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Drug Rehab Virginia

Virginia is home to an estimated 8.2 million residents as of 2013. Nicknamed the "Old Dominion" because it was the former dominion of the English Crown, this state boasts an abundance of American history. Also known as the "Mother of presidents", Virginia is the state birthplace of many of the United States presidents. Virginia's natural beauty derived from the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay has inspired generations. The darker side of this state lies in the resident's alcohol and drug addiction problems, its diverse illegal drug market and drug trafficking organizations.

In 2012, Virginia drug rehab admissions were estimated at 27,769 individuals. One of the largest groups enrolling in Virginia drug and alcohol rehab programs were persons struggling with alcohol; 5,242 individuals cited alcohol as their primary and only substance of abuse in a 2012 report. There are a number of reasons why Virginia residents struggle with alcohol problems. Some residents may be more prone to alcoholism due to genetic factors, others use alcohol as a form of stress-relief and self-medication while others develop a pattern of prolonged drinking and find themselves physically dependent on the substance. No matter the reasons for their alcohol abuse and addiction, far too many Virginia residents are consuming alcohol and needing treatment to end their alcohol addiction problem. There are a number of alcohol rehab programs in Virginia to address this ongoing dilemma.

Virginia alcohol rehab programs help residents overcome their addiction to alcohol and learn to address the problems in their lives without substance use. There are a variety of alcohol treatment centers to choose from in the state; programs range from outpatient care to intensive hospitalization. For the majority of alcohol dependent individuals, an inpatient long-term program is typically needed to accomplish lasting sobriety. Long-term inpatient care is provided in a number of different settings ranging from medical facilities to residential treatment centers. One of the most critical aspects of making a real and lasting recovery from alcohol addiction is remaining in a program for an adequate length of time. This is why long-term programs have the highest success rates and are the most commonly recommended to alcoholics looking to end their addiction problem.

Similar to other states, marijuana use is an ever present problem in Virginia. There is a large domestic marijuana market in the state with many local residents choosing to cultivate their own crops. The peak season for local marijuana production and distribution are during the summer months, when growth conditions are the most ideal. In addition to the local marijuana being grown in Virginia, there is an influx of the drug being smuggled into the state from Mexico. It is brought into Virginia through New York State and Washington D.C. Virginia is also seeing an increase in high-purity marijuana being brought in from Canada. Marijuana was the second most cited drug of addiction for drug rehab admissions in Virginia during 2012. In 2012 an estimated 6,311 individuals enrolled in Virginia drug rehab programs because of marijuana addiction.

Marijuana is often seen as a "soft" drug and not nearly as dangerous as "harder" illicit drugs like heroin or meth. The fact is most heroin and meth users first began their experimentation of substance use with marijuana. Of course, not all marijuana users develop an addiction problem or progress onto more dangers substances. Those who do the find themselves sinking deeper into addiction problems and become poly drug abusers and addicts. Recovery from marijuana addiction, just like other drugs of abuse and addiction usually requires treatment. There are those who are able to stop using on their own, but the great majority of marijuana addicts find themselves needing support and guidance to put their addiction in the past. Virginia has many successful drug rehab programs to help their residents overcome their marijuana addiction and go on to lead sober successful lives.

The right type of Virginia drug rehab program appropriate for marijuana addiction greatly depends on the length of time the individual has been abusing the substance as well as the intensity of their use. Individuals with a limited history of marijuana abuse and addiction may find the support they need through outpatient care. This form of treatment is considered less intensive and often recommended for those who have not been dependent on the substance for a great deal of time. Long-term and heavy marijuana users will need a more intensive form of treatment to end their addiction to the drug. Inpatient and residential Virginia drug rehab centers provide quality, intensive care for their program participants around the clock ensuring they have access to the support they need at all times.

The prescription drug problem in Virginia mirrors the rest of the country. OxyContin is one of the most abused prescription drugs in Virginia in addition to Vicodin, Xanax, Lortab and Diazepam. The continuing prescription drug abuse and addiction problem is attributed to corrupt or unwitting doctor writing prescriptions, robberies at local pharmacies, personal theft, illicit sales of prescription drugs on the street and online sales of prescription drugs over the internet. Additionally, these highly addictive and potent prescription drugs are being smuggled into the state through Canada and Mexico. Prescription drug addiction affects every portion of the states population; from teens to the elderly and everyone in between.

In 2012, over 3,000 individuals entered Virginia drug rehab programs citing "other opiates" as their reason for needing treatment. "Other opiates" is a broad category that includes prescription pain relievers and substances that have sedative or narcotic effects similar to those containing opium or its derivatives. When it comes to rehabilitation for prescription drug addiction and other opiate addiction problems medical detox is often required. These substances are physically addictive and can cause severe withdrawal symptoms when discontinued abruptly. Medical detoxification is the first step in the recovery process and must be followed up with additional drug rehabilitation services. Care in an intensive long-term inpatient program is often necessary to help the individual truly get off the substance they are addicted to. Programs lasting 90 days or longer are considered the standard in long-term treatment because they provide the recovering individual with the time, distance and support necessary to focus on their recovery and make the behavioral, emotional and psychological changes they need to overcome their addiction.


Virginia Drug Statistics

1. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the Virginia Department of Health, 717 people died due to drug-caused in 2007. Of these, more than 75 percent were due to illicit drugs or misuse of prescription medications.

2. According to the 2006 Treatment Episode Data Set in Virginia, Marijuana dependence was responsible for the highest number of drug treatment with a total of 6179.

3. The (DEA) Drug Enforcement Administration said that out of the 35,197 rehab admissions in 2006, more than 2,200 were for Heroin addiction, in the state of Virginia.

4. According to the 2009 state medical examiner's report, in Southwest Virginia, opioid abuse accounts for about one-third of all deaths in the region.

5. In 2006, just about 1800 people in Virginia were estimated to have died from drug abuse-related conditions.

6. A report from the (DEA) Drug Enforcement Administration, the number of Meth labs found in Virginia peaked in 2004 with 79. It decreased through 2008 but then spiked to 28 in 2009.

Drug Facts
  • Adolescents who exhibit or report more serious emotional problems are twice as likely to report marijuana use as those with low levels of emotional problems.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption is commonly involved in sexual assault.
  • During a methamphetamine binge episode, an user may inject as much as a gram of methamphetamine every 2-3 hours for several days until they run out of the drug or are too dazed to function.
  • Ambien is by far the most frequently prescribed sleep aid in the United States, a primary factor that is leading to its increased availability on the black market.