Effective Alcohol and Drug Rehab Albuquerque, NM
- Parent Category: States
- Category: New Mexico Drug Rehab
- Written by Paul Onart
Albuquerque Drug Rehab
Albuquerque lies directly in the crosshairs of the Mexican drug trafficking organizations and because of this, suffers from higher incidence of drug abuse, addiction and drug deaths than much of the country.
As law enforcement activities push back against Mexican drug traffickers, the cartels adjust by moving their primary border crossing routes. First shifting from Tijuana to El Paso ports of entry, then to the borders of New Mexico and Arizona, the cartels try to stay one jump ahead of Border Patrol and DEA. Given that so much of New Mexico is wide open, uninhabited country, it is perfect for channeling drugs from Mexico to Albuquerque and then on to other cities using Interstates 25 and 40.
Unfortunately, any time there are heavy trafficking channels, there are more drugs to tempt and entrap the local citizens.
As approximately one-third of New Mexico's residents live in or around Albuquerque, that city is a major target for traffickers. The far northern part of the state suffers from heavy heroin use as well. In the county along the Colorado border, the rate is 44 deaths per 100,000 citizens, more than five times the national average. It's estimated that 90 percent of the crimes in the northern area are associated with drug abuse.
And statewide, drug use statistics among the young are often twice the national average. Because of these factors, there is a serious need for more Albuquerque drug rehab.
Drug Rehab Albuquerque Needed to Save Lives
The illicit drugs causing the most problems in and around Albuquerque are heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Drug deaths in the state were significantly higher than in the rest of the country.
Not only the northern regions suffered from high drug abuse statistics; along the Mexican border, there were higher than average deaths from illicit drugs like heroin and also from prescription drugs. Many restricted prescription-only drugs are over-the-counter drugs in Mexico.
Albuquerque alcohol treatment
While drugs trafficked in from Mexico or the corner pharmacy stealing plenty of lives, a more prevalent problem is alcohol addiction. In both Albuquerque and the entire state, three to four times as many people need alcohol treatment as need treatment for illicit or prescription drug addictions. Among the Native Americans in the state and city, more than 80 percent of Albuquerque rehab demand is for help with alcohol.
Albuquerque Rehab Must Help Prescription Drug Addicts, Too
Increasingly over the last few years, more New Mexicans have been losing their lives to prescription drug overdoses. In a 2009 report, more deaths were caused by unintentional poisonings from prescription drugs than illicit drugs. This increase has been driven by recent growth in abuse of prescription opioids, increasing 20 percent between 2006 and 2007. Any Albuquerque rehabilitation center must be prepared to wean those coming for treatment from OxyContin, Vicodin or Percocet, just as much as heroin or cocaine.
Drug Trafficking, Abuse and Addiction Create Need for More Albuquerque Rehab
Perhaps one positive sign in the rehab Albuquerque scene is that more than half of those who are admitted to Albuquerque drug rehab centers refer themselves for treatment. The criminal justice system referred about one-sixth of those in Albuquerque rehabilitation centers and other centers around the state. But when the drug is methamphetamine, it is far more likely that the criminal justice system will refer the addict to treatment. This illustrates the incredible addictiveness of this particular drug.
In 2008, more than 11,000 people found an Albuquerque treatment center or one in another city in the state. As mentioned, the largest group suffered from a need for alcohol treatment, with 6,000 entering treatment for alcoholism.
But this left more than 160,000 people in the state needing treatment and not getting it. This is out of a total state population of just two million people.
More centers for drug rehab Albuquerque would enable these people to recover from addiction and start living sober lives again. As it is, they run the risk of death from overdose or accident or imprisonment for crimes such as possession of illicit substance, DUI, or drug-related crimes such as robbery or burglary.
Narconon Services Rehab Albuquerque
Not far from New Mexico, a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center has been providing just the type of addiction treatment services needed by those in Albuquerque. One of the reasons so many people in and around Albuquerque need drug treatment is because they complete a rehab program only to return to drug use when they are released. At Narconon centers around the world, seven out of ten graduates remain clean and sober after they return home.
For those looking for an Albuquerque rehabilitation center, they may find just the help they need at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. A simple call to 800-468-6933 can help anyone from the Albuquerque area or New Mexico find the help they need to achieve lasting sobriety.