Finding Successful Addiction Help in Idaho
The number of drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – in Idaho doubled since 1999 when the rate was 5.3 per 100,000.
In 2010, an Idaho citizen died every 45 hours because of illicit, prescription or over-the-counter drug use, a number which has increased 250% since 2000 according to Idaho Vital Statistics.
This rise is greatly attributed to the increase in prescription drug abuse.
Are you worried about what will happen to them if they don’t get help?
What Help Is Available in Idaho?
There are several different alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs available in Idaho.
Addiction help is sometimes done on a short-term outpatient basis and sometimes involves long-term residential alcohol or drug rehab.
Long-term is usually the most successful. Alcoholism and drug addiction doesn’t happen overnight and the person usually has problems that don’t resolve quickly. After all, if they were able to resolve them on their own, they would have done so already. No one really wants to be an alcoholic or a drug addict, but very few people are able to quit without professional help.
We are familiar with all the different types of programs and can advise you on which would be best for your situation.
What Drugs Are Prevalent in Idaho?
The drug situation in Idaho is as bad as it is in other states – about 8% of the population used illegal drugs last month, which is about the same as the average for the rest of the country.
Also, although marijuana is the drug most people seek Idaho addiction help for, the percentage of people who take other drugs is also about the same as with other states.
Next to marijuana, the most common drugs people get addiction help for in Idaho are:
- Stimulants and cocaine. This includes methamphetamine, other ‘speed’, and prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. These take up 40% of the state’s total treatment dollars.
- Opiates other than heroin. This also includes prescription drugs like painkillers. OxyContin addiction rates are high, as they are all over the country, as well as hydrocodone, methadone, oxycodone and others.
- Other prescription drug problems include sedatives, tranquilizers and anti-anxiety drugs. Xanax and Clonopin are high on the list.
How Does Idaho Address Prescription Drug Addiction?
From 2005 to 2010, Idaho addiction treatment facilities experienced a 7 times increase in the percentage of opioid admissions as the primary substance of abuse.
Because of this epidemic, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has created a set of 10 indicators of strategies being used in states to help curb the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Idaho has implemented 5 of the 10 points:
Existence of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP): Idaho has an active program.
Doctor Shopping Laws: Idaho has a law specifying that patients are prohibited from withholding information about prior prescriptions from their healthcare provider.
Physical Exam Requirement: Idaho has a law requiring healthcare providers to physically examine patients or have a bona fide patient-physician relationship before prescribing a controlled substance.
ID Requirement: Idaho has a law requiring or permitting a pharmacist to require an ID prior to dispensing a controlled substance.
Lock-In Programs: Idaho has a pharmacy lock-in program under the state’s Medicaid plan where individuals suspected of misusing controlled substances must use a single prescriber and pharmacy.
If someone you care about is taking illegal drugs or has a problem with prescription drugs, we can help.
You should know that not all addiction help treatment centers are experienced with prescription drug addiction. It’s important to choose one that has experience, since getting off prescription drugs can be medically dangerous. It can be harder to get off some prescription drugs than getting off heroin and other street drugs.
What About Someone Who Has a Problem with Alcohol?
Most addiction help treatment centers deal with alcohol abuse and drug addiction.
As with drug rehab programs, not all alcohol rehab programs are successful.
The idea is to get the person to stop drinking, and to continue staying sober forever.
That takes a lot of work. The person has to get to the point where they no longer look at alcohol as a solution to their problems.
But, to do that, they also need to find real solutions to those problems – otherwise they’ll just keep drinking.
The same applies to drugs.
If you want alcohol or drug rehab to be successful, it’s necessary to help the person figure out why they’re drinking or taking drugs, and to find alcohol and drug-free solutions to those problems.
CALL US NOW 855-889-0555.
The sooner you get help, the sooner everyone concerned will get their life back.
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