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A recent survey of 9,063 residents of Nebraska concerning drug use and abuse was conducted. The specific drugs mentioned in the survey were alcohol, both used alone and with other drugs, cocaine-smoked and taken in by other ways, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine (meth).

According to the survey and accompanying statements, the major drug threat, and indeed the "drug of choice" for many of the Nebraska residents who took part in the survey was methamphetamine. The survey compilers wrote that anyone in practically every city, town, or community in Nebraska can have access to meth, as it is available both locally and through interstate shipments controlled by Hispanic trafficking organizations. The figures certainly support this, as 1,294 of the residents participating in the survey admitted to meth use.

The next highest drug of abuse was alcohol. A total of 5,055 people admitted to using alcohol. Of that figure, 1,647 admitted to using both alcohol and other drugs. Marijuana use was next, with 862 of the 9,063 Nebraska residents surveyed admitting to its use. Concerning marijuana, the survey information noted that while some marijuana is brought into the State, many Nebraska residents prefer to grow their own, and do so, in highly specialized outdoor and hydroponic gardens. In fact, law enforcement officials are said to make more marijuana seizures at private homes than at other locations in the state.

The other drugs-cocaine and heroin, also saw their share of abuse by Nebraska natives. So, it is probably safe to conclude that a substance abuse problem does exist in Nebraska, just as in any other state. Nebraska does have 87 treatment facilities, however, for substance abuse treatment. These clinics provide a range of services. Several of them are faith-based, and include facilities that are affiliated with the Lutheran and Catholic churches, as well as others.

Although supported by those religious groups, one would not have to be of that denomination or faith to be admitted. Those who do espouse the tenets of those two religious groups, however, may feel better about seeking treatment knowing that these facilities are available.

Another treatment center is operated by Veteran Affairs. This is an extremely good thing, as many health care providers, as well as other medical and legal authorities are beginning to consider a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as falling into the category of a dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis is one that is made based on the fact that a person not only suffers from drug or alcohol addiction, but also has an underlying mental or personality disorder.

As everyone is probably aware, PTSD, although it can affect anyone, is very common among military veterans. Oftentimes, the drug or alcohol abuse stems from the veteran's efforts to suppress or even completely wipe out the memories and traumatic incidents that brought on the PTSD to begin with.

Dual diagnosis rehab, then, has to address both the substance abuse problem as well as PTSD. And, when it is veterans that are needing dual diagnosis rehab, often things can get even more complicated.

For this reason, when dual diagnosis rehab can be done in a setting, such as a Veterans Affairs facility, where the majority, if not all of the patients would be veterans or other military personnel, this can often be a major advantage. Those undergoing dual diagnosis rehab where PTSD is the culprit may sometimes feel that only another soldier can understand what they are going through. In a Veterans Affairs facility, this is who they would be communicating and interacting with during the treatment.

Dual diagnosis can also include other mental or emotional disorders such as bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia just to name a few. For these people, dual diagnosis rehab for this problem as well as the substance abuse problem would also be beneficial.

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
http://ccc.nebraska.gov/ssas.html

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