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DRUG STATISTICS AND GETTING TREATMENT IN HENDERSON, NEVADA

The state of Nevada have been identified by the U.S. Department of Justice as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The DOJ has identified many states as a HIDTA, which is determined by the scope of its illicit drug issues as referenced against the country average.

We have rarely shared the following statistic, but we will here for perspective: As of the end of 2017, nearly 25 million Americans have been estimated to suffer from some form of substance addiction. These addictions include those of alcohol and drugs, as well as inhalants and other unorthodox means of changing one’s state.

Nevada is a stronghold for substance and related abuses; though smaller in size than many states, it ranks in the Top Ten for drug and alcohol treatment admissions. The state is also ranked second in the country for non-medical use of oxycodone and hydrocodone, the former which has increased 370% in sales over the last decade. Ambien and OxyContin remain among the strongest addictions within the state, and the city of Henderson proper. 

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If you live in Henderson, and have fallen victim to substance abuse don’t hesitate to seek treatment. There are enormous resources in at your disposal.

Nevada maintains numerous treatment options for the addict, or the casual user. The difference between Nevada and most states that maintain such diligent, well-intended treatment programs lies in its substantial access. Henderson is 16 miles away from neighboring Las Vegas, known as Sin City, a town where anything goes – and where, for a price, most anything is available. Children and adults will always find their substance of choice, whether in Vegas or Henderson. Nevada is a state where nothing is off-limits, and prostitution is legal, taxed and regulated in several cities, including Henderson. That latter comment for our purposes has nothing whatsoever to do with any consideration of morality; it is being stated as fact in the context of Henderson’s liberal leanings.

Dr. Stuart Ghertner, of the Las Vegas Recovery Center, speaks for the state of Nevada when expressing the issue of prescription medication abuse on the part of young children and teens: “They see them in their parents’ drug cabinets,” he says. He goes on to argue that physicians lack the knowledge to effectively combat prescription medication abuse, which becomes a cycle that often leads to further addictions. Further, many of the treatment options are in Vegas, which seems to expend the majority of the state’s resources as it regards fighting abuse.

Taking everything into consideration, Nevada is one of the country’s more difficult areas as it regards drug and alcohol abuse. Some residents travel to out of state treatment centers to partake in more readily available options.

ABOUT THE CITY

Henderson is a city in Clark County, and is the second-largest city in Nevada, with a population of just over 300,000. Though a separate city, Henderson is considered part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. In a most interesting statistic, especially considering what had been mentioned above, in 2014 Henderson was ranked as one of the “Top 10 Safest Cities in the United States” by the FBI Uniform Crime Report. This report followed earlier, similar listings in periodicals such as Forbes and Bloomberg.

Henderson also houses among the country’s highest income earners. The racial percentages are nearly 80% Caucasian, 8% Asian, 5% African American, and 15% Hispanic of any race. Insubstantial percentages include, as listed, a minuscule number of Pacific Islander residents, and those considered to be two or more races.

2017 median income in the city has been estimated at nearly $70,000 without a family, and nearly $80,000 with a family. Casinos and shopping malls are plentiful, and gambling is ever-popular. THR city incorporated in 1953. Mass transit is available by bus, and the city is served by four major highways. The Union Pacific Railroad extends to Boulder City.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL RELATED DEATHS

The state of Nevada presently maintains the fourth largest drug overdose mortality rate in the U.S., with an estimated 21 of every 100,000 residents suffering from a substance-related fatality. The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has reported that prescription drug-related deaths outnumber those from cocaine and heroin collectively, as well as alcohol-related deaths. The city of Henderson is consistent with these numbers.

Recommendations from the TFHA report include the following:

  • Increased education of the allure of prescription drugs as a possible addictive substance;
  • More responsible prescription services from doctors, as well as more improved medical training;
  • Ensuring the access of painkiller availability as needed, as opposed to over-prescribing;
  • Expanding the availability of treatment options in both the city of Henderson, and the state proper;
  • Increasing access of Naxalone to at-risk abusers.

