Drug Rehabs in Burlington, VT

Burlington is the largest city in Vermont and the county seat of Chittenden County. Burlington has a vibrant New England culture and a population of about 43,000 people. Unfortunately, some Burlington residents are living with drug addiction and battling alcohol abuse, yet there is always hope for recovery.

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    The Opioid Epidemic in Burlington

    Although Vermont has a lower rate of fatal drug overdoses than all the other states in New England, the city of Burlington still faces challenges with the national opioid epidemic. In 2017, 104 people in Vermont lost their lives to drug overdoses, and 75 Vermonters died after suffering a drug overdose in the first six months of 2018. Most fatal overdoses in Vermont involve at least one opioid. The number of fatal overdoses on fentanyl, an opioid which is even more potent than heroin, has risen greatly since 2014. In fact, fentanyl was the cause of 68 of the 104 lethal overdoses in 2017 in Vermont.

    In recent years, the number of deaths in Burlington involving heroin has also increased as drug traffickers continue to bring the carry the dangerous opioid into the city. In 2016, the Burlington Police Department arrested a man carrying 2,500 bags of heroin. The trafficker received a long prison sentence in 2018 and admitted to bringing at least 10,000 bags of heroin into Burlington and Vermont during the months which preceded his arrest.

    Alcohol Abuse in Burlington

    The prevalence of binge drinking in Vermont is higher than the prevalence of binge drinking among Americans nationwide. Binge drinking can result in alcohol dependency and addiction. In 2018, almost 20% of adults in Vermont reported excessively drinking alcohol. Additionally, Burlington has higher rates of binge drinking and alcoholism than the rest of the state. According to the Vermont Department of Health, people who begin to drink alcohol as adolescents are more likely to develop addiction to alcohol as adults. In 2017, 16% of high school students in Chittenden County were binge drinking.

    Marijuana in Burlington

    In Vermont, adults may legally use marijuana for medical purpose and for recreation. No one in Vermont may use marijuana in a public place or while driving. Although many believe that marijuana is harmless, regular users can develop a psychological dependency on the drug. Furthermore, according to the Vermont Department of Health, frequent use of marijuana is correlated with lower grades, lower income, and an overall worse quality of life. Nevertheless, in 2017, 34% of high school students in Burlington and Chittenden County used marijuana frequently.

    Progress in Burlington

    Although the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse in Burlington are serious, the people and law enforcement of Burlington have made progress in the fight against addiction and drug trafficking. Vermont has integrated a network of doctors and recovery centers into a “hub-and-spokes model” for helping people overcome drug addiction. Vermont has the highest capacity in the United States for treating Americans who are struggling with substance abuse, and in 2015, almost 3,000 people were undergoing treatment for addiction to alcohol or drugs in Chittenden County. In Vermont, while the police continue working to confiscate illegal drugs from distributors, “Good Samaritan laws” legally protect anyone who calls the police to report an overdose. The Vermont Department of Health is also dispensing a medication which reverses the effects of overdoses called naloxone (also known as Narcan) through a program called the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Project. The city of Burlington may even soon open a supervised injection facility to help residents who are addicted to heroin.

    Finding Help in Burlington

    Anyone can surmount drug and alcohol addiction with determination and the right support. If you or someone you know in Burlington is living with the burdens of substance abuse, contact a dedicated treatment provider today.

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      Government Programs

      Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

      Champlain Valley Area of Narcotics AnonymousPO Box 64714
      Burlington, VT 05406-4714
      802- 862-4516
      Champlain Valley Area of Narcotics AnonymousPO Box 64714
      Burlington, VT 05406-4714

      College Programs

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      Champlain College

      The mission of the Champlain College’s Counseling & Accommodations Services Center is to focus on the mind, body, and spirit of our students through a holistic approach. We offer to all Champlain a full range of confidential mental health services and reasonable academic and housing accommodations students. To address emotional and relational aspects of a student’s health and growth we use a wellness model and a self-advocacy and independence-focused developmental model of support to those in need of accommodations.

      163 South Willard Street
      Burlington, VT 05402

      Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS)

      University of Vermont

      CAPS mission is to promote the psychological wellbeing of the University of Vermont community with a primary emphasis on serving students. We offer short-term individual counseling, urgent needs counseling, group counseling, psychiatry, referrals, and consultation services for all members and groups of our diverse UVM community. CAPS also provide easily accessible and competent services to the UVM community.

      VT 05405

      Bergeron Wellness Center

      Saint Michael's College

      Our psychological wellbeing clinicians and nurse practitioners will assist students in getting appointments off campus with native medical suppliers, specialists, or counseling as required. The idea of the Bergeron Wellness Center is to produce confidential look after the bodies, minds and spirits of our various students in support of their lifelong wellbeing. We tend to welcome all of our students to acquire the care that may support their lives on campus and on the far side.

      One Winooski Park
      Colchester, Vermont 05439

      Student Health and Counseling Center

      SUNY College at Plattsburgh

      Our number one focal point is on brief-time period, objective leaning remedy. Thus our counselors work with college students in developing or coping strategies for resolving conflicts, or dealing with a crisis state of affairs. For examples worry, nervousness, psychological health, meals-associated worries, despair, college tuning, relationship issues, substance misuse, sexual orientation issues, and challenges for intercontinental college students.

      75 Beekman Street
      Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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