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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 Rehabs 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 Centers for illegal street drugs available in Connecticut. The differences between the Drug Rehab Facilities can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Treatment Facility 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 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 Center 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 Rehabilitation Program 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 Rehab Center. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehab Center without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Treatment Center that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Treatment Center 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 Center 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 Rehab Programs 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 Rehabilitation Centers 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 Treatment Facilities 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 Rehabilitation Program 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:
  • Connecticut Renaissance Inc
    Connecticut Renaissance Inc is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 141 Franklin Street Stamford, CT. 6901.
    Connecticut Renaissance Inc can be contacted by calling 203-602-4441.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • 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
  • South Central Rehabilitation Center
    South Central Rehabilitation Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 232 Cedar Street New Haven, CT. 6519.
    South Central Rehabilitation Center can be contacted by calling 203-503-3300.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Spanish Speaking
  • Continuum of Care Inc
    Continuum of Care Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 660 Winchester Avenue New Haven, CT. 6511.
    Continuum of Care Inc can be contacted by calling 203-776-8390.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors
  • College Street Counseling Center
    College Street Counseling Center is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 147 Durham Road Madison, CT. 6443.
    College Street Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 860-347-8894 x1.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, DUI Clients
  • Community Renewal Team Inc
    Community Renewal Team Inc is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 330 Market Street Hartford, CT. 6120.
    Community Renewal Team Inc can be contacted by calling 860-761-7900.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Staywell Healthcare South End II
    Staywell Healthcare South End II is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 1309 South Main Street Prospect, CT. 6712.
    Staywell Healthcare South End II can be contacted by calling 203-756-8021 x3529.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Spanish Speaking
  • Interlude Intensive Residential
    Interlude Intensive Residential is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 19 Cleveland Street Danbury, CT. 6810.
    Interlude Intensive Residential can be contacted by calling 203-743-1599.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Griffin Hospital
    Griffin Hospital is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 241 Seymour Avenue Derby, CT. 6418.
    Griffin Hospital can be contacted by calling 203-732-7541.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health 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, Court Appointed Services
  • Bridgeport Hospital
    Bridgeport Hospital is a Drug Treatment Program 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
  • Wellspring Foundation Inc
    Wellspring Foundation Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 21 Arch Bridge Road Bethlehem, CT. 6751.
    Wellspring Foundation Inc can be contacted by calling 203-266-8000.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • StayWell Healthcare Inc South End II
    StayWell Healthcare Inc South End II is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 1309 South Main Street Waterbury, CT. 6706.
    StayWell Healthcare Inc South End II can be contacted by calling 203-756-8021 x3529.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Spanish Speaking
  • Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
    Cornell Scott Hill Health Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 226 Dixwell Avenue New Haven, CT. 6511.
    Cornell Scott Hill Health Center can be contacted by calling 203-503-3470.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors
  • McCall Center for Behavioral Health
    McCall Center for Behavioral Health is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 58 High Street Torrington, CT. 6790.
    McCall Center for Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 860-496-2100.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Recovery Counseling Services
    Recovery Counseling Services is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 1438 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT. 6604.
    Recovery Counseling Services can be contacted by calling 203-366-5817.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • Chemical Dependency Program
    Chemical Dependency Program is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 151 Hazard Avenue Enfield, CT. 6082.
    Chemical Dependency Program can be contacted by calling 860-763-8043.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Joshua Center
    Joshua Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 72 Shaker Road Enfield, CT. 6082.
    Joshua Center can be contacted by calling 860-749-2243.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab - Day Treatment Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services
  • Devereux Foundation
    Devereux Foundation is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 81 Sabbaday Lane Washington, CT. 6793.
    Devereux Foundation can be contacted by calling 860-868-7377.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services
  • CASA Project Courage
    CASA Project Courage is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 592 Kossuth Street Bridgeport, CT. 6608.
    CASA Project Courage can be contacted by calling 203-339-4777 x304.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Spanish Speaking
  • American School for the Deaf
    American School for the Deaf is a Drug Rehab that is located at 139 North Main Street West Hartford, CT. 6107.
    American School for the Deaf can be contacted by calling 860-570-2298.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired