Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Arizona:
Statistics and Trends

Substance abuse poses a compelling threat to the public health of this nation, and no state is immune. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the amount of illicit drug use is increasing. In 2013, the last year NIDA collected data from its National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 10 percent of Americans 12 and older had used drugs in the past month. Drug abuse is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with nearly 56,000 lethal overdoses reported in 2015.

Driving this epidemic is increased abuse of heroin and opioids. In 2015, there were 20,101 deaths related to the overdose of prescription pain relievers, and an additional 13,000 overdose deaths related to heroin. Heroin traffickers are taking advantage of America’s addiction to prescription opioids, cutting the drug with dangerous additives such as Fentanyl, and even horse tranquilizers.

Opioid Detox & Treatment Admissions on Rise in Arizona

Arizona is not immune to the problems associated with substance abuse. The numbers of opioid-related hospital admissions rose from 2012 to 2013 in Maricopa County, and the number of admissions has risen steadily in the past decade. An analysis of the entire state found that the opioid epidemic does not discriminate by age, with all age groups experiencing an increase in hospital admissions related to prescription opioids and heroin.

Despite efforts to curb the epidemic, data from the Arizona Department of Health Services show that opioid overdose and death rates are increasing at a record-breaking rate. Overdose deaths increased 16 percent from 2013 to 2014, while overdoses related to heroin increased 44 percent. Young adults are the most affected age group, and men are more likely to die from an overdose than women are. Experts attribute the escalation of overdose-related deaths in part to the introduction of Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

Arizona Health Systems Not Adequately Equipped

These statistics illuminate an issue that state health officials and hospitals aren’t addressing adequately. The unprecedented numbers of overdoses and deaths related to opioid use are shocking to look at but take on new meaning when we consider that each of these deaths was preventable.

Addicts Need Effective Addiction Care

Drug and alcohol-related illnesses are treatable with effective care. Addiction is a complex medical condition that requires holistic care and a multidisciplinary treatment approach. The state of Arizona is home to a number of excellent rehabilitation and treatment programs, but the mental health community may not be prepared to handle the rapid increase of heroin and opioid-related illnesses. Simply put, the current infrastructure in Arizona is not prepared to handle this complex issue. For this reason, many families and loved ones of addicts turn to out-of-state options for effective rehabilitation and addiction recovery care.

Florida is no novice when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse. Miami is one of the largest shipping ports in the world, making it a beacon for illegal drug activity. This means Florida is “ground zero” for illicit drugs, which make their way into the hands of mothers, fathers, teens, and other loved ones. Florida first responders and mental health officials are intimately aware of the dangers and repercussions of illicit drug abuse.

While the Sunshine State has seen its fair share of stormy times in the midst of the opioid epidemic, it has also been a pioneer in creating comprehensive programs for drug and alcohol recovery. Treatment options abound, all set in a tranquil atmosphere. Mental health officials have turned Florida’s drug problem into an opportunity to help those who struggle with addiction, creating a comprehensive network of treatment centers and preventive efforts.

Florida Offers World-Class Treatment

Each treatment center’s approach is unique, but today’s drug and alcohol recovery programs in Florida have a one thing in common: They are rooted in evidence-based medicine. A multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, counselors, and behavioral health experts delivers the best care possible, using cutting-edge resources and techniques.

In fact, Florida has become so renowned in the addiction and recovery community that many mental health professionals refer to it as the Recovery State. Many people receiving treatment in Florida aren’t residents, but guests from out of state who come from all over the country to receive the best services. The Recovery State even welcomes guests from other countries with open arms and an open heart.

The United States is in the midst of a deadly drug epidemic, one of the worst in recent history. But there is health, help, and hope waiting in Florida’s treatment centers. World-class care centers set in a tranquil beach environment wait for guests to come and begin their journeys of recovery in peace.

The Treatment Center Leads the Way

Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches is the foremost leader in addiction recovery excellence, and the best option for Arizona residents seeking compassionate care from degreed experts in a peaceful setting. The Treatment Center offers a holistic approach to recovery, using medically supervised detox while tending to the mind, body, and spirit.

Evidence-Based Techniques Create Success

The Treatment Center uses evidence-based techniques aimed at creating a lifelong successful journey to recovery. We bring our years of expertise and drive to create positive change in the lives of people who struggle with addiction. At The Treatment Center, we believe we share a common goal: returning you and your loved ones to health, so you can enjoy a long and happy life. Let’s take the journey together.

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