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Drug Rehab Vermont

Vermont is the sixth smallest state geographically speaking and the second least populous of America's fifty states. While known for being the leading producer of maple syrup here in the United States, being the home to Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains there is a side of Vermont that many of its residents know well. Drug abuse, addiction and illicit drug trade is a problem that plagues this state. In 2013 the state's population was estimated to be 626,630 residents. During that year 9,478 Vermont residents sought treatment for drug and alcohol addiction problems.

A report on the use of substances (including tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs and the non-medical use of prescription drugs) reveals that 11.64 percent of Vermont residents used or abused a substance in the month before the survey. The national average of substance use is 8.02 percent; Vermont's elevated substance use places it as one of the top ten substance abusing states. Prescription drug addiction and addiction to other opiates was the leading cause of treatment admissions during 2013. Statistics show that 2,525 individuals entered Vermont drug treatment programs for addiction problems with prescription drugs and other opiates.

Residents of every age, race and socio-economic background have experienced the effects of Vermont's prescription drug addiction problem. The primary prescription drug of abuse in Vermont is OxyContin. Additional prescription drugs that are of great concern due to their increased abuse in the state include Vicodin, Fentanyl, Xanax, Diazepam and Ritalin. Residents are acquiring their prescription drugs through a number of different resources including doctor shopping, internet purchases, pharmacy theft, personal theft as well as discounted and diverted prescription medications from Canada and Mexico.

The process of rehabilitation from prescription drug addiction and other opiate addiction involves detox and rehabilitation services at an inpatient drug rehab. These types of substances are both physically and mentally addictive. To fully recover the individual will likely need to complete medical detox treatment prior to enrolling in a drug rehab program. Detoxification from prescription drugs and other opiates can cause severe withdrawal symptoms that must be closely monitored by medical professionals to ensure the person's safe and comfortable withdrawal. Once detox is complete, the individual will need additional rehabilitation services to prevent a return to substance use.

Enrolling in an intensive treatment program is the next step after detox. Vermont drug rehab centers are equipped to handle prescription drug addiction and other opiate addiction cases. These drug rehabs use a number of different methods to help their clients change their self-destructive behavior and learn new more effective ways of handling life without substance use. Some of the different treatment philosophies used in Vermont drug rehabs includes drug substitution therapy, group therapy, one on one counseling, holistic methods and other alternative treatment techniques. Choosing the right type of treatment philosophy will greatly improve the individual's chances of long-term sobriety. Programs that are inpatient or residential are considered more intensive forms of treatment and provide their clients with help and support around the clock. These programs have shown the greatest success in ending prescription drug addiction and other opiate addiction problems.

Problems with alcohol and alcoholism affect many of the state's residents. The largest groups of individuals struggling with alcohol related problems are between the ages of 46-50 years old with the second largest group ranging in age from 41-45 years old. Vermont has a number of local alcohol rehab programs to help residents of all ages and economic backgrounds. The treatment professionals working in these programs are dedicated to helping their clients regain their sobriety and learn to live healthy, productive lives. By helping their program participants regain control over their lives, restore healthy relationships and develop the skills necessary to resist alcohol, Vermont drug rehab programs are effectively working towards reducing the number of alcohol abuse and addiction problems in the state.

Imported and locally gown marijuana are two additional drug threats in Vermont. Continued importation of both Mexican and Canadian marijuana is a serious problem. The state has two major highways that are known to be high trafficking routes for marijuana and other illicit substances. The I-69 and the I-91 are common roadways that drug traffickers move their product along. Vermont's borders experience a steady flow of drug trafficking and distribution from many of the major northeast drug markets. Due to Vermont's relative anonymity, illegal drug distributors have found it unproblematic to conduct their business and the threatening criminal activity that is associated with it.

While many see marijuana as a less dangerous substance, the importation and local cultivation of this drug generates illegal activity and criminal behavior. Marijuana is one of the most common pathway drugs that addicts use before progressing onto "harder" more dangerous substances. In 2013, Vermont drug rehab facilities enrolled 1,070 individuals for marijuana addiction problems. The recovery process for marijuana addiction is similar to other drugs of abuse. The individual has become emotionally dependent on the substance and requires help to stop using. There are many different rehabilitation philosophies, treatment lengths and recovery locations to choose from in Vermont. The largest age group to enter Vermont's drug rehab programs for marijuana addiction in 2013 was between 12-17 years old, this represents 31.5% of all clients in treatment for marijuana addiction in the state.

While the number of drug rehabilitation admissions in Vermont continues to fluctuate, state law enforcement officials and prevention advocates have begun to step up their efforts. They are taking a more proactive approach to Vermont's addiction problem through funding drug treatment programs and educational campaigns. State drug abuse and addiction prevention agencies and organizations have increased their efforts in providing residents with the recovery treatment necessary. By becoming proactive about Vermont's drug and alcohol abuse problem, Vermont's leaders are working towards bettering their residents. Through drug education and prevention programs advocates are able to reach Vermont's teens and young adults before addiction problems take root. Additionally, funding has been applied to many of the state's drug rehab programs. This funding will serve to benefit the state through maintaining the level of care their residents are receiving, and in some cases improving treatment conditions and outcomes.


Vermont Drug Statistics

1. In 2011, over 1400 people in Vermont were treated for Marijuana abuse.

2. More people were prosecuted in federal court, in Vermont, in 2011 for illegal trafficking in OxyCodone and other prescription Opiates than for any other drug, including Cocaine, Heroin and Marijuana.

3. Information from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System showed that, in 2010, 18 percent of pregnant women reported using "Hash" or Marijuana during or before the 12 months of pregnancy.

4. For the 6th consecutive year, prescription drugs accounted for more than half of the total fatal drug overdoses in 2010.

5. The number of people, in Vermont, inquiring treatment for Opiate addiction, in 2010, was up twenty-one percent from 2008 and up three hundred percent from 2005.

6. Vermont sets in the 34th worst of all states in the recreational use of painkillers. It also has the 2nd highest rate of all states for admissions to treatment for Opiates for 20- to 29-year olds.

Drug Facts
  • From 2009 to 2010, only 4.4 percent of Americans aged 12 and older 12 and older who used pain relievers non-medically in the past 12 months got the drug from a drug dealer or other stranger, and 0.4 percent bought them on the Internet.
  • Dilaudid overdose is fairly common, and the difference between the high illicit users of the drug seek and serious injury or death is not far apart.
  • Outlaw motorcycle clubs such as the Hells Angels first controlled the illegal production of methamphetamine in the U.S., production and distribution of the drug currently is mainly controlled by Mexican criminal organizations.
  • Some individuals who use Ecstasy experience sweating or chills upon using the drug, and some users may feel faint or dizzy.