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Addiction Help In Missouri

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Help In Missouri

Is someone you care about drinking too much or taking drugs? Are you concerned about what will happen to them? Is your relationship with them being destroyed? Have you tried everything you can think of but can’t get them to stop?

Missouri has the seventh highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with 17 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities.

The number of drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – in Missouri tripled since 1999 when the rate was 5 per 100,000.

According to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, one in 13 people in the state suffers from a substance abuse disorder, with almost 400,000 people having needed treatment in 2014.

And young Missouri adults have substantially higher rates of substance use disorders than older adults or adolescents. Over 17% of adults 18-25 years of age have had a past-year substance use disorder in 2014.

Among teenagers in Missouri, although alcohol and tobacco use are slightly down, illicit drug use is slowly increasing.

Last year, over 21,000 E.R. visits in the state were attributed primarily to alcohol and 14,000 to drugs.

Nearly 39% of individuals receiving services for substance abuse were treated for alcohol use as their primary substance disorder. Nearly 25% were treated for marijuana use, 14% for methamphetamine, 10% for heroin, 7% for non-heroin analgesics, and 4% for cocaine.

If you need help with alcohol or drug abuse for yourself or a loved one, contact our experienced counselors who have helped thousands of people overcome alcohol and drug addiction. We want to help save a life.

Can I Get Help in Missouri for Any Type of Drug?

Yes. No matter what drug you’re having a problem with – even prescription drug addiction, abuse or dependency, you can get help.


The drug most people in Missouri get treatment for is marijuana. Some people think marijuana is a ‘light’ drug. But nothing could be further from the truth. In 1974, the average THC content of illicit marijuana was less than one percent. But over the decades, potency has increased in many strains up to 13% and some samples tested have contained THC levels up to 33%.

A recent study revealed that people who smoke marijuana are three times as likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents. And it’s even worse if the drivers are drinking.

According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, marijuana is one of the most abused drugs in the state. Of all illicit drugs diagnosed in 2010, marijuana accounted for more than 25%. Marijuana is used by all demographic groups in Missouri and 24% of all high school seniors reported its use in the past 30 days.

Marijuana is one of the most widely distributed and sold drugs in Missouri. Cultivated marijuana provides the bulk of the drug distributed and sold in the State. The National Drug Intelligence Center reports marijuana traffickers distribute and sell bulk quantities of foreign marijuana, primarily grown in Mexico, Colombia, and Jamaica, that is transported from the southwestern United States. Mexican and Colombian marijuana entering southwestern U.S. cities such as San Diego and Phoenix, is trafficked to Kansas City and on to other Missouri areas. St. Louis is a destination city for Jamaican marijuana.


Abuse of cocaine is significant in Missouri. Of all illicit drugs diagnosed, cocaine accounted for more than 12% of the total. It was the second most diagnosed drug associated with statewide hospital admissions. A highly disproportionate number of females used cocaine compared to other major types of illicit drugs. Over 40.0% of those clients having a cocaine dependency problem admitted to state-supported treatment programs were female.

Compared to other illicit drugs, cocaine is a drug of choice by older adults in Missouri. The average age of clients receiving treatment for cocaine in 2011 was 40.9 years as compared to the 30.5 years for clients receiving treatment for other illicit drugs.


Methamphetamine and amphetamine are frequently abused in Missouri and are a factor in almost 10% of all illicit drugs used in Missouri. Methamphetamine and amphetamines are disproportionately used by Missouri’s Caucasian adult population. Clandestine methamphetamine production appears to be increasing in most regions of the State. Missouri is one of several central U.S. states that is a primary market area for the drug, and methamphetamine manufactured in Missouri is distributed regionally and to other parts of the country.

Heroin and Opiates

Of all illicit drugs in Missouri, heroin and opiates accounted for over 45% of hospital admissions. Caucasian males make up the biggest portion of heroin related deaths in the state. More than 70% of Missouri law enforcement sees heroin and opiate distribution as increasing in their jurisdictions.

Illicit use and distribution of pharmaceuticals is becoming a problem in all regions of the state. The NDIC reports the most abused pharmaceutical drugs are illegally obtained from forged prescriptions, improper prescribing, and theft. Pharmaceuticals are increasingly being smuggled from Mexico or obtained from Internet pharmacies supplied by sources in Mexico or other foreign countries.

The most commonly abused pharmaceutical narcotic identified by Missouri task forces is OxyContin.

Other narcotics illegally distributed are Vicoden and morphine. Commonly abused depressants include Xanax and Valium.

Other drugs mentioned for primary drug problems include tranquilizers, hallucinogens, non-meth stimulants, sedatives, and inhalants. Many individuals were also treated for a secondary drug of abuse or for alcohol-in-combination with drugs.

Do you need help with any of these drugs?

Is prescription drug addiction a problem in your family?

We can help you find the help you’ve been looking for.

Can Addiction Help Services Help Someone Overcome Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse is very common in Missouri. More than 10,000 people enter alcohol addiction treatment centers for help every year.

Alcohol addiction help methods can range from just a few days – basically while the person dries out – to several months in a residential alcohol rehab program.

Just drying out isn’t usually enough. Even though the person may think that once they get through the withdrawal period they can take it from there.

But unless you get down to the bottom of WHY the person is drinking, it’s not going to last. The person needs help figuring out the problems that drive them to drink, and then they need help figuring out what to do about it.

Only then can you expect to get very good results.

Good alcohol addiction help can get down to the bottom of an alcoholic’s problems.

Call us now at 855-889-0555

It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with alcohol abuse, drug addiction or prescription drug addiction, there IS a solution.

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