Drug Abuse and Addiction in Hawaii
With nearly 1.4 million people calling these islands home, Hawaii is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse of all U.S. states. The blending of so many cultures in such a small space is as beautiful to see and experience as the islands themselves. Of course, the constant stream of tourists and vacationers into the islands makes the population seem even larger and more diverse throughout the year.
Culture and adventure is easy to find whether you’re in Hana, Honolulu, or Hilo. Volcanoes, the stunning waters of the Pacific Ocean, family activities, national parks, beaches, water activities, beautiful views, and rich cultural history are all important things to the people who live here.
It’s all these things and more that bring visitors to the islands en masse. In June of 2013, for instance, more than 700,000 people visited Hawaii by air. That number is equal to half of the total population (give or take) of the Hawaiian Islands coming into the state each month by air alone. These numbers do not include those who take cruise ships, travel via private sailing vessels, or even boats containing freight. With so many avenues into Hawaii and so many people pouring into the state day after day, it’s a logistical nightmare for the people tasked with keeping drugs out of Hawaii.
Drugs are becoming a much bigger problem in recent years throughout the Hawaiian Islands. That doesn’t mean that the situation is hopeless. Education and intervention go a long way towards stemming the tides of illicit drug and alcohol use throughout the Hawaiian islands. DrugRehab.org is committed to helping anyone struggling with addiction to get fast access to drug rehab treatment in Hawaii, providing a rescue raft that you need to turn the tides in the direction of recovery.
Hawaii Drug Abuse Statistics
It would be nice if we could deny that there is a drug problem in the state of Hawaii. Unfortunately, the numbers add up to another truth entirely. In 2009, there were 148 deaths in Hawaii directly resulting from drug use, according to the Hawaii Drug Control Update released by the U.S. Government. That’s higher than the number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents and significantly more than from firearms.
More than nine percent (9.69 percent) of Hawaiian residents admitted to the use of illicit drugs within the past month, which is higher than the national average of 8.82 percent.
However, there is a ray of sunshine among the clouds; Hawaii consistently ranks among states with the lowest rates of past year cocaine use in the over 12 and over 26 age groups, non-medical pain relievers use (past year), past month tobacco use, and past month cigarette use in all age groups according to the NSDUH surveys.
Drug and Alcohol Related Crimes in Hawaii
The DEA Hawaii Drug Threat Assessment from 2002 lists methamphetamines, specifically the high-purity crystal meth variety called “ice,” as the biggest drug threat to the state of Hawaii. Between 1994 and 2000, the number of rehab admissions to overcome addictions to methamphetamines in Hawaii doubled. Violence associated with the use, abuse, and distribution of methamphetamines has proven a major area of concern for law enforcement and healthcare professionals throughout the state.
A Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area DEA report released in 2011 states that there were 2,612 drug-related critical events in 2010. Of those, 1,334 (just over half) pertained to methamphetamines.
Hawaii also has another serious drug related issue involving the use of Ecstasy, which is why Ecstasy drug rehab treatment is so important. Drug Free Hawaii reports that not only is Ecstasy a problem among high school students with eight percent (well above the national average of 4.5 percent) admitting to having tried it at least once, but also among Hawaii’s large military population where Ecstasy is considered a major drug issue among active duty military in Hawaii.
Addiction Treatment in Hawaii
For those suffering with addiction, or watching someone you love struggling with addiction, hope seems to be in short supply. However, there are treatment options available. One of the most widely available Hawaii drug treatment programs is the 12-step program. This program has been around for a long time and has enjoyed great success despite alternative and newer addiction recovery programs that are available. You have the choice of inpatient treatment in residential rehab facilities or as an outpatient program with heavy reliance on local support groups.
Another great option to consider is cognitive behavioral therapy. This very popular treatment option has experienced great success treating anxiety disorders, depression, and more. Now it’s helping people overcome addiction by treating addiction from a behavioral point of view (that thoughts rather than events, people, or places trigger addictive behavior). Once you adjust your way of thinking, your behavior will fall in line. The key is to recognize these thought triggers for what they are and change them accordingly.
Finding A Drug Rehab Facility in Hawaii
Finding the best drug rehab treatment in Hawaii is only half the battle. That battle is certainly easier by using DrugRehab.org’s rehab treatment referral service. In addition to finding the right drug rehab center, you must then be able to sort through your insurance information to figure out how you’re going to pay for it. That’s our specialty at DrugRehab.org. We never want to see anyone miss out on any of Hawaii’s drug rehab programs simply because of financial reasons.
Just take a minute, right now, to call us at the toll-free number listed above and let us explain the options for paying for drug rehab, including all the benefits you are entitled to receive, in order to get the help you need.
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