal is to treat each person individually, gain an understanding of what factors contribute to substance abuse, and use that knowledge to prepare people for a life in recovery.
The majority of Connecticut rehabs are outpatient facilities, many of which offer medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence. But, the state has a larger portion of inpatient facilities than most. Inpatient or residential, treatment can often lead to greater success in recovery because of the reduced risk of relapse early on and the 24/7 access to intensive treatment. In general, though, the best treatment outcomes are correlated with more hours spent in treatment and recovery activities.
A Connecticut rehab will generally offer:
- Screenings for both substance abuse and mental health disorders
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Relapse-prevention training
- Involvement with 12-step programs
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and anger management
- Intervention services
Connecticut’s Substance Abuse Groups
- The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is the state’s authority on recovery-oriented services. Their mission is to effectively serve Connecticut’s behavioral health needs and promote health and wellness across the state.
- The DMHAS has a Community Services Division (CSD), working to integrate mental health and addiction services to better help those with co-occurring disorders. The Division is also involved in ensuring the quality of treatment facilities, overseeing new programs, connecting people to services, and managing the Community Call Line.
- Connecticut’s Network of Care for Behavioral Health handles DMHAS’ statewide services. The website is a place where residents can find resources about behavioral health care to inform them during their search for care.
- The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery is a centralized recovery resource in the state, connecting people with Recovery Community Centers (RCC), recovery housing, employment services, and even telephone recovery support. The group unites people in recovery, family members and friends to advocate for recovery and educate the community.
- The Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition (GHHRC) is an advocate for people in recovery and those struggling with substance abuse, seeking to reduce the harms associated with drug abuse in Connecticut. The group promotes harm reduction policies as well as offers harm reduction services like access to clean syringes and naloxone training and distribution.