Despite having some of the toughest drug laws in the country, Pensacola continues experiencing a drug problem. Between being a coastal community, having an airport, public transportation system and five major highways traversing through the city, there are many avenues through which traffickers make an entrance.
Pensacola residents have expressed concerns over the fact that children as young as middle school are introduced to the drug culture. Some claim that in certain neighborhoods, dealers openly sell their products on street corners. Arrests and convictions continue. However, as long as there are willing users, drugs remain in Pensacola.
While many experiment with recreational drug use, the habit soon transforms into the bondage of addiction. According to national statistics, more than 17 million people over the age of 12 admit to having a substance abuse problem. Sadly, only a fraction ever seek professional treatment.
Recognizing Addiction Symptoms
Habitual substance abusers often live in denial of the problem. Many are under the misguided belief that they are in control. How many of these signs can you identify in yourself or others?
- Intense urges to use alcohol or drugs
- Needing more the substance to get high
- Keeping a supply of the substance on hand
- Alcohol or drug use becomes the priority
- Desperate to financially support substance use
- Resorting to crime to support the habit
- Engaging in risky behavior while under the influence
- Failed attempts to stop using
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
Rehabilitation is the Answer
Once faced with the reality that addiction is a possibility, the next step involves getting help. There are facilities that cater to specific substance addictions, specialize in age or gender-based programs. Many offer a variety of diversion therapies.
Very few addicts successfully kick the habit long-term without professional help. You are worth saving. Find the help that you need and get your life back.
Your Rehab Experience Should Be Private
Admitting that you have an addiction problem is the first step toward recovery and lifelong sobriety, but it can be a difficult one to make. Your next step will be choosing a rehab center that is right for you. Attending drug or alcohol rehabilitation is a highly private situation that should be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Those who are particularly worried about how confidential and private their treatment program will be may want to consider traveling out of town in order to seek treatment. In many cases, you might not need to travel very far to find a secluded enough location where you feel comfortable addressing your addiction problem.
On the other hand, outpatient treatment centers may need to be chosen based on how close they are to where you live. Because you'll be coming and going, having a nearby location for treatment will enable you to continue on with your life as usual. Our toll free hotline has representative standing by who can help you with this critical decision and let you know about local or distant rehab centers that will fit your needs.