There are several U.S. cities where fire teams, the police, and EMS teams are required to carry and administer Naxalone in the event of an overdose. The medication reverses the effects of heroin overdoses, and those from prescription medications.

HENDERSON RESIDENTS WHO PARTY

Recent studies have shown, of the 300,000 residents of Henderson, that nearly 12,000 regularly smoke pot, 6000 abuse prescription drugs, 2000 abuse cocaine, 900 abuse hallucinogens, 500 abuse inhalants and nearly 200 abuse heroin. These figures were based on the number of treatment center admissions for said substances, with the consideration that many admissions were for more than one drug.

Teens are vulnerable to the Henderson nightlife, as they are in neighboring Vegas. Aggressive drug traffickers will take full advantage of anyone who appears able to pay for their habit. Street drugs are prevalent, including opiates.

HENDERSON’S MOST POPULAR ABUSED CHEMICALS

The city of Henderson is also consistent with its mother state of Nevada in terms of its abject contradictions. Its proximity to Las Vegas, as well as the booming economies of both cities individually, have created millionaires of gamblers. And yet, cocaine is not the drug of greatest use. Casinos are open 24-7 and alcohol flows freely. Yet, alcohol-related accidents are no greater than the current national average, at 47%.

An elaboration on the breakdown of the various addictions is as follows: Pot’s popularity continues unabated year-to-year. Prescription medications show no sign of slowing down. Cocaine is on a slide, and heroin is not as popular in the city of Henderson, as it is elsewhere in the state (though those numbers are lower than the country’s average).

On the treatment level, for all substances, Henderson’s programs are strong. Options exist for women’s counseling, family counseling, child and teen counseling, men’s counseling, and mental health counseling, as well as drug detox in general, and various sober houses. In addition, the similar availability in neighboring Las Vegas adds to the strength of the state’s treatment options.

However, there may be a wait for certain desired services, and not all of them accept cash. Always call first, to determine your early steps.

PRE-INTAKE RESOURCES

To determine the extent and nature of one’s addiction, pre-intake questions may include the following: “How long have you been using?” “Do you believe you have a problem?” “Do you think others who know you believe you have a substance-related problem?” “Have others confronted you with questions related to substance abuse?” “Do you ever use alone?” “Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking one particular drug was the problem?” “Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?” “Have you ever been in a jail, a hospital, or a drug rehabilitation center because of your using?”

You can find pre-intake sample applications online. In this case, as with any other self-diagnostic tool, the questions as asked are exploratory only. You must speak to a trained and licensed professional for any true diagnosis. Still, such online tools such as a pre-intake questionnaire can be extremely useful. If you can honestly answer those questions, you may be validated, or you may dislike your responses. If you were drawn to the tool, likely both will apply. Regardless, consider your results, and then take necessary action.

There are pros and cons with online resources such as these, particularly when it comes to completely basing your treatment decisions on your own responses. That would be a negative, as remember, such questions are guidelines only without a trained professional to analyze your answers. Regardless of whether such questions are based on true-life examples of treatment center queries (they usually are), you may not be the best arbiter of your responses. Most especially if you are under the influence of any drug, or alcoholic drink. On the positive side, if you can be truthful with your answers, such online questions will certainly provide a glimpse into your condition, and the need for help.

Kudos to you for checking such online resources to begin with. That’s certainly a proactive start. 

A quick note: Even if you don’t believe you are addicted, but are concerned that your usage is growing, help is out there.  You do not have to be on the far side of addiction to reach out to various resources on The Recover. In the same spirit, if you are drawn to use, but have not yet, The Recover provides resources available to you as well. It is never too early, nor is it ever too late. These are tools that have been formed for reason, and they are there for you.

INTAKE SERVICES

Many addicts, or users with a problem whose usage is not yet defined as an addiction, make the mistake of not taking the first step towards sobriety as it regards intake. If you need help in making an informed decision as to what treatment method is right for you, we cannot encourage you strongly enough to, again, speak to family and/or friends who have been there before. Sometimes, a user has a difficult time making such decisions with a clear head.

