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Drug Rehab New Mexico

Known as the "Land of Enchantment", New Mexico is rich in natural beauty and considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics and descendants of Spanish colonists. Native American's from the Navajo, Puebloan and Apache tribes still inhabit the state and are represented in New Mexico's state flag. The population of the state was estimated to be 2,085,287 as of July 2013. This is an increase of 1.3 percent from the United States Census Bureau's 2010 estimates.

While the state has many beautiful and majestic sights, there is a darker side to New Mexico. Alcohol addiction is the leading reason why many residents seek drug and alcohol treatment in the state. In addition to the alcohol problem in New Mexico, the state is one of the largest hubs for transshipment of illegal narcotics from Mexican drug trafficking organizations. The state has nearly every type of illicit substance come across its borders and become available for sale. With its major highways and border with Mexico, it is an ideal distribution location for drug smugglers from North, Central and South America.

The two greatest illicit drug threats to the state are amphetamines and heroin. Mexican "black tar" heroin and "brown" heroin are responsible for a great number of drug rehab admissions into New Mexico drug rehabs as well as drug-related deaths. Local law enforcement agencies have made significant progress in cracking down on domestic meth labs but the drug is still smuggled into the state by Mexican criminal groups. A large majority of the methamphetamine brought into New Mexico is destined for other states like Illinois, California and New York. The area known as the Four Corners Region, where Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado meet is a central location for meth trafficking and distribution.

During 2012, an estimated 719 New Mexico residents enrolled in drug rehab programs sighting amphetamine addiction as their reason for receiving treatment. This portion of the drug rehab population in the state during 2012 made up 10.9 percent of all the New Mexico drug rehab admissions that year. Of these drug rehab admissions for amphetamine addiction, 51.3 percent were male and 48.7 were female. The largest age group to seek treatment for meth addiction during 2012 in New Mexico was between the ages of 31-35 years old (21.6 percent). The second largest age group to receive treatment in the state during 2012 for meth addiction was between the ages of 26-30 years old (20.2 percent).

With so many residents struggling with amphetamine addiction problems, New Mexico has created numerous drug rehab programs. These programs provide residents with the education, life skills and relapse prevention training they need to end their meth addiction and learn to live a clean and sober life. Programs range from group counseling, 12-step meetings, outpatient care, inpatient treatment, residential programs and alternative forms of treatment. While there is no one specific type of treatment that will help each and every individual overcome an addiction to amphetamines, addiction specialists recommend attending a long-term inpatient program where the recovering individual has the time, resources and guidance they need around the clock to make the necessary changes to their way of thinking and behavior.

The largest group of New Mexico residents to enroll in state drug rehab programs cited alcohol addiction as their reason for receiving treatment in 2012. During this year, 2,581 residents entered New Mexico alcohol and drug rehab programs due to their alcohol addiction problems. This portion of the drug rehab admissions during 2012 made up 39 percent of all drug and alcohol admissions in the state that year. 73.9 percent of those enrolling in New Mexico drug and alcohol rehab programs during 2012 were male and 26.1 percent were female. The largest age group to receive alcohol addiction treatment in New Mexico during 2012 was between the ages of 26-30 years old (15.7 percent). The second largest age group to receive alcohol addiction treatment during 2012 in New Mexico was between the ages of 31-35 years old (13.5 percent).

There are various levels of alcohol addiction, just like other drugs of abuse and addiction. New Mexico residents who are physically addicted to alcohol in addition to being emotionally dependent on the substance will require medical detoxification to safely withdrawal from alcohol. This process is performed in a medical setting and the individual is closely monitored. Once medical detox for alcohol addiction is complete the individual will still need to attend a drug and alcohol rehab program in New Mexico. Merely receiving medical detox services for alcohol addiction is not sufficient to overcome a severe alcohol addiction problem. During alcohol rehab, the individual will uncover and address the issues that drove them to choose alcohol to solve their problems. They will also work on developing new ways of handling life clean and sober while practicing relapse prevention techniques. When medical detox and long-term inpatient or residential alcohol rehab are combined the individual has the greatest chance of achieving lasting sobriety.

New Mexico has seen an increase in the abuse of heroin over the past several years. Residents have access to Mexican black tar heroin, brown heroin and Southeast Asian varieties of heroin. A majority of the heroin in New Mexico originates in Mexico and is smuggled across the border. Law enforcement agencies have increased their efforts to end heroin's continued spread throughout the state. New Mexico law enforcement officials routinely search and seize product being smuggled into the state destined to be distributed in New Mexico and neighboring states. Commercial and private vehicles are the primary way heroin is brought into New Mexico as well as being smuggled over the boarder by couriers.

With the increase in heroin addiction cases in the state, New Mexico has created several additional drug rehab programs to help residents. There are medical detox programs, rapid detox centers, drug replacement programs, outpatient care, inpatient treatment, residential facilities and alternative programs in New Mexico. Heroin addiction recovery can be handled in a number of different ways and it is up to the recovering individual which form of treatment will best fit their needs.

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New Mexico Drug Statistics

1. 8 out 10 leading causes of death in New Mexico are at least in part consequence of the abuse of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.

2. At this point, more than 3,000 New Mexican residents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are enrolled in the state's Medical Cannabis Program.

3. A report from June 2012, by the New Mexico Health Department, discovered that the drug overdose death percentage increased more than a 60% between 2001 and 2010.

4. In 2010 alone, 468 New Mexicans died from drug overdoses, and Oxycodone has been the leading cause of prescription drug overdose death since 2008.

5. New Mexico, over the last 30 years, has had consistently among the highest alcohol related death numbers in the U.S.

6. New Mexico, in 2007 and 2008 ranked 1st among all states for illegal drug dependence, among people ages 12 and older.

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