Addiction Drug Rehab Treatment – Rehabilitation and Rehab for Addicts

Drug Rehab Centers

Drugs and drug-using behavior are linked to crime in several ways. It is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as illegal. The effects of drug-related behavior—violence as the effect of drug use, robberies to get money to buy drugs, violence against rival traffickers—influence society daily. The statistics on drug abuse in the United States are staggering.

According to a study from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 112,085,000 Americans aged 12 or over report having used an illicit drug at least once in their life. That is 46.1 % of the US population aged 12 and over. Out of these people, the same study estimates that there are 30 million US citizens addicted to drugs, either prescription or illegal.

The drug rehab centers available for addicts vary as much as the addictions themselves. The first step is to ascertain the severity of the person’s addiction and their drug of choice. Other issues, such as age, gender, race, sexual orientation and environment are also factored in to the mix. Once that information is gathered, the counselor can work to find the best treatment for that particular person. Most treatments begin with behavior modification to help people cope with their drug cravings while at the same time offer them suggestions on ways to avoid drugs. This is sometimes the hardest lesson for people to accept as the first suggestion is usually to avoid known drug users, which often cuts the person off from their friends.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2009, 23.6 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem (9.6 percent of the persons aged 12 or older). Of these, only 2.5 million—10.8 percent of those who needed treatment—received it at various drug rehab centers. SAMHSA also reports characteristics of admissions and discharges from drug rehab centers in their Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). According to TEDS, in 2009 there were nearly 1.8 million admissions for treatment of alcohol and drug abuse to facilities that report to State administrative data systems. Most admissions were for alcohol treatment. Heroin and other opiates accounted for the largest percentage of drug-related admissions, followed by marijuana.

About 59 percent of drug rehab centers admitters were White, 21 percent were African-American, and 14 percent were Hispanic or Latino. Another 2.3 percent were Alaska Native or American Indian and 1 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander. The remaining 2 percent fell into the “Other” category. The majority of patients entering treatment were 20–24 years old, followed by those 25 to 29 and 40 to 44.