Addiction Treatment Rhode Island

Addiction Treatment Rhode Island

With a land area of only 1,545 square miles, Rhode Island may be the smallest of the 50 states, but a state with a big substance abuse problem. To get your life, or the life of your loved one, back on track with the help of strong treatment, American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.

Rhode Island has the highest rate of illicit drug use in the nation.

According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national survey (conducted in 2006 and 2007), Rhode Island has the nation’s highest rate of illicit drug use in the nation among people aged 12 or older. The data is drawn from face-to-face interviews with 135,672 people around the country.

Among the findings:

  1. 12.5% of Rhode Islanders reported illicit drug use. For comparison’s sake, the rate was only 5.2 percent among Iowans.
  2. Rhode Island ranked sixth — slightly higher than the national average — for binge drinking, which is defined as having five or more drinks in one sitting during the previous 30 days.
  3. Rhode Island has the nation’s highest rate of people aged 12 or older who said they’d had an alcoholic beverage within the past month — 63.1%. The national average is 51%. While some of these drinkers are social drinkers, others are suffering from untreated alcoholism.

Craig Stenning, director of the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals, wasn’t especially surprised by the survey’s findings. Stenning told the Providence Journal, “It’s a challenge we have been facing for some time now.” Stenning cited several reasons for Rhode Island’s high rate of substance abuse: its urban environment, its proximity to Boston and New York and the overall easy availability of drugs in The Ocean State.

Cocaine is the “primary drug of choice” in Rhode Island.

Whether transported from South America through Southwestern border states, or shipped directly to New England from the Mexican border, Cocaine is a big part of the overall drug abuse problem in Rhode Island. In fact, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has classified cocaine as Rhode Island’s “primary drug of choice.”

The purity levels of cocaine available in Rhode Island generally range between 50% and 90% pure, depending on the quantity purchased. In recent years, Rhode Island has seen a decrease in the availability of cocaine, according to the DEA, therefore raising the street price of cocaine.

Our network of high-quality drug abuse treatment centers have brought recovery to many Rhode Islanders. Call us today at 877-640-1943.

Thousands of Rhode Islanders need drug rehab or alcohol rehab, but aren’t in treatment.

According to the federal government’s Office of Applied Studies, 33,000 Rhode Islanders who needed drug rehab did not receive it during the 2006-2007 survey period. This included 4,000 Rhode Islanders aged 12-17 who could have benefited tremendously from adolescent drug rehab.

When it comes to alcohol abuse in Rhode Island, the survey found that 74,000 Rhode Islanders needed alcohol rehab but were instead still drowning in misery at the bottom of a bottle. These untreated alcoholics included 5,000 in the 12-17 age range.

Let today be the day that the excuses end. There are a wide array of treatment options that fit various lifestyle and personal preferences. You can start a new life at a luxury rehab with spa-like amenities, or a Christian drug rehab where spirituality is the building blocks of your recovery.

Drug rehab benefits not just the addict, but also the entire family.

It is well-established that drug addiction is a family disease with emotional scars deeply affect the addict’s spouse and/or children. In the case of pregnant mothers who are battling addiction, the unborn child can suffer from inadequate prenatal care, premature labor or low birth weight. These tiny victims of untreated alcoholism and drug abuse have been deemed a “high priority” issue by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

In 1989, the state Department of Health, in conjunction with the state college of obstetricians and gynecologists, conducted a statewide survey of illicit drug use among pregnant women in Rhode Island. Sadly, 7.5% of the pregnant women who took part tested positive for at least one drug. The rate of drug use was even higher among minority mothers surveyed — with 8.2% testing positive for cocaine.

An infant’s first days on this planet shouldn’t be spent experiencing the agony of detox. Likewise, a mother who is overwhelmed by her untreated addiction can’t reasonably be expected to provide the proper level of love and support that her child needs. But there are a wide variety of women’s drug rehab programs that help female addicts make a fresh start, whether they’re expecting a child or not.

American Addiction Centers can provide you with the help and support you need, and from the caring professionals who can make a difference. Call us today at 877-640-1943.

Additional resources:

NYTimes – Rhode Island needs more rehab

Office of Applied Studies — Rhode Island drug use estimates

Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

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