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Drug Rehab Texas
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- San Antonio
- Fort Worth
- El Paso
- Corpus Christi
- San Angelo
- Wichita Falls
- College Station
- Port Arthur
- New Braunfels
- San Marcos
- Eagle Pass
- San Benito
- Rio Bravo
- Fort Hood
- Rio Grande City
- Big Spring
- Haltom City
- Deer Park
- White Settlement
- Sulphur Springs
- Harker Heights
- La Marque
- Big Sandy
- Dyess AFB
- Van Horn
- Center Point
- Buffalo Gap
The state of Texas is the second most populous and second largest state in terms of area in the nation, and largest in the 48 contiguous United States. Texas is located in the South Central part of the country which borders New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana and shares an international border with Mexico. The state has an area of 268,820 square miles, and an ever-growing population of over 26 million people. Austin is the state capitol, and Houston is the largest city in the state and the fourth largest in the U.S. Other large and major cities include San Antonio, the second largest in the state and seventh largest in the nation, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and El Paso.
Of the over 26 million residents in Texas, about 16% are foreign born, about 1.2 million of which are illegal aliens. Today illegal aliens constitute about 6% of the population in the state, the fifth highest percentage in the country. About 70% of Texas residents are White, 38% are Hispanic or Latino, 12% are Black, and 4% are Asian, with the rest constituting some other race or two or more races. While White Americans make up the racial majority in the state, non-Hispanic Whites represent about 48% of the population.
Texas Drug Use Trends
As the second most populous state, Texas is home to 26,956,958 residents (2014 census). Located in the south central part of the United States, Texas shares an international border with Mexico. Mexican cartels smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars worth of drugs over the border into Texas each year. This makes Texas a primary gateway through which illegal drugs are smuggled into the U.S. The violence connected with the illegal drug trade in Texas has lead to a number of deaths for border guards, DEA agents, Mexican immigrants and local residents. The primary drugs being smuggled into Texas by Mexican drug cartels include heroin, cocaine, marijuana and most recently prescription drugs.
Mexican Drug Cartels in Texas
The Department of Public Safety reports that Mexican drug cartels are one of the most significant threats to the state of Texas. These criminal organizations are responsible for controlling the flow of illegal substances into the state, trafficking illegal aliens and many of the violent attacks that take place throughout Texas. Law enforcement agencies note the increase in Mexican drug cartels activity is due to Texas's permeable border, resident's unsatiated need for drugs, forced labor and the illegal sex industry. These criminal groups deter focus on their drug smuggling by helping illegal aliens enter the country as bait while simultaneously trafficking illegal drugs across the border.
Drug Use among Texas Youth
As the drug threat in Texas remains high, substance abuse and addiction trends among Texas's youth has seen a decrease. The rate of alcohol use among Texas residents in seven through twelfth grade decreased from 57.5% in 2012 down to 50.5% in 2014. The number of binge drinking episodes among this group also decreased from 18% in 2012 to 13.8% in 2014. The use of marijuana among Texas youths has decreased as well. In 2012, 11.1% of those surveyed reported past-month marijuana use compared to 9.1% in 2014.
The use of cocaine and crack cocaine among the youth of Texas has diminished. In 2014, 2.2% of those surveyed reported every trying cocaine or crack cocaine compared to 4.6% in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014 the use of Ecstasy decreased from 5.7% down to 2.7% among this age group. Additionally, the use of meth has gone down among those surveyed by 2.5% since 2012. Less than 1% reported any use of meth during their lifetime as of 2014.
Liquid Meth in Texas
As the illegal drug trade escalates in Texas traffickers have become more creative with their products. In Houston and many areas of Texas a liquid form of meth is being sold. This new version of meth is more concealable than the crystal and powdered forms of the drug. Dealers are putting it in drinking bottles and traffickers are smuggling large amounts of liquid meth across the border and throughout Texas in fifty-five gallon drums and even gas tanks. Once the liquid meth arrives at its destination it is converted by meth cooks into crystals, one of the most popular forms of the drug.
- Annalists from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency estimate 90% of the meth in Texas is smuggled into the state from Mexico.
- Meth production in Texas decreased around 2006 but than began to escalate again in 2008.
- As many as 150 Mexican drug cartels, gangs and operations have established networks in Texas.
- Federal agents in Texas are seeing Mexican meth purity levels above 95%.
- Due to the high demand for Mexican meth, the amount of cocaine being smuggled into Texas has decreased by 58%. During 2011 16,908 kilograms of cocaine was seized at the Texas/Mexico border compared to 7,143 kilograms seized at the border during 2012.
Texas Drug Rehab Programs
2013 statistics from Texas drug rehab programs show that 39,674 individuals enrolled in treatment. Marijuana was the primary reason behind many residents enrollment into Texas drug rehab programs. 21.1% of those admitted into drug rehab programs in Texas reported marijuana addiction as their reason for receiving addiction treatment. Heroin addiction was the second leading reason behind many residents enrolling in Texas drug rehab programs during 2013. 15.5% of all Texas drug rehab enrollments during 2013 were receiving treatment for heroin addiction.
The most common types of Texas drug rehab programs include: long-term inpatient treatment, short-term inpatient treatment, long-term residential drug rehab, short-term residential drug rehab, outpatient care, individualized drug counseling and group counseling. As treatment approaches and recovery programs continue to evolve and diversify, many Texas drug rehab programs do not fit neatly into "traditional" drug rehab classifications. There is often an overlap in treatment modalities and methods among programs in an effort to combine the most effective recovery techniques each drug rehab program deems valuable.
- Short-Term Treatment: These programs often run 3-6 weeks and are based on a modified 12-step approach to recovery.
- Long-Term Treatment: A long-term treatment program varies in length from 3-12 months depending on the rehab center and focuses on the "resocialization" of the recovering individual. During their time in long-term treatment the program participant works on developing their personal accountability and responsibility in addition to learning to live socially productive lives.
- Inpatient/Residential Drug Rehab: These intensive drug rehab programs provide care 24 hours a day. Clients reside at the treatment facility during their time in the program and benefit from a structured daily schedule, a drug-free environment and educational courses and activities designed to help them examine characteristics of themselves that need to be changed while adopting new more constructive ways of handling life substance-free.
- Outpatient Treatment: These programs differ in the types of services they provide and the intensity of their treatment methods. Low-intensity outpatient drug rehab often provides limited support and focuses primarily on drug education. More thorough forms of outpatient drug rehab may offer intensive day treatment comparable with the services one would receive at an inpatient or residential program without having to reside at the treatment facility.
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