Alaska over the years has had an increasing problem with alcohol and drug use. If you or a loved one is seeking for a drug and alcohol detox center, Alaska offers six of them for all substance uses. Before you or a loved one enters a detox program it is so important that you research drug and alcohol detox programs in Alaska before you make any final decisions.
In 2011 according to drugpolicy.org, Alaska had 2, 349 arrests for drugs. Of that number, 71.9% were white, 6.9% were African American, 18.5% were natives. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), showed admissions for treatment of drug and alcohol use was by Alaskan Natives and American Indians were much higher than the rates of other states in the U.S. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that American Indian and Alaskan Native women had a high rate of 30% for all admissions of alcohol and drug use, compared to the total number in the treatment population
The age at those who started using drugs and alcohol according to SAMHSA in American Indians and Alaskan Natives began at the age of 14 yrs old which consisted of 46%, 15-19 years old at 38%, 20-29 years old at 12% and 30 years old and up at 4%. SAMHSA also collected data from 2009 for drug and alcohol detox programs in Alaska that showed they had 807 in detoxification centers of which 497 completed the program, 35 transferred, 226 withdrew, 9 were terminated and 40 for other miscellaneous reasons.
In 2009, SAMHSA also provided data showing the primary substance of use among adults for first time admissions was for those who were using alcohol for 20.2 yrs, cocaine usage for 14.5 years, heroin for 12.3 yrs, stimulants 11.9 yrs, marijuana 11.9 yrs and use of prescriptions drugs for 7.8 yrs.
Alaska mandates drug and alcohol education and has mandatory assessments and treatments in their state.