Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Statistics

Pennsylvania is in the midst of a full-fledged epidemic. In fact, the state of public health in Pennsylvania has rapidly decreased in recent years with the increase in drug and alcohol abuse. As stated by the CDC, The leading substances being abused in PA are heroin and prescription opioid, but marijuana, cocaine, and a variety of club drugs are also widely used by Pennsylvanians.

Alcohol Related Accidents In Pennsylvania

Alcohol use and misuse is a steady issue in Pennsylvania. One of many of the issues occurring from misuse of alcohol is driving accidents. According to a 2015 report by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 10,558 alcohol-related crashes occurred. 74% of the drinking drivers in traffic crashes were male.

Drug Use in Pennsylvania

Drug use and abuse is prevalent in Pennsylvania. Of all the illegal drugs, heroin is used more than half of the time, followed by cocaine. Heroin addiction is extremely difficult to stop and there is currently a crossover between heroin addiction and addiction to opiate painkillers. Seeking heroin detox at Lakeview Health, as well as treating cocaine addiction, is essential in recovery.

Addiction Treatment In Pennsylvania

There are many reputable treatment centers in Pennsylvania that specialize in alcohol and drug rehab. At Lakeview Health, located in Northeast Florida, we believe in partnering with community providers so that individuals receive the best possible care for them and their situation. Our Client Services Consultants in the area work with physicians, mental health practitioners, hospitals, and case managers when treatment at Lakeview Health is determined to be the best fit for individuals. People come to Lakeview Health for detox and inpatient residential addiction treatment from many areas of Pennsylvania.

Here at Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Florida, we are Joint Commission accredited and licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families. We also offer specialized treatment – from dual diagnosis, treating someone who struggles with a substance use and a mental health issue (i.e. depression or anxiety) to our gender responsive approach that helps men and women focus on their recovery. Since the cause of addiction can be different for a woman than it is for a man, this focus helps each gender to dive deeper into the root cause of their substance use and begin to heal without the distraction of the opposite sex.

Environment is a Factor in Addiction Recovery

Regardless of your socioeconomic status, gender, race, creed, or religion, addiction does not discriminate. But the one thing that does affect successful recovery is environment. In many cases, receiving treatment in the same environment, city, or state, can result in less effective treatment and the high risk of relapse. While there plenty of excellent rehab locations in Pennsylvania, if you find yourself needing to leave your environment, consider Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Florida for your addiction treatment and recovery.

At Lakeview Health, you learn how to deal with addiction in an environment that is conducive to healing. You also discover how to address your problems apart from the stresses of everyday life – away from your distractions. You will also learn how to identify and cope with the situations, relationships, and identify your triggers before you have to face them again. You arrive at our rehabilitation center knowing how to live as an addict; you return home knowing how to live substance free.

Many patients also find that the distance helps them feel they have made a commitment. When you attend a local drug program, it can seem like just another component of your life, one that is far too easy to skip when it is inconvenient. When you come to Lakeview Health, you are committing full-time to recovery. At home, you have to motivate yourself every day to go to rehab. When you’ve taken the larger step of traveling to another state, remaining in the program becomes easier than leaving.

Why Length Of Stay Matters

You must commit to your recovery. It is a life changing decision to go to rehab, but it is also a life changing commitment to recover from addiction. There is no quick fix to addiction treatment. Research has revealed a correlation between the length of a recovery program and the success of its participants. Longer stays result in better results. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment programs that last fewer than 90 days are of limited effectiveness. This is true for both residential and outpatient programs. Patients who participate in longer programs see more short-term gains as well as having a lower incidence of relapse in the long term.

It’s Okay to Ask for Help with Alcohol and/or Drug Use

If you or your loved one struggles with drug or alcohol use, asking for help can be overwhelming. However, it will put you on a path to a better life. Struggling in silence is dangerous. You don’t have to go through this alone. We encourage you to talk to someone and ask for help if you are struggling. You can speak with your primary care physician, a friend or family member, someone at your church – anyone you trust. Ask for help. If you have questions about treatment, call Lakeview Health. Our admissions team is available 24/7/365. They can answer your questions – they understand what you are going through because they have all been there too. Don’t put off living a better life, call today – 866-704-7692.