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Substance Abuse Stats in Springfield, IL

Did you know that Springfield is a hotspot for substance abuse? This city is known for being the state capitol, but it comes with an opioid problem

Check out these substance abuse stats in Sangamon County: 

  • The opioid overdose rate was 70% higher than the state rate in 2015
  • Heroin overdose rates doubled between 2016 and 2017
  • The rate of opioid overdoses spiked by 83% in 2018 

These figures make it very clear that heroin is a big problem in Springfield. 

Choosing Between an Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient and outpatient rehab are each useful in different situations. 

Inpatient rehab is the best choice for most people who can afford the time that it takes. This type of rehab offers 24/7 care. You’ll live at the treatment center until you finish your program. 

Outpatient rehab is a great choice if you need extra flexibility during treatment. Not everyone can leave behind their work or children to go to rehab. This kind of rehab lets you attend part-time and keep living at home. 

How Long Can Treatment at a Rehab Last?

You should go to rehab for the longest period that you can. In fact, the shortest recommended period is 90 days. 

Of course, a short rehab stay is better than no treatment. Still, research shows that shorter rehab stays can increase your risk of relapse. 

If you can stay in rehab for even longer than 3 months, then even better! Some people go to outpatient rehab for years. 

What to Expect at Rehab

You should expect your rehab stay to be full of evidence-based treatment and activities. 

Evidence-based treatment is proven to bring about results. It’s often combined with other activities that work as an emotional outlet. 

Some evidence-based treatments include one-on-one therapy, group therapy, and medication. 

Meanwhile, examples of activities in rehab include yoga, art, music, and dance. These activities can’t treat addiction on their own, but they can give you a healthy emotional outlet that isn’t drugs. 

When Would You Need to Go to Detox?

You’ll need to go to detox if you: 

  • Have a substance use disorder
  • Have a history of relapse

Detox gets you through the worst parts of withdrawal safely. Your risk of relapse is highest in the first hours and days. 

It’s very important to attend detox if you abuse certain drugs that have severe withdrawal. Those include alcohol, benzos, and opioids. Without detox, withdrawing from these drugs can lead to relapse. 

How Long is Detox?

The length of detox is different for everybody, but it’s rarely longer than 5 to 7 days. That means those are the most common lengths for detox programs. 

In rare cases, detox can last up to 2 or 3 weeks. That’s more common if you have a complicated history, such as: 

  • Poly-substance abuse, such as using opioids and alcohol together
  • Co-occurring disorders, such as schizophrenia with substance use disorder
  • A repeated history of relapse


  1. Dee Dee Gatton, Fox Illinois. (2017, May 12). Mass killer: heroin epidemic hits Springfield
  2. Droze, R. (2018, November 29). Opioid overdose deaths spike 83 percent in Sangamon County.
  3. State of Illinois Department of Human Services. (2017). The opioid crisis in Illinois: data and the state response