Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Utah
Approximately 345,000 residents of Utah – 10.91% of the state population – use illegal drugs and another 119,000 – 3.76% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. As a result, 14.6% of all deaths in Utah between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol, nearly two percentage points above the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of 12.71%. Of the two most populous areas in Utah, Salt Lake City-West Valley City-West Jordan had the higher rate of drug- and alcohol-rinduced deaths during that time frame at 16.19%, while the rate for Provo-Orem was much lower at 10.36%.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Utah who are struggling with substance abuse and 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 Utah.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Utah, you can use our directory to locate low-cost, quality treatment right away. Read on to find instructions for using the directory and to learn which rehabilitation centers 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 Utah
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 261 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Utah. Of those 261 centers, Odyssey House Adult Residential Program in Salt Lake City received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Located in Grand Rapids, Cherry Health Heart of the City Health Center earned the highest overall score in our rankings of 7.6 points out of 10 points and provides outpatient rehabilitation services to adolescents, young adults, and adults. It received the highest score in the category of Rehabilitation Services Provided due to its detoxification and relapse prevention services and its utilization of buprenorphine and naltrexone in treatment. Additional forms of assistance such as housing services, employment counseling and training, mental health assessments, and many more also earned it a high score for the ancillary services it offers to its clients. Treatment approaches were a further area of strength for the center and include cognitive behavioral therapy, the Matrix Model and 12-step facilitation approaches, anger management, and motivational interviewing/incentives, among several others. In terms of cost, the center accepts Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, private health insurance, and self-payment as payment options. It earned minimal points for its special programs for unique populations — these are available only to individuals who have experienced trauma and with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Davis Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Outpatient Program, located in Layton, earned an overall score of 8.3 points out of 10 points in our rankings for its substance abuse rehabilitation services offered to adults, including medication-assisted treatment, detoxification services, and acceptance of patients on opioid medication. It received a perfect score for its wealth of treatment approaches, which entail, but are not limited to, both 12-step facilitation and Matrix Model approaches, brief intervention, community reinforcement plus vouchers, anger management, and several more. The center also earned full points for its lengthy list of specialized programs that cater to unique populations, including individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders, patients who have experienced trauma, domestic violence, and sexual abuse; clients with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis, and many more. It scored lowest in the category of Ancillary Services; however, it does offer a selection of services that are intended to complement the recovery process, ranging from social skills development and assistance with obtaining social services to comprehensive mental health assessments and domestic violence services, among several others.
With a score of 7.5 out of 10 points, Family Counseling Center in Salt Lake City received the third place in our rankings. The facility provides unique outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services dedicated to low-income families, including medication-assisted treatment and the acceptance of clients on opioid medication. It earned one of its highest scores in the category of Cost due to its multitude of payment options, such as Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment, in addition to a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.The center’s other top score was in the category of Treatment Approaches for its host of modalities, ranging from trauma-related counseling and relapse prevention to motivational interviewing/incentives and cognitive, dialectical, and rational emotive behavioral therapies, among several others.The primary weakness of the center is its limited ancillary services; however, such services that are intended to complement clients’ long-term recovery include tobacco cessation counseling, health education services, individual/group/marital/family counseling, aftercare, and several more.
11762 South State Street, Suite 360 Draper, UT 84020 Main Tel: 801-571-6798
Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Utah
Start by contacting your referral center
In Utah, the first step is to contact the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to find assistance with substance abuse services in Utah. Substance use disorder treatment services are available in every Utah county. For information on available services and to locate treatment, visit the DSAMH website.
The purpose of a referral center is to determine the 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 Utah Department of Health 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 Utah 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.
Utah reports the lowest percentage in the country for veterans engaging in binge drinking
According to the CDC, Utah ranked among the bottom 10 states in 2017 for veterans who engaged in binge drinking with 9.1% – the lowest reported percentage in the country – of veterans taking part in the dangerous behavior that is often linked to PTSD. By contrast, Hawaii reported the greatest percentage of veterans engaging in binge drinking at 21.5%.
Bottom 10 States by Percentage of Veterans Who Binge Drink, 2017
Veterans in Utah 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 the state. Additionally, they can locate information regarding substance abuse treatment services at the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs website.
Treatment is available for veterans in Utah who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 55 substance abuse treatment facilities in Utah – representing 23% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Adolescents in Utah use marijuana and alcohol at rates much lower 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, 3.8% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Utah reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, slightly over half the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 4.2% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Utah had taken part in the behavior in the past month, less than half the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, 6.6% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Utah in 2017 were aged 12-17. To address the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) offers substance abuse prevention services in each county to empower youth and families to prevent substance abuse. To learn about substance abuse prevention in Utah and to contact your local prevention professional, visit the prevention page of the DSAMH website.
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 Utah:
Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health: The DSAMH website provides the general public with information on how to access mental health services and a special section devoted to the mental health of children.
Utah National Alliance on Mental Illness: The Utah branch of NAMI provides information on mental health resources across the state and offers specific sections about education programs for families of adolescents and veterans.
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 challenges 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 Utah
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 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 Utah between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Utah population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Utah, 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 Utah 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 Utah between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Utah compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Utah, 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 Utah, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Half a million residents of Utah 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 Utah adults had a serious mental illness
of Utah adolescents had a major depressive episode
Between 2013 and 2017, 6.3% of Utah adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Utah adolescents, 13.3% 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 Utah.
Mental Health Issues in Utah by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Utah are significantly higher 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, Utah witnessed a 46.5% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Utah ranked 6th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Utah and the United States, 2017
Utah has a higher 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 a 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 Utah 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 Utah was consistently higher than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 82.1 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 63.8 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a smaller decrease of 22.29%.
The rate of homelessness in Utah is slightly 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 Utah residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Utah had approximately 2,876 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 9 of every 10,000 Utah residents and just slightly over half the national average. This number reveals a 6.65% decrease since 2014 when 3,081 homeless persons lived in Utah.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Utah by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in the two most populous areas. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each area are listed.
Salt Lake City-West Valley City-West Jordan
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Salt Lake City-West Valley City-West Jordan are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Salt Lake City-West Valley City-West Jordan
Deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Salt Lake City-West Valley City-West Jordan are well above the rate across Utah
of Salt Lake City deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Utah deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Salt Lake County, in which Salt Lake City, West Valley City, and West Jordan are located, experienced 11,676 deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017. This death toll represented 16.19% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was nearly two percentage points higher than the state average of 14.6% during the same time period. Salt Lake City-West Valley City-West Jordan reported a much higher drug-and alcohol-induced death rate than Provo-Orem.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Salt Lake County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Provo-Orem and the neighboring cities of Draper and Riverton are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Grand Rapids
Provo-Orem’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is significantly lower than the state average
of Provo-Orem deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Utah deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The reported number of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Utah County, home to Provo and Orem, was 2,514 between 2008 and 2017, which equates to 10.36% of the total number of deaths among all ages. This percentage was over four percentage points lower than the state average of 14.6% in the same time frame. Consequently, Provo-Orem ranked below Salt Lake City-West Valley City-West Jordan for these types of deaths.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Utah County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Utah 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.