Alaska Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
The biggest substance abuse problems in Alaska seem to revolve around alcohol for the majority of those who need help in the state. About 50,000 people in Alaska were dependent on or abuse alcohol in the past year, compared to roughly 16,000 people abusing or being dependent on illicit drugs.
While this may not be statistically uncommon, there are far too few people in Alaska who are receiving help for their problems. On a given day there are more than 3,600 people in treatment in the state, which is up from about 3,000 just a few years ago.
Of the people receiving treatment services in Alaska, 14% enrolled for only a drug problem, 40% for alcohol only and the remaining 46% for both alcohol and drugs. Finding the right treatment center for an individual can sometimes take some effort, especially since there aren’t that many to choose from in Alaska.
If you have health insurance and are looking for a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, you can contact us for a complimentary insurance benefits check. We will assist you in locating a program that works with your insurance.
Youth substance abuse can be a sign of problems down the road, and nearly 63% of teens in Alaska perceived no great risk from consuming five or more alcoholic drinks once or twice per week. Nearly 79% perceived no great risk from smoking marijuana once per month, and over 9% reported using illicit drugs within the previous month.
When early drug use continues to more frequent abuse, some form of intervention is needed to keep it from developing into a full-blown dependency or addiction. Our parent organization, Family First Intervention, guides people around the country through the intervention process and helps get their loved ones to agree to go into treatment.
A key thing to remember for people in Alaska is that you don’t have to wait for someone to hit “rock bottom” before they can be helped. What if bottom ends in tragedy? Raise that bottom up so they don’t fall anymore with the help of a drug or alcohol intervention.
Alaska, with its vast space and sparse population, has limited resources for substance abuse treatment. Most of the programs available are also only outpatient. If you need help locating a rehabilitation center in or out of the state, contact us any time.
Additional Recovery Resources in Alaska
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Behavioral Health Division
350 Main St., Ste. 214
Juneau, AK 99811
Alaska Psychiatric Institute
3700 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK 99508
Alcohol Safety Action Program
303 K Street, Basement
Anchorage, AK 99501
Alaska Treatment Facility Locator
click here for a list of facilities
AA Meetings in Alaska
click here for meeting locations