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Drug Detox Rates in the United States

drug detox rates in the united states

It is no secret that there is a serious drug addiction problem in the United States. Some parts of the U.S. have a greater prevalence than others, but overall New Mexico, Colorado, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Arkansas, Indiana, West Virginia, Missouri, Michigan, and Florida are among the most afflicted states. Some of the most serious drug addictions these populations are also associated with difficult detox processes. Do you know the rates and statistics are related to drug detox in Florida? How about across the United States? If you or a loved one has abused drugs or is considering using drugs, do your research first on what you may be getting involved in.

Of all treatment facilities in the U.S., 10% provide outpatient detox, 8% provide residential detox, and 5% provide hospital inpatient detoxification. In total, 2,981 out of a total of 14,809 treatment facilities offer some type of drug and alcohol detoxification service. Below is a breakdown of what percent of drug detox centers treat particular types of substances for detox. This only covers opioid detox, alcohol detox, benzo detox, meth detox, and cocaine detox. The remaining drugs are grouped into a general category or “other substances.”

  • Opioids – 94 percent 
  • Alcohol – 70 percent 
  • Benzodiazepines – 65 percent 
  • Methamphetamines – 57 percent 
  • Cocaine – 57 percent 
  • Other substances – 10 percent 

Medical Detox Stats

Particularly for the drugs listed above, the use of medication can be very helpful in managing withdrawal symptoms, as well as reducing the urge to use/relapse as detox progresses. Although many detox centers offer some alternative treatment options, 88 percent of facilities that offer detox routinely used medications. 

Relapse Statistics & Detox

Of those who enter detox treatment, nationally only 33% of addicts complete treatment. Additionally, only about 17% of these individuals remain sober after five years. These statistics are improved when detox is followed by a residential or outpatient treatment program.

Detox Center Licensing

Finding a licensed detox center is a high priority as the detox process can be dangerous when it comes to many of the drugs abused by American residents. Below is an overview of how many facilities that offer detoxification treatment have particular types of licensing, accreditation, or certifications.

Outpatient Detoxification

  • State substance abuse agency – 1,158
  • State mental health department – 553
  • State Department of Health – 771
  • Hospital licensing authority – 135
  • Joint Commission – 439
  • CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) – 694
  • NCQA (Council on Accreditation) – 57
  • COA (Council on Accreditation) – 93
  • HFAP (Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program) – 17

Residential Detoxification

  • State substance abuse agency – 937
  • State mental health department – 366
  • State Department of Health – 637
  • Hospital licensing authority – 62
  • Joint Commission – 434
  • CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) – 448
  • NCQA (Council on Accreditation) – 14
  • COA (Council on Accreditation) – 16
  • HFAP (Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program) – 9

Hospital Inpatient Detoxification

  • State substance abuse agency – 410
  • State mental health department – 294
  • State Department of Health – 476
  • Hospital licensing authority – 338
  • Joint Commission – 532
  • CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) – 135
  • NCQA (Council on Accreditation) – 42
  • COA (Council on Accreditation) – 26
  • HFAP (Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program) – 15

Opioid Treatment Programs & Detox

Detox from opioids, regardless of whether they are synthetic, pharmaceutical, illegally-made, etc.,  is unpleasant and very common in South Florida. As listed above, 94% of treatment facilities that offer detox support opioid detox. Common opioids abused among addicts include heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, methadone, tramadol, and fentanyl. Of the centers that offer opioid treatment programs, 661 outpatient, 84 residential, and 116 inpatient centers also offer detox at their facility.

Drug Detox Centers in Florida

There are 726 treatment facilities located in Florida, and 78 offer outpatient detox, 79 offer residential detox and 56 offer inpatient detox. Compass Detox is one of the few facilities that offer residential detox. Located in Pembroke Pines, FL, we are open to individuals from across the United States who are looking for detox treatment. We also work with multiple outpatient and residential treatment facilities for continuing care following detox. Call today to speak with our admissions team and learn more about our detox program.


National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) – 2018. (2019, September). Retrieved January 7, 2020, from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSSATS-2018.pdf

Brooks V.
Brooks V.
Brooks has been a freelance journalist for the better part of two decades, as well as spending a decade as a crisis intervention counselor. Through his own work and researching the work of others throughout the many facets of the detox, crisis intervention, and mental health worlds he has been able to tell the stories of those worlds in an effort to help addicts and those with mental illnesses understand and navigate them.