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Alaska Drug Rehab & Addiction Treatment

AddictionWatch.com has been keeping an eye on the Alaska drug problem and knows what treatment options are there. That’s what we are here for! To lend an ear and hopefully provide useful information on addiction and what kind of treatment there is in Alaska.

If you need treatment for drug or alcohol addiction we can help you by:

  •  Locating Alaska alcohol and drug rehab programs
  •  Discuss Alaska drug rehab possibilities with you.
  •  Get in touch with treatment centers throughout Alaska.

Regardless where you live in Alaska we have a directory of drug rehab facilities.

Do you live in Alaska and struggling with addiction? Do you get the feeling you are all alone? Think again. There are over 55,000 drug addicts or alcoholics with a substance abuse problem in Alaska. All needing some kind of addiction treatment help. Alaska is by far the largest and most sparsely populated state in the United States. The majority of people live in the Anchorage metro area making it a fairly dense population in that region, even for Alaska.  Just like the rest of the country there is an alarming percentage of Alaskans who need some kind of drug or alcohol treatment. Alaska is well above the national average for illicit drug abuse and ranks in several top ten drug abuse categories.

You may know this already but drug rehab and alcohol treatment services are somewhat difficult to find in Alaska. There is a tremendous need for more treatment facilities in Alaska. The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported over 55,000 people needed treatment for drug or alcohol addiction that year. Less than 7,000 addicts actually received treatment during 2010. This should shed some light on why it is so hard to get help. There just are not enough treatment facilities to help those in need.

That makes getting help seem impossible and leads to ineffective measures of “just getting the addict somewhere”. Believe it or not sometimes people come out of treatment worse than they went in, so that may not be the best outlook to have when it comes to getting help. Desperate situations call for desperate measures however, and some folks just have to take whatever program is available.

Finding the best drug or alcohol rehab centers in Alaska can be lifesaving occurrence and something we can help with. Please keep in mind that there just are not enough treatment facilities and those that are there are overloaded. You might consider a California drug rehab or possibly a drug rehab in Washington. The nationwide drug treatment directory we have contains 3,000 alcohol or drug rehabs. Regardless what you decide we can and will help find the best treatment option. Our drug treatment counselors know what works and what doesn’t. We will help you find drug or alcohol treatment anywhere in the U.S.

Alaska Drug and Alcohol Treatment

The percentage of addicts needing treatment in Alaska is higher than the national average. The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that nearly 12%  (11.79) abuse some kind of illicit drug. This is 50% higher per capita than the rest of the country.Treatment centers throughout Alaska are reporting higher admissions for marijuana and addictions to prescription drugs, specifically prescription painkillers.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) have 59 drug addiction treatment or alcohol rehab centers listed in Alaska. Forty five of these treatment programs are outpatient. There are 13 short-term (30 days or less) drug and alcohol rehab programs and 19 long-term (30 days or more) substance abuse treatment facilities. There are a few programs that offer inpatient treatment or a mix of outpatient & inpatient combined.

As we mentioned earlier Alaska has close to 56,000 addicts, mostly alcoholics, who needed but did not receive treatment. With only 59 treatment centers to choose from and the majority of those being outpatient finding effective treatment is difficult. Particularly, if you are like most folks and do not know much about addiction and the different kinds of addiction treatment programs.

It takes understanding addiction and knowing what fundamental actions to take to overcome it. The alcohol and drug counselors at Addiction Treatment Watch can help you! We take the responsibility of educating the public very seriously and will help find the best treatment center options Alaska, or answer any questions you may have.

We know what works and which treatment center and modality one will help you. We are here to assist you in finding the program likely to meet your addiction treatment needs. Contact us right away and let us assist you.

Top Alaska Cities for drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment services:

  •   Anchorage
  •   Fairbanks
  •   Juneau
  •   Ketchikan
  •   Sitka
  •   Wasilla
  •   Kenai
  •   Kodiak
  •   Palmer
  •   Bethel

Alaska Addiction & Substance Abuse Problems

Drug use is on the rise across the board in every state and Alaska is at the top of the list. According to 2008-2009 NSDUH data, approximately 11% of Alaska 12-17 year old youth reported drug abuse in the last 30 days. Because kids are starting at such young ages they are more susceptible to forming an addiction problem. Law enforcement officials have invested millions of dollars in efforts to eradicate illicit drugs in Alaska with little success.

