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Vermont
6 Minute Read | Published Oct 12 2023 | Updated Nov 28 2023

Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Mental Health, and Treatment in Vermont

Vermont Summary:

Even though Vermont has a small population, it has some of the highest rates of drug and alcohol use in the nation. In particular, young people in Vermont engage in binge drinking and illicit drug use at far higher rates than the national average. In Vermont, over 20% of youths ages 12-20 report binge drinking, whereas only 14% of youths nationwide report engaging in the same behavior.

Despite these concerns, the state of Vermont does provide residents with services, resources and treatment centers that specialize in drug and alcohol abuse and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues. There are treatment facilities in rural parts of the state, and several payment-assisted treatment programs for residents with financial need.

Quick Vermont statistics:

  • Vermont state population: 650,000
  • Over 7% of Vermont residents abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent
  • An estimated 3% of Vermont residents abuse illicit drugs or suffer from drug addiction
  • Opiates, including prescription opioids, are the most commonly cited drugs in drug treatment admissions in Vermont, followed by marijuana

Alcoholism in Vermont

Vermont is seriously concerned by the number of young adults who engage in binge drinking or heavy drinking. Vermont has some of the highest drinking rates among youths ages 12-20. According to data from 2015, 59% of residents in Vermont report using alcohol in the last 30 days, compared to 52% nationally. 

Fortunately, there are multiple rehab facilities in Vermont that focus on substance abuse treatment and alcoholism. 

Located in Rutland, Recovery House - Grace House is a payment-assisted, nonprofit rehab center that offers an inpatient (residential) treatment program. At Grace House, addicts in treatment participate in individual therapy and the facility is focused on the 12-step recovery model. Grace House aims to provide a comprehensive, co-educational substance abuse treatment program to adults struggling with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. The rehab center offers 24-hour supervision and treatment programs are tailored to the individual. Grace House is open to men, women and young adults and has state-financed or low-cost treatment payment options.

Drug Abuse in Vermont

Like other states across the nation, opioid abuse and addiction is a growing problem in Vermont. Vermont has some of the highest rates of illicit drug use in the U.S., with an estimated 15% of the population reporting having used an illicit substance in the past month. In Vermont, heroin addiction and opioid abuse is now considered a public health crisis, as the number of deaths related to opioid overdose is on the rise.

The state of Vermont has several treatment centers for residents dealing with drug addiction or substance abuse. 

Teen Challenge is a public treatment facility in Johnson that provides a comprehensive addiction treatment and recovery program. Located on a 10-acre campus, the Teen Challenge facility offers mountainside views of Sterling Ridge and is a place where young adult men can focus on overcoming their struggles in a calm, serene environment. Teen Challenge specializes in opioid addiction treatment, which includes addiction to illicit drugs like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. The Teen Challenge facility also provides treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. 

Located in Burlington, the Lund - Residential Treatment facility offers both an inpatient and outpatient program. The rehab center provides medically-assisted detox, which is the process of removing drugs and alcohol from the body under the supervision of a medical professional. The Lund- Residential Treatment center offers group therapy and trauma therapy, which helps individuals address traumatic events from their past. The facility is open to young women and children and accepts Medicaid.

Mental Health in Vermont

In the state of Vermont, suicide and other mental health problems are significant behavioral health issues affecting residents. According to data from 2015, nearly 5% of adults in Vermont have experienced serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, which is higher than the national average. For residents with any type of mental illness, slightly over half (57%) have received treatment or counseling.

For residents in Vermont dealing with mental health conditions or problems, such as major depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, there are treatment programs and facilities available to them.

One such treatment center is Clara Martin Center, a private, payment-assisted facility in Bradford. Clara Martin Center offers an outpatient program and also provides treatment for patients dealing with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. Many people struggling with addiction are also dealing with a behavioral health problem, or have a mental illness. Clara Martin Center offers individual therapy, group therapy, couples counseling and also provides Eating Disorder Treatment for patients suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating or dysfunctional eating patterns. Clara Martin Center is open to adults, young adults and children and accepts Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance.

