What are the different addictions that we find in Texas? In the State of Texas, we see many different addictions. We have provided a breakdown of the various addictions in Texas. There were an estimated 73,987 admissions in 2016, and this was reported by the University of Texas in their research. They report and track various drug trends in Texas.
Texas Addiction to Drugs
Drugs reported at the time of admission into treatment programs at Texas treatment centers.
- Alcohol (17,778)
- Cocaine (6,043)
- Heroin (10,328)
- Prescription Opioids (2,546)
- Methamphetamines (12,519)
- Benzodiazepines (1,337)
- MDA (124)
- Synthetic Stimulants (NA)
- Synthetic Cannabinoids (698)
- Marijuana (16,552)
- Drugs other/Unknown (5,728)
The above statistics are not a truly comprehensive picture of all admissions to Texas addiction treatment programs. Not all treatment programs in Texas participate in the sharing of information of admission rates or the drugs being consumed by people that enter private addiction treatment programs.
Interesting Facts and Research Information for Drugs in Texas
Methamphetamine remains the major drug threat, according to half of the 18 DEA offices in Texas. There were 715 deaths due to methamphetamine in Texas in 2016, as compared with 539 due to heroin. Key indicators are far higher than when the drug was made from pseudoephedrine, and with the phenyl-2-proponone method, the drug is now 95% more potent. Seizures at the Texas–Mexico border have increased by 103% since 2014. Methamphetamine in solution (“Liquid Meth”), which is easier to transport into the United States, is increasing and the price of methamphetamine has dropped by half. The relationship between methamphetamine and HIV is increasing, with the proportion of HIV cases resulting from men having sex with men now as high in Texas as it was in 1987 when HIV data were first reported. *
Heroin indicators are varied. Seizures along the Texas–Mexico border decreased 2%, although DEA reported Mexican opium production is increasing to sustain the increasingly high levels of demand in the United States. Texas has not yet suffered the epidemic of overdoses seen in the northeast because the heroin in Texas is Mexican Black Tar which cannot easily be mixed with fentanyl. The purity of Black Tar is 45%-50% as compared to 80%-85% purity for Mexican-South American heroin in the northeast.
Many substance use disorder treatment centers are privately funded and operated and do not report admission data to the State of Texas. *
Other Opiates such as fentanyl in Texas had previously involved transdermal patches, but rogue fentanyl powder began appearing in spring 2016, and more events are being reported. The drug is being mixed with other opiates and benzodiazepines, not heroin. In addition, the pattern of drinking codeine cough syrup, which was popular years ago, has returned recently with mentions of drinking not only codeine cough syrup (“Drank”) but also of drinking promethazine syrup. *
Benzodiazepines comprise less than 5% of all items seized and identified, but the number of persons admitted to treatment with a primary problem with benzodiazepines is increasing. Alprazolam (Xanax®) is the most abused benzodiazepine, and in combination with hydrocodone and carisoprodol, it is known as the Houston Cocktail or Holy Trinity. *
Cocaine indicators are mixed, with the number of toxicology items identified increasing, but the amount seized on the border and in treatment admissions decreasing. Crack cocaine, and synthetic cannabinoids remain drugs of choice among the homeless and those living in tent cities, but outreach workers report increased popularity of powder cocaine. Cocaine availability is expected to increase in the future because of increased acreage planted, decreased use of herbicides, and the FARC peace treaty in South America. *
Marijuana is ranked as the #1 threat by the other half of DEA offices in Texas because of the trafficking in and across Texas, not only north-south but also east-west. Seizures at the Texas–Mexico border are down 125% since 2014, but there is more domestic indoor and outdoor growing as well as more supply from states where the drug is legal or decriminalized. The demand for the drug has been influenced by changes in patterns of use with blunts and now electronic cigarettes and the “vaping” of hash oil and “shatter.” *
The synthetic cannabinoid and synthetic cathinone situation have changed: Poison center cases involving both cannabinoids and cathinone’s have decreased while toxicology and treatment cases involving these synthetics have increased. The chemical formulations and characteristics of persons using cannabinoids continue to change, with more cases occurring among the homeless population. *
PCP remains a problem. The number of PCP items identified by forensic labs has increased, but poison center calls and treatment admissions are down. The pattern of dipping small cigarillos filled with synthetic cannabinoids into bottles of PCP continues, and overdoses from synthetic cannabinoids, which may be exacerbated by PCP, are occurring. *
