Utah 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.

Type & Length of Treatment

Long Term Treatment Programs

Most long term treatment centers will require stay of at least 90 days, although certain programs may last 120 days or even longer. Long term programs are known for their high success rates because they ensure the patient has long term support and treatment. The longer length of treatment gives someone time to address the many factors that may contribute to addiction, and professionals are able to offer someone the education they need to prevent relapse.

Short Term Treatment Programs

A short term drug treatment program in Utah will last between 28-30 days depending on the facilities offering treatment. Short term programs begin with detoxification, a treatment that lasts several days. After detox, patients receive outpatient treatment. Group substance abuse classes are generally required from these substance rehabilitation centers. Going with a short term program offers a way for individuals with work and/or family responsibilities to get the treatment they need.

Outpatient Programs

Utah outpatient programs involve patients regularly visiting a behavioral health counselor, and individual or group drug counseling is usually a requirement as well. Drug treatment facilities use different types of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and multidimensional family therapy. Treatment is intensive in the beginning and eventually the patient are able to go on to regular meetings for outpatient addiction treatment.

Inpatient Programs

Patients involved in inpatient programs are required to stay in the treatment facility. During the program, they receive 24-hour care that’s very intensive. Safe housing and medical attention are provided to patients and a variety of different therapeutic approaches are used by facilities to help patients recover.

Residential Treatment Services


A detox program generally lasts for several days to a week at your typical rehab, and medical monitoring is offered to patients as they go through individuals withdrawal. Many deal with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, and supervision and medications may be used to help individuals deal with the side effects that come with withdrawal. The patient also receives support from professionals throughout the detox process.

Sober-living House

A sober living house, also known as a halfway house, provides individuals with a safe place to live while they transition from inpatient programs to outpatient rehab programs. Certain individuals continue to live in these homes as they go through Utah outpatient treatment. Patients often find this option more affordable than going through a residential drug treatment program, and they are provided with services and support that help them meet their goals of living drug-free.

Dual Diagnosis

When someone has both a mental health problem and addiction, dual diagnosis treatment rehabs offers the best treatment option. Both the mental illness and the addiction must be treated simultaneously to reduce the chance or relapse. Dual diagnosis treatment involves addresses both issues to improve patient outcomes and their chance to staying clean after treatment.

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. .

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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!