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Iowa Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs

Substances that traditionally pose the greatest threat to Iowa are alcohol and marijuana, while in recent years crystal meth has gained popularity and is causing major concern throughout the state being the primary drug threat. Other illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine are readily available and widely abused in certain areas of Iowa. In addition Iowa is seeing an increase in the abuse of club drugs, such as MDMA(ecstasy) and GHB.

Iowa Drug Rehabs Report Increases in Drug Related Admissions

Although Iowa’s illicit drug use is increasing rapidly, the state is still among the 10 states with the lowest rates, for various age groups, of past month illicit drug use, past year & past month marijuana use, past month use of an illicit drug other than marijuana as well as past year nonmedical use of pain relievers. Iowa is also consistently ranked among the 10 states with lowest rates of past year drug dependence or abuse. However, drug use in Iowa is increasing with a 20% rise in drug only treatment admissions. Upon time of admission, there has been an increase of nearly 20% of individuals mentioning marijuana, which represented 54% of admissions. In addition individuals mentioning methamphetamine upon admissions increased by more than 20% in recent years, accounting for 26% of treatment admissions.

Alcohol Abuse and Binge Drinking in Iowa

Iowa’s alcohol use is an alarming threat to individuals age 12 and older and causing a concern, consistently being one of 10 states with the highest rates of past month binge alcohol use. In addition, rates of alcohol dependence or abuse are consistently above the national rates, with individuals 12-17 being among the 10 highest in the country for past year alcohol dependence or abuse.

Breakdown of Iowa Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services reported a total of 125 treatment centers in Iowa. Private nonprofit accounted for 108 of the facilities with another 6 treatment centers being private for profit. The majority of the facilities offer outpatient care, and another 28 facilities offer some form of residential care. Specialty treatment for opiate addiction is offered by 4 treatment programs along with 13 physicians certified to provide buprenorphine treatment for the addiction of opiates.

For individuals with or without health insurances there are accessible drug and alcohol rehab programs, both in and out of Iowa. If a citizen of Iowa meets certain guidelines, there are treatment facilities for those in need at no cost. This is possible due to 97 facilities who have agreements and contracts with managed care organizations, as well as another 102 treat programs that receive some form of Federal, State, county or local government funds.