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Drug and Alcohol addictions affect so much more than just the person who is caught in the addiction cycle. It affects their families, their work or school, and their community. It even affects people in Fargo, North Dakota.

It is possible to break that cycle and stop using drugs and alcohol. Most people need help to make it happen. At SpringBoard Recovery, we treat each person with respect and believe there is no shame in seeking help for an addiction. We can provide the support that people need to stop using substances and embrace a life without them.

Traveling From Fargo, North Dakota to Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

It seems like a long way to go for addiction treatment, but there are many benefits to leaving town for professional help. Starting rehab is a tough thing to do. Going to a different location where everything is new can help someone get in the right mindset to start fresh.

Some people may need a bit more privacy than a local treatment center can provide. They may want to avoid someone they used with who has also started rehab. Maybe they do not want people who would gossip about them to know they are getting help. Sometimes professionals like lawyers and police officers need addiction help and they do not want to bump into people from work.

Fargo, North Dakota Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

An article from KVRR local news in Fargo from June 3, 2021 says police are alarmed. As of May 31, 2021, the Fargo police department has responded to 67 overdose reports. Thirteen of those calls became overdose deaths. There were only 91 cases responded to by the police department in 2020.

An article dated February 8, 2021 says overdose deaths have been on the rise since 2018. Fargo Cass Public Health reported 155 doses of Narcan were used in the second half of 2020. The total for all of 2019 was 200 doses. A record number of 564 doses were handed out in January of 2021. Narcan is used to reverse opioid overdoses.

The same article shows opioid and meth-related deaths from the Cass county coroner:

  • In 2016 there were 31 opioid deaths and 17 meth deaths.
  • In 2017 there were 17 opioid deaths and 13 meth deaths.
  • In 2018 there were 13 opioid deaths and 16 meth deaths.
  • In 2019 there were 15 opioid deaths and 24 meth deaths.
  • In 2020 there were 19 opioid deaths and 42 meth deaths.

A Community Health Needs Assessment that was done by Essentia Health-Fargo was put together based on a survey from December 2017. In that survey, 50% of the residents said they were binge drinking at least once a month. Binge drinking is 5 or more drinks in a couple of hours for men, 4 or more for women. Alcohol use and abuse was one of the top health concerns in the survey.

A USA Today news article from December 2017 listed the drunkest cities in every state. Fargo was declared the drunkest city in North Dakota. In Fargo, 25.2% of adults reported they were heavy drinkers or binge drinkers. That is the fifth-highest rate of any city nationwide. The state rate of adults who are heavy or binge drinkers is 24.7%, the highest in the nation. The article was based on CDC data.

Drunk driving occurrences are lower than in previous decades, but it is still an issue. These are completely preventable deaths. Drunk driving statistics for the state of North Dakota during 2018:

  • 65.5% of drunk driving fatalities were caused by drivers with a BAC of over .15%.
  • 5,136 total DUI arrests.
  • 41 DUI arrests were under the age of 18.
  • 70% of the fatal crashes involving repeat offenders had a BAC of over .15%.


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How Many Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs are in Fargo, North Dakota?

SAMHSA shows 20 substance use treatment programs within a 25-mile radius of Fargo, North Dakota. This includes:

  • 4 detox programs
  • 1 hospital inpatient program
  • 16 outpatient programs
  • 6 partial hospitalization programs
  • 10 intensive outpatient programs
  • 6 long term residential programs
  • 6 short term residential programs
  • 5 sober living/ halfway houses
  • 13 programs provide telehealth services

What to Expect During Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Fargo, North Dakota

Drug and alcohol addiction recovery takes time. There are several steps for most people, especially if they have been using a substance for a long period of time. The first step is the detoxification process.


Detoxification is the process of a toxic substance leaving the body. When someone has an addiction their body is used to having the substance. When they stop using drugs or alcohol physical and mental changes happen in the body that can create withdrawal symptoms.

When these changes happen the human body tries to adjust for the missing substance. Withdrawal symptoms can range from being unpleasant to dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on what drug was being used. Common withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feeling cold
  • Night sweats
  • Agitation
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia or severe anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • seizures

There are several different kinds of detox treatments available. What substance someone is addicted to can determine what kind of detox they need. Substances with more dangerous withdrawal symptoms can require a higher level of care. Some kinds of detox programs are:

Inpatient Rehab Programs

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol is just the beginning of recovery. Addicts must get to the reason why they started using drugs to start with. When they understand why they can work on changing behaviors so they do not start using again.

Inpatient rehab lasts for twenty-eight days. During this time patients live in the facility and have twenty-four-hour-a-day support. They attend therapy to understand why they were using and create a plan to stay sober. Living in the facility allows people to focus just on recovery.

Outpatient Rehab Programs

Outpatient therapy is when someone attends therapy programs but lives at home or in a sober living home. This type of treatment is more flexible. There are a few different levels of outpatient rehab.

Partial Hospitalization Programs are the most involved outpatient care. These programs meet five to seven times a week for several hours per day. They can also be called day treatment programs.

Intensive outpatient programs are an excellent choice for people who do not need as much therapy that is provided in a day program, but do need more than once-a-week sessions. They meet several times a week for a few hours. It is usually group therapy.

Traditional outpatient therapy is usually best for someone who has already been through more intense rehab programs. Therapy can be once a week or more often if needed. It can be one on one counseling, group therapy, or even something like art therapy.

Other Drug and Alcohol Treatment Options in Fargo, North Dakota

12-Step Programs and Support Groups

12-Step groups are peer support for people with drug and alcohol addictions. The most well-known groups are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These support groups encourage each other to live sober, but do not provide professional therapy.

AA meetings are available each day of the week in Fargo. Al-Anon meetings are also available every day of the week. Al-Anon is for the family members of alcoholics, not the person who drinks. Alateen is a group for teenagers who have friends or family that are alcoholics.

Narcotics Anonymous meetings are also available each day of the week in Fargo. Narcotics Anonymous does consider alcohol to be a drug so alcoholics can also attend these meetings. People who use any kind of drug and want to stop are welcome to attend.

SMART Recovery meetings are not a 12-step based program. They provide various science-based resources for people to use to change their behavior patterns. They have many tools available online to stop substance use. There are also a few meetings available in the Fargo area.

Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes are a safe place for someone to stay after rehab while they are still working on staying sober. Sober living homes do not have in-house therapy.  This is an option for someone who has traveled out of state for addiction treatment. SpringBoard Recovery has sober living options available.

There are specific rules for staying in a sober living home. No drugs or alcohol are allowed in the house. Residents are responsible for paying rent and may be required to do household chores. They are also required to attend some kind of outpatient therapy while staying there.


Our treatment programs are custom tailored to your specific needs. One phone call is all it takes to start your recovery from drug & alcohol dependency

Will Insurance Cover Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Another State?

SpringBoard Recovery will verify benefits to check what kind of addiction recovery coverage is available. Many health insurance companies will cover treatment locally and out of state. Sometimes traveling for treatment can be more cost-effective long term.

More Information About Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Fargo, North Dakota

At SpringBoard Recovery, we treat each person with dignity and like family. All of our treatment options focus on positive change. There is no shame or guilt in seeking help to become sober.

We create a different treatment plan for each person. No two individuals are the same, treatment plans should not be one size fits all. People from Fargo, North Dakota can come to Arizona and get top-of-the-line recovery care. Contact us today for more information.

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