Nowhere is the United States illegal drug war more immediate than the southern border states. Mexican cartels are smuggling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of product over the border every year. The need for increased access to drug and alcohol rehab in Texas is perhaps more urgent than in any other state. The close proximity to the Mexican border simply compounds the up-close and personal violence with which illegal drug smuggling is associated. This area has seen the deaths of border guards, DEA agents, Mexican immigrants and bystanders alike, accounting for a higher fatality rate within this branch of the war than any other state. Heroin and cocaine are the primary drugs coming in, however marijuana has also been a staple, and Texans are now facing heightened threats of prescription drug abuse. Texas is a primary gateway through which drugs are funneled and distributed throughout the rest of the country, and a battleground for Mexican drug trafficking organizations and United States government personnel.
Escalation of the volume of drugs being smuggled over the border has led to a spike in local drug rehab admissions, mandating more treatment centers throughout the state, specifically where the problems are the worst. Texas’ close proximity to Mexican drug trafficking organizations lends itself to a climate of substance abuse and addiction. There is currently a variety of drug rehab centers in the state designed to help combat this growing epidemic. Authorities and state officials are mindful that key to the victory over statewide substance abuse, is a philosphy of both treatment and enforcement. As a result, they have developed recovery facilities with the needs of you or your loved one in mind. Call us today so we can help you choose the program that best suits your or your loved one’s addiction profile.
The massive amount of saloons, compounded with the fabled tough and uncompromising Texas attitude, has facilitated a rather serious alcohol addiction problem throughout the state. Many refuse to believe they have a problem until it is too late, and even then are often unwilling to seek help. When Texas alcoholics are willing to seek treatment, they can find help within one of the many alcohol rehab programs. The professionals at these programs are mindful of the social aspect of drinking, and will help prepare the patient for life after rehab via various behavioral modification exercises. It is important to choose the rehab option that most closely mirrors your situation. Call us now so we can pair you with the right alcohol addiction recovery facility.
Although Texas has historically had a reputation for being tough on crime, they offer a nurturing and compassionate attitude to the addiction cases that actively seek help. Texan detox programs are staffed with qualified, medically trained personnel to make your withdrawal process as comfortable as possible. They are also able to handle the dangers and eventualities of the often painful withdrawal process, and realize that the patient is exponentially more likely to experience lasting recovery if you start with a successful and properly managed detox regimen. Call us today so we can help you wade through the variables that can come with this process, and find the right option for you or your loved one.
In addition to serving as a distribution center for the rest of the country, Texas is home to a local network of dealers that take a large portion of the ubiquitous narcotic to sell on the state’s streets, mostly as crack. Controlling factions of the Texas cocaine trade mostly include Hispanic drug trafficking organizations. Recent busts reveal that the drug has infiltrated schools and universities at an alarming rate. Larger loads are easily smuggled via exploitation of the commercial trucking business, while more modest shipments are smuggled in via private automobiles and smaller delivery outfits. The main vein of national cocaine distribution in Texas is the Juarez-El Paso Corridor, where the intermingled cities make border crossings easier for smugglers. The Texas cocaine trade has given way to extreme violence and other illegal enterprises such as the sex-for-hire business. Abuse spans all backgrounds, and is cited consistently as the main illegal drug problem facing Texas citizens.
Heroin is another leading problem in the Texas illegal drug war. Like most other drugs in the state, heroin is smuggled in from Mexico. Heroin trafficking is on the rise in the region despite the continuous decrease in the quality of the product. The two dominant “brands” of heroin in Texas are Mexican "black tar" and "brown." Recent intelligence indicates that the influx of Asian immigrants has given birth to a corresponding spike in Southwestern heroin trafficking. Reports of heroin-related admissions to Texas hospitals and rehabs continue to rise, as new forms threaten the state’s borders and citizens.
A huge threat facing Texas from the inside and out is methamphetamine. Abuse and trafficking of this substance has come in the form of homegrown labs and international border smuggling from countries like Mexico. The methamphetamine available in Texas is a high-quality and dangerously affordable means of substance abuse, and is reaching frightening heights of popularity in the state’s farming and country regions. A spike in lab busts indicates a significant rise in local methamphetamine production, adding to the overall threat the drug poses.
The prevailing threat in the Texas club drug sub-culture is molly (MDMA). Other club drugs like LSD and GHB are wildly popular among middle-class suburban teenagers and young adults immersed in the Texas nightclub scene. These drugs are meant to magnify the club experience and offer a temporary sense of euphoria to accompany the dark atmosphere and loud music. Traditionally smuggled in by Mexico (where prescriptions for said drugs are not necessary) and controlled by Asian and Hispanic drug trafficking organizations, club drugs have recently started coming in through Europe as well. PCP is another serious threat, and is sold mainly through local street-level dealers.
Abuse of pharmaceuticals is a leading threat in Texas. Considerably more prevalent than just five years ago, prescription abuse is commonly caused by unscrupulous physicians, mismanaged pain medication routines, and theft from legitimate patients. Prescription drugs are also available via the Internet, often without a prescription. Like most areas of the country, Oxycontin is the most commonly abused prescription drug, with hydrocodone derivatives and Xanax following close behind. Prescription abuse is a particularly dangerous problem in Texas due to the apparent rampant lack of responsibility when treating existing addicts for pain. Instead of exploring alternative pain management options to an already addicted patient, clinics will just prescribe what they know is another potentially addictive drug. Add this to the existent shortage of medical personnel in Texas, and you get an urgent need for the immediate development of more prescription drug rehab facilities.
Geography, domestic elements and low prices are all factors that continue to inhibit Texas’ war on illegal drugs. With little evident progress in stemming cocaine and heroin trafficking, and the continued rise of amphetamine and ecstasy abuse, Texas has little choice but to build more treatment facilities that address these upward trends. They have already taken a positive first step with recent legislation that mandates treatment, rather than jail-time for first-time offenders. Texas has one the largest populations in the United States, and needs to take equally large steps toward solving their illegal drug problem. The aforementioned law goes a long way in doing just that.