Arizona Alcohol And Drug Rehab
Arizona drug facts and statistics
Arizona is situated on the Mexican border due north of the state of Sonora which is a major drug trafficking stronghold of that country. There are several factors that make Arizona’s border such an ideal entry point for illegal substances coming into the US from Sonora. The area is infrequently patrolled by border authorities and other law enforcement officials, it is an inhospitable desert landscape, and it is not heavily populated.
As a result of the factors above, Arizona is viewed as a transshipment state as well as an importation state. Here are some current facts and stats about the drug situation in the state of Arizona according to the National Substance Abuse Index website:
- 38% of all meth users are between the ages of 31 and 40.
- 42% of all cocaine users smoke it in crack form and are between the ages of 31 and 40.
- 43% of all heroin users are between the ages of 36 and 45.
- 46% of all marijuana users are between the ages of 21 and 30.
- 77% of all the individuals who abuse alcohol are male while 75% of all the ones who abuse alcohol and a secondary substance with it (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, etc.) are male.
- One of the most tragic figures goes back 5 years to 2006 when there were roughly 134,000 individuals suffering with drug addiction or dependency issues and yet only 8,000 or 6% of them received professional help from an Arizona drug rehab facility.
Drug arrests fell nearly 47% from when they peaked in 2001 and dropped the next two years. After that, they have continued to rise and fall in number since then. Additionally, meth lab seizures dipped steadily between 2001 and 2004, but have been on an upswing as more and more labs are cropping up in both heavily populated areas and rural ones.
Information about the primary drug threats in Arizona
Major DTO’s from Mexico are responsible for the majority of the drug smuggling and transportation into and through the state of Arizona. The interstate corridors of I-8, 10, and 40 are the major east and west routes while I-17 runs north out of Phoenix up to Flagstaff and I-19 runs from the border town of Nogales north to Tucson. The Mexican DTO’s are referred to as “poly-drug” groups because they distribute and traffic multiple substances.
Club drugs – these are also referred to as “date rape” drugs, the availability of which is extremely high. Ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, LSD, and nitrous oxide are the club drugs that are the most popular of the ones out on the streets with Ecstasy being the predominant one among the college and rave crowds.
Cocaine – for years, Arizona has been viewed as the primary transshipment state for cocaine that is entering the US. Crack cocaine continues to dominate while being easily attainable and widely available throughout Phoenix and Tucson.
Heroin – since 2004, Mexican black tar and brown powder heroin are the most common forms of heroin that is available throughout Arizona. The Phoenix division of the DEA has noticed that since that time, when the price of heroin began decreasing while the purity levels were increasing, the presence of it has increased in the public school districts. The abuse of Oxycodones, specifically OxyContin, has been increasing steadily in the state, also.
Marijuana – DEA and other law enforcement seizures of marijuana in Arizona has witnessed quantities of up to several hundred pounds. Many of these seizures not only occur along the major ports of entry but they also happen along many abandoned areas of the Arizona-Mexico border.
Methamphetamine – locally produced and Mexican methamphetamine are the two primary types found in Arizona. Where the locally produced meth is typically seized in smaller quantities, larger quantities find their way across the Arizona-Mexico border and are transported throughout the state to other cities in the US. Therefore, Arizona is viewed as a major destination hub as well as a staging and transshipment point for the drug.
Getting help from an Arizona drug rehab
There are numerous Arizona drug rehab facilities scattered throughout the state, especially in the larger metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson. Addiction treatment and recovery programs are conducted in traditional facilities (those that look like clinics, hospitals, or motels) or the alternative, more residential looking facilities. Where the traditional facilities still rely on the more conventional therapies in their rehab programs, the alternative facilities are more innovative and use some of the more modern therapies.
Current statistics have revealed that the most effective Arizona drug rehab centers are the in-patient, long-term programs that focus on the client’s addiction at the emotional, mental, physical, and even the spiritual level. The majority of these facilities are known for their higher recovery success rates and how most of their clients remain substance-free for the rest of their lives once they return home to their communities. These are more comforting facilities that offer clients the amenities of home and are focused on long-lasting recovery.
The challenge for the addicted individual who is reaching out for help is that there are so many Arizona drug rehab facilities to choose from, which makes it difficult for them to find one that address their personal needs. Unfortunately, the selection process becomes overly frustrating and in many instances, the individual will give up and quit searching for one. The bottom line is that they never get the professional help that they need and suffer the consequences of using the drug they are addicted to.
Our referral service is here to help you
The DrugRehab.org referral service is the premier drug addiction referral site on the internet. Based on a simple interview, we can quickly determine which Arizona drug rehab in your vicinity will effectively address your personal needs so that you can overcome your addiction and remain substance-free for the rest of your life. If you would like more information on the programs that we list, please call the toll-free phone number listed above.
Useful Resources And Links For Arizona
- Arizona Main Website
- PDF List Of Arizona Alcohol And Drug Rehab Centers From SAMSHA
- Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions by Primary Substance of Abuse, According to Sex, Age Group, Race, and Ethnicity 2010
- Arizona Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues At-A-Glance From SAMSHA
- Arizona Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors