Kerman (formerly known as Collis) is a city at the intersection of State Route 180 and State Route 145 in Fresno County, in the state of California, in the United States of America. The population was 13,544 at the 2010 census as reported by the United States Census Bureau. Kerman is located about 15 miles west of Fresno at an elevation of about 220 feet all in all.

The median income for a household in the city of Kerman was $31,188, and the median income for a family was $34,120 when the income levels were most recently measured. Males had a median income of $29,120 versus $21,906 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,495 all in all.  20.2% of the population and 19.1% of families were below the poverty line. 25.1% of those under the age of 18 and 6.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.  All in all, this city is known for being a middle class and quite pleasant town.

Kerman is known for its sense of community and for its efforts to give back to the community.  Events in Kerman include the Harvest Festival in September for example, the Fireworks Show at Kerman High School in July too, the Christmas Parade in December and the Talent show held annually for Kerman High Students too.

Kerman is a pleasant and comfortable city that has been around for a long time and that has a full history.  Kerman has been the site of a few different major events and community organized activities.  Kerman is a pleasant, relatively quiet, middles class town and city in the classic California rural countryside.

Addiction on the Rise in Kerman

Sadly, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction has begun to make a big name for itself in and around Kerman.  This is a city and area in general that has experienced pretty decent growth over the years, and in reality that has definitely made a pretty negative impact on the city and on the general population too because whenever a city grows significantly it almost always accrues an increase in drug and alcohol use and abuse too.  All of this means bad news for the city.  If nothing is done about this growth of drug trafficking and general substance abuse in this area then it is feared that it will only get much worse before it gets any better.

Substance Abuse Seen and Recognized as a Crisis in Kerman

For some time now drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general has created crisis after crisis in this state.  For a long time it was only the bigger cities and more metropolitan areas that were being adversely affected, but in recent years the issue and the crisis has spread outwards from there and into other areas that are more rural.

Kerman has been one of the cities thusly affected.  In fact, many cities like Kerman have come under the veil of a steady expanse of drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general.  It is a spreading issue that began with a five-fold increase in the use and abuse of prescription drugs in this state by those who live there.  Marijuana abuse has also gone up, as has heroin abuse.

In recent years much of the drug criminals of the state began to expand their efforts to proliferate drugs and addiction into the community.  They started to run out of clientele in big cities, and so expanded outwards into more rural towns.  This is how Kerman was affected by this crisis.

How do you know if either you or someone you know is truly addicted to drugs or alcohol or not?  Especially when it comes to substances like alcohol and prescription drugs, these issues can often be quite confusing, as both substances are legal and in a lot of ways are encouraged onto American individuals.  Listed below are some signs and indicators that denote true addiction and abuse, not just use:

• You require larger quantities more often to achieve the desired effects.
• Attempts to stop drinking on your own are largely unsuccessful.
• Large parts of your day are spent recovering from the effects of alcohol or thinking about your next drink.
• If you cannot obtain more alcohol, you experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, irritability and other mood swings, tremors, insomnia, and general illness.
• You drink more to alleviate or ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
• You have isolated yourself from friends and family.
• You continue to drink despite negative physical or psychological consequences.
• Alcohol is necessary for the person to function “normally”.
• He or she often drinks alone or tries to hide his or her drinking.
• He or she shows an inability to stop, or limit the amount of alcohol consumed.
• Shows anger when questioned about his or her drinking.
• Personality changes with consumption of alcohol. For example, he or she becomes violent or aggressive.
• Has the “shakes” or trembles after not drinking for a short time, such as overnight.
• Anxious or stressed if a social gathering does not include alcohol.
• Blacks out when drinking.
• Exhibits poor eating habits.
• Makes excuses so that he or she can continue drinking.
• Marked changes in appetite.
• Trouble sleeping.
• Inability to concentrate.
• Drowsiness.
• Smell of drugs or heavy scents to mask odors of drugs.
• High tolerance to drugs or alcohol.
• Unusual examination of common objects.
• Bloodshot eyes, extreme thirst, decreased coordination, damage to mucus membranes.

These are the indicators that denote true addiction and a very real substance abuse problem.  If one has such problems or if one knows someone who does, then it’s time to look into rehabilitation options.  Rehabilitation is the only key, basic way that addiction and substance abuse in general can possibly be addressed and conquered in an individual.