Connecticut Drug Abuse Treatment Info
Connecticut's location directly next to New York City means that there is an ample supply of all the major drugs, any time, any place. And there is plenty of evidence that those drugs are being distributed throughout the state.
A single glance at the website of one of New Haven's newspapers shows a heavy burden of drug and alcohol news. Two teens killed in traffic accident after playing alcohol-based game, heroin seized during traffic stop, teacher charged with DUI, sentencing of drug dealer in overdose death of 23-year old woman, man robbed by neighbor who needed heroin, residential burglar found with heroin on him, heroin and marijuana being sold out of a Hummer, and much much more.
Newspapers and police records from other Connecticut cities tell a similar tale if lighter in some cases: Waterford, New London, Essex, Deep River, Chester and Groton City. Alcohol or drug-related incidents in each city creating law enforcement activity, loss of property or loss of life. Connecticut is struggling with a drug and alcohol abuse problem.
Prescription Drugs Start the Cycle of Addiction for Many People
In every part of the country, people become addicted to prescription drugs, particularly pain relievers. Some of them start using pain relievers legitimately and then are trapped in an addiction when they require more and more of the same substance just to feel "normal" and keep functioning. Some people, particularly young people, use a prescription pain reliever at a party so they can get high. Amazingly, it may just take one or two uses of some of these drugs like OxyContin or Percocet to get hooked.
In Connecticut, 80 percent of those abusing prescription drugs say that they first got them from someone who took them from a medicine cabinet or who had a prescription for them. It's only later, when they need to feed their addiction, that they may need to find a dealer or go "doctor shopping" - traveling from one doctor to another, complaining of pain - to find enough drugs for themselves to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay.
And with the ready availability of heroin in Connecticut, whenever OxyContin 80 mg tablets get too expensive, they can get the same high more cheaply by switching to heroin. Connecticut heroin supplies are usually pure enough that they can be snorted or smoked and do not need to be injected. This unfortunately makes heroin use more acceptable to some people who don't want to be seen as an injection drug user.
Heroin Accounts for Crimes, Treatment Admissions
As people fall into this vicious cycle of addiction, they often need money to keep themselves supplied with drugs. Heroin's popularity fuels an increase crime rates in Connecticut, particularly residential and commercial burglaries.
Treatment admissions also show more people being treated for heroin or other opiate addiction than alcohol dependence (usually the highest category in most states). In 2008, more than 15,000 people were admitted to addiction treatment for heroin, another 2,313 for other opiates such as methadone, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone or oxycodone. The number of people treated for alcohol dependence alone was 8,093; alcohol dependence with a secondary drug was 8,463.
And youth are struggling with these drug problems as well. More than 2,000 of those admitted for opiate addiction and 1,400 of those being treated for addiction to marijuana were under 21 years of age.
Drug Traffickers Run a Never-Ending War
What law enforcement refers to as the "New England Pipeline" runs straight through the heart of Connecticut. In fact, the two arms of this pipeline, I-95 up to Maine and I-91 that passes along the Vermont-New Hampshire state lines, intersect in New Haven. Traffickers commonly use private vehicles that have secret compartments controlled by hydraulics that hide drug shipments out of sight. Other shipments of cocaine, marijuana and opiates come in directly from Southwestern United States or the new regional drug distribution center in Atlanta by package delivery service or postal service. More marijuana comes across the nearby Canadian border.
As in many other New England states, street gangs have taken over much of the retail distribution of drugs from the Colombian, Mexican and Dominican traffickers.
There is Hope for Those Who Are Addicted
It's fairly safe to say that no one intends to become an addict when they start their substance abuse. And unfortunately, repeat trips to drug rehabilitation centers, residential treatment or outpatient treatment, too often wind up in failure. But it is possible to find treatment centers where success is the result.
At Narconon, drug rehabilitation takes place without the use of any kinds of substitute medication. No drugs for depression, sedatives, methadone or Suboxone are administered. With good food, rest, safe surroundings, nutritional support and the caring support of Narconon staff, those addicted to opiates, alcohol or other drugs are able to go through a tolerable withdrawal for their drug addiction. They then follow this by learning to live a drug-free life again through the restoration of their pride and ability to be productive again. Families do not need to settle for a substance abuse treatment center that prescribes other drugs and runs for only twenty-eight days. If often takes longer for an addicted person to fully recover from the effects of addictive substances.
Narconon Drug Information Department