New Haven Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Detox & Treatment Resources

Across the country, substance misuse wreaks havoc in the lives of individuals and families, even in the scenic Nutmeg State of Connecticut. With an abundance of charming towns and villages, pastoral farms and coastal attractions, Connecticut is a state that attracts many people with its appealing charms, but it’s sadly not immune to the substance misuse problems that plague the country. The close proximity to urban centers like New York City, Boston and Philadelphia provides easy access to illegal drugs and makes Connecticut cities vulnerable to drug trafficking.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Connecticut ranks near the top of the states for dependence on illegal drugs by young adults. As the epidemic of opioid addiction continues to rise in the U.S., Connecticut has seen a massive increase in drug overdoses. Recently edging out cocaineheroin has become the drug of choice in the state and is the most common substance listed when individuals seek treatment.

The problem in Connecticut isn’t confined to illicit drugs. There is heavy marijuana use indicated, and the state also ranks above the national average for alcohol use. From 2005 to 2012, rates for binge drinking in Connecticut rose by almost 14 percent, and rates for heavy drinking, in general, climbed 21.3 percent.

Fortunately, drug rehab is available to help individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. If you struggle with any type of addiction, treatment plans can help you cope with stress and deal with the underlying issues that may have led to addiction. Support groups in and around your area also offer beneficial resources that can help with recovery.

Our Closest Facility:
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The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper Drug & Alcohol Rehab
761 Cuthbert Boulevard Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
The Recovery Village – IAFF Center of Excellence does not operate in the state of Connecticut. Our closest treatment facility is in Cherry Hill, NJ and can be seen in the map above.

Finding Help & Recovery in New Haven, CT

New Haven, Connecticut Alcohol Rehab Centers and Drug Centers

While about 22.5 million Americans misuse illicit drugs or alcohol, only a small number of those people receive treatment. Yet, studies have shown such treatment, followed by regular attendance at 12-step or other fellowship meetings, can result in long-term sobriety for many patients. To be effective, treatment should address the unique problems of the individual, who may have other health problems in addition to the addiction. Treating the whole patient is the best solution. To determine the best course, talk about your options with an expert.

Residential Treatment Programs

When you’re ready to take the first steps toward sobriety, a residential treatment program often is the ideal way to treat the whole patient and all his or her health needs. Residential treatment is a full-time immersive experience in which the patient’s medical, psychological and behavioral needs receive care, as the patient receives constant monitoring. It’s most effective when treatment is at least three months long, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and it may last as long as 27 months. Treatment may include medications that ease the patient off the illicit drugs or help with other problems such as anxiety or depression. Behavioral or motivational therapy, as well as family or marriage therapy, may be in an individual or group setting. Other medical needs such as malnutrition resulting from the addiction will also receive care, and the patient undergoes monitoring to help lessen the chances of a relapse.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

For some patients, partial hospitalization may be a more cost-effective or time-conscious solution. Instead of living full-time at the treatment facility, the patient goes to treatment for six or more hours a day to receive similar drug counseling, medical attention and cognitive or behavioral therapy to what he or she would encounter during full hospitalization. It costs less since the patient isn’t living at the facility, and it allows some time for school or work. If the patient has good support at home that encourages sobriety, this can be an effective option.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

In a third treatment consideration, patients live in their homes, with time for work or school, and have regularly scheduled medical and counseling sessions for drug or alcohol rehabilitation. Cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as individual and group sessions and strategies (both medical and psychological) for staying sober are a part of outpatient treatment as well. For patients who have support to monitor them for misuse, and who need the flexibility and a less costly approach, outpatient treatment can be the ideal choice.

Whichever treatment course is best for the individual patient, it can be the start to a new, healthier life of sobriety, especially when followed up by recovery meetings. If you’re ready to make the first brave step toward a life free from misuse, know that your journey may begin with detoxification for drugs or alcohol. Reach out to a rehab center to learn more.

Detox Centers

There are several drug detox centers in New Haven, but the most appropriate for you may in fact be elsewhere, perhaps at a national facility. Detox will include medically supervised withdrawal, which is different for each drug and can be physically as well as emotionally taxing. Patients should not attempt detox without medical supervision. In addition to cravings, symptoms might include fatigue, insomnia and anxiety, nausea and sweating, increased heart rate and blood pressure and the tremors (DTs) for which alcohol withdrawal is famous. During detox, medical professionals may prescribe drugs to ease symptoms, supervise your vital signs and offer therapy to help with psychological changes brought on by stopping the drugs or alcohol. Herbal teas and broth may help with dehydration, and the patient’s nutrition receives care with vitamins and minerals. Once detoxification is complete, the patient moves on to a more complete treatment program with the goal of continued abstinence.

Recovery Meetings Near You in New Haven

The aim of recovery is for participants to experience continued self-growth and improved health and well-being, even in the midst of setbacks. To minimize the risk of setbacks, it’s important for people in recovery to build resilience. A number of meetings and groups offer support systems to people in recovery as well as the friends, family and spouses of those in recovery. In addition to alcohol rehab, people find meetings especially helpful.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous is a non-profit organization that has helped people suffering from addiction to alcohol achieve and maintain sobriety since 1935. The program offers meetings all over the world, with members coming together to work on the steps, discuss problems and progress, and support one another. An important part of the 12-step program is belief in a higher power, which is thought to help members achieve “soundness of mind.”
The desire to stop drinking is the only requirement for membership.

Elm City Phoenix Club
433 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06510

United Church on the Green
270 Temple St.
New Haven, CT 06510

First Baptist Church
205 Edwards St.
New Haven, CT 06511

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings

Similar to the 12-step principles in Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous is a not-for-profit fellowship of members who suffer from addiction to drugs. Established in 1953, the program’s aim is to help members overcome their issues with addiction. A number of NA meetings service people in the Greater New Haven area, as well as drug rehab in New Haven, Connecticut. The desire to stop using drugs is the only requirement for membership.

Elm City Phoenix Club
433 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06510

Trinity Lutheran Church
234 Orange St.
New Haven, CT 06510

Church of the Redeemer
185 Cold Spring Rd.
New Haven, CT 06510

SMART Recovery Meetings

Although AA and NA meetings prove successful for many people, they are not for everyone. SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery meetings offer an alternative, and members can participate online as well as attend in-person meetings. Often, meeting goers combine meetings with New Haven drug rehab to maximize their recovery. The SMART program emphasizes the importance of motivation, coping with cravings, management of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and life balance. The Greater New Haven area offers several options for SMART meetings.

The Grove
760 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06510

Hagaman Memorial Library
227 Main St.
East Haven, CT 06512

American Legion
337 Main St.
West Haven, CT 06516

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings

Friends, family members and spouses of individuals struggling with addiction deal with daily challenges that other people don’t face and may not understand. Fortunately, support systems are also in place for them in the form of the Al-Anon and Nar-Anon organizations. These fellowships also work through the 12-step system. By attending meetings and working through the steps, members learn how to cope with the effects of a loved one’s alcohol problem or drug addictions.

Church of the Redeemer
185 Cold Spring St.
New Haven, CT 06511

In addition to the many drug rehabs, detoxes and meetings, a number of communities located nearby offer resources if needed.