Rehab Center In Lubbock
- Parent Category: States
- Category: Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Texas
- Written by Paul Onart
If you are looking for a rehab center in Lubbock, TX, there are many to choose from. This city that is located in the northwestern part of the state is known as Hub City. This is because it is located in the center of a multi-county area called the South Plains. It is a prime area for drug trafficking because of its easy access to other areas in Texas and to other areas in the U.S.
Why Rehab Is Necessary
A rehab center is a necessary part of every corner of Lubbock, especially since the city was declared as part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). All of Lubbock County is included in this area. Drugs of every type are in north Texas, and the increased demand for a rehab center is proof that substance abuse is increasing in this area of Texas, as it is in the entire state. Many drugs are smuggled over the Mexican border and brought into the country where they can be sold for much more than their value in Mexico. Mexican heroin and marijuana are often shipped into various parts of the state.
Extent of Drug Abuse in Lubbock
According to a 2006-2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 7 percent of Texans who were 12 years of age or older said that they used an illicit drug in the previous month. This is 1.2 million people in the state who have abused drugs. The following list show which drugs are most often abused.
- Marijuana use during the past year 7.92 percent
- Marijuana use during the past month 4.25 percent
- Use of drugs other than marijuana over the past month 3.96 percent
- Cocaine use over the past year 2.31 percent
- Use of pain relievers for non-medical use 4.72 percent
Other drug use statistics were found from this survey as follows:
- Over 8 million Texans, or 43.90 percent said that it was a great risk to use marijuana once a month
- 514,000, or 2.74 percent of Texans said that they abused drugs within the past year
- About 355,000 or 1.89 percent said that they had a drug dependence
Texas Teen Drug Abuse
The survey revealed that shocking numbers of juveniles and teens abused drugs as well, showing a great need for an increase in the number of rehab center facilities throughout Texas, and in Lubbock. The results for 12th grade students who used drugs at any time in their life are the following:
- Inhalants 7.1%
- Marijuana 38.6%
- Cocaine or crack 11.3%
- Hallucinogens 7.7%
- Uppers 9.9%
- Downers 10.8%
- Rohypnol 2.6%
- Steroids 1.7%
- Ecstasy 9.4%
- Heroin 1.8%
- Methamphetamines 4.8%
- Any illicit drug 39.7%
Youth from ages 12-17 also reported high drug percentages of drug abuse over the past month.
Drug Use In Lubbock & Texas
By the end of 2008, there were 87,216 full-time law enforcement employees in Texas, including 52,589 officers and 34,627 civilians. Their work stopping trafficking and seizing drugs is as follows:
- Drugs are moved through Texas by land, sea, and air in very large amounts. Many of them are on their way to the Midwest and East Coast where large populations are waiting to purchase them. Money from the sale of the drugs is then sent back through Texas to their points of origination in Mexico and other countries.
- State and local police have seized millions of dollars that was being transported back to Mexico.
- The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection performed multi-ton marijuana seizures at all transportation terminals, checkpoints, and local courier service locations.
- Prescription drugs smuggled from Mexico are contributing to illegal use in the U.S. since they can be bought over-the-counter in Mexico.
- There have been over 1,000 methamphetamine laboratory incidents between 2004 and 2008.
- During 2008, the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program eradicated and seized more than 36,000 cultivated marijuana plants in Texas.
Many of those convicted of substance abuse in Texas are required to attend a rehab center as part of their probation program or after their release from jail. With so many convictions, there is a definite need for more rehab center facilities to be opened in Lubbock.
- There are many drug courts in the state. As of 2009, there were 58 courts that had been operating for at least two years, plus 6 drug courts that had recently been opened. There were 16 more planned to open soon.
- In 2008, 29.5 percent of those who were sentenced in federal courts had been convicted of a drug offense. About 57 percent of these cases involved marijuana.
Federal sentencing in drug cases in Texas in 2008 were as follows:
- Powder cocaine 19.8 percent
- Crack cocaine 7 percent
- Heroin 3.1 percent
- Marijuana 57.4 percent
- Methamphetamine 11.9 percent
- Other 0.9 percent
Texas drug courts completed a study that found that offenders who completed a drug court program had significantly lower arrest and incarceration rates than those who had not gone to drug rehab. This is a further indication of the importance of a drug rehab to help offenders and users overcome their dependency through detoxification and rehabilitation.
Most Commonly Abused Drugs
- Methamphetamine use in northern Texas has been growing for some time. Mexican methamphetamine was once pure, but by 2008, its purity dropped to 33 percent because it is cut with methylsulfonylmethane.
- Marijuana is readily available in Lubbock, and it is the most popular drug in Texas. Commercial grade marijuana sells for $85 to $800 per pound, while hydroponic marijuana sells for $2,500 to $6,000 per pound.
- Methamphetamine sells for $18,000 to $20,000 per pound, and it can be found in Lubbock
- Ecstasy and other drugs that are called club drugs are still readily available in north Texas. There is an increase in those seeking a rehab center that frequently uses these drugs.
- Pharmaceutical drugs that are abused, such as OxyContin, are being used more frequently. Others are hydrocodone, alprazolam, and benzodiazepine. Most of these drugs come from Mexican border town pharmacies where they can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription.
- Heroin is also available in Lubbock. Black tar is the most common kind that is mixed with water before injection. Much of the heroin in Texas has been smuggled from Mexico.
- Cocaine is available as power cocaine as well as crack cocaine. Powder cocaine sells for $11,000 to $28,000 for a kilogram, while a crack cocaine rock costs around $20.
It is easy to see from this information that the need for drug rehab centers in Lubbock is very urgent.
How Narconon Can Help
The Narconon program can help residents of Lubbock who are struggling with substance abuse problems. The program is located just a few hours from Lubbock and provides a quiet, safe and serene environment that is conducive to treatment.
For more information on how Narconon can help call 800-468-6933.