Does Medicaid cover drug rehab in Vermont?

Medicaid is a government-run health coverage program for residents who meet certain eligibility requirements. There are many drug rehab centers in Vermont that accept both Medicaid and Medicare.

To qualify for Medicaid, residents must be either: a parent, pregnant, under the age of 19 or living within a specified income bracket. Residents who earn less than 133% of the federal poverty level are eligible for Medicaid. Residents with certain disabilities or health conditions may also qualify for Medicaid coverage. Medicare is a healthcare program for senior citizens over the age of 65.

In Vermont, the Department of Health offers a list of preferred providers for addiction treatment. These providers are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement and accept patients with Medicaid coverage. State-funded substance abuse treatment includes inpatient psychiatric and detoxification services and residential programs. 

How long is inpatient drug rehab in Vermont?

The length of a drug or alcohol rehabilitation stay can vary, depending upon the facility and the type of program. For anyone struggling with addiction or substance abuse, it’s important to remember that the recovery process can be different for everyone. There is no one-size-fits-all method for addiction treatment and recovery.

Typically, an inpatient (residential) drug rehab program can run 30, 60 or even 90 days. For many, the first stage of an inpatient program is to undergo medically-assisted detox, which is supervised by health practitioners and staff members at the facility. Following detox, patients in a residential treatment program are encouraged to participate in individual or group therapy, or some type of counseling or 12-step meeting.

After completing an inpatient rehab program, many recovering addicts choose to continue treatment through an outpatient program, or by enrolling in a sober living community or halfway house. These substance-free living environments provide a safe, supportive space for addicts to focus on their sobriety and make a successful transition out of rehab.

Vermont: Looking Ahead 

Vermont is working to combat its rising opioid abuse problem and tackle complex mental health issues affecting residents, such as depression and suicide. In 2015, state lawmakers expanded access to drug and alcohol treatment programs by allowing licensed counselors to accept Medicaid payments, even if their clients did not have a diagnosed mental health disorder. Vermont is also increasing its prevention efforts. After receiving a federal grant, the state is attempting to add alcohol and drug screenings into the primary healthcare network.

Vermont is facing many hurdles in regards to decreasing drug and alcohol use in the state, but help is still available for residents who are struggling with substance abuse or co-occurring addiction and mental health problems. In addition to treatment centers in larger cities like Burlington, there are rehab programs offered in more rural parts of Vermont. This allows residents to find a comprehensive, affordable treatment option in their local area. Help is ready and waiting for those ready to take action and create a better life for themselves.

