Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Vermont
Approximately 159,000 Vermonters – 25.39% of the state population – engage in drug use and another 39,000 – 6.23% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. As a consequence, nearly 21.11% of all deaths in Vermont between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol, a startling eight percentage points above the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of 12.71%. Between the two most populous cities in Vermont, Montpelier-Barre had the higher rate of drug- and alcohol-related deaths during the same time period at 21.6%, while Burlington-South Burlington had the lower rate at 20.9%, still a full eight percentage points higher than the national average.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Vermont 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 Vermont.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Vermont, 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.
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I. Getting Help
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Vermont
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 45 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Vermont. Of those 45 centers, Valley Vista in Bradford received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Located in Bradford, Valley Vista earned the top spot in our rankings with an overall score of 8.5 points out of 10 possible points for its residential and inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services for adolescents and adults. The center received maximum points in nearly all categories. Its perfect score in the category of Rehabilitation Services Provided is due to its medication-assisted treatment and detoxification services, including a SAMHSA-certified Opioid Treatment Program. Treatment approaches are plentiful and range from cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention to trauma-related counseling and brief intervention, among many others.
The center provides a wealth of options in the categories of both Special Programs for Unique Demographics and Ancillary Services. A multitude of special programs for unique populations includes individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders, members of the LGBTQ community, clients referred from the court system, pregnant/postpartum women, and seniors, in addition to many more. Ancillary services that are intended to assist patients with maintaining long-term recovery include housing and transportation assistance, mental health assessments, employment counseling and training, social skills development, aftercare, and a plethora of others.
Its lowest score was in the category of Cost as a result of its somewhat limited payment options, including Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment. It does offer a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.
The Randolph location of Clara Martin Center received a score of 6.7 points out of 10 points and provides outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services for adolescents and adults, including medication-assisted treatment and its acceptance of patients on opioid medication. The center’s strongest feature is its wealth of ancillary services intended to complement and promote the long-term recovery of its clients, including health education and support services, tobacco cessation counseling, domestic violence services, and treatment for other addiction disorders – such as gambling and internet use – in addition to a multitude of others. The center also earned a high score in the category of Cost for its acceptance of many forms of payment, including Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment. It also offers a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. It scored lowest in the category of Treatment Approaches, although it does provide a number of modalities to clients, such as dialectical behavior therapy, anger management, and both 12-step facilitation and Matrix Model approaches.
With an overall score of 5.8 out of 10 points, the Bradford location of Clara Martin Center earned the third spot in our rankings for its offering of outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services for adolescents and adults, including medication-assisted treatment. The center’s lowest-scoring category was Treatment Approaches, although it does provide several modalities to clients, such as trauma-related counseling, brief intervention, and relapse prevention, among several others. Its best feature is its abundance of ancillary services geared toward complementing the long-term recovery of clients, ranging from social skills development to individual and group counseling to health screenings to housing services, and many more. The center also scored received a high score in the category of Cost due to its acceptance of various payment methods, including Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment. It also offers a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 5
Treatment Approaches: 4
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 6.68
Ancillary Services: 8
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Vermont
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Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Vermont
Start by contacting your referral center
In Vermont, the first step is to contact a substance use disorder counselor or program via the state’s Treatment Directory, located on the Vermont Department of Health website. The Treatment Directory contains a Treatment Resource Guide for each of the 11 counties in Vermont. Each Treatment Resource Guide provides substance abuse treatment information specific to the county and answers treatment-related questions that residents may have.
The purpose of a Treatment Resource Guide is to begin the process of determining what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The Vermont Department of Health is 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 Vermont Department of Health health insurance page.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Vermont 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: Veterans in Vermont 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 Vermont Office of Veteran Affairs.
Treatment is available for veterans in Vermont who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 6 substance abuse treatment facilities in Vermont – representing 14.3% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Adolescents in Vermont use marijuana and alcohol at rates significantly 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, 10.5% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Vermont reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, much higher than the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 14.8% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Vermont had taken part in the behavior in the past month, again well above the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, 4.2% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Vermont in 2017 were aged 12-17. 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
Twelve Vermont Department of Health Local Health Offices strive to educate residents around the state about the risks of substance use, as well as to reduce substance misuse and abuse. The DOH website also includes a link to information on locating substance addiction treatment services in Vermont.
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 Vermont:
Vermont Department of Mental Health: The Vermont Department of Mental Health website is dedicated to helping the general public with mental health concerns and offers a special section devoted to adolescents and their families.
Vermont National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): The Vermont branch of NAMI provides information on mental health resources across the state, and offers specific sections 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 Vermont
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 Vermont between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Vermont population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Vermont, 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 Vermont 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 Vermont between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Vermont compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Vermont, 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 Vermont, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Almost 100,000 Vermonters 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 Vermont adults had a serious mental illness
of Vermont adolescents had a major depressive episode
Between 2013 and 2017, 6.5% of Vermont adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Vermont adolescents, 11.5% 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 Vermont.
Mental Health Issues in Vermont by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Vermont are 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, Vermont witnessed a staggering 48.6% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Vermont ranked 19th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Vermont and the United States, 2017
Vermont has a 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 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 Vermont 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 Vermont was consistently lower than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 52.2 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 50.5 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a significantly lower decrease of 3.26%.
Vermont and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Vermont is above 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 Vermont residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Vermont had approximately 1,291 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 21 of every 10,000 Vermont residents, higher than the national average. This number reveals a 17.19% decrease since 2014 when 1,559 homeless persons lived in Vermont.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Vermont by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in a selection of the most populous cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each city are listed.
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Burlington-South Burlington are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Burlington-South Burlington
Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are slightly lower in Burlington-South Burlington than the rate across Vermont
of Burlington-South Burlington deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Vermont deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Between 2008 and 2017, there were 13,107 deaths induced by drugs and alcohol in Chittenden County, in which Burlington-South Burlington is located. This number represented 20.9% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was slightly lower than the state average of 21.11% during the same time period. Burlington-South Burlington had a lower drug- and alcohol-induced death rate than Montpelier-Barre.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Chittenden County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Montpelier-Barre and the neighboring cities of Bradford and Randolph are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Montpelier-Barre Area
Montpelier-Barre’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is slightly higher than the state average
of Montpelier-Barre deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Vermont deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Washington County, in which Montpelier-Barre is located, experienced 6,657 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 21.6% of the total number of deaths in the county, slightly higher than the average of 21.11% across all of Vermont in the same time frame. Montpelier-Barre had a higher drug- and alcohol-induced death rate than Burlington-South Burlington.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Washington County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Vermont 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 accessing your county’s Treatment Resource Guide. 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.