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Addiction Treatment Centers, Drug and Alcohol Rehab and Addiction Intervention Services
District of Columbia Drug Treatment Centers, Alcohol Rehab Programs and AA and NA Meetings
When one thinks of our Nation's capital, the first thoughts that usually come to mind are the many monuments, museums, and famous landmarks that are so prevalent in that area. For this reason, it may be easy to forget that people actually live in this area that encompasses three different states, and therefore substance abuse exists. Thankfully, so do 39 drug treatment centers.
Substance abuse statistics for the District of Columbia, specifically as they pertain to adolescents (age 12-17), present interesting situations. For example:
- the average for first-time drug use in the District of Columbia is 16.5 years
- between 1995 and 1997, of those age 25 or younger who took their first drink of alcohol, the average age in the District of Columbia was 16.5 years.
Why does 16.5 years seem to be a "magic" number? It is true that it is an average, and of course is based on the amount of data compiled, but it does beg the question of what can be done to change that number.
Substance abuse in the District of Columbia is not limited to adolescents. Adults also have their share of problems. Again, as mentioned earlier, thankfully there are 39 drug treatment centers in the District of Columbia itself that can provide help.
These centers offer a very wide range of services for adults and adolescents. Some of them may be very specific in the types of services, while others are so broad as to offer help to just about anyone. For example, some of the drug treatment centers in the District of Columbia only accept those who are addicted to drugs-either illicit or prescription. Others serve only those who suffer from alcohol addiction.
Some drug treatment centers are strictly out-patient. In other words, patients cannot stay at the facility as they can at an in-patient one. They do, however, report the facility on a regular basis for continued drug rehab.
Others are in-patient facilities only. When a patient has completed the in-patient portion of drug rehab (which may include detoxification), he then must find an out-patient facility at which to continue his rehabilitation. Some facilities may have affiliated out-patient programs; others may require that an entirely different program be entered into.
Sometimes it is easier for men and women to be treated at separate facilities. Some of the drug treatment centers in the District of Columbia are gender-specific; others have separate quarters for men and women in the same building or on the same campus.
Some facilities are medically equipped to handle those with special physical needs, such as women who are pregnant or have just given birth, or persons who are considered HIV-positive or have contracted AIDS. Other facilities can provide medication that is often used in drug rehabilitation, such as methodone or buprenorphrine.
Some drug treatment centers in the District of Columbia accept those persons who have been ordered by the court to attend a rehab program. These facilities will assist those persons in keeping a record of their attendance, participation, and progress so that they will have proof that they are carrying out the court's decision.
Those who have been reluctant to look into drug treatment facilities because of financial constraints will be pleased to know that many of the clinics offer very flexible financial arrangement. Some accept all types of health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. Others offer their services on a sliding scale basis; that is, the amount they pay is based on their income.
Further, some of the drug treatment centers receive state or federal funds. In these cases, it may be possible for a person to receive rehab services without having to pay anything, or at the very least incurring a very nominal cost.
District of Columbia Drug Rebab Centers and District of Columbia Addiction Treatment Programs