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While Birmingham has improved in many ways, it still has major problems to overcome. One of the major ones is its current difficulty with widespread drug abuse. Recent reports have shown that Birmingham is a center for major drug trafficking and distribution, with hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin proving to be extremely profitable for the criminals that are selling them.
Drug use is cited as one of the primary reasons that Birmingham is cited by Forbes as being one of the top ten most dangerous cities in which to live in the United States. That’s an unwelcome distinction for any city, and it should serve as a wake-up call to Birmingham residents that they need to take effective action to eliminate drug use within the city and all surrounding areas.
Law enforcement continues to work at cracking down on these operations, but they can do little for the people that have already become addicted to these powerful drugs. Helping turn those lives around lies within the responsibility of drug rehabilitation centers.
Far more residents of Birmingham are addicted to drugs than most people realize. In getting help to the addicts that need it the most, families and community members will need to take the lead in helping get addicted individuals into the rehab centers that can help them.
While most families understand that drug use is a problem in society, few people actually know how widespread it is or what drugs are even being used in their area. In order to get informed on this topic, the Alabama Drug Control Update is a valuable resource. It is a government report developed after surveying American citizens on what drugs they are using. It also analyzes drug treatment center admissions with the goal of counting how many people are addicted to which drugs.
Using this information, all residents of Alabama can get an accurate picture of what drugs are being brought into and then used in their communities. The people of Birmingham need this information if they’re going to take effective action against the spreading epidemic of drug abuse.
Here are the top drugs being used in the state:
Marijuana: This is an incredibly popular drug all around the United States for its ease of purchase and the quick high that it can give any user. It is grown in massive quantities in both the United States and Mexico, so there is no shortage for anyone in Birmingham that wants to use the drug.
Cocaine: Cocaine is still popular in the southeast despite its decline as a recreational drug in many parts of the country. Part of the reason for this is that the drug is produced in South America and then trafficked into the US through Mexico and the Caribbean. All of the routes to more northerly sales regions pass through major southern cities like Birmingham.
Prescription Opiates: Painkillers are produced by major pharmaceutical companies to be used as medicine, but they are currently the fastest spreading illicit drug in the country. Birmingham is not an exception to the trend. When users find out that pain pills can easily be abused to get high, all bets are off. Even people that are trying to use the drugs correctly are finding that they quickly get addicted to these powerful medications.
Stimulants: This category of “uppers” includes methamphetamine. These drugs are incredibly popular due to their method of making you feel full of “energy.” That feeling is a false one, but it is addictive and can feel like a lot of fun at the time. Another problem with these drugs is that many varieties are made in dangerous, homemade labs and can pose a hazard to anyone that lives in the area.
Another recent survey didn’t just focus on overall drug use rates among adults – it specifically looked at what drugs are most popular among Alabama students in grades 6 through 12. This survey found that drugs are more popular among Alabama teens than the national average of teens across the country.
Among the illicit drugs surveyed, one in ten Alabama teens was smoking marijuana on a monthly basis. Four percent also admitted to using stimulants, four percent were using “downers” (sedatives and tranquilizers), and three percent were using hallucinogens such as ecstasy. A potentially more troubling statistic is that one in every five Alabama teens are drinking some form of alcohol on a monthly basis.
As alcohol is actually responsible for more deaths (such as in drunk driving accidents or binge drinking incidents) that most drugs, it is incredibly dangerous for some many teens in Birmingham and across the state to be drinking. Families need to take immediate action to bring this to a halt, as viewpoints like “teens will be teens” will only lead to more unnecessary deaths.
Some rehab centers are available in Birmingham, but they are not always up to the standard of quality that a longtime addict needs. Anyone that is searching for a rehab center for a loved one should be on the look out for key factors that set an effective rehab center apart from the crowd.
Effective rehab centers are usually residential, inpatient treatment centers. This means that clients live at the facility while they are being treated. This differs from an outpatient facility where someone only checks in with rehabilitation professionals on an occasional basis. The reason that an inpatient facility is so important is that addicts need around the clock care to make sure that they are really getting clean and are not going to relapse.
A Commitment to Rehabilitation
Many rehab centers will not make a commitment to actually helping your loved one get sober. They will warn that your loved one will probably relapse. These are not the centers you want to go with. Look for a rehab that can show you proven results for helping clients prevent relapses.
No Time Limit
Effective rehabs know that addiction doesn’t follow a schedule, and they won’t kick your loved one out at the end of 28 days. Look for a center that is “product based.” In other words, your loved one goes home when she is clean and ready to live that way, not when a clock runs out.
If an adequate treatment center cannot be found inside of Birmingham, it is vital that you widen your search and look outside of the city or even outside of the state. When you find a center that will actually take the time and care to help your loved one get clean, it is worth whatever extra travel or work is required.
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