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In Connecticut and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in Connecticut believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten Connecticut families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in Connecticut who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Treatment Centers to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Connecticut must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across Connecticut, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehabilitation Facilities for illegal street drugs available in Connecticut. The differences between the Drug Treatment Centers can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehab is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Rehab Center option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right Connecticut Drug Rehab Program for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Treatment Facility in Connecticut will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Rehabilitation Facility. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Treatment Facility without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehab in Connecticut, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Rehab Program should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Rehabilitation Centers for illegal street drugs in Connecticut:

  • Connecticut Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Treatment Programs or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • Connecticut Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Rehab Programs are often scheduled around work or school.
  • Connecticut Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehab Facility for illegal street drugs in Connecticut. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • Connecticut Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • Connecticut Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • Connecticut Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Rehab while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Connecticut Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in Connecticut:
  • Cornell Scott Hill Health Corporation
    Cornell Scott Hill Health Corporation is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 121 Wakelee Avenue Ansonia, CT. 6401.
    Cornell Scott Hill Health Corporation can be contacted by calling 203-503-3650.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Connecticut Counseling Centers Inc
    Connecticut Counseling Centers Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 4 Midland Road Waterbury, CT. 6705.
    Connecticut Counseling Centers Inc can be contacted by calling 203-755-8874.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Spanish Speaking
  • Hartford Dispensary/New Britain Clinic
    Hartford Dispensary/New Britain Clinic is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 70 Whiting Street New Britain, CT. 6051.
    Hartford Dispensary/New Britain Clinic can be contacted by calling 860-827-3313.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System
    VA Connecticut Healthcare System is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 555 Willard Avenue Newington, CT. 6111.
    VA Connecticut Healthcare System can be contacted by calling 860-667-6747.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Newtown Youth and Family Services Inc
    Newtown Youth and Family Services Inc is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 15 Berkshire Road Sandy Hook, CT. 6482.
    Newtown Youth and Family Services Inc can be contacted by calling 203-270-4335.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • Danbury Hospital Center for Child and
    Danbury Hospital Center for Child and is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 152 West Street Danbury, CT. 6810.
    Danbury Hospital Center for Child and can be contacted by calling 203-791-5100.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Court Appointed Services
  • Bridgeport Hospital
    Bridgeport Hospital is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 267 Grant Street Bridgeport, CT. 6610.
    Bridgeport Hospital can be contacted by calling 203-384-3504.
    Treatment Services: Health Services, Drug Detox, Inpatient Hospital Services
  • Recovery Network of Programs Inc
    Recovery Network of Programs Inc is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 2 Research Drive Stratford, CT. 6615.
    Recovery Network of Programs Inc can be contacted by calling 203-386-8802 x134.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • CREC
    CREC is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 474 School Street East Hartford, CT. 6108.
    CREC can be contacted by calling 860-289-8131 x3408.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • Walden Behavioral Care
    Walden Behavioral Care is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 2400 Tamarack Road South Windsor, CT. 6074.
    Walden Behavioral Care can be contacted by calling 860-533-4672.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab - Day Treatment Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • McCall Foundation Inc
    McCall Foundation Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 58 High Street Torrington, CT. 6790.
    McCall Foundation Inc can be contacted by calling 860-496-2100.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors
  • Hispanic Health Council
    Hispanic Health Council is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 116 Sherman Avenue New Haven, CT. 6511.
    Hispanic Health Council can be contacted by calling 203-781-0226.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, AIDS/HIV Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Spanish Speaking
  • Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital
    Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 184 Liberty Street New Haven, CT. 6519.
    Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital can be contacted by calling 203-688-9704 x00.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • High Watch Recovery Center
    High Watch Recovery Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 62 Carter Road Kent, CT. 6757.
    High Watch Recovery Center can be contacted by calling 860-927-3772.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse
  • Positive Directions
    Positive Directions is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 420 Post Road West Westport, CT. 6880.
    Positive Directions can be contacted by calling 203-227-7644 x120.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Institute for the Hispanic Family
    Institute for the Hispanic Family is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 45 Wadsworth Street Hartford, CT. 6106.
    Institute for the Hispanic Family can be contacted by calling 860-527-1124.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • St. Marys Inpatient Behavioral Hlth
    St. Marys Inpatient Behavioral Hlth is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 56 Franklin Street Waterbury, CT. 6706.
    St. Marys Inpatient Behavioral Hlth can be contacted by calling 203-709-6000 x6141.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Drug Detox, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Quinebaug Day Treatment Center
    Quinebaug Day Treatment Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 11 Dog Hill Road Dayville, CT. 6241.
    Quinebaug Day Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 860-779-0321.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Rushford at Stonegate
    Rushford at Stonegate is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 459 Wallingford Road Durham, CT. 6422.
    Rushford at Stonegate can be contacted by calling 877-577-3233.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Court Appointed Services
  • United Comm and Family Services Inc
    United Comm and Family Services Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 70 Main Street Jewett City, CT. 6351.
    United Comm and Family Services Inc can be contacted by calling 860-822-4900.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired