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Conway, Arkansas Addictions and Treatment

Conway, Arkansas, a lower middle-class community with an unemployment rate that is less than the national average, is at the center of an enormous methamphetamine epidemic.  The town was recently featured in an HBO documentary “Meth Storm”.  Conway, Arkansas and its surrounding communities such as Damascus, Holland, Mayflower and Mount Vernon is part of a huge methamphetamine production and distribution operation. It has affected the entire community and the staggering crime rate is a clear indicator of a serious drug problem in this small city.

Recent data shows Arkansas has the 2nd highest meth use in the United States in adults. The incredibly high use of methamphetamines across the state is unfortunately enabled due to the number of clandestine meth labs spread throughout the state, hidden in the rural areas. These meth labs are easily concealed by the geography of the area and the relatively small, spread out population, making them hard to detect.

The scarier statistic is that the state is number one for prescription drug abuse by teenagers in the country. Arkansas is 25th in the nation for the number of drug overdoses per year, most from prescription drugs. In an effect to fight back against the mounting prescription drug problem, the state is working to incorporate “drug-take-back” facilities, where unused prescription drugs can be disposed of. There has been some measure of success with this program.

In Bentley, Arkansas, a small community just 45 miles south of Conway, Arkansas, local police have discovered a frightening new trend among teenagers. High school students are throwing something known as “Pharm Parties”. Each teen brings some sort of prescription drug and it is thrown into a bowl and then each teen takes 2 or 3 pills, not knowing what exactly what medication they are taking and eats them. This is scary, due to the fact, that the teens have no idea how the drugs will interact with each other.

At one point, Conway high school students were subjected to random drug testing, regardless of whether they participated in sports or not. Random drug testing seemed to have a positive effect in schools in other areas of the State of Arkansas. However, the school has ceased this practice due to uncertainty of the genuine legality of random drug testing and a large number of complaints from members of the community.

Crime in Conway, Arkansas

Conway, Arkansas has a staggering crime rate that is 76% above the national average and 31% higher than the rest of the state. Which is astounding considering that it is only the 7th largest city in Arkansas and only has a population of 62,455 people. Much of the crime is theft and property loss and tied in closely with the growing meth and prescription drug problem.

The local authorities are working diligently to not only stem the crime but the flow of drugs in Conway. There have been several successful drug busts within the last year, that have allowed the authorities to seize a large amount of drugs and remove them and their suppliers from the streets.

The authorities in Conway, in an effort to set an example and deter drug dealers, are also seeking harsher punishment for dealers. In February of 2017, a man was convicted of dealing 24.4 grams of meth and was sentenced to 120 years in prison. 

Faulkner County Drug Court

Faulkner County, of which Conway is the county seat, has implemented a drug court program for both adults and Juveniles. This is an alternative to jail time for non-violent, drug related crimes. This program has the offender participate in a drug rehabilitation program for a period between 9 and 18 months. The Drug Court program is mutually beneficial to both the county and the offender. There are specific requirements that need to be met, such as the offender must pass frequent drug test and follow through with their drug rehab. Drug Court not only has been proven to save the county money but keeps the offender out of jail and ideally clean from drugs. Statistically, drug court works and has almost an 80% compliance rate.

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Drugs Abused in Arkansas

Methamphetamine

Prescription Drug (ex: Pain Killers)

Cocaine

Heroin

MDMA

LSD

Marijuana

Getting Help in Conway, Arkansas

Perhaps the hardest part of beating an addiction is taking the first step to get help. It can be frightening to allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to ask for help and not knowing what to expect when you seek treatment. A quality rehab is going to offer a positive support network, and help you improve your overall physical and mental health.

Finding a Facility in Conway, Arkansas

Fortunately, Conway, Arkansas and its surrounding area, has a number of quality rehab centers. To find the right rehab facility to fit you and your needs you will want to find a facility that has not only quality care and proper licensing and accreditation but an after-care program to help you stay sober. It is also helpful to have some information on how successful their treatment methods have been. A good treatment facility is going to follow your treatment to the very end, which in reality is a lifelong process. They will set you up with programs and meetings that will continue long after you leave the rehab facility itself.

Making Rehab Work

Making rehab work is a matter of being honest with yourself and the professionals trying to treat you. You will be dealing with some complicated emotions and feelings. This is a time for full honesty and being open to new ideas and staying committed to getting sober, even when it gets hard.

What is an Assessment?

