Alcohol And Drug Abuse Trends In Nebraska: Facts, Information and Statistics

Most Americans are tempted to use alcohol or drugs in their youth. Millions give in each day, and for many, the first experiment with an illicit substance results in addiction. If left untreated, addictions often progress into violent or criminal behavior, if an addict lives long enough to engage. If not, addictions that began as a way to relax and escape problems lead to illness, coma, and death. Addiction-related deaths are highly preventable, but treating addiction is a challenging and complex process. Every state has unique substance abuse battles, so addiction treatment requires individualization to be effective.

According to January 2016 findings from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska’s drug and alcohol abuse rates are below the national average, but Nebraskans especially teens, still struggle with substance abuse and addiction daily. During 2016, 1 in 5 – or 20% – of Lincoln’s high school students reported using alcohol within the 30 days of a survey. Binge drinking in Nebraska was well above the national average last year, and more Nebraskan adults reported operating a vehicle while intoxicated than the national average.

Nebraska - Addiction Treatment StatsThe most recent substance abuse epidemiological profile for Nebraska suggests alcohol was Nebraska’s biggest drug threat in the past decade and now. According to the most recent reports, alcohol and binge drinking are the only abuses more frequent in Nebraska than nationally, and significantly so. For example, about 22% of adults across the United States binge drink, but 27.5% of Nebraskan adults do, marking more than a 5% increase. Nebraskans in their late teens and early 20s are most likely to binge drink, and to be arrested for alcohol-related crimes.

Along with alcohol and binge drinking, Nebraskans routinely abuse methamphetamines more than other drugs. State methamphetamine production ranks 5th in the nation, particularly for crystal meth production. Although the substances used to make meth are more closely monitored than those used to produce cocaine and heroin, some crucial ones are easy to obtain. Meth is becoming an even bigger issue as Mexican criminal groups around Nebraska expand their operations.

Prescription drugs are considered Nebraska’s 3rd most commonly abused substance. Prescription drug abuse is already considered an epidemic in the United States, but Nebraskans seem to struggle more than residents of most other states. Alprazolam, more commonly known as Xanax, is frequently abused, as are other benzodiazepines. Driving the benzodiazepine abuse trend is the euphoria users gain from the drugs, as well as rapid symptom relief and high availability. In the last few years, as many as 49 million Xanax prescriptions have been written.

Shortfalls in Nebraska Substance Abuse Care

Nebraska has instituted plenty of legislation against substance abuse, including several laws aimed at prescription drugs. Like many other states, Nebraska utilizes prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, all dispensed controlled substances must be submitted to the PDMP on a daily basis. This requirement only went into effect January 1, 2017, however, so it may be too soon to determine if it curtails prescription drug abuse.

Along with PDMPs, Nebraska provides training materials to pharmacists, physicians, and other medication dispensers. However, as with any prevention program, the training may fall short, and computerized databases are not always reliable. In Nebraska and across the United States, some dispensers may leave out required information before submitting it to the PDMP, consciously or unconsciously, because they find the amount of information overwhelming.

Nebraska faces significant communication problems in its substance abuse programs. The state has a plethora of offices, advisory councils, partnerships, and other organizations whose job it is to deal with substance abuse. With so many organizations created to serve many different groups, communication breakdowns are common, meaning addicts may not get necessary treatment.

Stagnating planning processes, leadership turnover, and isolated data collection also prevent effective substance abuse treatment in Nebraska. Although some communities have managed to hire and keep effective leaders in this area, many others have not. Additionally, there is currently not a centralized data system for determining the types and frequency of substance abuse in Nebraska. Forms of data collections that do exist, such as the biannual Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey, are not used in every community. While many Nebraskan students do take the survey, substance abuse data for adults often remains unavailable for years at a time.

Advantages of Seeking Treatment in Florida

At The Treatment Center of The Palm Beaches, LLC, our team does not struggle with data collection or communication breakdowns because we are completely devoted to a small client group. We have the financial, physical, and emotional resources to individualize treatment plans for every client, and to see them through to lasting sobriety. When you come to The Treatment Center, you will work with only one team, not several boards or committees.

Our information is always up to date, and the same data collection methods are used for every client. Before you begin treatment, we will analyze your complete history to help us determine the treatment plan best for you. We are not a cookie-cutter facility; we offer several patient care options, as well as holistic treatment.

Florida, home to one of the country’s largest shipping ports, has long been a gateway for drug supplies and drug abuse, but this is actually a positive, not a negative. Our experts have worked with almost every type of alcohol and drug addiction, whether a substance is common to Nebraska or not. We are well-versed in dual diagnosis treatment, as well as the emotional and psychological ramifications of addiction. At The Treatment Center, your treatment plan will encompass physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Come to the Treatment Center

We at The Treatment Center of The Palm Beaches understand the stress of addiction, preparation for treatment, and travel. That’s why we treat our clients as the valued guests they are. With us, you will not feel disciplined or shamed for addiction. You will learn better, healthy coping mechanisms so you can maintain recovery for years, perhaps decades, after treatment. If you or someone you love lives in Nebraska and has an alcohol or drug addiction, contact us now to discuss how you can begin your journey to recovery.

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