Rhode Island exhibited the highest rate of illicit drug use in the nation in 2015. The following year, Rhode Island saw over twice the national average rate of overdose deaths due to opioids, reflecting its status at the time as the state with the seventh highest opioid overdose deaths. Fortunately, such deaths have decreased since then, but they still remain a huge public health issue.
Increasing Overdose Deaths Due to Fentanyl
Rhode Island’s Department of Health notes that, since 2009, deaths from prescription drug overdose have leveled off, but overall there has been a trend of increasing deaths from illicit drugs. The potent painkiller, fentanyl, often produced illicitly, continues to be used by dealers to bolster other drugs like cocaine or meth in minute but dangerous amounts, frequently resulting in lethal overdoses.
In 2018, the state pointed to fentanyl’s widespread presence as a major reason why it was unable to curb its overdose death rates by its goal of a third. Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Klonopin, are commonly mixed with painkillers to dangerous or deadly results, and play a large role in Rhode Island overdoses. The state ranked fourth highest in the nation and first in New England in 2016 for its number of benzodiazepine prescriptions.
Increase in RI Treatment Resources, But Not Enough
According to the New York Times, recent decreases in such deaths are attributable to an increase in addiction treatment resources, as well as public health campaigns that have increased awareness. Among these are Rhode Island’s increased federal funding for opioid treatment, a relatively new policy to treat substance abuse in incarcerated individuals, updates to prescribing guidelines for various drugs, and the state’s Strategic Plan on Addiction and Overdose. Nevertheless, the state continues to struggle with substance abuse and overdose deaths as public health crises.
Accessing drug addiction treatment can be prohibitively expensive or impossible due to waiting lists, with one study finding as many as one fifth of young adult opioid users unable to procure care even when most had insurance. Such insurance did not guarantee access, with many turned down for coverage by their insurance companies, and many unable to afford drug addiction treatment or to receive treatment in a timely manner. Other barriers to treatment include homelessness, the stigma surrounding addiction treatment, and more.
From Rhode Island Cities to New Hampshire Mountains
Out-of-state drug rehab care near Rhode Island may be the answer for many who struggle to find proper, timely substance abuse treatment in Rhode Island. Seeking treatment out-of-state may seem an unconventional choice, but it can offer addicts a chance to get away from the familiar environments and situations that led to drug addiction in the first place.
Opening up one’s search to drug addiction treatment facilities in other states also opens the door to different treatment methodologies, levels of care, and more options that may be better suited to addressing one’s needs. Out-of-state drug rehab care does not have to make family visitation impossible. Those seeking care in nearby states, such as New Hampshire, can still reach their loved ones within a relatively short drive.
Why Rhode Island Residents Choose GRC
- 2-3.5 hours away from Providence and Narragansett
- Mountain and lake panoramic views
- Close for family visits
- Full continuum of care
- 12-step integrated with clinical modalities
Granite Recovery Centers in New Hampshire offers a full continuum of recovery care, including medically-supervised detox, inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs, extended care and sober living facilities. Our unique addiction recovery programs use the 12 Steps as a foundation and roadmap for recovery, which we reinforce and aid with clinical psychotherapy and a host of other proven, compassionate treatments.
We treat addiction and its causes, whether co-occurring mental disorders, grief or trauma, or environmental and social factors. Whatever your issues with substance abuse, we will personalize our care to your needs and help you or your loved one achieve lasting recovery from the disease of addiction.
Directions from Providence and Northern R.I.
Green Mountain Treatment Center (Effingham, NH) is just under 3 hours from Providence, Rhode Island and neighboring towns and cities.
New Freedom Academy, our smaller residential drug rehab facility is located in Canterbury, N.H., and is only 2 hours and 15 minutes from Providence, R.I.
Directions from Narragansett and Southern R.I.
Green Mountain Treatment Center (Effingham, NH) is just under 3.5 hours from Naragansett, Rhode Island and Southern R.I.
New Freedom Academy in Canterbury, N.H. is a short 2 hour and 45 minute from Narragansett and Southern Rhode Island points.
If you have questions about our drug rehab centers near Rhode Island, please reach out at (603)339-4160. We can help.