Salt Lake City, (often shortened to Salt Lake or SLC for ease of speech), is the capital of and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of a full 191,180 in the year 2013, the city lies at the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a total population of 1,153,340.
As for its history the city was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, George Washington Bradley and numerous other various Mormon followers, who extensively irrigated and cultivated the arid valley to make it the agricultural dream that it grew up to be. Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named "Great Salt Lake City”. The word "great" was dropped from the official name in 1868 by the 17th Utah Territorial Legislature. Although Salt Lake City is still home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), less than half the population of Salt Lake City proper are members of the LDS Church today, though about forty percent of the population still call themselves Mormons.
The city has grown quite a bit over the decades, and for good reasons. Immigration of international LDS members, mining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed the Crossroads of the West. It was then traversed by the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway, in 1913. Salt Lake City has since developed a strong outdoor recreation tourist industry based primarily on skiing, and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, earning it further fame and recognition. It is also the industrial banking center of the United States.
Salt Lake City and Addiction: Facts and Statistics on the Crisis
Like many other cities around it, Salt Lake City has begun to struggle tremendously with drug and alcohol addiction. This is a crisis that has affected cities all across the United States, and Salt lake City has not escaped it. To better understand the issue, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA), and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), worked together to try and understand exactly the depth and breadth of the drug and alcohol problem in Salt Lake City, in Utah, and in the nation as a whole. Just a few of their findings have been listed below for context:
• Unfortunately, the rate of drug-induced deaths in Utah is much higher than that of the national average.
• Stimulants (including and mostly pertaining to methamphetamine and crystal meth) are the most commonly cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in Utah.
• As a sad and direct consequence of drug use, 546 persons died in the state of Utah in 2007. This is much, much more than the number of persons in Utah who died from motor vehicle accidents (a mere 320) and way more than those who died from firearms (a mere 253) in the same year.
• Utah’s high rate of drug-induced deaths (20.6 per 100,000 population) exceeded the national rate of only (12.7 per 100,000).
• Utah ranks fifth in the nation for overdose deaths, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
• More than 380 Utahans died in 2014 from opioid painkiller overdoses. That number was more than 44,000 across the entire U.S.
Finding Sobriety in Salt Lake City
Kicking a drug or alcohol addiction is no easy task at all. However, it can be done, particularly if someone goes about it in the right way. To kick a drug or alcohol habit in the right, successful, safe, and proper way, one must enlist the help of an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol rehabilitation program to assist the individual.
Only inpatient rehab centers can guarantee one's overall success and freedom from drug and alcohol addiction, because only inpatient rehabs offer extensive enough of services to be able to help individuals get off of drugs and alcohol for good.