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Drug Rehab Alabama
Drug addiction is steadily on the rise in Alabama. The need for quality drug rehab programs throughout Alabama has never been greater. There are so many choices concerning treatment for drug addiction that sometimes just locating the right drug rehab center can be a daunting task. First, there are so many different types of drug rehabilitation facilities, which can include inpatient, outpatient, long term, and short term treatment, just to name a few. Our main goal is to allow an individual to find the right drug rehab in Alabama without having to look in a lot of different places. An effective drug rehab facility should include treatment components that specifically address the multiple needs of each individual.
The insidious nature of a drug addiction is that by the time an individual is ready to admit that they have a problem; the addiction has already taken a toll on their family and loved ones. Beyond the negative effects that a drug addiction has on relationships, there can also be a huge negative impact on society. The costs that are directly related to drug addiction can include law enforcement, incarceration, drug treatment, automobile accidents and lost productivity in the workplace, medical care, and more. One of the most dangerous effects of a drug addiction is the associated risk of drug overdose, which can result in death.
Most people cannot successfully overcome a drug addiction without the professional help of a drug rehab center. For the best possible long term recovery outcome, an individual should choose a drug treatment center that has a high rate of success in treating drug addiction. It is also important to inquire about the credentials of the drug rehabilitation center. The costs of the drug rehab program may also be something that needs to be considered, but cost alone should never be the determining factor when choosing a drug treatment option. A counselor at a drug rehab in Alabama can help by taking all of the guesswork out of selecting the best possible drug treatment option, to help you or your loved one to finally be free from drug addiction. These counselors are experienced in the areas of drug addiction and can help you by answering any questions you may have and assist you with putting into place the life saving treatment that can result in freedom from drug addiction. Spending a brief period of time speaking with a counselor can be instrumental in helping you to choose the best Alabama drug rehab for you or your love one.
- The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has recently reported that cocaine has become a significant drug threat in Alabama, and that it is widely available throughout the state.
- Law enforcement has indicated that the presence of heroin in Alabama has increased substantially in the last several years. This law enforcement intelligence has been substantiated by the increase in the number of the individuals that have been admitted to drug rehab for heroin addiction.
- By far, the most widely abused drug that is available in Alabama is marijuana.
- Methamphetamine is also a major drug threat in Alabama, as "mom and pop" labs in the state have been replaced by a purer form of the drug known as "ice".
- The distribution of club drugs is on the rise in Alabama, and drug abuse in young people in the state is increasing in relation to this fact. There has also been a major increase in the number of arrests, overdoses and seizures that is indicative of an upward trend in the availability and trafficking of LSD, GHB, MDMA and Ketamine.
- Opiates, including hydrocodone, OxyContin and Vicodin are the drugs that are most abused in the state of Alabama.
- Approximately 325,000 Alabama citizens (ages 12 and up), have reported using an illicit drug in the last 30 days.
- Almost one-third of Alabama high school students that were surveyed have reported that they have tried marijuana at least once.
- Over 10% of Alabama 12th graders that were surveyed reported using Cocaine on at least one occasion.
- In the year 2006, there were almost 15,000 arrests for drug possession in the state of Alabama.
- The number of juvenile arrests for drug possession in Alabama has increased steadily in the last 3 years.
- Statistics for alcoholism and drug abuse for the year 2007 have shown that over a quarter of a million people in Alabama have a drug or alcohol addiction and that over 100,000 people are dependent on some other form of illicit drug.
Choosing an Alabama drug rehab program is a great option for treating a drug addiction. The goal of a quality drug rehab center is to help the individual that is addicted to stop using drugs or alcohol in order to avoid some of the negative consequences that are generally associated with addiction, such as legal, financial, social, physical and psychological problems. Most Alabama drug rehab programs will offer a two pronged approach to drug addiction, by treating the physical and psychological symptoms accordingly. The physical addiction will be addressed in the detoxification process that is a component of the Alabama drug rehab program. The goal of detox is to help assist the individual with the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms that are generally associated with the discontinuation of the drug that a person has become addicted to. It is only after an individual has completed the detox process that they can begin to take part in the comprehensive drug treatment program.
