Idaho Alcohol and Drug Use Statistics
Here are some relevant drug and alcohol abuse statistics for Idaho residents:1,2
In 2021, 10% of adults in Idaho reported using drugs for non-medical purposes.
Illicit drug use was higher than non-medical use of prescription drugs.
Men and women are equally likely to use drugs.
People making under $25,000 per year were the most likely to report drug use, with 14% saying they used substances.
Cost of Drug Rehab in Idaho
Your costs for addiction treatment will depend on a lot of factors. Your out-of-pocket costs will be determined based on several criteria, including:
Whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient program
The type of amenities and features
The duration of your treatment
If the facility takes your insurance plan
Where the facility is located
Choosing inpatient rehab, sometimes called residential rehab, will come with higher costs. You will live in the facility for the entire duration of your treatment. Your costs will include housing, meals, therapy, and any medical care you need. If you choose a facility with luxury add-ons, your costs will go up.
If cost is a barrier to getting care, you can find free, low-cost, or sliding-scale programs in Idaho. You can ask a treatment center if it has structured payment plans. This will allow you to spread payments out over time. Some facilities have a sliding scale for costs and set your expenses based on your income level.
Does Insurance Cover Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Idaho?
Insurance plans have to cover addiction treatment. There are two laws that require insurance coverage for rehab: the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act. This extends all types of insurance, including private insurance, insurance through an employer, Medicaid, Medicare, and military insurance plans.
Insurance companies often have specific networks of healthcare facilities that they work with, including addiction treatment facilities. You will have higher out-of-pocket costs at facilities that aren’t part of your insurance company’s network. You can ask your insurance company or the rehab center whether it is part of your insurance network.
Medicaid Covered Treatment Centers
Medicaid is a state-federal partnership to provide health insurance to low-income adults and children, people with certain disabilities, and women who are pregnant. In Idaho, residents who make 138% of the federal poverty level or less are eligible for Medicaid coverage.3
Medicare Covered Treatment Centers
Medicare is an insurance plan offered by the federal government for people over the age of 65 and certain people with disabilities or health conditions.
If you need inpatient addiction treatment, you can use the hospitalization coverage under Medicare Part A.4 You will have to pay a co-pay, but the remainder of the costs of treatment are covered by Medicare. If you choose outpatient treatment, Medicare Part B covers that as mental health care.5 Some Medicare Advantage supplemental plans offer more coverage or a larger network of facilities to choose from when selecting treatment.
Private Insurance Covers Substance Abuse Treatment
All private insurance plans cover addiction treatment. Your total coverage and number of participating facilities in your plan’s network will vary. Ask your insurance provider for the details of your coverage. Make sure you understand:
- What your deductible amount will be
- If you have co-pays for addiction treatment
- What types of addiction treatment the plan covers
- The names of treatment facilities in your insurance company’s network
- What, if any, exclusions apply to your treatment
Levels of Addiction Treatment
Detox refers to a set of interventions designed to alleviate painful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, provide medical care and supervision, and help you achieve a medically-stable, substance-free state. Detox is not a substitute for addiction treatment; rather, it is the first step on the continuum of care.
Once you complete detox, it’s important to transition into a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program, where you can learn vital skills necessary to stay sober in the long run.
Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Idaho
Inpatient rehabilitation, or residential rehab, is a treatment program where you live at the facility during treatment. You spend all your time at the facility or on supervised outings. You may be there for anywhere from 30-90 days. Some programs are longer.
Inpatient treatment is one of the best options for achieving long-term recovery from addiction. If you need medical assistance with detoxification, inpatient programs may provide that on-site or at an affiliated medical center. Once you completely detoxify, you will have the opportunity to focus entirely on treatment without distractions or opportunities for relapse.
Inpatient programs are structured and well-supervised. Each day will include counseling activities and peer support. Many inpatient programs offer aftercare for continued therapy once you have been discharged. The staff will be available for support and assistance in returning to your home and other activities.
Outpatient Treatment Centers
In an outpatient program, you attend therapy sessions at a rehab facility but live at home. You may go to treatment daily or several times a week. The length of your therapy sessions will depend on the intensity of the program. There are three main levels of outpatient care, including:
- Day treatment programs: Also called partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), these programs are intensive and involve several hours of care per day, seven days per week.
- Intensive outpatient programs: A step down from day treatment, you attend treatment for a few hours per day, for three to five days a week.
- Standard outpatient: The most flexible option, you attend therapy for a couple of hours each session, for one to two days per week.
Outpatient treatment is helpful for people who don’t need medical treatment during detoxification. If you have a strong network of friends and family, it may make sense to rely on it during treatment rather than living in a residential program. Since the counseling methods are usually consistent with inpatient programs, you will still receive effective, evidence-based care. Outpatient treatment may allow you to continue with work or school during treatment.
Outpatient care may also be a more affordable option. Your insurance plan may have generous coverage for outpatient therapy, leaving you with lower out-of-pocket costs.
Relapse Prevention and Aftercare Options
Recovery is an ongoing journey full of ups and downs, but one thing you can do to help maintain sobriety is to attend aftercare services designed to help prevent relapse. These options may include:
- Living in a sober living facility
- Attending ongoing individual therapy
- Attending group counseling
- Joining a 12-Step group
- Joining a Non-12-Step group
The right aftercare option for you depends on your needs, priorities, and what has worked for you in the past. You may combine several options for a comprehensive aftercare plan.
Types of Drug and Alcohol Rehabs in Idaho
Choosing a facility depends on your needs as well as your personal preferences. If you have particular requirements for your treatment or prefer certain therapies or amenities, you should find an Idaho alcohol rehab or drug rehab that includes all of those services.
