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In 2008, the state of Virginia spent over $80 million to combat and prevent drug and alcohol abuse. really, it’s an investment in the state’s future. Virginia is below the national average for both drug and alcohol use and addiction, which is great when you consider that the state is located right on top of a major drug smuggling route, and in proximity to many cities where drugs have been a problem for a long time.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues At-A-Glance, Virginia

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), December 2008

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Virginia is immune to the dangers of substance abuse. As of 2005, the last year for which we have data, almost 136,000 people in Virginia needed drug or alcohol treatment. Treatment centers in Virginia tell us that over 35,000 were admitted, with most being seen for alcohol related issues. However, more and more people in Virginia are seeking help for abuse of other substances, such as prescription painkillers. Virginia ranks above the national average for the misuse of prescription medicines by those over twelve years old. This isn’t just a city problem- it is affecting those who live in the most rural areas of Virginia as well.

Substance abuse treatment in Virginia is given by almost two hundred drug and alcohol treatment centers in the state. Half of these are privately owned and either for- or non-profit. However, over sixty percent of these receive public funding, and many work closely with doctors and hospitals, so if you get help in Virginia, you will probably end up going to one of these private centers. Don’t let the term “private” keep you from getting the help you need.

Marijuana and cocaine count for many drug treatment center admissions in Virginia. Heroin use and addiction is on its way down, but thanks to medicines like Vicodin, Xanax, Percocet and Valium, the use and addiction to prescription medicines is on the rise. Only twenty of Virginia’s drug treatment facilities offer opiate addiction treatment programs, and 35 programs and 133 doctors are licensed in the distribution of buprenorphine, a drug used to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Those seeking that kind of help may end up having to go out of area to get treatment.

As is the case in most places, drug and alcohol treatment in Virginia is provided mainly on an outpatient basis. If you are in the area and you need treatment for a more severe addiction, you will need the services of one of Virginia’s forty two residential treatment programs. Regardless of what program you choose, pick one that has a good mix of detox, counseling and behavior modification, and support groups.

If you or someone you love has a drug or alcohol problem, there’s help available. The best way to beat a drug addiction is with early detection and treatment, so it’s important to get help at the first sign of drug abuse.

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