Utah Drug Stats Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts

According to 2013 reports, drug overdose deaths in the state of Utah have increased by 59% since 1999, with the state having the eighth highest drug overdose mortality rate within the U.S. If you’re dealing with addiction, it’s essential to recognize the problem and seek a treatment center before you become a statistic. Utah offers many different drug treatment programs, but it’s important to find a inpatient or outpatient program that will meet your needs. Here’s a closer look at the types of inpatient and outpatient treatment and services available in Utah to help you decide on the best program to help you recover and improve your life.

Programs for Specific Needs

Utah is a popular location for teens as it offers lower costs, and a place away from larger urban areas. Most places can accommodate treatment for couples, but you will want to check. There are also about as many centers that are women-only, as are male only. Most importantly, there are 22 centers that work specifically with pregnant and postpartum women. The search tools to the left let you choose the option you need.

Payment Options In Utah

A little over 96% of drug rehab facilities are setup to take out-of-pocket payments, while insurance is available for 79% of centers.  There are a handful that accept Medicaid (72) and Medicare (53), and generally, if financially qualified, some financially distressed individuals can even get costs lowered according to a sliding scale. .

utah drug trnds

State Drug Use & Addiction Center Treatment Trends

Within the state of Utah, methamphetamine is one of the most commonly abused and treated drugs. However, some of the other drugs that are often used and treated in Utah drug treatment centers and rehabs include oxycodone, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and benzodiazepines.

Alcohol Use

At 15.4%, according to the 2014 and 2015 NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health), Utah has the lowest alcohol use rate of any state in the United States between ages 12 and 20, making it the most sober state for youngsters.

While Utah a clean place for kids, it is also the driest state for adults at a mere 35%. This should be little surprise to those who know the former State of Deseret as the being the current home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which eschews alcohol and tobacco as part of their belief.

Comparatively, Mississippi comes in at 43%, or 8% higher in absolute terms, and about 20% higher in relative terms. In 3rd place, West Virginia sits at 44%, but more on that in a moment.

An overwhelming 98% of addiction treatment centers in Utah treat alcoholism, while 46% of centers treat both the illness and co-occurring mental health issues. 20% of alcohol abuse centers also offer drug and alcohol detox.


Should we be surprised then to learn then that Utah is also the state with the lowest rate of cigarette use at 15.3% overall? At 3.7% for teens, it is less than a percentage behind California at 4.29%, with differences in adults being similar.   Perhaps California is getting healthier, or the fact they are one of the few states where smoking is illegal until 21 years of age.

Alternatives such as vaping or other drugs are a consideration too. In fact, alternative drugs appears to be the case in West Virginia where it has the 2nd lowest drinking rate in the country, along with the highest smoking rate, it has the highest youth and adult smoking rates in the country at 12.6% and 37.9% respectively.

Alcoholism (Alcohol Use Disorder)

It seems that while Utah is lower on the usage rates, the rates of alcohol use disorder are not quite the lowest (5.15%), although this is a much smaller range, as now the difference is a fraction of a percent. For 18+, only Alabama and Arkansas are lower at 4.9% and 5.1%. It does however have the lowest rates of abuse by adults at 4.1%, so maybe there should be some more outreach to kids that need help.


Cocaine is also the lowest in Utah overall at 0.9%. As for teen use, Washington D.C. beats Utah: 0.34% to 0.40%, but with the capital being the highest cocaine use of any state, perhaps the data is unreliable. Mississippi again edges out Utah at 0.36%. For adults though, Utah is #1 again at 0.53% just behind Idaho at 0.67%.


Utah is below average in heroine usage, but at a low 0.22% the data is far less significant. More significant is the trend over time.

Methadone, an opioid analgesic, is used in twelve Utah heroine rehab centers to treat heroine addictions. As a class II narcotic, it carries risk of dependence, but is often used to help people step down from heroine, thereby replacing the more addictive substance.

Serious Mental Illness

As for serious mental illness in the last year, the difference between the highest and lowest states is a mere 2%, and Utah sits at 4.55% which is about 0.5% above the national average.

There are 71 psychological treatment facilities in Utah, which is about average.

Serious Thoughts of Suicide

And as for serious thoughts of suicide in the last year, Utah unfortunately tops the list for 18 year olds and up at 5.25%, with Montana at 4.95%, and Texas at 3.46%. Utah also ranks the second highest on this list for 26+ years in age at 4.18%, just behind Montana at 4.29%.

Interesting though that for the 18-25 year old range, it falls a full percentage under Oregon (9.9% vs 10.5%), as well as New Hampshire and Alaska.

Texas overall “suicide thought rate” (18+ years) is on the other end at 3.46%, which is about a 1.77% less than Utah. Then again, Texas also is known as the tough, independent attitude, which in theory could affect the number of people will to report such.

Any Mental Illness

As for any mental illness in the past year, for 26+, Utah improves to 38th place with 19.7%, Kentucky 21.6% and Hawaii at the top at 15.3%. For 18 year to 15 year olds Utah ranks in 8th place, and no apparent obvious social or economic trends stand out in attempt to explain these patterns.

Getting Help

For those that are dealing with addiction to meth, cocaine, prescription drugs, heroin, alcohol, or other substances, immediate treatment is imperative. It’s essential to begin the rehabilitation process right away so you can enjoy recovery and take back your life.

Patients often see the best rehabilitation result when they decide to travel to a Utah facility that is away from home, since they leave behind their peers and familiar surroundings, allowing them to stay focused on the recovery process. If you’re ready to leave drug addiction or alcoholism behind and get started on your recovery journey, then start your sober substance abuse therapy and counseling program today! Call Us!