Drug Abuse and Addiction in Nevada
The great state of Nevada is where nearly 3 million people call home, most of them located in the Las Vegas Valley in the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson. Outside of the valley, Reno and Tahoe are popular destinations for people to live, work, and/or play. Nevada has a little to offer everyone. From Hoover Dam, to Red Rock Canyon, to Lake Tahoe, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, there is a little something for everyone any season of the year.
Despite the wide range of wholesome outdoor pursuits to enjoy, there are also a few dangerous habits making their way through the state. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health places Nevada in the top ten among states for past month illicit drug use for those aged 26 and older, as well as past year non-medical use of pain relievers and past year major depressive episode for those 12 and over and 26 and older.
There is, however, some good news to come out of the high profile nature of addiction in Nevada: there are many excellent Nevada substance abuse treatment programs available to people seeking lives free of addiction. DrugRehab.org has a comprehensive list of the most effective programs Nevada has to offer according to specific addiction and personality needs.
Nevada Drug Abuse Statistics
The Nevada HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) consists of two counties: Clark and Washoe. In this high trafficking corridor for distribution, methamphetamine has been identified as the biggest threat.
There were 254 deaths from motor vehicles in the state of Nevada in 2009. During that same year, there were 555 deaths, more than double, resulting from the direct consequence of drug use.
Stimulants, including methamphetamine, account for the majority of admissions into Nevada drug rehab programs. People looking for help to overcome addiction to marijuana in Nevada account for the next most commonly sought substance treatment.
Drug and Alcohol Related Crimes in Nevada
Nevada ranks third in the nation when it comes to violent crime, with 742 violent crimes committed per 100,000 population in 2006. Nevada ranks above the national average when it comes to past-month use of illicit drugs. The rate in Nevada is 9.75 or 2011 while it is 8.68 throughout the U.S.
Despite massive campaigns to warn against driving under the influence, Nevada has higher than average instances of past-year driving under the influence of alcohol by drivers age 16 and over at 13.9 percent (national average is only 13.2 percent). The story for driving under the influence of drugs is also eerily similar with 4.9 percent of drivers over the age of 15 doing so within the past year in Nevada compared to the nationwide average of 4.3 percent.
Addiction Treatment in Nevada
In the state of Nevada, dual diagnosis drug rehab centers are not only extremely helpful, but for a large segment of the population they are necessary. Many people suffering from drug or alcohol abuse also suffer from:
- Gambling addictions
- Eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia nervosa, overeating, etc.)
- Anxiety disorders
- Behavioral disorders
By participating in programs that address all needs, you’re improving the odds of a successful recovery. If you treat one problem or condition without addressing the others, the likelihood of successful recovery diminishes greatly.
Las Vegas is home to a rather large gay and lesbian population. While they receive greater acceptance in cosmopolitan areas such as Las Vegas, they still face many problems the straight population simply doesn’t understand. That’s why it’s so important for gay and lesbian people addicted to drugs or alcohol to consider gay and lesbian drug rehabilitation centers and programs. These programs focus on needs that are unique to the gay, lesbian, and transgender community. More importantly, they allow participants to be honest about who they are without fear of repercussions from other program participants, judgment, or criticism.
Finding A Drug Rehab Facility in Nevada
DrugRehab.org is a referral service. We ask a few questions about you and then point you in the direction of the facility that offers the best drug rehab treatment in Nevada to meet your needs. Give us a call today, our number is above, and let us point you in the right direction for your second chance.
Nevada Drug and Alcohol Rehabs
- Battle Mountain (1)
Carson City (6)
Las Vegas (46)
North Las Vegas (11)
Silver Springs (2)