Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Connecticut
Approximately 630,000 Connecticut residents – 17.63% of the state population – use illegal drugs and another 186,000 – 5.21% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. As a consequence, 12.52% of all deaths in Connecticut between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol, aligned with the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of 12.71%. Among the three most populous cities in Connecticut, New Haven had the highest rate of drug- and alcohol-related deaths during that time period at 12.56%, while Bridgeport had the lowest rate at 11.17%.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Connecticut who are struggling with substance abuse addiction to find affordable treatment that will put them on the path to recovery. It is also intended to inform the general public about the dangers of substance abuse in Connecticut.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Connecticut, you can use our directory to find low-cost, quality treatment right away. Read on to find instructions for using the directory and to learn which rehabs qualify as the highest-rated, low-cost facilities in the state.
Table of Contents
I. Getting Help
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Connecticut
If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 206 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Connecticut. Of those 206 centers, Bridges Healthcare, Inc. in Milford received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Bridges Healthcare, Inc., located in Milford, had the highest score in our rankings with 7.6 points out of 10 possible points. The center provides inpatient and intensive outpatient rehabilitation services for adults, adolescents, and members of the military. The center scored well in almost every category except for Rehabilitation Services Provided, due to its limited substance abuse treatment options, although it does accept patients on opioid medications. Bridges received a perfect score for its wide variety of treatment approaches, which include cognitive behavioral, dialectical and and rational emotive therapies; relapse prevention, motivational interviewing and incentives, both the 12-step and Matrix Model approaches, and more. The center also received the maximum points for its wealth of special programs offered to unique populations, such as members of the LGBT community, victims of domestic violence, pregnant/postpartum women, veterans, patients with co-occurring mental health disorders, clients referred from the court system, and more.
Community Mental Health Affiliates is located in New Britain and earned a score of 7.6 points out of 10 points. The facility offers outpatient rehabilitation services to residents of Central Connecticut. It received a perfect score in the category of Treatment Approaches, offering a wide range of techniques, including anger management, community reinforcement plus vouchers, trauma-related counseling, and many more. It also received a high score for the wealth of ancillary services it provides to clients, ranging from health education and screenings to tobacco cessation counseling to housing and transportation assistance and more. The center scored lowest in the category of Cost, earning just 3.33 points as a result of its somewhat limited payment options. However, it does offer a sliding fee scale to clients based on income and other factors.
With 7.3 out of 10 points, the Middletown campus of the Connecticut Valley Hospital Addiction Services Division earned the third-highest score in our rankings. The facility offers inpatient rehabilitation services to residents of Central Connecticut. The center received a near-perfect score in the category of Ancillary Services for its extensive range of complementary services, including case management, social skills development, and housing services, among many more. However, the center offers a limited amount of programs aimed at special demographics, although it does cater to individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders, pregnant women, HIV-positive patients, and deaf and hearing-impaired clients. It scored relatively high in the category of Cost given its multitude of payment options, such as Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, Access to Recovery vouchers, private health insurance, and self-payment.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 7.47
Treatment Approaches: 8.35
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 3.35
Ancillary Services: 9.46
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Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Connecticut
Start by contacting your referral center
In Connecticut, the first step is to contact the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) for information on substance abuse services in your region. Rehabilitation facilities are located in the five regions serviced by the DMHAS across the state. To find the contact information for addiction services in your area, visit the DMHAS website.
The purpose of a referral center is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The referral center is also the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the Connecticut DHHS Medicaid information page.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Connecticut recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.
Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.
Substance use disorder and PTSD go hand-in-hand for many veterans
Veterans face unique challenges that can place them at higher risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population. The primary factor leading to this increased risk is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while other situations, such as unemployment, homelessness and chronic pain, can also be contributing factors. Furthermore, individuals – including veterans – with a substance use disorder are more likely to develop PTSD, so the problem is cyclical in nature.
1 in 3
veterans seeking treatment for a SUD also has PTSD
1 in 4
veterans with PTSD also has a SUD
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, as of early 2019, nearly one of every three veterans who seeks treatment for a substance use disorder also has a PTSD diagnosis. Similarly, over one in four veterans who has received a diagnosis of PTSD is also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in 10 of those individuals who visits a VA health care facility has a substance use disorder.
However, there is hope for veterans suffering from a substance use disorder, as they have access to additional resources for treatment for a SUD or co-occurring SUD and PTSD, and VA benefits often cover the cost of this treatment. To find help with substance abuse treatment from the VA healthcare system, follow these steps:
Enroll: If you aren’t already enrolled, you can check if you are eligible for VA health benefits and then complete the application. You can also research the Department of Veterans Affairs Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program. This program is available in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics around the United States and provides a variety of treatment options, such as rehabilitation, detoxification, and psychiatric services, for veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol. Keep in mind that you must already be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be considered for the program.
