Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Pennsylvania
The 5 Primary PA Drug Threats
Heroin - Heroin is a major threat, particularly in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Most of the heroin found comes in from Colombia and the Dominican Republic via New York City where private and rental vehicles then transport it in. Heroin use has been found to be at the root of the majority of the violent crimes within the major cities.
Cocaine - Both powdered and crack cocaine are most prevalent in Philadelphia. Most of the powdered cocaine comes in from Colombia and the Dominican Republic via New York City and is then transferred into the state by private, rental and commercial vehicles. Much of the available crack has been converted from powdered cocaine.
Marijuana - Marijuana is widely available and most comes into the state from Mexico, Canada and Jamaica. Some marijuana is grown locally, mostly in the northwestern parts.
Pharmaceuticals - Medications such as Xanax, Vicodin and OxyContin are widely used and are readily available. Also included in this category are methadone, opiates, amphetamines, tranquilizers and sedatives. People get these narcotics from a forged doctor's prescription or from doctor shopping - going to many doctors to get the same prescription multiple times. These substances are also often stolen from pharmacies or from the homes of legitimate prescription holders where they are then sold at clubs, bars and countless other locations. The problem with many prescription narcotics is that they are first prescribed as painkillers for a legitimate ailment, but are then later abused because of their euphoric and highly addictive effects. OxyContin, for example, produces an effect similar to heroin.
Methamphetamine - Methamphetamine is especially abundant in the northwestern area. Most of the meth available is produced locally in private homes, hunting cabins and trailers that are frequently moved to avoid detection. Many individuals start using methamphetamine by snorting it to act as an appetite depressant or for extra stimulation. The next level of use involves injecting it for a quicker and stronger euphoric rush. Both methods of consumption are highly addictive. The last stage is called "tweaking." This is categorized by the user not sleeping for days on end combined with an intense craving for methamphetamine. As tolerance builds, the euphoria is diminished, and thus the addict consumes higher quantities in an attempt to produce similar previously experienced effects. Methamphetamine is another major contributor to much of the local violence.
The Decision to Get Professional Help
People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol can be rich or poor and can come from all ethnic groups. Many fool themselves into thinking that their addiction is not too bad, they have control of it and that they don't need help. But any addiction, if not properly treated, will only get worse, not better. This hurts the addicted person and everyone in their life. Family members, friends, co-workers and members of the community all suffer the effects. Addicts often fool themselves into thinking that what they do is normal, that everyone indulges in drugs or alcohol - but this sort of denial is part of the problem. It is the job of loved ones to help them see that this is not true.
Once the addict admits to needing help, the hurdles to overcome making the next step, need it be financial or the effort involved, often prevent them from seeking it. However, help is more readily available than many people realize. Dedicated counselors at Non12Step-DrugRehabs.org are devoted to doing everything possible to help someone onto the path and through recovery. This includes, if needed, helping with the financial arrangements. Besides government assisted programs, most private insurance companies including Medicare or Medicaid cover a number of outpatient and inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs in Pennsylvania. Also, there are certain long-term Pennsylvania rehab centers that are able to arrange payment schedules to help make treatment more affordable.
Specific Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Issues
The national average for drug use is 8 percent, with the state at 7 percent; but the rate of deaths associated with narcotic use is higher than the national average. Heroin, the most widely abused substance in the state for which people seek treatment, is associated with most violent crimes.
Prescription use is high all across the nation, and Pennsylvania is no exception. To try to combat this problem, the state enacted a prescription-monitoring program that collects data from about 3,000 pharmacies regarding how many and what types of prescription medication they dispense. If needed, law enforcement can request patient information regarding the prescriptions that are picked up and follow up for potential substance abuse.
Laws exist regarding driving under the influence of all narcotics, but surprisingly law enforcement often does not prosecute drugged driving as it does drunk driving. Some locations, including Pennsylvania, have set up per se standards for drugged driving that make it easier for an officer to arrest people who are caught driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
Curtailing youth involvement with narcotics is another area where the state has been taking action. In conjunction with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in one year, Pennsylvania awarded grant money to 19 local coalitions that work toward reducing youth substance abuse.
Let Us Help You Find a Program that Works
People who are addicted can be effectively treated and can be cured from their dependency. You or someone you love who is suffering from a substance abuse problem must seek help to end the destructive cycle. Many different treatment options are available throughout the state - from short-term outpatient treatment to long-term inpatient programs. We are here to help you understand your options and receive lasting recovery.
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Helpful Resources for the State of PA
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Drug Free Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Attorney General
- Pennsylvania Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues At-A-Glance
In-State Long-Term Recovery Centers
- Caron Treatment Center
Wernersville / caron.org
- Clarity Way
Hanover / clarityway.com
- Clear Brook Lodge
Shickshinny / clearbrookinc.com
- Gaudenzia Inc
Philadelphia / gaudenzia.org
Waverly / marworth.org
- Turning Point
Franklin / turningpointtreatment.com
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