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A study of a survey on substance abuse recently conducted with 10,065 Mississippi residents reveals a fairly common piece of knowledge: it exists in that State as well as the other 49. The figures, when compared to those of other states, show that it is neither inherently worse nor inherently better than other states.

Lest anyone reading this misunderstand, however, this is not a good thing. The mere existence of any substance abuse in any state is a bad thing. Substance abuse, no matter where it is found, can destroy families, disrupt or even end lives, and cause legal and other problems which can place a heavier monetary burden on states which may already be struggling with financial issues.

The survey did show one thing, however, that should be a cause of concern for Mississippi residents. Substance abuse admission numbers are broken down into age categories. EVERY column in the 12-18 age categories with the exception of the one devoted to heroin use had a figure in it.

Simply put, this means that of the adolescents who participated in this survey, a certain percentage of them had sought help for one or more of all the drugs that were listed in the survey except for heroin. (These included alcohol only-that is, not used in conjunction with other drugs; alcohol used with other drugs; cocaine--smoked and taken in through another method of administration; marijuana; heroin, and methamphetamine or meth, as it is more commonly referred to.)

The highest incidences of substance abuse admissions occurred for marijuana addiction. 3.5% of the adolescents who participated in the survey had at one time sought treatment in one of Mississippi's treatment facilities.
Mississippi adolescents and adults, too, may have entered into residential treatment for their substance addiction. Residential treatment is exactly what it sounds like: a person lives or remains at a specific location for most if not all of the time that he is receiving treatment.

Residential treatment may sound the same as in-patient treatment. After all, those who are undergoing treatment as in-patients do not leave a facility for a certain length of time. Residential treatment, however, may be done at a facility that has more of a home setting or home-like atmosphere, or it may simply be another term for in-patient treatment. It would depend on an interpretation of the definitions for both terms, and how or whether they are used at specific facilities.

Whether it is called residential treatment or in-patient treatment, the premise is the same, as was mentioned earlier. Participants in the treatment programs held at these facilities will remain on-site, without leaving, for a set period of time. This length of time may be very short-as little as 28 days in some states or incidences-or extended, between six months to a year or even longer.

Residential treatment can also refer to the type of treatment that is provided by a halfway house, sometimes known as a sober living residence. Residential treatment at places such as these consists of patients leaving for a portion of each, to go to work or attend classes, then returning to the facility in the evening, as well as remaining there on the weekends. These centers help in the transformation of a person from "patient" to the productive member of society they once were and can be again.

Depending on the type of residential treatment offered, patients may be able to have contact with those "on the outside", such as family members and friends. Some facilities, however, may not allow this, or others may require that this privilege be "earned" by patients, and, as such, can be discontinued if problems should arise. This can occur both in traditional residential treatment on in-patient settings as well as in halfway houses or sober living centers.

This can be a good thing, as it may have been those outside influences that contributed to the substance abuse. If the privilege has to be earned, it gives the patient a goal to strive for, which can then be applied to other aspects of the treatment program.

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