Addiction Treatment Texas

Addiction Treatment Texas

They say that everything is bigger in Texas (pop. 24,782,302), and its statewide addiction problem is no exception. Every year, substance abuse drains billions of dollars from the Lone Star State’s economy.

Drug rehab makes sense, and it saves dollars and cents. If you’ve had enough of the pain caused by addiction, call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.

The consequences of drug abuse and alcohol abuse have an enormous price tag when it comes to the Texas economy. In 2000, the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse estimated that addiction costs Texas almost $26 billion, annually:

  1. Alcoholism, which leads to countless drunk-driving arrests as well as serious harm to the liver and other vital organs, costs Texas an estimated $16.4 billion each year.
  2. Research has shown that untreated addicts miss more time from work, and are less productive on the days that they show up at the office. This lost productivity costs Texas $11.2 billion annually.
  3. Other substance abuse-related costs – such as motor vehicle crashes, investigating and prosecuting drug offenses, and social welfare costs – amount to more than $7.8 billion.

Heroin addiction is sending more and more young people to drug rehab.

Heroin destroys lives, upends careers and can be fatal in the case of an overdose. Tragically, it’s becoming “trendy” among young people to experiment with heroin, leading to an explosion of heroin addiction in The Lone Star State. According to a report published by The Addiction Research Institute, the number of teenagers being admitted into drug rehab because of heroin has increased 61% since 2005. The number of twenty-something Texans entering treatment for heroin has jumped even higher, increasing by 71% during the same period.

The sizable Hispanic population in Texas has also been heavily affected by this rise in heroin addiction. In 1996, Hispanics represented less than a quarter of all heroin drug rehab admissions. Hispanics now account for a majority — 54% — of heroin treatment clients.

In Dallas, so-called “cheese heroin” (a mixture of Tylenol PM and heroin) continues to be a significant problem. All across the state, some heroin addicts are being lured to the drug by false rumors that “sniffing or inhaling” is not addictive. But those who inhale heroin suffer such awful effects from the drug that they typically enter substance abuse rehab even faster than heroin addicts who inject the drug. Long-term heroin abuse leads to infections of the heart, various types of pneumonia, and potential clogging of the blood vessels that lead to the lungs, liver, kidneys or brain.

In 2008, there were 395 deaths in Texas involving heroin, according to the Department of State Health Services. The average age of death was 40. Getting clean and sober isn’t something you have to do on your own. Let American Addiction Centers show you the way. Call us today at 877-640-1943.

Prescription drug abuse is exploding in Texas.

Prescription opiate addiction, which involves pain pills such as OxyContin or hydrocodone, has risen dramatically in Texas in recent years. In 1998, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported about 600 substance abuse rehab admissions for prescription opiates. By 2009, that number was ten times as large — about 6000 pill addicts entered drug rehab that year. And in 2007, for example, hydrocodone addiction was responsible for 360 overdose deaths in Texas, according to The Addiction Research Institute, while methadone addiction led to 170 deaths.

In Houston, a dangerous prescription drug trend has emerged known as the “Houston Cocktail” or “Holy Trinity” — a mixture of alprazolam, hydrocodone, and carisoprodol. Six doctors at Houston-area pain clinics wrote between 23,907 and 43,328 prescriptions for those drugs in just a 15-month period. According to The Addiction Research Institute, “outreach workers in Houston report pain clinics appear to be the biggest drug dealers in town.”

Many teens need the help of drug rehab.

Alarming statistics from the Office of National Drug Control Policy demonstrate the severity of the problem:

  1. Almost 40% of Texas 12thgraders have tried marijuana.
  2. More than 1-in-10 Texas 12th graders have experimented with cocaineor crack cocaine.
  3. More than 1-in-10 Texas 7thgraders have used inhalants.
  4. About one-third of Texas 10th graders have tried some type of illicit drug.

If you suspect your son or daughter needs the help of teen drug rehab, act now. Delaying treatment puts the life of your child at risk. For teens resistant to the idea of adolescent drug rehab, there are options such as an intervention to prod your teen into drug rehab. And we have specialized treatment programs for adolescents that consider their growing minds and changing physiology.

You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.

Additional resources:

Addiction Research Institute — Substance Abuse Trends in Texas

Houston Chronicle — Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse — Economic Costs

No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance – we can help you find the treatment you need. We also offer many affordable self pay options for addiction treatment.