Texas Addiction Treatment Information

The number of people receiving treatment for alcohol or drug abuse in Texas in a given day has recently dropped from close to 50,000 people at a time to just over 30,000. Unfortunately, the dramatic drop isn’t due to a decrease in addiction, rather a lack of access and availability of quality treatment programs. Only about 5% of the people in Texas over the age of 12 who need help for a drug or alcohol problem actually receive treatment.

Another factor in people not getting the help they need is because of co-dependency and a lack of intervention. Interventions can come in many different forms, and it takes something or someone to step in and cause a disruption in the destructive cycle of addiction.

texas-sm2Of the people enrolled in treatment in a given day in Texas, about 13% are there for alcohol only, 44% for drugs only, and the remaining 43% for a combination of both alcohol and drugs. There are about 9,500 people receiving methadone treatment per day, along with another 500 taking buprenorphine. Unlike most other states, these numbers have remained fairly stable over the last five years or so.

Rather than recommending opioid replacement therapy and long-term maintenance drugs, we often encourage people in Texas to seek a second opinion from an addiction professional about going through a detoxification center when appropriate. This is then usually followed up with a period of time in a residential facility and an outpatient program after that.

Insurance laws should continue to help reverse this number and assist more people to finding the help they need for their substance abuse issues, as behavioral health coverage is expanding for these types of services. If you have insurance and are seeking a rehabilitation program, we can assist you by verifying your benefits and helping to locate effective treatment facilities, whether they are located in Texas or elsewhere.

One of the indicators of current and future treatment needs include youth drug and alcohol use. In Texas, nearly 200,000 adolescents reported using illicit drugs within the past month. Perception of risk is also an indicator, and nearly 70% of teens in Texas didn’t see any great risk in smoking marijuana once a month, while 56% perceived no risk of consuming five or more alcoholic drinks once or twice per month.

The overall substance abuse rate is slightly lower for Texas compared to other parts of the country, but there are sill about 1.3 million people aged 12 and over who were dependent on or abused drugs or alcohol within the past year, with about 500,000 of those being specifically illicit drugs.

If you know of someone in Texas who has an alcohol or drug problem and is in need of treatment, contact us today for more information on finding rehabilitation solutions.

Other Resources in Texas

Texas Department of State Health Services
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
512-776-7111
www.dshs.state.tx.us/MHSA/

The mission of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) of the Texas Department of State Health Services is to improve health and well-being in Texas by providing leadership and services that promote hope, build resilience, and foster recovery.

Mothers Against Drug Driving (MADD)
511 E John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700
Irving, TX 75062
214-744-6233
www.madd.org

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)
7801 North Lamar Boulevard, Suite D-89
Austin, TX 78752-1038
512-454-0022
www.rsoa.org

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Texas
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Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Texas
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Local drug and alcohol rehab programs in Texas
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