Approximately 96,000 Alaska citizens reported illicit drug abuse or were dependent on alcohol and drugs during 2009. If you add this to the over 55,000 drug addicts or alcoholics who were dependent on or have a substance abuse problem, Alaska is without question in need of more drug and alcohol treatment centers.

Alcohol Addiction and Treatment in Alaska – Alcohol addiction accounted for 44.2% of all treatment admissions (2,961) in 2010 according to ONDCP report. Addicts entering treatment who were abusing alcohol and secondary drug accounted for an addition 30.3 % or 2,027 admissions.

31,000 youth abuse alcohol in Alaska each year. The costs Alaskan taxpayers $320 million in 2007 and the numbers have gone up since then. This is the last survey reported on this statistic that we can find. That same year underage drinkers consumed 14.8% of all alcohol sold that totaled $ 76 million in sales and brought $37 million in profits to the alcohol industry.

Marijuana Addiction and Treatment in Alaska – Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in Alaska. The demand for marijuana grown in Alaska is high as the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels are higher in Alaskan grown marijuana. THC is the chemical that gets you high when marijuana is smoked.

Approximately 152,000 million Alaska citizens reported that using marijuana occasionally (once a month) was a “great risk”. There are 6,000 people who try marijuana for the first time each year in Alaska. 524 addicts entered a drug rehab in Alaska for marijuana addiction treatment in 2010. Marijuana treatment admissions accounted for 7.8% of all addicts entering Alaska drug rehabs.

Cocaine Addiction and Treatment in Alaska – Treatment admissions for cocaine addiction are lower than other drugs but there is still a significant number of people seeking help for this drug. Powder cocaine is the most abused form of cocaine in Alaska. Crack-cocaine is present in the more populated areas of Alaska. Cocaine addiction accounts for 1.2% of overall treatment admissions with 83 cocaine addicts being admitted in 2010.

Heroin Addiction and Treatment in Alaska – Heroin is present in Alaska. There are various kinds of heroin offered in Alaska including Mexican heroin, Colombian heroin and heroin from Southeast Asian. Treatment admissions for heroin totaled 235 which were 3.5% of all who entered.

Prescription Drugs and Treatment in Alaska – Prescription drug treatment admissions are increasing in Alaska as with other areas of the country. Prescription drug abuse and trafficking of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and anabolic steroids are major issues for Alaska law enforcement. For Alaska, prescription drug addiction treatment admissions accounted for 340 or 5.1% of overall drug rehab admissions (SAMHSA). According to the NSDUH 2009 report 29,000 people abused prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.

Methamphetamine Addiction and Treatment in Alaska – Methamphetamine is available in Alaska although meth lab incidents are drastically reduced. The amount of meth shipped into Alaska is on the rise and continues to be a problem for law enforcement and drug rehab counselors. Methamphetamine addiction is a considerable problem for Alaska drug rehabs with 182 meth addicts entering treatment in 2010.

Types of Treatment in Alaska

As we have mentioned Alaska drug rehab is not always easy to find, easy to gain admission to nor are they always effective. Our counselors will help identify the treatment program in Alaska or elsewhere best suited for your needs. We will help you find the programs with the highest success rates and guide you through the process of starting your recovery immediately.

Our drug rehab counselors are waiting. Call us today for help with:

  •   Drug Detox Clinics in Alaska
  •   Alaska Drug Rehab Centers
  •   Drug Treatment Programs in Alaska
  •   Alaska Meth Addiction Treatment Centers
  •   Addiction & Alcoholism Treatment in Alaska
  •   In-Patient Drug Rehab Programs in Alaska
  •   Alaska Marijuana Drug Treatment Centers
  •   Heroin Addiction Treatment or Drug Rehabs in Alaska
  •   Prescription Drug Rehab & Addiction Treatment in Alaska

SOURCES:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Office of National Drug Control Policy

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