Tehachapi is a small yet pleasant, quiet, and peaceful city in Kern County, in the state of California, in the beautiful Tehachapi Mountains.  The city rests at an elevation of 3,970 feet between the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert both.

The city of Tehachapi rest about 35 miles east-southeast of Bakersfield, and west of Mojave. According to the United States Census Bureau and its own assessment in 2010, the city had a total area of 10.0 square miles and a population of no less than 14,414.

The Tehachapi area is known for a lot of different and pleasant things.  It has the nearby Tehachapi Loop (a popular railfan site) Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm, The Indian Point Ostrich Ranch, the Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park and Tomi-Kahni Resource Center, (Native American), and excellent air conditions for gliding too in fact. Ten miles to the west at Keene, is the National Chavez Center, established to share the infinite legacy of Cesar Chavez.  There is a lot of history and culture in this small town, and it attracts a significant amount of tourism because of that.

The California Correctional Institution maximum security prison, also known by the locals and in some state records as the Tehachapi State Prison, is in the area; as is in relatively close proximity to Edwards Air Force Base.  A significant percentage of those who live in Tehachapi work at the prison.  The median income for a household in the city ranked in at $29,208, and the median income for a family is about $40,030. Males have a median income of $50,446 versus about $26,023 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,220. 20.4% of the population and 17.4% of families are below the poverty line too. Out of the total population in fact, 24.5% of those under the age of 18 and 15.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line sadly enough.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Contribute to Problems in Tehachapi

As is the case for many other California small towns, Tehachapi has been hit hard with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in recent years.  This has been a pretty huge problem, and for quite some time.  It has been an ongoing issue time and time again since the turn of the century when California began to experience a surge in drug trafficking into the state from Mexico, an increase in marijuana use and abuse, and a sudden rise in prescription drug abuse.

This has been bad news for Tehachapi and for many other small towns like it.  What this has basically meant is that this city of all of them has been hit particularly hard because this city already has a struggling economy to begin with.  This is partially thanks to the economic recession of 2008.  Any time a city experiences a tough time for their economy, it becomes a lot easier to enter drugs and addiction in general into that area.  If nothing is done to correct this issue in Tehachapi, then it is thought that it will only get worse and worse as the years go by, as has been the case with other small, Californian towns who have shared a similar fate as Tehachapi.

What to Look for When Trying to Spot Addiction

It is sadly now common knowledge that addiction is a pretty dangerous and all too common occurrence in and around Tehachapi.  These are issues that come and go for some towns and cities, but Tehachapi has been suffering in excess for some time now.  Case in point, ever since the recession of 2008 there has been a spike in drug use, drug overdoses, and drug-related crime in Tehachapi that has not gone down and has only been inching up.  Now, the problem is worse than ever before and a good portion of the locals are sadly addicted to drugs and alcohol.

If one suspects a family member or loved one to be abusing drugs or alcohol, then it is time to take action and find out for sure.  Unfortunately, these people are very often sneaky and hidden about their drug use, as is their wont.  Listed below are some of the more common signs of drug and alcohol abuse that one should be aware of:

• Increased aggression or irritability.
• Changes in attitude/personality.
• Lethargy.
• Depression.
• Sudden changes in a social network.
• Dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities.
• Financial problems.
• Involvement in criminal activity.
• Bloodshot or glazed eyes.
• Dilated or constricted pupils.
• Abrupt weight changes.
• Bruises, infections, or other physical signs at the drug’s entrance site on the body.

If you see any of these, especially if you see several of them, then it may be time to take fast action and do something about it.  Addiction kills and it kills fast, but that entire crisis can be averted with the help of rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation of an inpatient nature is effective against handling and resolving addiction, even of the very worst kind.  Now more than ever the locals in Tehachapi need to focus on instituting rehabilitation into their city before it is too late.

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