And once more, if you know of no one who has been through these issues before, please contact one of the centers as listed on this page.

Also, we encourage you to ask yourself a few questions: 1) What is holding you back from getting help? 2) Do you believe you have a support system? If so, do you feel comfortable contacting them and speaking about your problem? If not, would you feel more comfortable contacting a professional? And 4) Do you believe you are capable of making an informed decision as to your treatment? If yes, you are well-advised to take advantage of one or more of the resources here. If no, you are strongly advised to contact one of the phone numbers listed here, and discuss your reservations.

Again, they are there to help.

During the intake application process, you will be required to list your prescription medications and days and times taken (if “none,” you check “none”), an authorization of medical care, a list of allergies or other medical issues, and a waiver of responsibility. Some applications ask more. A physician or treatment center representative will then review your application for the proper steps, and treatment.

If you have come this far, kudos to you. You have taken a major step towards reclaiming your life, and your potential.

DETOX SERVICES

The concept and practice of detox is typically broken down into three distinct phases: Evaluation, Stabilization, and Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab.

Evaluation: As overseen by a doctor, who will determine what drugs are presently being used, how long has the patient been using, and how much and how frequently the patient uses.

Stabilization: Stabilization differs patient to patient, based on specific substance being abused. This is the end result of the withdrawal phase.

Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab: Many addicts believe that once they complete withdrawal, they are finished with their treatment. That is a dangerous belief, as withdrawal only releases the immediate physical hold of the substance.

Communication is key. Some users are resistant to treatment, most especially when in a treatment center against their will. In this instance, your communication with your specialists will be at risk. Remember, they are there to help you. You have the freedom to ask questions, and the right to receive answers.

That is one of the benefits of treatment, a better understanding of your illness.

INPATIENT TREATMENT RESOURCES

Inpatient treatment is frequently misunderstood, as there are several options available to the user under that umbrella title. Many people believe the term to refer to only hospital treatment. Or, only highly-restrictive treatment. In reality, it is neither.

Inpatient treatment can either be PHP (a partial hospitalization providing a highly-structured environment, with typically active treatment of 30 hours per week), the less-intensive IOP (intensive outpatient treatment plan, which requires up to three hours daily over 3-5 days, for a total of nine hours weekly; therapy is usually included, but the patient can live either at their own home or a halfway house during the process), and an RTC (residential).

Though you may be the best determinant of the degree of inpatient recovery resources best suited to your needs, frequently one may need the help of family or friends to help you more clearly identify the treatment options that are most prudent for your needs. From there, only your personal commitment will determine your success.

PHPs and RTCs are amazing resources for those with more severe or difficult abuse issues. Both options are highly-structured, especially the former. The importance of structure cannot be understated. You will have a time for medicinal treatment, a time for personal or group therapy, a time to rest, a time for activities …

Frequently, a user has little structure outside of the treatment center. The user is more interested in the high than by scheduling their day via their clock. The structure of PHP treatment, particularly, may be a challenge for some. But, if you allow the treatment to take its course, the end-result can exceed your most optimistic hopes.

So ask yourself: “Do I do well in a structured environment?” “Am I functional in a structured environment, or will I have a better chance to succeed with something less restrictive? As ever, a user if not always the best determinant as to treatment. If a user is high while making the decision, that will be in no one’s best interests. It’s time to commit, with as free a sense of mind as possible.

We will talk more about the level of commitment in a moment.

OUTPATIENT TREATMENT RESOURCES

Outpatient treatment is a comprehensive approach to wellness, and no less impactful than inpatient services. Please research the importance of outpatient treatment resources on The Recover, or speak to loved ones who have been through the process. Recovery is an ongoing process, which requires a substantive lifestyle change to avoid the ever-present threat of a relapse.

