North Dakota Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts


Drug addiction is something that changes a person’s life – not just their life, either, but their family and friends, as well. In the Great Plains state of North Dakota, the residents enjoy many things including seasonal ice fishing and hiking along the North Country National Scenic Trail and, of course, more jobs thanks to the recent oil boom. A 2013 North Dakota State University study found that increased alcohol and drug abuse was the dark side of the bustling state oil industry, though. The natural wonders of North Dakota are clouded by a substance abuse problem and getting treatment is the best hope for recovery.

Type & Length of Care

Most facilities offer two forms of residential treatments: a long one that lasts 90 days or more and a short one completed in 28 to 30 days.

Long Term Treatment Programs (90-Day)

The long program, 90-day, is a practical option for those individuals that will benefit from around the clock supervision. These treatment facilities provide residential service, or in-patient care, for the entire three months. When making this choice, residents can expect to spend those 90-days living in the facility along with others who are also battling addiction.

The time spent there involves group therapy, as well as talking with therapists and doctors about addiction, behavioral change and the road to recovery. The treatment involves an intake and evaluation process, detox for those who need it and then therapy to get to the root of problems that may trigger the addiction such as depression or anxiety. A 90-day residential program is a good choice for those who are at risk for relapse due to peer pressure or environmental problems.

Short Term Treatment Programs (28/30 Days)

The 28 to 30-day program, or short term plan, is also a reasonable choice when considering inpatient care. Although not right for everyone, it does allows a transitional supervised period living among peers who deal with many of the same issues. As a residential plan, the 28 to 30-day program provides continuous supervision for those who need it.


Inpatient and outpatient describe two different care models for those with a substance abuse problem. Many facilities will offer one or both of these options to consider. Outpatient care is done with the patient living outside the treatment facility, so it does not offer the same level of supervision you get with a residential program. It does, however, allow for both group and individual therapy. It is a good solution for those who need to live independently while going through the treatment phase or after release from an inpatient program.

Inpatient care plans, though, allow for full submersion in a secure environment, reducing the stress and, potentially, increasing the chance of recovery.

Residential Treatment Services

Residential is a term that means living in a facility that provides a stable environment. Each care center offers services that promise to promote sobriety.


Detox means medical management of side effects during detoxification from a drug.  Symptoms include tremors, chills, vomiting and possibly hallucinations.

Sober-living House

Sober-living houses provide interim living during the transition from rehab to normal life. The resident lives in a moderately supervised environment while going to school or working.

Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis plan provides for the treatment of underlying mental health issues that may contribute to addiction. It is not uncommon for people to use drugs to manage the symptoms of a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder. A dual diagnosis plan addresses both the addiction and the mental health problem in an attempt to end the cycle of abuse.

Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs

In North Dakota, substance abuse can involve both alcohol and marijuana. Meth is a growing concern in this state, as well. The least commonly used drug is heroin.


A life of sobriety is not easy to find, especially when traveling that road with no support system. The combination of family and treatment is the best chance for people living a substance abuse problem. The right treatment choice often involves moving to a new environment to get away from the temptations and pressures that make the process harder.