Discover: Find out whether your local VA medical center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA medical center is located, call the VA hotline at 800-827-1000 to find out or click here for a comprehensive search of VA locations around the United States.
Find Treatment: If your local VA medical center offers a SUD program, take the next step to learn about your options and enter the program. If your local VA medical center doesn’t provide a SUD program, use this SUD program locator to find the one closest to you that does offer this program. Remember that even VA medical centers without a SUD program can still provide SUD treatment options via the Mental Health clinic within the center.
Veterans in Connecticut can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in their state. Additionally, they can locate information regarding substance abuse treatment services at the Connecticut DMHAS.
Treatment is available for veterans in Connecticut who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 42 substance abuse treatment facilities in Connecticut – representing 20% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Adolescents in Connecticut use marijuana and alcohol at rates much higher than the national average
of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017
of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017
Between 2014 and 2017, 9.4% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Connecticut reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, significantly above the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 12.4% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Connecticut had taken part in the behavior in the past month, again much higher than the national average of 10.1%. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) offers substance abuse services in five regions of the state. Each center works with youth and adults in a particular region of Connecticut to prevent substance abuse, and each has unique resources for families in the region. To find a center near you, check the DMHAS listing.
Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.
Mental Health Resources & Treatment
If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.
Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:
Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.
Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.
Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention LIfeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.
Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in Connecticut:
Connecticut Department of Health and Human Services: The DHHS website has a section dedicated to helping the general public with mental health concerns, including a mental illness information page and a directory of Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) in the state.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut: The NAMI website has a section with resources and guidance for young adults in Connecticut who are struggling with mental illness. Young adults can also visit Turning Point CT, a website dedicated to helping adolescents overcome mental health issues. For veterans, NAMI offers support groups in Newington and West Haven, with details found on the support group information page.
Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenge posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.
12-Step Addiction Meetings in Connecticut
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.
Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you
The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.
Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.
Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.
Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.
The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of Connecticut between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Connecticut population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Connecticut, 2016-2017
* ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.
* ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.
of Connecticut deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Connecticut between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Connecticut compared to the national average.
Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Connecticut, 2008-2017
When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of Connecticut, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Over half a million Connecticut residents suffer from mental illness every year
As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.
of Connecticut adults had a serious mental illness
of Connecticut adolescents had a major depressive episode
Between 2013 and 2017, 3.4% of Connecticut adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Connecticut adolescents, 11.7% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national average of 12.1%.
The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Connecticut.
Mental Health Issues in Connecticut by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Connecticut are significantly lower than the national average
The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States: The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.
Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, Connecticut witnessed a 19.2% increase in suicides. In 2017, Connecticut ranked 45th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Connecticut and the United States, 2017
Connecticut has a much lower opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate
Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with the greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.
opioid prescriptions per 100 Connecticut residents, 2017
opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017
After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in Connecticut was consistently lower than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 67.4 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 48 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a decrease of 28.78%.
Connecticut and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Connecticut is over half the national average
A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.
The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.
of every 10,000 Connecticut residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Connecticut had approximately 3,976 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 11 of every 10,000 Connecticut residents and just over half the national average. This number reveals a 10.65% decrease since 2014 when 4,450 homeless persons lived in Connecticut.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Connecticut by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in the three most populous cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each city are listed.
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Bridgeport are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.
Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are lower in Bridgeport than across Connecticut
of Bridgeport deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Connecticut deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Between 2008 and 2017, there were 74,496 deaths induced by drugs and/or alcohol in Fairfield County, in which Bridgeport is located. This number represented 11.17% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was over a full percentage point lower than the state average of 12.52% during the same time period. Of the top three Connecticut cities, Bridgeport’s death rate was the lowest in the group.
Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Fairfield County, 2008-2017
New Haven’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths aligns with the state average
of New Haven deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of New Haven deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
New Haven is located in New Haven County, which had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 12.56% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage was almost identical to the state average of 12.52% during the same time period. Among the top three cities in Connecticut, New Haven had the highest death rate.
Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in New Haven County, 2008-2017
Hartford’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is slightly lower than the state average
of Hartford deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Connecticut deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Hartford, which is located in Hartford County, had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 11.81% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage was slightly lower than the state average of 12.52% during the same time period. Among the top three cities in Connecticut, Hartford’s death rate fell in the middle.
Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Hartford County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Connecticut for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your referral center. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.