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Substance Abuse Stats in Rockford, IL

Rockford is in the middle of an epidemic, says Winnebago County’s chief deputy coroner. 

In 2016, 87% of all overdose deaths in Winnebago County were caused by heroin and cocaine. 

That’s a massive increase over the 5 years before. In 2015, 61% of overdoses were heroin-related. In 2011, it was just 43%! 

Why the steep spike? As of 2017, 70% of heroin and cocaine overdoses had fentanyl involved. That year, there was an average of 3 overdoses per week. 

Choosing Between an Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab

There are two primary kinds of rehab: inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab.

Those types are ideal for different situations. Inpatient rehab is ideal for most situations because it offers an intensive environment. If you need stability during recovery, inpatient will give that to you. 

Outpatient rehab is a helpful choice if you’re having trouble balancing life with rehab. You can go to rehab part-time while taking care of responsibilities. It’s not the right choice for everyone, but it’s a good choice in some situations. 

How Long Can Treatment at a Rehab Last?

It’s typical for rehab treatment to last at least 90 days. That’s because substance use disorder is a long-term disease. It takes time to learn the strategies you need to keep it under control. 

Some rehab stays should be even longer. If you are recovering from opioid use disorder, then your care team will ask you to stay in treatment for 12 months or longer. That sounds like a long time, but it sets you up for a lifetime of recovery. 

What to Expect at Rehab

You should expect your rehab plan to be tailored to your needs. The best treatment centers use evidence-based treatments such as: 

  • Therapy, including individual and group therapy
  • Group programs, such as 12 Steps
  • Medication, also known as medication-assisted treatment

These treatments can be paired with alternative treatments such as trauma-informed yoga, art therapy, or nature therapy. 

Another critical part of rehab is regular check-ins. These appointments help measure your progress and plan your future treatment. 

When Would You Need to Go to Detox?

You need to go to detox if you have a substance use disorder. Your care team will let you know if that’s necessary. 

Some signs that you have a substance use disorder (SUD) include: 

  • Using drugs even though you want to stop
  • Financial problems caused by drugs
  • Relationship problems caused by drugs
  • A history of relapsing

The biggest sign that you have an SUD is cravings when you try to stop using drugs. If you have any of those signs, then you should seek detox help. 

How Long is Detox?

The average detox period lasts 3 to 5 days. In some cases, detox can last 14 to 21 days, but that’s less common. The length of detox is different each time, depending on: 

  • The type of drug you’re stopping
  • Your health
  • Your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications (yes, these can affect detox!)

If you have a history of relapse, you may need a longer detox. You may also need longer detox if you have poly-drug abuse or a history of abusing multiple drugs at once


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  2. DeCoster, K. (n.d.). Overdose deaths on the rise in Winnebago County
  3. Kristen Zambo. (n.d.). Fentanyl emerges as killer drug in Rockford region