Mortality rate in Washington State have taken a huge hit due to the continuous abuse of prescription-type opiates, heroin and cocaine. The youngest smokers start as early as sixth grade. 4% of the pregnant women continue smoking during pregnancy. It is these worrying numbers that have caused the sudden rise in the number of drug rehab centers in Seattle, Washington.
The sign of warning is not the number of rehab centers but the fact that most of them run a full house at any given time. Aside from them there are the Anonymous groups (the Alcohol Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and Marijuana Anonymous to name a few) which also have full attendance in their meetings. This is the cause for worry, the fact is that drug abuse has reached such heights and the help available seems too little.
How low can people fall to fly high?
The Popular Drugs
Prescription drugs such as Percocet, OxyContin and Vicodin, induce an artificial feeling of pleasure in the user, the infamous ‘high’. This tends to happen when pain killing drugs are continued even when there is no real pain. Often when a dosage is skipped, the patient ‘feels’ pain even when no doctor can detect it, in a way these drugs short circuit the brain’s pleasure and pain areas. In the later stage a high prescriptive drug user resents others around him and tends to shrink into a shell within him.
Cocaine is often called the adrenalin you snort. This is because the drug induces effects same as the hormone does in the body, the feeling of euphoria. The fast breathing, high blood pressure and quick heart rate induced by cocaine makes the user feel light headed. Though not necessarily happy, the drug increases feelings of anger, fear, agitation and exhilaration. Often the mix of all these feelings can be dangerous for the user and those around him.
Alcoholism is perhaps the most popular and common form of addiction. Some say it is genetic others say it is when the body is overwhelmed by the amount of alcohol in it; the jury is still out on that one. However, repeated episodes of high alcohol consumption incapacitate the person to handle drinks normally. Too much alcohol results ‘poison’ (viz. bilirubin and ammonia) congestion in the blood stream; a build-up of estrogen quantity, possible impotence, swelling of joints, liver problems and eventually death. Not a pretty picture is it?
Pot, grass or weed whatever you may call it, marijuana still remains high on the common addiction lists at many drug rehab centers in Seattle. The drug contains more than 400 toxins which only multiply when it is burnt. The marijuana sold today has a much higher content of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the primary ingredient of the drug) than the marijuana sold in the 60s and 70s, thanks to the hybridization of the marijuana plant. The amount of THC increases in the produced batches every year. The quality of drug sold on the streets today is a serious welcome to major psychological damage in the near future.
These four are not the only types of drug addiction found in Washington State. There is heroin, crystal meth, tobacco, nicotine and inhalants among many others, but the afore mentioned four are the more common ones and it is found that these four are the prime causes in number of fatal cases of over dosage that have been reported by drug rehab centers in Seattle and the other areas of the state.
Success of Drug Rehab Centers in Seattle, Washington
Drug rehab centers in Seattle, Washington have been significantly successful. The number of fatal cases of cocaine overdose has decreased to 50 from 144 in 1998. The greatest achievement would be the decline in fatal prescription-type opiate overdose cases to 130 from 161 in 2009; this is the only decline in this number since 1999.
Drug rehab centers in Seattle are doing their job and doing it well. Aside from the Anonymous groups, there are some new centers opening with methods different from the 12-step program popular with the anonymous groups. 97% of addiction treatment in the United States is based on the AA 12-step program; so far it was the only reliable method for curing substance abuse. However, sometimes it does not work, and it is for those times that many new age drug rehab centers are coming up with alternate treatments for the same. Something beyond the 12-step program and luckily few innovative establishments are among the drug rehab centers in Seattle, Washington.
It is not just Seattle that has a worrying situation; this is the scenario with most of the big cities in the country. High rate of unemployment, drug related crimes, homelessness and the transfer of diseases through intravenous drug use are situations which force an individual towards the temporary shelter provided by these drugs.
Let’s help our fellow men live a cleaner world. Support the drug rehab centers in your area so that even those are as successful as the drug rehab centers in Seattle, Washington.