Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Wisconsin
Each year, approximately 788,000 Wisconsin residents – 13.56% of the state population – use illegal drugs, and another 339,000 – 5.83% of the state population – abuse alcohol. As a consequence, 17.32% of all deaths in Wisconsin between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol, more than four-and-a-half percentage points above the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of 12.71%. Among Wisconsin’s three most populous cities, Madison had the highest rate of drug-and alcohol-related deaths during the same time period at 18.83%, followed by Green Bay with the second-highest rate at 17.07%. Despite having both a larger population and a higher raw number of deaths, Milwaukee had the lowest drug- and alcohol-death rate of the three most populous cities at 16.81%.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin
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 256 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Wisconsin. Of those 256 centers, Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services AODA Outpatient Clinic in Waukesha received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Located in Waukesha, Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services AODA Outpatient Clinic earned the highest overall score in our rankings with 8 points out of 10 possible points. The clinic provides adolescents and adults with outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services that include medication-assisted treatment and relapse prevention. Its implementation of a wealth of treatment approaches, such as brief intervention, trauma-related counseling, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention, among other modalities, earned the clinic full points in this category.
It also scored high in the category of Special Programs for Unique Demographics due to its multitude of programs custom-tailored to unique populations, ranging from adolescents to transitional age young adults to individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders. Cost was the clinic’s lowest-scoring category; however, it does accept Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment, in addition to offering a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.
Wood County Human Services AODA Program in Wisconsin Rapids placed second in our rankings with an overall score of 7.6 points out of 10 points. The center provides outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services to adult clients, including patients on opioid medications, through medication-assisted treatment. Treatment is accessible to many, as the center accepts Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, IHS/Tribal/Urban (ITU) funds, Access to Recovery vouchers, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment as methods of payment. Furthermore, it offers a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors, as well as providing payment assistance, earning it full points in the category of Cost.
It also received a perfect score for its Special Programs for Unique Demographics designed for individuals who represent unique populations, including clients referred from the court system, individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders, and patients who have experienced trauma. The center’s most significant area of weakness was its ancillary services; however, it does offer domestic violence services, comprehensive mental health assessments, social skills development, and individual/group/marital/family counseling, among several others.
With 6.9 points out of 10 points, Dodge County Department of Human Services and Health Outpatient Clinic in Juneau provides intensive and regular outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services, including medication-assisted treatment and relapse prevention, to adolescents and adults. The clinic’s greatest strength was its ancillary services, such as transportation assistance, employment counseling or training, assistance with obtaining social services, and health education services, among many others.
Cost is a low barrier to treatment — the clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment and offers a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. However, its weakest category is Special Programs for Unique Demographics, with programs limited to individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 7.77
Treatment Approaches: 6.25
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 5.01
Ancillary Services: 8.52
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Wisconsin
230 West Park Street Wautoma, WI 54982 Main Tel: 920-787-6550
Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Wisconsin
Start by contacting your referral center
The Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline is a free and confidential resource that provides Wisconsin residents with referrals to statewide substance abuse support and treatment services. The Helpline’s trained resource specialists can be reached 24/7 via phone, text, and online chat. Individuals can also complete a guided search of the online 211Wisconsin database to find providers of substance abuse treatment and supportive services, as well as information regarding health insurance and the costs of treatment.
Additionally, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Division of Quality Assurance offers its own provider search in which residents can filter results by provider name, location, and area of proximity. By also selecting “Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse/Mental Health Treatment Program” as the provider type, residents can locate all substance abuse facilities statewide that match their specific search criteria.
The DHS Division of Quality Assurance also publishes a directory of statewide certified community substance abuse programs. These programs are listed by location and include contact information and available services.
Low-income Wisconsin residents who need assistance covering the costs of substance abuse treatment may qualify for Medicaid services. Visit the DHS Medicaid in Wisconsin page for further information regarding eligibility.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Wisconsin 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.
Wisconsin ranks among the top 10 states for veterans engaging in binge drinking
According to the CDC, Wisconsin ranked among the top 10 states in 2017 for veterans who engaged in binge drinking, with a reported 20.1% of veterans in the state taking part in the dangerous behavior that is often linked to PTSD. This percentage is among the highest for all 50 states; Hawaii reported the greatest percentage of veterans engaging in binge drinking at 21.5%, while Utah was at the bottom of the rankings at 9.1%.
