Drug abuse in South Dakota

South Dakota has a population of 895,376 people. The most recent data from the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that 94,000 people over the age of 12 had abused illegal substances in the past month, around 10.50% of the population. 82,000 reported marijuana use in the past month and 126,000 in the past year. The report also found that 19,000 South Dakota residents had abused cocaine in the past year, 16,000 had abused meth, and 32,000 had abused prescription pain medication. 10,000 people over the age of 18 reported using heroin in the last year. Those reporting opioid misuse including heroin, painkillers, and fentanyl in South Dakota totaled 32,000 people.

Alcohol abuse in South Dakota

Alcohol misuse was also reported in South Dakota with 425,000 people over the age of 12 saying they had used alcohol in the last month and 199,000 reporting binge drinking. The perceived risk of people over 12 years of age indulging in problematic alcohol use (5 or more drinks twice a week) in a month was 314,000 people.

Drug overdose deaths in South Dakota

In 2021, South Dakota saw a total of 87 recorded drug-related overdose deaths. This includes those that were accidental or unidentifiable but excludes those that were related to suicide or homicide. This puts the overdose death toll in South Dakota at 9.7 people per 100,000. The total number of alcohol related deaths (including overdose and all other causes) was 377 people.

Addiction treatment statistics in South Dakota

The NSDUH report also recorded the total amount of substance abuse disorders in South Dakota and those who currently require treatment. The report found that 140,000 were recorded as having a substance use disorder (SUD) and 108,000 had an alcohol use disorder. 22,000 people were recorded as having an opioid use disorder including those with painkiller, heroin, and other opioid-based drug use disorders. There are also many who have been diagnosed with or reported a substance, illicit drug, or alcohol use disorder that require rehab treatment and are not receiving it. The report found that 61 people in South Dakota needed treatment for illicit substance abuse, 94,000 required treatment for an alcohol use disorder, and 118,000 needed treatment for a diagnosed substance use disorder.

What treatment options are available in South Dakota?

In South Dakota, you can get treatment for specific addictions like alcohol, opioids, tobacco, and other substances. Other treatment options you can get in these facilities include inpatient treatment, detox, 12- step programs, and behavioral therapy. 

Here are some of those treatment facilities you can find in South Dakota:

Rehab centers for Opioid addiction in South Dakota

  • Keystone Treatment Center
  • Sioux Falls Treatment Center

  • Counseling services

  • Choices Recovery services

  • South Dakota Urban Indian health

Rehab centers for alcohol addiction in South Dakota

  • Compass Point 
  • Carroll Institute 

  • Capital Area Counselling Institute 

  • Keystone Treatment Center

  • Bartels Counseling Services

Rehab centers with detox treatment for adolescents in South Dakota

  • Glory House of Sioux Falls 
  • Avera Saint Lukes

  • Community Counseling services

  • Carroll Institute 

  • Dakota Drug and alcohol prevention Inc

  • Fort Thompson  Service unit

  • Capital Area Counseling Services

How do I pay for rehab in South Dakota?

Most rehab centers in South Dakota accept self-pay and other forms of payment like health insurance. If you don’t qualify for public health insurance like Medicare or Medicaid, then you should consider private health insurance to cover your treatment costs. 

You can also find rehab centers that offer payment plans like monthly installments to increase access to their services regardless of their ability to pay for rehab. 

Thanks to state funding, there are some treatment facilities that offer low-cost healthcare services so you can manage your addiction. With crowdfunding options like GoFundMe available, you can get financial help to access rehab treatment.

Government assistance for addiction treatment in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Health offers various programs and derives to help reduce drug and alcohol addiction in the state. They have a tobacco prevention and control program to help current smokers quit and reduce nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke. 

For more help with locating treatment centers and talking to a trained professional, you can contact the department at 605-773-3361