For an individual to have a successful drug recovery, they must acquire new skills that are directed towards developing positive strategies that can be utilized when they complete the drug rehabilitation program and return home. Through therapy and education that is implemented in the Alabama drug rehab center, the individual can learn these skills and maintain the long term sobriety that they desire to live the life that they deserve.
If you live in Alabama, and have a drug addiction problem, you are not alone, and treatment as a part of a drug rehab program is readily available. There is only one simple thing that you need to do to begin the process of being free from the bondage of addiction; contact an Alabama drug rehab center today.
Alabama Drug Information and Drug Trafficking
In Alabama, most drug seizures and arrests are attributed to marijuana, cocaine hydrochloride and crack cocaine. The addictive nature of cocaine destroys otherwise productive lives and the violence associated with cocaine distribution cripples many of Alabama's lower income neighborhoods. A large percentage of Alabama's cocaine drug trafficking by Mexican sources in California, Arizona, and Texas, however Alabama's proximity to Atlanta and Miami also poses a significant threat. Atlanta is a huge transportation hub for both airline and tractor-trailer traffic, thus posing a drug transportation threat to Miami has always been a major international drug importation center and several of drug trafficking organizations have ties to the southern Florida area.
In the past heroin was not considered a drug threat in Alabama. However, recently the state is seeing an increase in heroin use. Most of the heroin in Alabama is transported from Jamaica; however, a recent sample from a seizure indicated the origination of the drug was New York. The heroin found in Alabama, is not only becoming available in a purer form, it also is becoming more affordable.
As many states in America, methamphetamine is the biggest drug treat in Alabama. Although marijuana continues to be the number one drug of choice, methamphetamine has surpassed cocaine in abuse across the state. An intelligence and enforcement effort has been initiated in Alabama to identify major drug trafficking organizations involved in methamphetamine importation, manufacture, and distribution.
In Alabama, methamphetamine labs are found principally in isolated, rural communities. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of clandestine labs discovered in Jackson, Marshall, Etowah, Madison, Houston, Baldwin, DeKalb, and Walker counties. Seizures and intelligence show that bulk methamphetamine distribution in Alabama is dominated by DTOs supplied by sources in Mexico with transportation routes based in California, Arizona, and Texas.
These Mexican DTOs utilize tractor-trailer trucks, rented or personal vehicles, airlines, and U.S. Postal Service or commercial carriers for drug trafficking methamphetamine to Alabama. Street level meth distribution and use is divided into both the Hispanic and Caucasian cultures. The gaining popularity of methamphetamine abuse in small towns and communities is directly responsible for the increase in thefts, violent assaults, and burglaries. EPIC statistics reported that 297 meth labs were seized in 2004, compared to 280 in 2003, and 207 in 2002, indicating that illicit production is on the rise.
Alabama is seeing a rise in club drug abuse and distribution among young people. Increases in arrests, overdoses and seizures of these designer drugs have been reported and indicate a trend toward increased availability and trafficking in Ecstasy, LSD, and Ketamine. MDMA, LSD, GHB, and Ketamine are readily available throughout the state, more commonly found on college campuses and at venues.
Two of the most popular club drugs are GHB and MDMA. These club drugs are abused by young Caucasians at all economic levels but users are predominantly college students and rave participants. The use and distribution of Ecstasy has continued to increase in Alabama. Alabama drug trafficking intelligence reports indicate the sources of supply for Ecstasy in Alabama include Miami, Florida; Germany; Auburn, Alabama; and Nashville, Tennessee with most coming from Atlanta, Georgia.
While Ecstasy is still the number one "club" drug of choice, GHB and the analogs are growing. GHB has become a significant threat in Alabama. Investigations have revealed solvents that contain GHB analogs are being obtained from the Internet. GHB overdoses have been reported in the Ozark/Dothan, Birmingham, Auburn, Mobile, Huntsville, and Decatur areas of Alabama. LSD, which can be found in many forms, has not seen a large increase of abuse in Alabama over the past several years.
Marijuana is prevalent throughout Alabama. However, in the past few years, a transformation has been seen in the level of dealers in the area and in the size of loads commonly seized, especially in the Huntsville area. Only a few years ago, a drug trafficking seizure of 10 pounds of marijuana was fairly rare, and was considered a rather significant seizure. Today, it is not uncommon for Huntsville to seize loads of 50 to 100 pounds.
