Bolivar, MO Profile
Bolivar, MO, population 9,143 , is located
in Missouri's Polk county,
about 28.3 miles from Springfield and 115.8 miles from Independence.
In the 90's the population of Bolivar has grown by about 34%.
It is Estimated in recent years the population of Bolivar has been growing at an annual rate of 1.5 percent.
Reports show that during 2003 property crime levels in the Bolivar area were higher than Missouri's average.
The same data shows violent crime levels to be lower than the Missouri average.
Bolivar Gender Information
Males in Bolivar: 4,162 (46%)
Females in Bolivar: 4,981 (54%)
As % of Population in Bolivar
Race Diversity in Bolivar
African American: 1%
Native American: 1%
As % of Population in Bolivar
Age Diversity in Bolivar
Median Age in Bolivar: 29.0 (Males in Bolivar: 26.9, Females in Bolivar: 31.1)
Bolivar Males Under 20: 14%
Bolivar Females Under 20: 15%
Bolivar Males 20 to 40: 16%
Bolivar Females 20 to 40: 17%
Bolivar Males 40 to 60: 8%
Bolivar Females 40 to 60: 9%
Bolivar Males Over 60: 8%
Bolivar Females Over 60: 13%
Economics in Bolivar
Bolivar Household Average Size: 2.34 people
Bolivar Median Household Income: $ 24,609
Bolivar Median Value of Homes: $ 80,300
Law Enforcement in Bolivar
Reported crimes in the Bolivar area during 2003:
Murder and non-negligent man-slaughter: 1
Forcible rape: 4
Aggravated assault: 6
Violent crime events per 100,000 people: 158
Motor vehicle theft: 19
Property crime events per 100,000 people: 4,270
Bolivar Location Information
Elevation: 1,056 feet above sea level.
Land Area: 4.5 Square Miles.
Nearby Towns & Cities to Bolivar
Fair Play 9.0 Miles
Halfway 9.1 Miles
Aldrich 9.2 Miles
Morrisville 9.3 Miles
Pleasant Hope 12.9 Miles
Flemington 14.1 Miles
Humansville 15.5 Miles
Walnut Grove 16.0 Miles
Dadeville 17.2 Miles
Buffalo 17.5 Miles
Big Cities Nearest Bolivar
Springfield 28.3 Miles
Independence 115.8 Miles
Overland Park 116.7 Miles
Kansas City 120.7 Miles
Kansas City 122.9 Miles
Topeka 158.0 Miles
Tulsa 175.0 Miles
St Louis 188.3 Miles
Little Rock 208.0 Miles
Wichita 215.1 Miles
Although prescription drug abuse affects many Americans, some concerning trends can be seen among older adults, adolescents, and women. Several indicators suggest that prescription drug abuse is on the rise in the United States. According to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 4.7 million Americans used prescription drugs nonmedically for the first time in 2002.
Long-term treatment, as long as two years, has yielded the best results for inhalant abusers. This treatment includes identifying the underlying causes of drug use among addicts, teaching them better coping skills, and helping them to sever ties with their drug-abusing peers.
Like all drugs, cocaine produces particular effects on the brain. In the view of some drug-abuse therapists, dependence on cocaine is a behavior that begins and continues because of those biological effects. Cocaine produces a reaction in the brain that increases the likelihood that a person will take the drug again. Environmental factors also determine whether a person will become dependent on cocaine. These factors include (1) the person's peers, (2) a desire for acceptance by others, and (3) the person's belief that drug use will have no negative consequences. In addition, research has clearly demonstrated that cocaine users try to obtain and use the drug at certain times of day, in response to certain events, and in response to certain of their own emotional states. The goal, then, of behavioral therapy is to change these "using" conditions and creating new conditions that encourage abstinence from cocaine.
Drug abuse treatment. Since the late 1980s, research has shown that treating drug abuse is an effective way to prevent the spread of HIV. Drug abusers in treatment stop or reduce their drug use and related risk behaviors, including drug injection and unsafe sexual practices. Drug treatment programs also serve an important role in disseminating current information on HIV/AIDS and related diseases, providing counseling and testing services, and offering referrals for medical and social services.
An effective therapeutic community attends to the many needs of the individual, not just his or her drug use. Care given at a therapeutic community addresses the individual's drug use and associated medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal problems. Also, a therapeutic community will continue to be flexible and provide ongoing assessments of the individual's needs, which may change during the course of care.
Remaining in care at a therapeutic community for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness. The time depends on an individual's needs. For most people, the significant improvement is reached at about 3 months in treatment.
Sobriety means the moderation in or abstinence from consumption of alcoholic liquor or use of drugs. When an individual with an addiction problem enters drug rehabilitation, their main goal is to attain long term sobriety. Unfortunately, sometimes drug addicts and alcoholics find they are able to sustain short periods of sobriety followed by a drug or alcohol relapse. This is why attending a drug or alcohol rehab will help the individual maintain their focus on sobriety. Often, it is only by getting help that individuals with severe drug addiction problems are able to achieve lasting sobriety.
Drug abuse is defined as the chronic or habitual use of any chemical substance to alter states of body or mind for other than medically warranted purposes. Drug abuse is a problem which has an effect on people of all income levels,
ages, and stations in life. Quite often the last person to see that there is a
problem is the drug abuser them self. Every year, more and more people become
drug addicts in their pursuit to get "high".
Residential treatment offers intensive drug addiction help over a period of weeks or months. This form of treatment has some advantages over out-patient treatment, although it may not be suitable for everyone. For example, those who are responsible for caring for young children may be better suited to attendance at an out patient treatment program. Residential treatment offers a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment where individuals can confront their own drug addiction and associated issues, with the help of qualified staff. Therapy usually consists of a mixture of group counseling, individual counseling and an introduction to the principles of a drug recovery program.
Abstinence is the act or practice of refraining from indulging a desire. The type of abstinence we are referring to here is abstinence from drugs and alcohol. This term has two connotations when it comes to abstaining from drugs. The first refers to drug or alcohol treatment programs that aim to help an individual stop using drugs or alcohol for the rest of their lives. The time abstinence is also used in drug education and prevention. It refers to trying to stop children from ever using drugs.
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