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A recent survey of residents of the "Show-Me State" showed some substance abuse statistics for Missouri. They weren't all that good, either, unfortunately.

A survey of 42,539 Missouri residents revealed that alcohol only (that is, not used in conjunction with other substances) and marijuana use differed by only 142 people. 10,452 residents admitted to marijuana abuse, while 10,310 admitted to problems with alcohol.

This supported a statement made by those conducting the survey which said that access to marijuana in Missouri is very easy, with the majority of it being brought into the State from Mexico.
The statistics for those two drugs remained close in other areas, also. For example, 80.6% of male Missouri residents were reported to have an alcohol only problem, while 72.5% of them admitted to marijuana use. This is a difference of only 8.1%.

The same applied to females also. 27.5% of female Missouri residents admitted to marijuana use as compared to 19.4% for alcohol only. There is only an 8.1% area of diversity in these numbers.
Further, of the 10,310 Missouri residents who admitted to alcohol use, 6,948 of them said they also took another type of drug. It was not stated what the other drug was, but one wonders simply from looking at the figures if it could indeed be marijuana.

Further, these statistics may lead one to wonder if the numbers are so high because of two prevailing areas of thought regarding the particular drugs. In the case of alcohol, many people, both in Missouri and other states, do not always consider (some may not even know) alcohol as a drug. In regards to marijuana, many Missouri residents, and others in other states, may be operating under the assumption that marijuana does not have the addictive propensities as do other drugs.

If any of the scenarios is the case, those facilities in Missouri that provide drug abuse treatment could possibly want to consider examining their existing programs and treatment methods to see if changes or improvements can be made which will address both these situations. This could be beneficial to both the facilities and the patients.

For example, a person in a drug abuse treatment program has always assumed that marijuana is not as addictive as other drugs, and in fact may deny a marijuana addiction, saying that he is seeking help only for alcohol addiction. Information could be shown to that person that could prove otherwise.

Another person may believe (erroneously) that alcohol is not a drug, and therefore he does not need to seek drug abuse treatment. His excuse may be, "I'm not a druggie. I just drink too much sometimes. It's totally different." As teenagers sometimes like to say, "Uh, no, it isn't."

Drug abuse is drug abuse, whether or not a person considers a particular substance a drug or that one substance is not as addictive as others. And anyone suffering from drug abuse needs to seek help, as soon as possible.
Fortunately, as stated earlier, Missouri does offer drug abuse help. Treatment centers are available for all types of substance abuse, including alcohol and marijuana.

Some facilities, however, do consider themselves treatment-specific. In other words, they treat only alcohol abuse or only drug abuse. A person who is addicted to both alcohol and marijuana will need to find a treatment facility that does is not treatment-specific, but rather treats both alcohol and drug abuse.

Patients may also find themselves attending more than one session. It may be necessary for a patient to attend a session devoted exclusively to alcohol addiction, then later that day attend a session that deals exclusively with substance abuse, even if the treatment center is not treatment-specific. But, what must be done must be done in order to overcome addiction of any kind, and those who are determined to successfully rehabilitate will attend as many sessions as necessary in order to reach that goal.

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