Drug & Alcohol Rehab For Goshen Indiana

Goshen is a mid-sized city in Elkhart County, just a short drive southeast of Elkhart and South Bend. Even though the city of Elkhart was named after the county and boasts a larger population, Goshen serves as the county seat of Elkhart County. While Goshen has multiple colleges and institutes of higher education, it is primarily known as one of the largest RV manufacturers in the region. This has helped keep the economy in Goshen relatively stable for decades.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic definitely took its toll on the city of Goshen and its residents. Despite the fact that the population has continued to grow at a healthy rate (it currently rests at 34,375), the local economy contracted in 2020 and 2021. Today, the median household income falls well below the state average, while the city’s poverty rate is 15.6% — 3 percentage points higher than the rest of Indiana. [1]

The economic downturn combined with the proliferation of synthetic opioids like fentanyl has fueled the ongoing substance abuse crisis in Goshen and the rest of Elkhart County. Based on the most recent data, marijuana and meth are among the most commonly abused drugs in Goshen, though alcohol, prescription opioids, cocaine, and heroin are not far behind.

Continue reading to learn about substance abuse and addiction in Goshen, Indiana. If you or a loved one are fighting addiction in Goshen or the surrounding area, you can always reach out to Addiction Rehab Centers for help.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Goshen

Goshen’s substance abuse data is collected at the county level, which means that it’s combined with the data coming out of other towns and cities in the area — primarily Elkhart, Nappanee, and Middlebury. That said, Goshen accounts for approximately 17% of the county population, and by some estimates, it may contribute as much as 25% of the county’s substance abuse cases. For this reason, it’s still very useful to evaluate the county-level figures to better understand how addiction is affecting the residents of Goshen.

Analysts examine overdose deaths because they are both devastating to the community and reflective of the severity of a substance abuse crisis in a given city or county. In Elkhart County, there has not been a very clear trend in overdose deaths, though some of the worst years occurred during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, which aligns with many other counties throughout the state of Indiana. [2] The table below shows how deaths involving all drugs (including alcohol) have changed in the area over the past few years:

Year

Total Deaths

% Change From Previous Year

2016

23

N/A

2017

37

Increased by 60.9%

2018

32

Decreased by 13.5%

2019

23

Decreased by 28.1%

2020

28

Increased by 21.7%

2021

39

Increased by 39.3%

2022

33

Decreased by 15.4%

*2023

20

Decreased by 39.4%

*Data for 2023 is provisional and only accounts for the first quarter of the year.

As you can see in the table above, overdose deaths technically declined from 23 in 2016 to 20 in 2023. However, the statistics for 2023 are still provisional, and the number of deaths rose dramatically in Elkhart County between 2020 and 2022. It’s also important to consider that no clear trend has evolved in Goshen or Elkhart County. For example, 2017 was one of the worst years for overdose deaths in the region, while 2019 saw far fewer deaths. Consequently, it’s difficult to say (using overdose deaths alone) whether the substance abuse crisis is improving or worsening.

Even if there were a clear trend happening with overdose deaths in Elkhart County, it’s still necessary to consider other statistics. One of the most important statistics to examine is non-lethal overdoses. This figure is generally calculated using data from hospitals and emergency departments that save and discharge overdose patients.

The table below shows the hospital discharges and emergency department visits involving overdoses in Elkhart County between 2016 and 2023: [3]

Year

Total Hospital Discharges & Emergency Department Visits

% Change From Previous Year

2016

370

N/A

2017

427

Increased by 15.4%

2018

383

Decreased by 10.3%

2019

366

Decreased by 4.4%

2020

330

Decreased by 9.8%

2021

424

Increased by 28.5%

2022

395

Decreased by 6.8%

*2023

206

Decreased by 47.8%

*Data for 2023 is provisional and only accounts for the first quarter of the year.

Ignoring the sudden drop in overdoses recorded in 2023, non-lethal overdoses increased by 6.7% between 2016 and 2022. These numbers echoed the data for overdose deaths, with 2017 being the worst year on record, followed closely by 2022. In general, overdoses increased substantially during the height of the pandemic, though non-lethal overdoses appear to be in decline in the years since. If this trend continues, Goshen and Elkhart County may see far fewer overdoses in 2024 and beyond.

Types of Substance Abuse in Goshen

In 2022, marijuana and meth were the most abused drugs on record in Elkhart County. The county also saw many instances of abuse involving multiple substances. These statistics can be partially ascertained by substance abuse arrest and re-arrest data. Here is the latest data from Indiana’s Next Level Recovery program showing the arrests involving different kinds of addictive substances between 2016 and 2023 in Elkhart County:

Year

Total Arrests

Alcohol

Cocaine

Marijuana

Meth

Opioid

Drug Paraphernalia

2016

3237

1166

106

1103

723

96

840

2017

4394

1445

230

1394

1032

128

1278

2018

4411

1717

185

1639

1229

95

1349

2019

2527

1057

115

1151

893

116

979

2020

1387

423

94

670

648

62

541

2021

1457

455

107

797

605

68

589

2022

1095

248

78

607

460

65

421

2023*

1169

233

64

584

425

32

414

*Statistics for 2023 are still preliminary and do not account for the entire calendar year.

Arrests involving addictive substances in Elkhart County decreased dramatically from the peaks reached in 2018. Considering that Indiana was under a stay-at-home order for part of 2020 and many people voluntarily sequestered themselves throughout 2020, 2021, and even 2022, the sudden drop in arrests is not too surprising. This is because arrests involving DUIs and DWIs were less common.

In addition to the total arrests declining between 2016 and 2023, the types of drugs abused also changed over this period. Alcohol used to be the most common substance involved in Elkhart County arrests, but by 2023, marijuana took its place, followed closely by meth. It’s also important to note that drug paraphernalia arrests are quite high in Elkhart County; these can often be attributed to heroin, indicating that the drug is still frequently abused in Goshen and the surrounding area.

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Goshen Substance Abuse Resources

Goshen does not currently manage any programs or initiatives to combat substance abuse within its borders. Indiana has established an ecosystem that allows small and mid-sized cities like Goshen to rely almost exclusively on county and state-level resources. Unfortunately, Elkhart County does not offer any of the initiatives available in many other counties, such as a syringe exchange program or an Overdose Fatality Review Team.

Goshen Drug Rehab & Alcohol Rehab

Goshen is an amazing city with a strong sense of community and an economy that has weathered many storms over the past few decades. Sadly, it has not escaped the firm grip of addiction. To make matters worse, the residents of Goshen have access to very few local resources to help fight substance abuse. This leaves many individuals and families feeling as though they have nowhere to turn for help.

Thankfully, if you or a loved one live in Goshen and are looking for addiction treatment options, Addiction Rehab Centers is just a phone call away (and a 2.5-hour drive away). Located in Indianapolis, Addiction Rehab Centers offers some of the best facilities, staff, and substance abuse treatment programs in the region. Our experience gives us the ability to create personalized treatment plans for each individual. Plus, our staff are equipped and trained to treat addiction and any co-occurring mental health issues at the same time. By reaching out to our team, you can begin your journey to a brighter tomorrow — free from the grip of addiction.

If you or a loved one need help, don’t hesitate to reach out as soon as possible. Addiction Rehab Centers is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can contact us on our website or call us directly at 844-551-4673.