Alabama has seen the overall production of marijuana within the state decline while the drug trafficking into the state via the highway system is on the increase. The main sources of marijuana coming into Alabama continues to be from Mexico with connections to South America as well as through port cities of Florida and the Port of Mobile. African American and Mexican criminal groups transport multi-kilogram to multi-hundred kilogram shipments of marijuana to Alabama from the Southwest Border.
The drug trafficking of marijuana into Alabama is primarily by commercial and private vehicles, and via package delivery and express mail services. Even though the highway system is a confirmed route for most of the marijuana seized in the state, another strong possibility could be the International Airports in the state.
Diverted pharmaceuticals are a serious problem in Alabama as the state continues to see an increase in prescription drug abuse. OxyContin is still the number one pharmaceutical drug abused across the state. The sale and production of Vicodin has increased slightly in recent years, along with the illegal use of the drug.
Current intelligence and investigations indicate that Alabama is a major market for Dilaudid. Drug trafficking in Alabama has increased due to the fact that the price of heroin in the New York area has fallen dramatically causing the bottom to fall out of the market for Dilaudid. Distribution organizations are targeting the metropolitan areas of Alabama, as the price they receive for Dilaudid is higher in Alabama than in the source areas.
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- Alabama Facts
- In Alabama, 89% of the substance abuse problems being treated pertained to drug abuse only (National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)).
- About one third of Alabama high school students that were surveyed have reported experimenting with marijuana at least once.
- 6.72% of the youth in Alabama that are between the ages of 12-17 years old have reported using marijuana in the past month.
- Alabama drug statistics also show that there will be 1,287 deaths related to alcohol abuse, 6,599 tobacco related deaths, and 257 deaths due to illicit drug use.
- Alabama, Statistics
The population of Alabama is 4,443,866 with 2,144,911 Males and 2,298,955 Females.
The population of Alabama, breaks down into the following age groups:
Under Age 5: 295,807
Age 5-9: 315,136
Age 10-14: 319,997
Age 15-19: 324,305
Age 20-24: 306,713
Age 25-34: 602,649
Age 35-44: 684,996
Age 45-54: 599,762
Age 55-59: 225,279
Age 60-64: 189,900
Age 65-74: 316,495
Age 75-84: 195,589
Over 85: 67,238
The Median age in Alabama, is 36.6
Alabama SummaryAlabama Area - 49428.65 Sq. Miles
Land - 49137.63 Sq. Miles
Water - 291.02 Sq. Miles
The population Density in Alabama is 90.44 People per Sq. Mile
Elevation of Alabama - 450 Feet
Timezone - Central (GMT -6)
Alabama School Enrollment BreakdownAge 3 and Over enrolled in Alabama schools - 1,154,870
Alabama children enrolled in Nursery or Preschool - 74,859
Children in Alabama enrolled in Kindergarten - 65,856
Alabama children enrolled in Elementary School - 524,945
Alabama Highschool Enrollment - 245,980
Alabama College Enrollment - 243,230
Alabama Economy and EmploymentEmployment Breakdown:16 years and over - 3,448,018
Total Males in Work Force in Alabama - 1,100,955
Total Females in Work Force in Alabama - 958,940
Occupation Breakdown in Alabama:Management and Professional Occupation related jobs in Alabama - 566,051
Service related jobs in Alabama - 258,978
Sales and Office Related jobs in Alabama - 497,039
Forestry, Farming and Fishing related jobs in Alabama - 14,840
Construction and Maintenance related jobs in Alabama - 216,990
Production and Transportation related jobs in Alabama - 365,068
Alabama Houselhold Income Breakdown:Household Income-
Less than $10,000 - 250,309
$10,000.00 - $14,999 - 140,672
$15,000 - $24,999 - 257,144
$25,000 - $34,999 - 236,518
$35,000 - $49,999 - 286,398
$50,000 - $74,999 - 298,195
$75,000 - $99,999 - 134,067
$100,000 - $149,999 - 85,978
$150,000 - $199,999 - 22,145
$200,000 or more - 24,602
Average Household Income in Alabama - $32,038.45
Average Household Size in Alabama - 2.53