As Yuma is situated in the southwestern corner of the state, the city borders both California and Mexico. The geographical location makes the community vulnerable to drug trafficking from either destination. As many travel to the city during the winter months, Yuma also has an influx of outsiders having substance abuse addiction who enter the area.
The Drug Enforcement Agency reports that Yuma additionally experiences a prescription drug problem. Police officers commonly see the dangers associated with prescription drug abuse. Law enforcement officials report witnessing how prescription drugs often act as a gateway to heroin or other illegal street drugs.
Users typically steal the drugs from family members. Eventually, they become addicted. When the supply of drugs in the home is no longer available, or the abuser cannot afford to buy them on the street, the addict turns to heroin or other illegal drugs. Research indicates that 80 percent of heroin users entered into the addiction by first abusing prescription opioid analgesic medications.
Dangers of Heroin Use
Falling into heroin addiction brings a host of potential dangers.
- The chance of getting hepatitis, HIV or other infectious diseases
- Weakened immune system from dehydration and malnutrition
- Soft tissue or systemic infections
- Cardiovascular disease from infections
- Kidney or liver disease
- Accidental overdose and death
Recovery Through Rehab
Winning the battle against prescription drugs, heroin or other drug addiction is possible through rehab. However, individuals have a better chance of recovery when seeking help through a qualified inpatient rehabilitation center. Advantages of inpatient rehab include:
- Staying in a safe, secure environment without temptations
- Round the clock medical monitoring during detoxification
- Continual supervision by an experienced team of addiction specialists
- Group and individual counseling and therapy
- Family therapy
- Assistance with aftercare planning
While addiction offers a life without hope, rehabilitation offers a light at the end of the tunnel.
We’ll Help You Find a Private and Personal Treatment Program
If you have made the decision to kick your drug habit and live a sober lifestyle, congratulations. This is the first step on your journey toward recovery. Upon deciding that drug rehab needs to be in your future in order for you to become sober, there are a plethora of choices you will need to make. One of the decisions surrounds where you will go to treatment. Aside from deciding between an inpatient and outpatient treatment center, you might consider attending treatment in another city besides the one you live in.
The most common reason that this choice is made is to make drug rehab more private and personal. Leaving town can make rehab more confidential for you. You will also need to decide whether or not you have familial responsibilities that would keep you at home. In addition, some people have jobs they must go to or school programs they're involved in.
As you can see, there are many considerations to make concerning this decision, but our skilled and experienced representatives are standing by to help. Give us a call today to discuss your options.