Waterford is a quiet, peaceful, small California town and is the eighth largest city in all of Stanislaus County, in the state of California, in the United States of America. The population was 8,456 at the 2010 census as reported by the United States Census Bureau, up quite a bit from 6,924 as of the previous 2000 census. Waterford is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area, and it has experienced significantly high population growth in a very short amount of time.

Waterford is a small but pleasant and successful middle class town.  The median income for a household in the city was at about $39,286, and the median income for a family was at about $41,698. Males had a median income of $32,530 versus only about $25,341 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,933, and about 11.2% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18.

All in all, Waterford is a pretty typical and pretty classic, pleasant California city.  The general area has been populated for quite some time now, and an attractive appeal among other things has now caused the population there to really start to grow.  It would not be a surprise at all if the city boomed to over ten-thousand people by the year of 2020.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Strikes Hard in Waterford

Sadly, drug dealers and drug criminals in general always have their eyes on cities and towns that are experiencing population growth.  It almost always means that there is money in that area, hence the population growth.  Nowadays, drug dealers, criminals, pushers, and enthusiasts in general tend to make the biggest waves and push for the biggest problems and the hugest expansions of drugs in and around cities that are economically successful, whether they are big inner cities or small town rural areas.

This has been the lot of life for Waterford.  This is a city and a town that never really suffered or struggled with addiction in the past, but now it has been suffering and struggling and in a big way too.  There have been issue here the likes of which have never been experienced or felt before and it’s all because substance criminals only just recently moved into the city and started to peddle their dope and their drugs and their addictive and deadly chemicals to mostly the young adult population of the city.

Addiction is a very troubling issue, and what a lot of people do not realize is that it is a lot more costly than anyone ever thought it could be.  True enough, in the year of 2010, the United States spent no less than $28 billion to treat the 40.3 million Americans suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol.  A hefty percentage of that went to California.  That means that on average, each person received less than $700 for treatment, which obviously isn’t nearly enough to really handle a drug problem effectively though, so much of the money is wasted.  The federal and state governments spends about 95.6 cents of every dollar on substance use and addiction toward the consequences of addiction and yet only 1.9 cents go toward prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, which is silly of course.  Only about 1 in 10 people with substance use disorders of one kind or another actually receive any form of treatment for their substance abuse problems at the end of the day.

Utilizing Rehabilitation

Now more than ever the citizens of Waterford need to rise up and fight back against the crisis that is addiction.  This is key and this is greatly needed and wanted here and it has been for some time.  Now more than ever addiction truly is a crisis here and it probably will be for some time unless major action is taken to realistically do something about it.

The key to addressing the issues in Waterford lie in effective rehabilitation.  What is needed here more than anything else is rehabilitation in the form of an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, detox facility, rehab program, and recovery organization, or several such centers.  These truly have the best chances and the best likelihood of totally removing addiction and substance abuse problems from the area and really getting rid of them for good.  Now more than ever these tools and these techniques that rehab has to offer are needed in Waterford.

Waterford has an addiction problem that is now too severe and too difficult to address with prevention alone.  This city needs inpatient rehab and it needs it badly.  With inpatient rehab, the issue will finally fall by the wayside and not be so dangerous or threatening.