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All states are different in many ways, including geography, their natural and man-made attractions, tourist sites, and others too numerous to mention, so it is only fitting that the differences extend to substance abuse, also.
Sometimes, however, the differences in substance abuse statistics between one state and others give a whole new meaning to the word "different". Case in point: a recent survey concerning substance abuse among a sampling of Minnesota residents (41,064 to be exact.) It was eye-opening, to say the least.

To begin with, the difference in those Minnesota residents who admitted to marijuana abuse (8,366) and those who admitted to using alcohol as well as other drugs (8,242) was extremely small. Simply looking at those figures shows that, but for those who are wondering exactly what the difference was it was 124.

The survey did not specify which drug or drugs were used in conjunction with alcohol, but one cannot help but speculate as to which particular one it could possibly be. Again, however, it was not specified.

The second thing that stood out for Minnesota (which is probably something the tourism board would rather not) was the number of people surveyed who had sought substance abuse admission. In other words, they entered into one of Minnesota's 255 drug abuse centers for treatment. This category is broken down into sub-categories by age.

For the age range of 12-17 years old, each category-alcohol only, alcohol with other drugs, cocaine (smoked), cocaine (used in other ways), marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine, except for smoked cocaine, each column had a figure in it in that age range. This is very disturbing.

Residents of Minnesota do not have to just "live" with these statistics. Those who do have substance abuse problems can get help for them.

Because the numbers for alcohol along with other drugs was rather high, this can possibly create a challenge for those who need drug treatment. Some treatment facilities only accept those patients with one particular drug problem; in other words, a person can only be addicted to alcohol or only addicted to drugs. Others, however, do accept people who suffer from both addictions.

If a person wants help badly enough, the treatment clinic that will provide the treatment needed is out there. In fact, a person may actually be surprised at the different types of treatment centers. These can include anything from an alcohol treatment center that accepts only men, to a treatment center equipped to handle both alcohol and marijuana addiction, and is open to men and women.

A person who believes that renewing their spiritual commitment is one way of handling alcohol or drug abuse can find an alcohol treatment center or other drug treatment facility that is faith-based. It's even likely that the person can find one that is operated by the same religious group or denomination to which a person belongs.

Someone only needing an alcohol treatment center will probably have a fairly wide selection of services, as well. One alcohol treatment center may provide both in-patient and out-patient treatment, while another has in-patient, out-patient, and support and aftercare services available.

Still another alcohol treatment center may be for women only, and take that even further by providing treatment and accommodations for those women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. There may not be childcare services, but medical and other services will be available to the mother-to-be or new mother, whichever one a woman is.

Still another alcohol treatment center may be designed to accept only adolescents. This is a good thing, since statistics show that this is unfortunately a much needed service in Minnesota. Another may provide both alcohol treatment and drug treatment in the same place, but still be intended only for adolescents.

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k9/AlcTX/AlcTX.cfm
http://www.ncfr.org/pdf/public_policy/Substance_Abuse.pdf

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