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Substance abuse in Maine is almost as diverse as the State itself. According to the survey from which the figures used in this article were taken, marijuana use is still considered the "illicit drug of choice", while the methamphetamine problem that is so prevalent in other starts and parts of the country was not really being considered a problem as of yet.

Statistics do support the above facts. Out of 10,759 Maine residents who responded to the survey, 1,614 admitted to marijuana use or abuse; 33 admitted to meth use or addiction. There are some other statistics concerning these two specific drugs which are rather disturbing. Of the 10,759 who underwent substance abuse admission in one or more of Maine's 178 treatment centers, 40.8% of them who were admitted for marijuana abuse were between the ages of 12 and 17 years, and 18.2% of admissions in that age category were for meth abuse.

If there is a silver lining to this cloud, it is that at least there were no reports of children under the age of 12 being admitted for any type of substance abuse. This was, unfortunately, not true of a few states.
When it comes right down to it, however, one admission, no matter what the age, for any type of substance abuse is too many. However, the fact remains that drug and alcohol abuse does exist, in all states, and it is worse to ignore this fact.

Rather, Maine treatment centers choose to "step up to the plate" and provide the help that those who have substance abuse addictions need. The treatment centers do this by offering both inpatient and outpatient treatment as well as facilities that are known as halfway houses or sober living residences.

According to http://www.yourdictionary.com/medical/halfway-house, halfway houses are "rehabilitation facilities for individuals, such as mental patients or substance abusers, who no longer require the complete facilities of a hospital or other institution but who are not yet prepared to return to their communities." The term "sober living residence" is simply another way of saying "halfway house".

No matter what one chooses to call it, these facilities provide those who have finished or are close to finishing a substance abuse rehab program with a means of returning to society at a pace that will allow them to re-adapt more slowly. By utilizing halfway houses or sober living residences, patients may reduce the chances that relapse will occur.

This is because even though they are re-entering society, they still have the safety and security of their special residence to help them with the transition. If they begin to feel as though a relapse may occur, they can immediately return to the facility, where a counselor or other trained staff member will be there to offer them support.

If a person has or almost has completed rehab at one of Maine's other treatment centers and would like to utilize the services of a halfway house/sober living residence, he may be able to obtain information from the facility at which he is currently participating in the rehab program. If not, he can use the Internet or other resources to locate halfway houses/sober living residences in Maine. He can then contact as many as needed until he finds one that suits his needs and has room.

It is commendable that Maine has provided these types of treatment centers for its residents who have had substance abuse problems but sought treatment for them. It is this type of support by both the State and the communities, cities, or regions in which halfway house/sober living residences are located that encourage those who need help to reach out for it.

Other treatment centers in Maine have not "dropped the ball", either. They provide services for adolescents and adults, which can be age- and/or gender-specific. Those wishing to participate in faith-based rehab programs can find treatment centers that provide these, while those who need special assistance because of dual diagnosis, HIV/AIDS or other situations can also be served.

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/statelocal/index.html
http://www.ccids.umaine.edu/projects/prevctr/researchmaterials.htm

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