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Substance abuse in California runs the gamut from alcohol to methamphetamine, which shows the highest rate of abuse. 55,582 out of 199,923 California residents surveyed admitted to meth use. However, and unfortunately, the other drugs hold their own. Alcohol use alone; that is, not used in conjunction with any other drug totaled 19,655. Those who used alcohol as well as other substances stood at 25,335. 18,750 California residents used cocaine in a form in which it could be smoked; in other words, they took their cocaine in the form of "crack". 3,843 either injected (either straight into a vein or under the skin) or snorted (inhaled cocaine through the nose).

Marijuana was reported as being used by 26,044. 44,864 admitted to using heroin. Besides having a higher incidence of abuse than other drugs, methamphetamine use was divided almost equally between males and females. 57.3% of males were reported as being meth users; 42.7% were females. No other drug came closer to being used almost as much by women as men.

If the above statistics aren't disturbing enough, substance abuse admissions for methamphetamine were reported as starting as early as ages 12-17 years, when 3.8% of young people in that age bracket underwent treatment for meth addiction. Other statistics for that age group are equally grim: 6.8% for alcohol, 9.5% for combined alcohol and drug use; 0.8% for "crack" (smoked) cocaine; 3.7% for cocaine taken in through another method of administration. Marijuana use among 12-17 year olds was reported as 43.7%.

Substance abuse admissions for adults with methamphethamine addiction between the ages of 31 and 35 years old was reported as 18.8. Of this number, 63.9% were white. Among those California residents between 36 and 40 years old who sought treatment for cocaine-method of administration smoking (24.4%), African-Americans compiled the highest number of those who were admitted to substance abuse treatment centers (64.1).

Surprisingly, even though California has a large Hispanic population and also borders Mexico, substance abuse across the board among Hispanics is fairly low. The majority of Hispanic residents who sought substance abuse treatment did so for cocaine use, in which they either injected cocaine or

Thankfully, drug rehab is available in California for all types of substance abuse addiction, including meth use. In fact, one website alone lists 1,583 separate treatment facilities. California residents who want to break the cycle of abuse should have no trouble finding a facility that fits their individual needs.

The types of care provided by treatment centers are as diverse as those who take the opportunity to use them and thus turn their lives around. The services provided include facilities that can accommodate those individuals who are not only suffering from substance abuse but have also been diagnosed with a mental or personality disorder, such as bi-polar disorder, clinical depression, or schizophrenia, just to name a few.

Some health care providers are even beginning to recognize Post-traumatic stress disorder as fitting within the definition of dual diagnosis. This means that those veterans and civilians who have received this diagnosis may be eligible for treatment at facilities that work with those with other types of dual diagnosis.

Some drug and alcohol treatment centers in California use medications such as Buprenorphine which can help some people with opiate substance addiction (cocaine, heroin, and other similar drugs) better cope with the cravings or urges that occur when those drugs are withdrawn. This can be very helpful to those in whom these feelings are particularly strong.

Other treatment centers are designed for adults only, while some are specifically intended for adolescents with substance abuse programs. In others, accommodations are available for both men and women (separate, of course) while others are set up to accept only women or men.

So, again, a person needed substance abuse treatment cannot use the excuse that there is no facility available that can accommodate him. It is simply a matter of admitting there is a problem, and seeking help.

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