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- Stone Mountain
- Warner Robins
- College Park
- Fort Benning
- Villa Rica
- Fort Valley
- Lithia Springs
- St. Simons Island
- Fort Stewart
- Garden City
- Blue Ridge
- Fort Gordon
- Fort Oglethorpe
Georgia was the fourth state to enter the union on January 2, 1788. The state capital is Atlanta, GA and is home to 420,003 of Georgia’s 9,687,653 residents. Wisdom, justice and moderation is the state motto. Georgia is also known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. The Cherokee rose is the state flower and the live oak is their state tree. As 2010 the census shows that there are 4,729,171 (48.8%) Male; Female: 4,958,482 (51.2%). White: 5,787,440 (59.7%); Black: 2,950,435 (30.5%); American Indian: 32,151 (0.3%); Asian: 314,467 (3.2%); Other race: 388,872 (4.0%); Two or more races: 207,489 (2.1%); Hispanic/Latino: 853,689 (8.8%). 2010 population 18 and over: 7,196,101; 65 and over: 1,032,035 (10.7%); median age: 34.7.
Georgia Drug Use Trends
Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States, and is the 8th most populous state in the nation. Atlanta is the capital of the state and also its most populous city. The Atlantic Ocean lies on the eastern border of the state as does South Carolina and Florida to the south. Substance abuse is a problem in Georgia, with over 7% of Georgia residents reporting use of some sort of illicit drug in the past month. According to treatment admissions data collected from drug rehab programs in Georgia, the primary drugs of abuse seem to be marijuana, stimulants such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and other opiates which would include opiates other than heroin such as prescription pain killers.
Statistics indicate that for youth ages 12 to 17 in Georgia, 3 out of 10 report having (29.5%) used alcohol at some point in their lives, and 1 in 5 (18.8%) used at least one of the illicit drugs. Among young adults ages 18 to 25 in Georgia, nearly 72% report having used alcohol within the past year, one-third engaged in "binge drinking", 25% experimented with marijuana, 31% abused at least one illicit drug, and 11% abused pain relievers. Among adults ages 26 or older in Georgia, 63% report having used alcohol within the past year, 20% engaged in "binge drinking", and (11%) abused an illicit drug.
A category of drugs which are commonly abused among Georgia residents are called "other opiates", which refers to opioid prescription drugs that are similar in chemical formulation and hence result in many of the same effects as the illicit street drug heroin. This is not just a problem in Georgia, but a national epidemic in fact. The consequences are startling and the rate of drug overdose deaths in Georgia, primarily caused from prescription drugs, have tripled since 1999. Hospital admissions for overdoses of opiates other than heroin also rose an astounding 1,000 percent between 2000-2012 in Georgia. In 2012 for which the most recent information has been collected regarding the problem, about 76 percent of the drug overdoses in Georgia were from prescription drugs. And sadly, this is not a problem only affecting adults, and is also affecting very young children in the state. Recent statistics indicate that 23 percent of teens in Georgia say they have taken a prescription drug that was not prescribed to them, 75% of which say that they first took drugs in this way when they were 14 or younger.
Methamphetamine is also a very serious problem in the state of Georgia, despite efforts by law enforcement agencies curb the problem but attempting to shut down meth labs and hence production of the drug. Unfortunately, meth lab incidents in Georgia have increased significantly instead of declining as is the case with most other state, with 128 such incidents in 2009. This too is a problem which starts very young for Georgia residents, and the Department of Health reports that Georgia is 3rd in the nation in total number of meth users between 12 and 17 years old. About 1 in 10 Georgia teens report having close friends who use meth, 1 in 25 say they have had friends who have been in treatment for meth use, and 1 in 10 reporting having had a family member in treatment for using meth.
Because of the devastating consequences that Georgia residents face if they don't put an end to substance abuse, regardless of the drug they are abusing, it is crucial that they are aware of the help available to them when they can't help themselves. Will power is often not enough no matter how badly someone wants to put an end to their substance abuse problem, but this doesn't mean they are weak or a bad person. It just means they need actual solutions they can apply to the problem and their lives, and this is where drug rehab in Georgia comes in.
Treatment is only as beneficial and successful as the time and effort that is put into it in a drug rehab program in Georgia. In a treatment program which provides an inpatient or residential stay in Georgia, individuals will not only receive expert detox services but more importantly the additional support to determine the causes of the problem and what specifically triggers it. This is a challenging process and there are no promises, but if clients in Georgia take the time to address anything which could compromise their abstinence and are in the right environment to do it they have the best chance at making a full recovery. Outpatient programs are in many cases not the appropriate environment, although many treatment clients in Georgia are currently enrolled in such treatment programs. It is a good idea to reevaluate whether or not transitioning to an inpatient or residential program in the state would be a good idea, particularly if an individual is experiencing any type of relapse or setbacks in treatment.
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