Let’s discuss a bit further. Outpatient treatment allows the patient a certain level of responsibility to remain clean while outside of the treatment center. You will face temptations but will have also learned specific strategies as to how to deal with them. It is up to you to take advantage of those lessons. There is a certain degree of trust on the part of the outpatient treatment administrators that the user will remain clean, and at the same time outpatient treatment allows for the user to remain productive on the outside while still receiving help. If you work, you can schedule your outpatient appointments or check-ins after hours.

One very important point, though, under this or any treatment circumstance: The entirely of your treatment is a commitment. Outpatient or not, if you miss one appointment you will likely miss another. That is a recipe for failure. What you allow, you encourage.

Never allow an excuse to fail. More precisely, let’s say it as it is: There are countless reasons why one would fail, in this or any other environment. Laziness, rigidity, intimidation …

There are fewer reasons to succeed: Yourself, first of all, then your loved ones (your collective of family and friends). Which means more to you? The pain of the commitment to get well, or the pleasure of using? If you answer the latter question as your affirmative, consider those loved ones who care about you, and worry about you.

On that note, let us elaborate upon the concept of commitment for a moment. Some users resent the term, thinking many of those who do not use, or who are not otherwise plagued by addiction, tend to believe commitment is that much easier than it truly is. How can a user commit to anything at all, one may ask, much less treatment if said user is overwhelmed by their addiction?

It is very difficult. Really, it is. But you can do this. You can reclaim your life, as none of us are defined by our addictions.

AFTERCARE AND SOBER LIVING RESOURCES

Not all sober houses or aftercare facilities are created equal. However, you will frequently be surrounded by others in a supportive and understanding environment, others who have undergone similar difficulties.

There have been several popular television shows on various networks over the last decade that have dramatized the sober living experience. We suggest that you watch with caution, as several of these shows contain scripted elements that do not necessarily give a positive view of what could be  a positive experience.

 We’ve seen users looking forward to attending sober houses for all the wrong reasons. The sober house experience is an often integral part of your overall treatment. But, it can be as abused as the substances for which you have been admitted.

You will live among others in a place away from your home. A sober care facility will actually be your new home until you leave. Others can influence you, so be careful. Sober living can be a hugely beneficial and beautiful experience, but you must remember, you are still in treatment.  

GET HELP IN HENDERSON, NEVADA

Nevada is a HITDA region and a particularly strong drug trafficking stronghold. It is also a state awash in contradictions when it comes to use and treatment. Henderson follows suit.

Prescription opiate usage continues to evolve. Pot remains popular, as does cocaine. Alcohol is prevalent, though no greater than the national average. Fatal car crashes in the city are approximately 47% alcohol-related, per 2017 statistics. DTOs are prevalent throughout the state.

Nearby Las Vegas is an issue. The consistent availability of addictive substances both there and in Henderson has created a dual hub for drug traffickers. Money in both cities add to the state’s allure, and many tourists fly in under the perception that the best quality drugs and alcohol can be had in the state.

Henderson has many positive mental health programs that will first attempt to decipher the root cause of the addiction, prior to treating said addiction. Hundreds of rehab centers exist in the state, the majority in Henderson and Las Vegas.

Henderson is, despite the drug and alcohol issues, considered a safe place to live with a strong school system. Many of those who do not partake in drugs and alcohol believe the town to be secure for their families. That outlook is double-edged. On the one hand, Henderson’s PR is correct.

On the other, the incontrovertible truth of the addict is such that most any drug can be had for a price. Whatever one needs, or craves … or wants, an addict will find. As mentioned earlier, help is a phone call or treatment center visit away. Always do your own research to find what is best for you, and use the above resource listings as a base. Many of the centers previously mentioned will accept Medicaid and Medicare, or cash, but you must ask. Many will also work with you in terms of financial assistance. Do your diligence first, and then pick up the phone.

Do whatever you believe you need to do to determine your best treatment, and then seek help. As ever, true recovery begins with the acknowledgment that you have an issue, and then seeking help for that issue.

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