Sioux Falls is well known for being the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. It is also the county seat of Minnehaha County, and it holds an important position as being the center of South Dakota’s largest metropolitan area. Sioux Falls is the economic and cultural epicenter for the entire state. The city is also well known as being the 47th fastest-growing city in the United States and it is the fastest-growing metro area in South Dakota, with a total increase of 22% since the year 2000 alone.
As of the year 2014, Sioux Falls had an estimated population of 168,586. The metropolitan population of 248,351 accounts for a full twenty-nine percent of South Dakota's population. The Sioux Falls metropolitan area is also responsible for the majority of South Dakota’s economy and GDP. Chartered in 1856 on the banks of the Big Sioux River, the city is situated on the prairie of the Great Plains at the junction of Interstate 90 and Interstate 29.
Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse in Sioux Falls
While most of the state of South Dakota struggles with crystal meth and cocaine addiction, Sioux Falls has seen alarming increases in prescription drug abuse, particularly amongst opiate drugs and substances. Prescription opiate pain relievers are one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States today, and in fact dwarfs heroin, cocaine, and crystal meth combined for overdoses deaths and accidents. To gain some insight into the opiate pain reliever epidemic that this nation is facing, the following statistics have been included as context:
• Opiate addiction has become a global epidemic that affects all nations. True, the United States is affected the most when it comes to opiates but other countries like France, Iran, Afghanistan, and Brazil suffer greatly as well. To shed some light on this, it is estimated that a full thirteen and a half million people in the world abuse opioids (or opium-like substances), including over nine million alone who use heroin.
• Opiate drugs are currently the number one killer in terms of drug and alcohol abuse worldwide. When one puts the numbers of deaths from opiate pain relievers and heroin combined, the numbers dwarf any other overdose statistic by thousands of deaths. According to a 2008 report from the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction, opiates, were involved in four out of every five drug-related deaths in Europe, and opiate deaths account for a little over half of all drug and alcohol-related deaths in the United States.
• Even though opiate drugs account for well over eighteen percent of the admissions for drug and alcohol treatment in the United States, far more individuals abuse opiates and die from opiates than any other substance in the U.S. This means that in addition to being a terrible drug, opiates also have the effect on those who abuse them that their situation is hopeless, nothing can be done for them, and they will always be addicted.
Finding Recovery and Freedom from Addiction in Sioux Falls
Without a doubt, one of the worst afflictions a human being can face is that of drug or alcohol addiction. An addiction to opiate prescription drugs is one of the worst, as this drug is without a doubt one of the hardest to come down off of and one of the hardest to stay off of. Opiate-based prescription drugs are legal and plentiful, and they're very easy to gain access to.
The only true cure for opiate drug addiction is found in an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation program. Inpatient rehabs are the only facilities that can fully service an opiate pain drug addict because only inpatient centers offer extensive enough of services for such addicts like: medical detox, one-on-one counseling, group therapy, electives, coping strategies, relapse prevention, holistic therapy, and others.