Addiction Treatment and Detox in Connecticut

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Addiction Treatment in Connecticut

State treatment data for substance use disorders are derived from two primary sources-an annual one-day census in N-SSATS and annual addiction treatment admissions from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). In the 2010 N-SSATS survey, Connecticut showed a total of 28,250 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (26,654 or 94.4%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 555 were under the age of 18.

Across the years for which TEDS data are available, Connecticut has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment admission. Alcohol-only admissions have declined from over 36 percent of all admissions in 1992, to 11% in 2010. Drug only admissions have increased from 22 percent in 1992, to 55 percent in 2010.

Connecticut Addiction Treatment Admissions

Connecticut Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in Connecticut in 2010. The data shows that heroin is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Connecticut, followed by marijuanacocaine and, other opiates.

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual survey of facilities providing substance abuse treatment. It is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). N-SSATS is designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, services offered, and number of clients in treatment at alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities (both public and private) throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program

Recognizing that local problems require local solutions, Drug Free Communities (DFC) organizations mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use by creating local data-driven strategies to reduce drug use in the community. ONDCP works to foster the growth of new coalitions and support existing coalitions through the DFC grants. In 2011, the following Connecticut coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Bridges… A Community Support System
East of the River Action for Substance Abuse Elimination, Inc. (ERASE)
Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids
Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse, Inc (HVCASA)
Madison Alcohol & Drug Education Coalition
New London Community & Campus Coalition
Newtown Public Schools
Plymouth Local Prevention Council
Southeastern Regional Action Council
Southington's Town Wide Effort to Promote Success Coalition
Substance Abuse Action Council of Central Connecticut
Teens in Hartford Promoting Sober Youth
The Assets Steering Committee
The First Selectman's Task Force on Substance Abuse
Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Council
Waterford Alcohol & Drug Education
Windham Substance Abuse Task Force

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