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People in Rapid City, South Dakota looking for drug and alcohol recovery can find the help they need at SpringBoard Recovery. SpringBoard Recovery is one of the most respected drug and alcohol treatment centers in Arizona. Recovering from substance addiction can be a very difficult process, most people need professional assistance.

At SpringBoard Recovery, we know who we are. We know what we are extremely good at, and that is treating people with substance use disorders – comprehensively and successfully. In doing so, we never lose sight of the actual person we are helping, or the personal hopes and aspirations they have for a future completely free from substance use. It’s passion with purpose, and it’s the reason we exist.”

– Robert Castan SpringBoard Recovery CEO

Traveling From Rapid City, South Dakota to Arizona for Rehab at SpringBoard Recovery

While some people do ok attending rehab close to home it can be very beneficial for others to travel out of town for treatment. Traveling for treatment has become more popular in the last few years. There are several solid reasons for someone to go out of town:

  • Privacy- some people who have public jobs might feel the need to go somewhere that they will not be recognized.
  • Commitment- it is harder to quit a treatment program if you are farther away from home
  • Insurance- it is possible that local treatment options are not covered by the person’s health insurance
  • Treatment- sometimes local rehab centers do not have the type of care someone needs or prefers

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

There is a drug and alcohol issue in Pennington County, South Dakota, including Rapid City. Many people struggle with substance abuse and addiction.

Community Health Assessments

The United Way of the Black Hills put together a report of community needs in 2019 for Rapid City and Pennington County. Rapid City Hospital patients said:

  • 2.6% of patients used illicit drugs in the past year
  • 38% of patients were negatively affected by substance abuse in the past year
  • 16.6% of patients excessively drank alcohol in the past year
  • In Pennington county 65 out of every 100 prescriptions are for opioids

Monument Health has also put together community health needs assessments for their group of hospitals. The Monument Health Rapid City Hospital 2018 report shows the following for the Rapid City area:

  • 24.6 people for every 100,000 residents died from cirrhosis/liver disease in 2014-2016.
  • 6.7 people for every 100,000 residents died from unintentional drug-related (not including alcohol) events in 2014-2016.
  • During 2018 19.7% of people surveyed said they drank alcohol excessively in the past 30 days. Excessive drinking is defined as more than 2 drinks per day for men, and more than 1 drink per day for women.
  • 0.7% of people said they drove after having too much to drink in the past 30 days. This is probably underreported because it is an illegal activity.
  • 2.9% of the people surveyed said they used illicit drugs in the past 30 days.
  • 19.7% of the people surveyed said they used a prescription opioid, whether it was prescribed to them or not in 2018.
  • 5.2% of people surveyed said they have sought professional help for an alcohol/drug-related problem in 2018
  • 38.2% of people surveyed said that their life has been negatively impacted by their own or someone else’s substance abuse in 2018
  • 52% of the people surveyed said substance abuse is a major problem in the community, 36.8% said it was a moderate problem

The same community health assessment showed that the residents feel the most problematic substances are:

  • Alcohol 63.5%
  • Meth or other amphetamines 36.5%
  • Heroin or other opioids, and prescription drugs as third most serious issue 25.5%

The Oregon Health & Science University did a South Dakota Health Survey, most counties participated. Pennington county was included, some data was broken down by zip code. This survey found the following:

  • In Pennington County, the prevalence of binge drinking was 38%
  • In the Rapid City area, the prevalence of problem drinking was:
    • zip code 57701-44%
    • zip code 57702-44%
    • zip code 57703-22%
  • In the Rapid City area, the prevalence of binge drinking was:
    • Zip code 57701-47%
    • zip code 57702-34%
    • Zip code 57703-22%
  • In Rapid City, the prevalence of any drug use in the past year was:
    • Zip code 57701-14%
    • Zip code 57702-6%
    • Zip code 57703-3%
  • In Rapid City the prevalence of marijuana use in the past year was:
    • Zip code 57701-9%
    • Zip code 57702-6%
    • Zip code 57703-3%

In the News

On December 9, 2020, Rapid City police made a DUI arrest around 11 am. Officers attempted to pull over a vehicle that was suspected to be involved in an assault. The driver did not stop until eventually hitting a fire hydrant. After exiting the vehicle it was determined the driver was drunk.

On April 5, 2021, police attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle. The driver did not stop, hit another car in an intersection and continued on. The vehicle eventually hit a power pole then came to a stop against a curb. Police arrested the 27-year-old Rapid City woman on charges of a DUI and possession of a stolen vehicle.

On August 3, 2021, Pennington county authorities made a very large drug bust. The months-long investigation turned up millions of dollars in drugs. The bust included:

  • 72 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 10 pounds of cocaine
  • 6 pounds of heroin
  • 6000 counterfeit fentanyl pills
  • $150,000
  • 13 guns

Getting and staying sober is very challenging, but with the right support network and tools, it's completely attainable.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

SAMHSA lists 9 substance use treatment centers within a 25-mile radius of Rapid City, South Dakota. They offer various levels of care, including:

  • 1 treatment center that offers detox
  • 1 program that offers hospital inpatient treatment
  • 9 programs that offer outpatient treatment
  • 7 programs offer intensive outpatient treatment
  • 9 programs offer regular outpatient treatment
  • 3 programs offer long term residential treatment
  • 2 programs offer short term residential treatment
  • 5 programs offer telehealth services

What to Expect During Rehab

Someone who has never been to rehab could be nervous. It helps to know what to expect during drug and alcohol treatment. Not every type of treatment is the best fit for each person. Patients should talk with a professional to decide what type of treatment will be right for them.

Rapid City, South Dakota Detox Programs

Detoxing is the first and most important step in the recovery process. Detox is when all of the drugs or alcohol leave a person’s body. A detox program monitors the withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild to severe to life-threatening.

Rapid City Inpatient Rehab

The step after detox is rehab. Some people may need a high level of care to start. This would be inpatient treatment. With this type of rehab, patients live in the facility for 28 days while getting therapy.

Outpatient Rehab in Rapid City

Outpatient rehab is the next step for someone who is participating in inpatient rehab. Some people can start with outpatient care and successfully recover from drug and alcohol addiction. There are different kinds of outpatient rehab:

Other Recovery Options

12-Step Programs and Support Groups

12-Step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous provide peer support for people with drug and alcohol addictions. People who have faced addictions in their lives encourage and mentor newcomers to help them live sober lives. There is no professional therapy during these group meetings.

There are 12 step group meetings available in Rapid City. AA and Alanon meetings happen every day of the week. Alanon is a support group for the family members of alcoholics, not the person who drinks. Alateen is a support group for teens who have family or friends that are alcoholics. Narcotics Anonymous meetings are also available in Rapid City.

SMART Recovery is a support group that does not use the 12 step system. They use a science-based system for recovery. They have in-person meetings and online meetings. There are some SMART Recovery meetings available in the area.

Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes are a safe place for someone to stay after rehab while they are still working on maintaining sobriety. There are specific rules for staying in a sober living home. Residents are responsible for paying rent, and no drugs or alcohol are allowed in the house. They are required to attend outpatient therapy while living 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

Additional Information About Treatment

Helping people successfully stop their addiction is what we do at SpringBoard Recovery. The first thing to check is insurance. You can do this online easily at our Verify Your Insurance page. Once your insurance is verified, talk with one of our clinicians to create a treatment plan that suits your needs.

SpringBoard Recovery has comfortable sober living properties available for people while they are in treatment. We work with people from Rapid City, South Dakota to help them beat drug and alcohol addictions. Contact us today to get started.

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