An assessment is basically an interview, which is sometimes accompanied by a physical. one of the facility’s health care specialist will ask specific questions about your history, personal drug use and habits to determine your individual needs, the extent of your addiction and the specialist can begin to create a treatment that is tailored specifically to you. It is important to be completely forthcoming and honest. They are not judging you, they are here to help you. Your complete unaltered history is necessary in order for the rehab staff to help you.

Often times, they might be able to detect other underlying mental health conditions that may be a component to the addiction you are fighting. 

What is Pre-Intake?

This is part of the assessment process where the facility determines which counselor will work best with you and determine if a period of detox is required prior to beginning treatment, as well as your overall physical and mental health upon entering treatment.

What is Intake?

This is the process of getting you enrolled into the treatment program at the rehab facility. Working out your placement, insurance and arranging your placement in detox, inpatient or outpatient. 

What is Detox?

Depending on the nature of your addiction and what you are specifically using, you may need an interval of detox. When you initially quit using, your body may crave the drug very intensely. This can sometimes be incredibly dangerous, therefore its important that you are placed in a detox program that is prepared for the physical ramifications of your detox. This can be the hardest part of your road to recovery.

A medically supervised detox facility has the ability to administer medications that can help ease cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal. Patients are supervised around the clock to ensure that their overall health isn’t suffering. This is a tricky and extremely sensitive time in a patient’s treatment. Having fulltime supervisor helps make this time more comfortable. Once you make it through detox, the real recovery can begin. 

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment allows for supervision and monitoring of patients round the clock. This is the most intense form of rehabilitation. This helps keep the addict in check and away from the influence of the drug with 24-hour supervision, usually in a hospital setting. The length of a patients stay will be determined by the counselor and is based on the severity of the patient’s addiction. This is a more intense treatment for individuals dealing with more severe addictions that are sometimes exacerbated by other mental disorders. It allows for care givers to treat more than one disorder at the same time. It is an opportunity to provide patients with duel therapies and treat both the problem and the symptom.

RTC- Residential Treatment Center

A residential treatment center is a more home like environment. The patient still has 24-hour support but without extreme 24-hour surveillance in a hospital setting. Residential treatment is a more relaxed treatment for individuals who are fighting addiction without the treatment for mental illness or the need for hospitalization. Patients are still participating in daily therapy, but it is in a more domicile setting.

PHP-Partial Hospitalization Program

This treatment program is a step down from residential treatment. The patient is given a little bit more independence and freedom. It allows the patient to practice coping skills and learning to maintain a sober lifestyle while still under the care of the rehab facility. This program slowly shifts from full time supervision to self-reliance while still offering full support. This is a critical step in the recovery program. The patient is usually housed in sober living quarters and able to administer their own medication. Patients begin to reenter their regular life, all while attending daily meetings and checking in with their rehab support network.

IOP- Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for patients who do not need detox and also can manage to maintain their sobriety without continuous supervision. Patients who partake in this program still participate in a great deal of therapy and counseling throughout the week, but they are able to do so while living at home and while being involved in their own day to day life. One of the main goals Intensive Outpatient Programs is to help individuals deal with the desire to relapse and help them overcome this desire. 

What is Outpatient Treatment?

This program is directed at patients who are the least likely to relapse and require the least supervision. Patients who participate in outpatient rehab are able to attend multi-weekly, if not daily, meetings but without the concentration of those involved in the Intensive Outpatient Program. 

What is Aftercare?

This is an essential step in the recovery journey. Aftercare assists patients who have completed the prescribed treatment program continue into a sober lifestyle. It is essential that your rehab program has an aftercare program to follow up your treatment as statistically, 50% of people who make it through rehab will relapse in the future. Without proper support and direction, it is easy for former addicts to revert back to their former habits and lifestyle. The ability to stay sober requires that individuals continue to learn new coping skills as they face new challenges in their life, especially once they have left the rehab facility and are living in the real world. Recovering addicts will be encouraged to join a 12 Step Program, such as AA or NA for social and moral support. In reality, aftercare is a lifelong commitment. Ideally, a former addict will continue to attend meeting for the rest of their life.

What is Sober Living?

Sober living is an alternative to leaving rehab and simply going home. It offers the recovering addict a safe place to continue on their journey to sobriety without having to truly enter into the real world. Half way houses still have rules that the residents are required to follow, however, the residents are free to come and go as they wish. The structure of sober living homes creates an environment that encourages a drug free lifestyle and forming strong relationships with other former addicts to help them stay sober. 

A Step in the Right Direction

The idea of entering into rehab can be scary and uncertain, but it is the best decision you will ever make. You are not alone and there are people who care about you and want to support you in this journey to reclaim your life and your sobriety. Call us today and let us help you get started.

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