Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Indiana: Addiction Trends and Statistics

The United States faces an ongoing epidemic of alcohol and drug abuse. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports 15.1 million American adults ages 18 and older suffer from some form of alcohol use disorder (AUD). This includes heavy and binge drinking, which often leads to drunk driving that causes injuries, fatalities, and crushing economic burdens. Alcohol and drugs are becoming more attractive to youth, as well: The NIAAA reports about 7.7 million people ages 12 to 20 engage in underage drinking, and another 5.1 million engage in binge drinking. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also reports half of American adolescents have abused illicit drugs by the time they reach 12th grade.

Indiana is no exception to these disturbing trends. Alcohol is the most frequently used drug among Indianans, according to a 2015 report from Indiana’s State Epidemiology and Outcomes Workgroup. A little more than 22 percent of Indiana residents engaged in binge drinking during the 30 days surrounding the report and many of those were young adults. About 60 percent of Indiana’s young adults reported alcohol use, and 40.9 percent reported binge drinking. In other words, most of Indiana’s young adult population has been exposed to alcohol, and a great percentage of them abuse it.

Alcoholism is not Indiana’s only substance abuse problem. Recent journalistic investigations revealed heroin has a “new hold” on Indiana – and a strong one at that. Heroin overdoses make Indiana news every few days, and heroin abuse cases have nearly quadrupled in the past decade. Wayne, Ripley, and Jay counties have the greatest number of heroin cases, with as many as 1.64 reported cases per 1000 residents. Of Indiana’s 92 counties, only 27 did not report heroin cases at the time of the most recent investigations.

Indiana also faces increasing problems with Fentanyl, which often used to increase heroin’s potency. A 2016 report from the Indianapolis Star found that Fentanyl was the cause of at least 50 overdoses in Indianapolis and surrounding cities at the time. Fentanyl is highly toxic and easily combined with heroin and prescription drugs. It is estimated to be 100 times more powerful than morphine, and it can kill an addict instantly, even if taken only once.

Shortfalls of Substance Abuse Care in Indiana

Stats of Addiction TreatmentDespite efforts to control its substance abuse problems, evidence shows Indiana is ill-equipped to do so. The U.S. Department of Justice reports an increase in Indiana babies born addicted to alcohol or drugs. Cases of HIV and AIDS due to needle sharing among users of heroin and other injectable drugs also are on the rise in Indiana. Drug use in Indiana is commonly associated with violent crimes, including homicide, assault, manslaughter, and child abuse. Alcohol alone is a factor in 47 percent of Indiana homicides, according to the most recent reports.

Drug abuse treatment admissions in Indiana are higher than the national average for certain drugs. For example, 20.9 percent of Indiana treatment admissions have been for marijuana use in recent years. That’s almost 3 percent higher than the national average for marijuana treatment admissions (18 percent). Indiana treatment admissions for heroin are lower than the national average, but have more than tripled across the state in the last decade. Recent data indicate the number of Indiana youth (younger than 18 years old) abusing heroin has gotten as high as 9.1 percent.

Neither the criminal justice system nor the health system in Indiana can adequately keep up with treatment admissions or rising incidences of substance abuse. Youth consumption of alcohol and drugs is a particular issue. Indiana’s criminal justice system is asked to make thousands of substance-related arrests per year – more than 4,000 for heroin and marijuana alone, according to the most recent data. Meanwhile, Indiana health professionals struggle to treat addicts, many of whom are babies born already dependent on one substance or another.

The health needs of Indiana’s addicts, especially those who use heroin and marijuana, pose constant challenges for health professionals. In the past five years, Indiana has seen a surge of HIV and AIDS cases; more than 10,000 Indianans live with some form of this disease. Indiana health professionals must also cope with a laundry list of other consequences, such as pregnancy loss, severe strokes, collapsing internal organs, and hepatitis.

The lack of comprehensive treatment programs has caused many Indiana addicts to seek out-of-state treatment.

The Treatment Center Provides Complete Recovery

Many clients, including those from Indiana, come to The Treatment Center in search of complete substance abuse recovery. Florida is perhaps the best state in which to recover; we are known as The Recovery State because of our success rates. The Treatment Center provides the gold standard for recovery excellence.

The health and law enforcement officials in Florida, as well as substance abuse experts, are well versed in addiction. Florida is considered “ground zero” for many drug traffickers and dealers because we are home to one of the largest shipping ports in the country, which makes drug distribution relatively easy. We have the infrastructure to cope with drug problems. Our clients are addicted not only to substances common in Indiana, but also an entire list of other drugs not often found there, such as Flakka. No matter your addiction, The Treatment Center has an individualized plan to ensure your complete recovery and long-term sobriety.

The Treatment Center Is a Leader in Effective Treatment

At The Treatment Center, we use only evidence-based medicine and the most up-to-date substance abuse treatment methods. Our tranquil environment, set in the warm Florida sunshine, is only two miles from the beach, making the location perfect for self-reflection and the healing process.

We treat the whole person, healing minds and spirits as well as bodies. Our goal is to restore each client to optimum health across the board and to provide help and support to loved ones. We offer everything from 12-step programs and dual diagnosis treatment to faith-based treatment and chronic pain management. Even the most deeply entrenched addiction can be overcome with our help.
Our services encompass inpatient and outpatient treatment, as well as aftercare, which many hospitals and clinics across the U.S. struggle to provide.

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