South Dakota Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts


While the use of cigarettes in this country is on the decline the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates more people than ever are using some kind of drug for recreational purposes. The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is one of the countries least densely populated states, but many of the people here fall into a risk category for abuse. Now is the time for South Dakota residents who are fighting the effects of drug use to consider what help is available to them.

Type & Length of Care

Different facilities offer different programs but many base them on two factors: type of treatment and length.

Long Term Treatment Programs (90-Day)

A 90-day program is considered long-term care. Treatment facilities provide residential service that lasts three months. The residents can expect to spend 90-days living in the facility and interacting with others working towards recovery. This time is spent talking with therapists and doctors, as well as taking part in group therapy. The treatment will include both an intake and evaluation process, along with detox as the drug leaves the body and then therapy to help manage the underlying cause of the addiction such as depression or anxiety. A 90-day residential program provides constant supervision, as well, to remove the temptation to use.

Short Term Treatment Programs (28/30 Days)

A short-term care plan offers many of the same elements as the longer 90-day program but it is done in fewer days. This short stay is not always the best choice for everyone. For one thing, it doesn’t allow time for some individuals to control their addiction and find the root cause of it. The 28 to 30-day program is a residential plan, so those recovering will have continuous supervision and interaction with peers going through the same process.


Most programs will offer inpatient or outpatient care. Some will have a program for both either separate or combined. The outpatient care system does not offer the same level of supervision you see with both long and short term treatment plan. It does provide both group and individual therapy, so it a possible solution for anyone able to live independent of the care facility during recovery.

Inpatient refers to programs that submerge the individual completely in a secure environment to increase the chance of recovery.

Residential Treatment Services

Residential treatment means living in a facility that is a stable environment. Each facility offers services designed to promote good mental health and sober lifestyle.


Detox, or withdrawal therapy, is the management of the side affects that usually appear as the body gets used to not having a drug in its system. They exact symptoms vary by drug dependency but may include tremors, chills, vomiting and possibly hallucinations. Some facilities use medicine for a more gradual detoxification process.

Sober-living House

Sober-living houses are interim facilities that help with the transition from rehab to normal life. The resident lives a normal but supervised, lifestyle that includes going to school or work. These houses are usually for those leaving a short or long term program.

Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis program works to treat underlying mental health issues that may contribute to addiction. Many people who use drugs self-medicate to manage a mental health issue such as depression or bipolar disorder. A dual diagnosis program allows therapists to address both the addiction and the condition that may have triggered it to end the cycle of abuse.

Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs

In South Dakota, the most commonly used drug is alcohol, sometimes taken in combination with another drug such as marijuana or cocaine. Meth is a rising problem in this state, as well, in part because there are many rural areas suitable for manufacturing of this drug. Heroin addicts are rare in this state.


Working towards sobriety is not something anyone should try without help. Though family intervention and professional treatment, people caught up addiction can get help, preferably in a new environment – one that takes them away from the temptations and pressures that lead to the drug use. Treatment centers all over the country provide comprehensive treatment options that help them find a life sobriety.