Top 10 States by Percentage of Veterans Who Binge Drink, 2017
Veterans in Wisconsin 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 access substance abuse services through the Wisconsin Veterans Network or as a resident of the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin James A. Peterson Veteran Village – a residential program intended to assist homeless veterans.
Treatment is available for veterans in Wisconsin who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 47 substance abuse treatment facilities in Wisconsin – representing 17.2% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents
Adolescents in Wisconsin use marijuana and alcohol at rates above 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, 7.9% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Wisconsin reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, above the national average of 6.8% by just over one percentage point. In terms of alcohol use, 10.3% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Wisconsin had taken part in the behavior in the past month, just slightly above the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, 1.5% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Wisconsin 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
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Division of Care and Treatment Services oversees statewide Coordinated Services Teams (CST) Initiatives that optimize the delivery of treatment and support services to children with complex behavioral health challenges. Through these initiatives, county or tribal agencies work with children and their families to develop a comprehensive plan of care based on children’s needs in multiple areas, such as substance use, mental health, juvenile justice, and special education. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has published a directory of counties and tribal agencies to contact for further details about their available CST Initiative services.
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 Wisconsin:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: The DHS website has a section dedicated to educating the general public about mental illness, including a list of community mental health programs and services. Among these programs is a non-residential child and adolescent day treatment program for young Wisconsin residents struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges.
211Wisconsin: The 211Wisconsin Helpline provides state residents with referrals to local mental health treatment resources. Residents can also access the online 211Wisconsin database and complete a guided search for mental health providers.
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 Wisconsin
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.
Woods & Waters Area (Rhinelander, Minocqua, Ashland, Hayward, L'anse)
Sober Living Homes
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 Wisconsin between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Wisconsin population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Wisconsin compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Over 800,000 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin adults had a serious mental illness
of Wisconsin adolescents had a major depressive episode
Between 2013 and 2017, 4.2% of Wisconsin adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, which was identical to the national average. Among Wisconsin adolescents, 15.3% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, above the national average of 12.1% by over three full percentage points.
The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Wisconsin.
Mental Health Issues in Wisconsin by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Wisconsin 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, Wisconsin witnessed a 25.8% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Wisconsin ranked 27th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Wisconsin and the United States, 2017
Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin was consistently lower than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 73.8 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 52.6 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing an even greater decrease of 28.73%.
Wisconsin and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Wisconsin is slightly less than 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 Wisconsin residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Wisconsin had approximately 4,907 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 8 of every 10,000 Wisconsin residents and just slightly less than half the national average. This number reveals a 18.96% decrease since 2014 when 6,055 homeless persons lived in Wisconsin.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Wisconsin 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 Milwaukee and the neighboring city of Brown Deer 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 Milwaukee Area
Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are slightly lower in Milwaukee than the average rate across Wisconsin
of Milwaukee deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Wisconsin deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Between 2008 and 2017, there were 16,407 deaths induced by drugs and alcohol in Milwaukee County, in which Milwaukee – the most populous city in Wisconsin – is located. This number represented 16.81% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was below the state average of 17.32% by less than one percentage point during the same time period. Among the three most populous Wisconsin cities, Milwaukee had the lowest drug- and alcohol-induced death rate, despite having the largest population and highest raw number of deaths due to alcohol and drugs.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Milwaukee County, 2008-2017
Madison’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is significantly above the state average
of Madison deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Wiconsin deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Madison is located in Dane County, where there were 7,075 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, equating to a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 18.83%. This percentage was above the state average of 17.32% in the same time frame by over one-and-a-half percentage points. Of Wisconsin’s three most populous cities, Madison had the highest death rate, surpassing Milwaukee with the lowest rate by more than two full percentage points.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Dane County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Green Bay and the neighboring cities of Appleton and Kewaunee 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 Green Bay Area
The rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths in Green Bay is marginally lower than the average rate in Wisconsin
of Green Bay deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Wisconsin deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Green Bay is the administrative capital of Brown County, which experienced 3,753 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 17.07% of the total number of deaths in the county. This percentage was only slightly below the average across Wisconsin of 17.32% during the same time period. Among the three most populous cities in the state, Green Bay’s drug- and alcohol-induced death rate fell in the middle, below the rate for Madison and above the rate for Milwaukee.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Brown County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Wisconsin 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 service. 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.