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Drug Rehab Massachusetts
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- New Bedford
- Fall River
- South Attleboro
- Jamaica Plain
- South Boston
- North Adams
- North Quincy
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- Chestnut Hill
- South Yarmouth
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Boston is the capital of Massachusetts. This state joined the union on February 6, 1788. Massachusetts was the sixth state to join the union and become what is now known as the United States of America. The state motto is Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty). The mayflower is the state flower of Massachusetts and the American elm is the state tree. As of 2010 the population of Massachusetts was 6,547,629 residents. Of this population 3,166,628 (48.2%) were Male; Female: 3,381,001 (51.8%). White: 5,265,236 (75.6%); Black: 434,398 (6.6%); American Indian: 18,850 (0.2%); Asian: 349,768 (5.3%); Other race: 305,151 (4.3%); Two or more races: 172,003 (2.6%); Hispanic/Latino: 627,654 (9.6%). 2010 population 18 and over: 5,128,706; 65 and over: 902,724; median age: 39.
Massachusetts Drug Use Trends
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is located in the New England region of the U.S. It is the 3rd most densely populated state in the nation, and it has two metro area including Greater Boston and Springfield. The Atlantic Ocean is accessible in the Greater Boston region, while Western Massachusetts is home to a mixture of college towns and rural areas. Harvard University in the state was founded in 1636 and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. Substance abuse is a challenge that many residents in the state face, particularly among residents between the ages of 12 and 25. And unfortunately, Massachusetts hasn't been spared from the opioid addiction epidemic that has swept the nation over the past decade or so.
Drug Abuse in Massachusetts
Between 2000 and 2012 the number of unintentional and deadly opioid overdoses in Massachusetts increased by 90 percent. In 2012 alone, nearly 670 Massachusetts residents died from unintentional opioid overdoses, a 10 percent increase over 2011. The Massachusetts State Police report that at least 140 people died of suspected heroin overdoses between November 2013 and March 2014 in jurisdictions in the state where they responded to a homicide and many communities in the report significant increases in both fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in recent months. Treatment data from 2013 indicate that nearly half of state residents receiving treatment in the publicly funded treatment facilities reported opioids as their primary or secondary drug of choice, with approximately 40% of these people being between the ages of 13 and 29.
The state of Massachusetts is also among the states with lowest perception of risk associated with smoking marijuana, past year cocaine use among residents ages 12 and older and residents aged 18-25 and 26+, and among the states with the highest rates of past month alcohol use among residents 26 and older.
With the particular challenges that Massachusetts residents face in regards to substance abuse, many will not be able to kick their habit on their own and will need treatment. For opioid addiction in particular, many residents are inclined to reach for seemingly easy solutions which just become another habit in themselves, such as opiate maintenance therapy. Methadone, suboxone, buprenorphine, etc. are not treatment for opiate addiction, but only a means to prevent cravings and withdrawal and are drugs the individual will very likely have to be on for the rest of their lives unless they receive actual treatment to be able to confidently remain off of drugs for good.
This is achievable, and many drug rehab programs in Massachusetts have accomplished this, but it isn't a fast process and it too comes with challenges. Overcoming these challenges however is made possible in quality drug rehab programs where professional treatment counselors are prepared to help treatment clients do whatever it takes to accomplish this goal. This very often entails behavioral modification, life skills training, and making important lifestyle changes that will encourage a completely drug free and healthy lifestyle when the individual leaves drug rehab in Massachusetts. The intensity which is given to this extremely challenging but doable task is commensurate with what one will get from it in terms of results and successes in treatment. Long-term inpatient and residential drug rehab programs are in the majority of cases the appropriate treatment environment and intensity and length of treatment most suitable for individuals who are highly dependent to any drug, and should be the first choice when accessible for all Massachusetts residents.
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