You should also make sure that the facility is properly licensed and accredited. Look into its therapeutic methods to be certain that they are evidence-based and effective. Experimental or debunked treatments can do more harm than good.
Holistic rehab centers use a combination of conventional and alternative treatment methods to address emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Holistic centers might include access to acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, dietary and nutrition plans, hypnotherapy, and meditation. They also rely on evidence-based addiction treatment methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and group counseling.
Christian and Faith-Based Rehab
If you want to integrate your faith practices into your treatment, you might want a faith-based center. These programs combine spiritual guidance and support with evidence-based therapy.
Luxury rehab is a choice for people who have the ability to pay much higher costs for treatment. Luxury facilities offer a higher level of comfort and privacy than standard treatment centers. They may have private bedrooms, gourmet meals, spa and massage treatments, and more attractive decor, some even resembling a resort.
If you are a high-level decision-maker in your company and you can’t leave your work responsibilities behind during treatment, there are executive rehabs available. These programs allow greater access to phones and computers than most programs. You will be able to keep up with your job during treatment.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-addiction treatment medications and counseling to provide a whole-person approach to treating opioid and alcohol addiction. These medications differ depending on your particular addiction as well as your motivation to recover and your medical needs.
How to Get Methadone at a Methadone Clinic: Methadone is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Methadone is chemically similar to other opioid drugs, but it doesn’t cause a euphoric feeling after taking it. It can satisfy physical cravings for opioids without the corresponding high. You can only receive methadone at a certified methadone clinic, which typically dispenses it once a day until you have been attending for about one year, after which they may send you home with enough doses for a few days or a week.
How to Find a Suboxone Doctor: Suboxone is a combination of two drugs called naloxone and buprenorphine. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means it can replace opioids and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is less likely to be misused because injecting it causes immediate distressing withdrawal symptoms. Unlike methadone, you can receive Suboxone from any doctor certified to prescribe buprenorphine.
Naltrexone for Alcohol or Opioid Addiction: Naltrexone can be used alone to treat opioid addiction and alcohol addiction. It prevents the high from using opioids or alcohol, which makes them less appealing to use. You can receive a prescription from your physician.
Antabuse (Disulfiram) for Alcohol Addiction: Disulfiram is a medication that causes unpleasant sensations when you consume alcohol. Having an alcoholic drink while taking the Antabuse can cause nausea, vomiting, and skin flushing. The overall effect is to make abusing alcohol a negative experience. Like naltrexone, you can receive a prescription from your doctor.
Acamprosate for Alcohol Use Disorder: Acamprosate is a drug that reduces cravings for alcohol.6 Without the desire to drink, it’s easier to refrain from abusing alcohol. This is a long-term treatment, and the effects disappear if you stop taking it. Like the other alcohol addiction medications, you can receive a prescription from your doctor.
Should I Travel to Idaho for Alcohol and Drug Treatment?
Idaho is a beautiful state with rugged mountain landscapes. It has few large cities, which makes it perfect for people who prefer small communities. The state offers a wide array of outdoor activities, such as rafting, fishing, hiking, and skiing. The weather can be harsh, particularly in the winter. There are several universities in the state with strong sports programs that fans enjoy watching.
There are famed hot springs along the highways in the western parts of the state, along with extensive campground and hiking areas. Idaho’s historic sites offer a peek into the history of the early days of the west; there are ghost towns of mining settlements that were later abandoned, as well as museums dedicated to the stories of the Oregon trail, early settlers, and the mining industry. There are also museums that spotlight the rich culture of the Native Americans who preceded the settlers. Boise is a large city with a thriving local food scene, galleries, museums, and live performances. The eastern part of the state borders Yellowstone National Park.
The weather can be harsh, particularly in the winter. Spring and summer are mild, with the long days typical of northern locations. Idaho is easily accessed by plane, and you can also drive into the state from Oregon or Nevada.
Drug and Alcohol Laws in Idaho
Marijuana is not legal in Idaho.7 Possession of under 3 oz is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 1-year incarceration, up to a $1,000 fine, or both.
Possession of other drugs is considered a felony with a penalty of up to 7 years in jail and up to $15,000 in fines.8
Idaho has a Good Samaritan law that will protect you from prosecution if you call for assistance during an overdose.9
Idaho has a naloxone standing order at pharmacies so that residents can access naloxone (Narcan), the life-saving opioid overdose medication, without a prescription.10 Medicaid recipients can get naloxone free from participating pharmacies.
There are treatment courts in Idaho that arrange for rehab in lieu of jail time, which can help non-violent offenders get the much-needed addiction treatment they need to achieve sobriety.11
- America’s Health Rankings. (2021). Non-Medical Drug Use – Past Year In Idaho.
- America’s Health Rankings. (2020). Excessive Drinking In Idaho.
- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. (2022). Medicaid.
- Medicare.gov. (2022). Inpatient hospital care.
- Medicare.gov. (2022). Mental health care (outpatient).
- NAMI. (2022). Acamprosate (Campral).
- Idaho Legislature. (2021). TITLE 37 – FOOD, DRUGS, AND OIL – CHAPTER 27 – UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCEs – ARTICLE IV, 37-2732.
- Idaho Legislature. (2021). TITLE 37 – FOOD, DRUGS, AND OIL – CHAPTER 27 – UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCEs – ARTICLE IV, 37-2732.
- Idaho Legislature. (2021). TITLE 37 – FOOD, DRUGS, AND OIL – CHAPTER 27 – UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCEs – ARTICLE IV, 37-2739C.
- Idaho Office of Drug Policy. (2022). Naloxone.
- State of Idaho Judicial Branch. (2022). Treatment Courts.