High school athletes in Illinois are taking a stand against drug abuse. Recent reports have shown that drug abuse in Illinois and several other states have more than doubled over the past ten years. The increase in overdoses is largely related to the growing abuse of prescription medications, although abuse of narcotics such as heroin continues to play a role.
Since 1990, Illinois has administered the Illinois Youth Survey, which attempts to gather data that includes patterns of substance abuse among Illinois Youth. Last year, 893 schools representing 231,214 youth participated in the survey. Gathering such data is an important step in coordinating efforts to prevent and treat substance abuse in both youths and adults.
Taking The Step Towards Rehab
Ultimately an addict must recognize that they have a problem and step forward to seek help. This can be done with the assistance of families and friends, but still requires the addict to take responsibility and seek help. We can help you or a loved one take the first step in regaining control over an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Rehab is not a one size fits all endeavor. When you make the decision to enter yourself or a loved one into rehab, it is important to review the various treatment options. There are programs that cater to specific age groups, including programs that specifically treat younger addicts. There are also programs that allow the patient's friends and family to play a role in rehabilitation, often important for an addict who has a viable support network.
Once you have found an appropriate program, we can assist you with entry and dealing with bureaucratic issues such as insurance coverage. Our goal is to be with you every step of the way so you can concentrate on recovery. The first step, recognizing a problem and coming forward, is often the most difficult. We are here to help you along the way.
Should You Travel for Treatment?
For many of those addicted to drugs or alcohol, your first course of action will be in deciding geographically where you want to attend treatment. While those who are interested in outpatient care will be best served by attending a treatment center in their hometown, those who are concerned about privacy or who need to make special arrangements for their care may be interested in going to surrounding cities and traveling for treatment.
For example, you may prefer a faith-based approach to recovery that matches your religious choices. In other situations, your choice of drug and alcohol rehab center may be solely based on how holistic the center’s approach to recovery is. In either of these cases, travel may be necessary in order to fulfill your personal requirements for treatment. We can help you make the decision on whether or not travel for treatment will be the right choice for you or your loved one. At your convenience, please call our toll-free number to speak with a representative who can help you make these critical decisions and others as well.