Iowa's low statistical ranking in both drug trafficking and overall rehabilitation admissions put it as one of the least addicted states in the country, in terms of its overall population.

Binge drinking, as in many other states, seems to be the most threatening addiction-related activity, with prescription drugs coming in at a distant second. The bigger problem seems to be the youth population of the state, who are at a higher risk for both alcohol and marijuana addiction. Fortunately for the entire population, Iowa has many well-funded addiction treatment and prevention programs, and as a result maintains one of the best-treated state populations in the country.

Alcohol Abuse Among Youth

Alcohol is one of the most common addictions in the state of Iowa, with a striking manifestation in the state's younger population. Alcohol is an extremely common substance in abuse and addiction statistics, and Iowa is no exception, with nearly 28,000 Iowa residents seeking admission for both alcohol and drug addiction in 2009.

But Iowa has consistently ranked as one of the 10 highest statistical states in relation to binge drinking—for age 26 and older and age 12 to 20. Underage drinking is a moderate concern for Iowa, and multiple prevention programs are in place to reduce alcohol addiction from developing in minors.

Most Commonly Abused Substances

Other than alcohol, Iowa's most commonly used addictive substances include cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs. While marijuana is almost always one of the most abused drugs in a state's demographics, Iowa's usage rates are unusually low, with only about 7,000 citizens seeking rehabilitation from the drug.

As with alcohol, marijuana seems to attract a younger demographic in Iowa—about 23 percent of admissions for marijuana were patients between the ages of 12 and 17. Prescription stimulants were a far greater threat, ranking second to alcohol in popularity in 2010. Cocaine is also a threatening addictive substance, but the low rates of drug trafficking across Iowa make it less widely available to the public.

Finding Treatment

The Iowa Department of Public Health has a specific subdivision dedicated to helping people who are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction—the IDPH Bureau of Substance Abuse. The bureau has a number of programs for both prevention and recovery, including a wealth of publicly available information and resources.

It oversees a number of youth development and youth mentoring programs to help prevent addiction from taking root, and to inform children of the dangers of substance abuse both in and out of schools. The Iowa Bureau of Substance Abuse also has an “Access to Recovery" plan, which is governmentally funded and provides clinic and service vouchers for certain qualified individuals seeking treatment.

Among The Most Effective

Iowa is one of the lowest-ranked states for portions of the population who have unmet addiction treatment needs—meaning it is one of the most effective states at both preventing and helping people to recover from addictions. As of 2006, 125 drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities were fully functioning in the state.