According to reports issued by WhiteHouse.gov, drug use in Pennsylvania was just below the national average. The numbers, reported by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated drug use in Pennsylvania was at 6.57% and the national average was 8.2%. Also, 3.11% of individuals in Pennsylvania claimed to have used drugs other than marijuana, which was only .47% below the national average of drug users. However more deaths in Pennsylvania were attributed to drugs than the national average by 2%. The leading drug used among individuals in Pennsylvania was heroin, followed closely by marijuana use and prescription pain killers.
Many people believe they need drug treatment in Pennsylvania. If you are one of the many Pennsylvanians who are in need of help for drugs, but are not sure what to do or where to turn, here is some information that may help you. Making the decision to seek help for drug use is not an easy one and trying to figure out where to turn and how to proceed can be a bit overwhelming. There are a number of different drug treatment options including inpatient, outpatient, and medical programs. There are also alternative approaches to treatment and rehab In Pennsylvania which have been proven more effective.
The first step is to decide if you need detox in Pennsylvania. Detox is the process of removing the toxic chemicals from your system that have accumulated from your drug use. Whether or not you need detox will depend on the amount of drugs you have been using, the type you have been using, how long you have been using drugs, and how often you have been using drugs. If you are unsure if you need a medical detox, ask a doctor.
Your next step after you have completed detox (or your first step if you did not need detox), will be to consider enrolling in a program to help you overcome your drug use. There are several drug treatment programs in Pennsylvania. The most common program is a traditional approach that generally involves a 12 Step program.
12 Step programs teach that your drug use is a disease you inherited through an addiction gene from your parents. Further, 12 Step programs promote that the only treatment available is abstinence, belief in and submission to a higher power and meetings for the rest of your life. They also teach that you are incapable of defeating your drug use and that you will relapse. While these programs are popular, often free with government funding, they are not always the answer to a drug use problem.
Methadone clinics are another method for drug treatment in Pennsylvania. There are more than 60 methadone clinics in Pennsylvania and the cost for the individual varies with clinic. For the most part, methadone clinics are funded by the federal and state governments. It is also worth mentioning that methadone clinics require participation in a 12 Step program. Methadone is intended to be a temporary solution to the problem but many individuals stay on methadone for years thereby substituting one drug dependency for another.
An alternative method to drug treatment in Pennsylvania is Cognitive Behavioral Learning (CBL) offered exclusively at the Saint Jude Retreats. (CBL) adheres to the belief that drug use is a choice that you make and not an incurable disease. (CBL) includes presenting individuals with methods to self-assess, work on gaining better outcomes with life choices, and developing habits and behaviors that are productive, positive, and purposeful. If youâ€™re looking to make a permanent change in your substance use and your life, call Saint Jude Retreats today at 888.424.2626.