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Does anything in particular about a State have any bearing on substance abuse statistics and the types of drug abuse treatment centers that are available? For example, concerning the State of New Jersey alone:


Concerning substance abuse and drug abuse treatment centers:



It really doesn't matter where in the state heroin use or any type of drug use is the highest or really for that matter what may have caused any of it. What does matter is that there are drug addiction treatment centers available all throughout the State of New Jersey for residents who have a substance problem, whether it is heroin, alcohol, any of the other drugs that were mentioned, or even prescription drugs or "club" drugs. (Although no figures were provided for those categories, it cannot be assumed that drug addiction to these substances does not exist.)

With a few exceptions, drug addiction does not happen overnight, and recovery from drug addiction will not happen overnight. (Methamphetamine has been shown to be instantly addictive; in other words, the first use causes an addiction, and some people have the propensity to become addicted to other drugs after only the first use, but, as indicated earlier, these are exceptions.) In fact, some health care professionals, drug addiction counselors, and some people who have successfully completed drug addiction treatment, believe that recovery is never over-a person will continue to recover from a drug addiction for the rest of his life. This is why many treatment facilities in New Jersey and other states provide support groups and aftercare programs, or at least the resources for which one can find such things.

There may be differences of opinion on this, even among those who did have a former drug addiction. They all may be "clean and sober", but some may feel that if they do not constantly remind themselves that they are still recovering, they are liable to suffer with a relapse.

If this is the thought process that is needed in order these people to remain drug-free, that is fine. Drug addiction counselors and others who provide this sort of treatment will support these people, and will encourage them as they continue to remain drug-free.

Others may firmly believe that successful completion of drug addiction treatment has freed them from any other substance abuse problems. Some who underwent what they describe as a spiritual renewal in their lives, and others who simply dug down deep and found an inner core of strength as they went through drug addiction treatment can often believe this way.

That is fine, too. Trained drug addiction counselors and others at the treatment facilities with rejoice with them, all the while reminding them that they are still available if the person's strength begins to weaken and they feel they need additional help. They will do this without making it sound as though they expect failure or setbacks.

Drug addiction treatment takes into consideration that people, no matter where they live, are different, and therefore see things differently. This occurs in families, so why should it be different in other places, such as those which provide drug addiction treatment? Counselors and other staff members are aware of this, and adjust programs, treatment options, and other aspects of drug addiction treatment accordingly.

http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/Abstract.aspx?id=15344
http://nj.gov/humanservices/das/news/reports/statistical/UNI%202007.pdf

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