The most commonly abused substance in Montana is alcohol, followed by marijuana and prescription medications. Alcohol use has cost the state millions of dollars in revenue, and people ages 10 and up have been treated for alcohol abuse within the state.
Programs such as ParentPowerMT work to reduce alcohol and drug use in underage adolescents by increasing parental involvement. Early programs are of particular important in Montana, as the state is among the top 10 in the United States for adolescent and teen drug and alcohol use.
Montana offers a wide range of services to prevent and treat drug addition. Options for treatment within the state include drug and alcohol rehab centers with mental health services available on-site, teen rehabs for those under the age of 18 and gender-specific treatment centers. Of those seeking treatment in the state, nearly 2,000 people were treated for a co-occurring addiction.
Among those seeking treatment for a co-occurring addiction, alcohol is commonly one of the substances abused. Montana residents face jail time, fines or other serious consequences when charged with possession of an illicit. Methamphetamine is a significant problem in the state, although the most commonly used illicit drug is marijuana. The state does offer some people a chance to enter drug and alcohol rehab centers rather than face jail time, while others may be ordered to enter drug court as a form of rehabilitation.
Inpatient treatment is recommended for anyone with an addiction, and can be particularly helpful for adolescents learning to manage an addiction. In the United States, Montana is ranked in the top ten states for teen drug and alcohol abuse, making early interventions an important task for parents and other caregivers. Early interventions can include entering drug and alcohol rehab centers, attending therapy sessions or participating in mandated drug testing.