Use of novel psychoactive substances including MDMA and the 2 C-xx phenethylamines change depending on availability of the drug and perceived effects. Use of these drugs was lower in 2016 than in previous years. *
Drug patterns on the Texas Border continue to show high levels of use of marijuana, steady levels of heroin, slight increases in methamphetamine, and decreasing admissions for cocaine. In comparison, treatment admissions in the non-border area show increases in methamphetamine and heroin, level use of marijuana, and the same decrease in cocaine use. *
Note* Information provided by The University of Texas at Austin Addiction Research Institute Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
Texas Addiction Treatment Centers
There are many great addiction treatment programs in Texas. Treatment programs are designed to help people with substance use disorders deal with impairments in health, social function and voluntary control over substances. Substance use disorders are medical illnesses, and often medical detoxification is the prerequisite to addressing the disorders. For those that do not need medical detoxification often residential treatment or intensive outpatient treatment is an option. Summer Sky Treatment center can help you in determining what level of care and treatment program is best to suit your needs.
Substance use disorders range in severity, duration, and complexity from mild to severe. The important thing is to seek help before medical, psychological and social deterioration increases. In 2015, 20.8 million people 12 or older met the criteria for a substance use disorder in the United States. For those that have severe substance use disorders, the State of Texas has specialty treatment centers like Summer Sky awaiting to help you or a loved one.
Summer Sky Addiction Treatment Center
Summer Sky Addiction treatment center is a program designed to help men and women recover from substance use disorders. Summer Sky wants to help individuals become clean and sober. Different approaches to the treatment of addiction are important. We strive to educate more people on the process of addiction. Summer Sky recognizes that helping people find addiction treatment involves breaking the silence and stigma of addiction across the nation and in Texas.
In the State of Texas, we provide outstanding substance use disorder treatment, addiction medicine services, addiction science best practices, medical detoxification, residential treatment and intensive outpatient treatment. We are excited about the advancement of addiction treatment in the last 10-years. Summer Sky has embraced the newest and most innovative approaches to the treatment of addiction. Our staff is dedicated to providing a results-driven treatment with a focus on helping you become free from addictions.
Summer Sky Treatment Center incorporates many different modalities of care into our treatment programs. The best treatment is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Providing safe and sound treatment options helps people find recovery. Helping men and women address their underlying issues that trap them in their addiction cycle is something we strive to address in all our addiction treatment programs.
When someone is seeking help from our Texas addiction treatment programs, they will experience a caring and professional experience. We want you to be successful and will settle for nothing less than helping you become addiction free from mood or mind-altering substances. Personal recovery means developing a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. Careful attention is made during the treatment planning to identify all addiction-related needs. The plan will help you identify goals that will help you reach your personal goals.
Summer Sky is truly a robust treatment center that believes in meeting individuals right where they are in their substance use disorder cycle. Treatment is effective, and in today’s world, there is no need for someone to suffer from a premature death. Today recovery is available, and it’s only a phone call away to start a journey into a new life of recovery from substance use disorders. Summer Sky can be reached 1-888-857-8857, and an admission specialist will help guide you through the admission process.
Summer Sky Recovery Center is one of the best programs for the treatment of addictions. Since 1985, Summer Sky has stayed ahead of the curve maintaining addiction treatment programs designed to address the individual and family needs of those suffering from addiction. Addiction is a very complex illness that strikes its victims and leaves some feeling very hopeless. Summer Sky encourages you to call and talk to our admission specialist about your addiction treatment needs. So, give us a call at 1-888-857-8857 or fill out our contact form and we will be more than willing to give you a call and discuss treatment options.