Treatment Centers And Meetings in Vermont

Treatment Centers
Substance Abuse Burlington Lakeside CBOC
128 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Outpatient Detox and Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Rutland CBOC
232 West Street, Rutland, Vermont, 05701
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health SANA at Stowe
3430 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont, 05672
Outpatient Treatment
Private Insurance
Substance Abuse BAART Behavioral Health Services
1097 Hospital Drive, Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, 05819
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse BAART Behavioral Health Services
475 Union Street, Newport, Vermont, 05855
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse BAART Behavioral Health Services - Central Vermont Addiction Medicine
617 Comstock Road, Montpelier, Vermont, 05602
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center
16 Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro, Vermont, 05304
Outpatient Detox and Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Central Vermont - Substance Abuse Services
100 Hospitality Drive, Barre, Vermont, 05641
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Bradford Farm House
1740 Lower Plain, Bradford, Vermont, 05033
Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Clara Martin Center 24 South Main Street
24 South Main Street, Randolph, Vermont, 05060
Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Ayers Brook
35 Ayers Brook Road, Randolph, Vermont, 05060
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Clara Martin Center
39 Fogg Farm Road, Wilder, Vermont, 05088
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Counseling Services of Addison County - Youth and Family Services
67 Catamount Park, Middlebury, Vermont, 05753
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Counseling Service of Addison County
89 Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont, 05753
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health FortySeven Main Street
706 Main Street, Castleton, Vermont, 05735
Outpatient Treatment
Private Insurance
Substance Abuse Grace Cottage Family Health
185 Grafton Road, Townshend, Vermont, 05353
Outpatient Detox and Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Healthcare and Rehab Services (HCRS)
1 Hospital Court, Bellows Falls, Vermont, 05101
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Healthcare and Rehab Services (HCRS)
390 River Street, Springfield, Vermont, 05156
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Healthcare and Rehab Services (HCRS)
49 School Street, Hartford, Vermont, 05047
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Healthcare and Rehab Services (HCRS)
51 Fairview Street, Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Howard Center - Act One - Bridge Program
184 Pearl Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Outpatient Treatment
Private Insurance
Mental Health Howard Center - Westview House
50 South Willard Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Howard Center - Chittenden Clinic
75 San Remo Drive, South Burlington, Vermont, 05403
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Howard Center - Assist Program 851 Pine Street
851 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Howard Center - Pine Street Counseling Services
855 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Lamoille County Mental Health Services
72 Harrel Street, Morrisville, Vermont, 05661
Outpatient Detox and Inpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Behavioral Health and Wellness Center 607 Washington Highway
607 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont, 05661
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Laraway Youth and Family Services - Laraway School
275 VT Route 15 West, Johnson, Vermont, 05656
Outpatient Treatment
Medicaid and Self-payment options
Substance Abuse Lund Family Center
50 Joy Drive, South Burlington, Vermont, 05403
Outpatient Treatment
Private Insurance
Mental Health Lund Family Center
76 Glen Road, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital - Mental Health
350 Fisher Road, Montpelier, Vermont, 05602
Inpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Soar Learning Center
178 McGinn Drive, Saint Albans Bay, Vermont, 05481
Partial hospitalization program
Medicaid and Self-payment options
Mental Health Northeast Kingdom Human Services
181 Crawford Road, Newport, Vermont, 05855
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Northeast Kingdom Human Services
2225 Portland Street, Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, 05819
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Phoenix Houses of New England - RISE Women's Program
300 Maple Street, Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301
Outpatient Treatment
Self-payment options
Mental Health Phoenix House New England
37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Outpatient Treatment
Self-payment options
Substance Abuse Phoenix Houses of New England - Men's RISE Program
435 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301
Outpatient Treatment
Self-payment options
Substance Abuse Recovery House - Grace House
35 Washington Street, Rutland, Vermont, 05701
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Recovery House - Serenity House
98 Church Street, Wallingford, Vermont, 05773
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Rutland Mental Health Services - Early Childhood Services
10 Engrem Avenue, Rutland, Vermont, 05701
Outpatient Treatment
Self-payment options
Substance Abuse Rutland Mental Health Services - Evergreen Center
45 Union Street, Rutland, Vermont, 05701
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Rutland Mental Health Services - Outpatient Services
7 Court Square, Rutland, Vermont, 05701
Outpatient Treatment
Medicaid and Medicare accepted
Mental Health Rutland Mental Health Services - Child and Family Services
78 South Main Street, Rutland, Vermont, 05701
Outpatient Treatment
Self-payment options
Substance Abuse West Ridge Center
1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, Vermont, 05701
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Spectrum Youth and Family Services
31 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Outpatient Treatment
Self-payment options
Mental Health Springfield Health Center
100 River Street, Springfield, Vermont, 05156
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic - Community
1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, Vermont, 05738
Outpatient Treatment
Self-payment options
Substance Abuse Northshire UCS
5312 Main Street, Manchester Center, Vermont, 05255
Outpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Mental Health University of Vermont Medical Center
111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont, 05401
Inpatient Treatment
Grants and Private Insurance accepted
Substance Abuse Valley Vista Vergennes
1 Alden Place, Vergennes, Vermont, 05491
Outpatient Treatment
Self-payment options

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