Nevada Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Nevada’s population is growing, and recent studies indicate that more substance abuse resources are needed to prevent and address addiction issues in the area.
According to the Nevada Prevention Agency Strategic Plan, hundreds of Nevadans die each year from drug and alcohol-related illness and injury.
A majority of Nevada residents do not address their substance abuse until they are in emergency situations and forcibly admitted to an inpatient program during an emergency room visit. This is sometimes due to lacking the resources to attend a treatment program. It can also be due to the stigma of addiction, where individuals feel they aren’t “bad enough” and don’t have a problem until it’s in a dire situation.
Substance Abuse Issues in Nevada
In recent years, substance misuse has increased in specific populations in Nevada, including youth, pregnant women, and older adults (65+). Vaping and e-cigarettes have also become more popular among Nevada’s youth (12+).
The most misused substances in Nevada include:
- opioids (including heroin and pain relievers)
Alcohol Abuse in Nevada
Alcohol is one of the most abused substances in the nation. The drinking rate in Nevada has decreased in recent years but remains higher than the national average. Binge drinking is significantly higher among adults in Nevada, compared to the rest of the nation.
- An estimated 160,000 people in Nevada require treatment for alcohol abuse but are not able to receive help.
- In 2017, 5.7 percent of people 12 and older had an alcohol use disorder in the past year, compared to the national average of 5.2 percent.
- 46.2 percent of individuals 12 to 17 years old reported having five or more drinks once or twice a week.
- Another 44.4 percent of people 18 to 25 years old reported consuming five or more drinks once or twice a week.
- More than 1-in-10 middle schoolers reported currently drinking alcohol.
When an individual abuses alcohol as a teen, they are more likely to continue abusing alcohol as an adult. This leads to more significant issues with alcohol-related addiction and abuse in the United States.
The Opioid Crisis & Prescription Pain Reliever Misuse in Nevada
The opioid crisis has influenced every state across the country, including Nevada. Several patterns of opioid misuse mirror national trends, including:
- Increased overall opioid addiction statewide
- Increased number of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
The following statistics reflect the rate of opioid abuse in Nevada over recent years:
- There were 372 drug overdose deaths in Nevada involving opioids in 2018.
- Opioid-related deaths declined from 276 in 2001 to 235 in 2018.
- Heroin-related deaths and deaths involving other synthetic opioids remained the same 108 in 2017 to 85 in 2018.
- In 2018, more than 55.5 opioid prescriptions were written for every 100 persons compared to the U.S. average rate of 51.4 prescriptions.
Marijuana Misuse and Enforcement in Nevada
Marijuana is now legal for recreational and medicinal purposes in Nevada, which may have influenced the state’s behavioral health and substance abuse rate, according to a local substance abuse report.
Since it was legalized in 2017, marijuana use during pregnancy has more than doubled and has surpassed all other substances. The adult LGBT community in Nevada also has a significantly higher percentage of current marijuana use.
The following reflects marijuana use in Nevada:
- 3.8 percent of Nevada high schools reported currently using marijuana.
- Statewide marijuana use has more than doubled since 2011.
- Marijuana use overall is significantly higher in adults 25 to 34 in Nevada (33.3 percent).
- Inpatient admissions due to marijuana abuse have increased since 2011.
Mental Health Trends in Nevada
Nevada is currently experiencing a shortage of mental health professionals. This shortage is thought to be because of the high ratio of low-income residents to providers in urban areas in the state. There is also a high percentage of mental health needs in the northern part of the country.
Individuals with substance use disorders and mental health disorders are diagnosed as having a co-occurring condition or dual diagnosis.
Notable mental health trends in Nevada are as follows:
- The most common method for attempted suicide in Nevada is drug overdose.
- The number of suicide attempts from substances rose from 1,113 in 2015 to 1,699 in 2018.
- The age-adjusted suicide rate for 2018 in Nevada was 21.0 oper 100,000 people.
- Suicides are most common in individuals 45 to 54 years old (121 in 2018).
Addiction Treatment Options near Nevada
Due to the numerous rural areas throughout the state, there are significantly fewer treatment options available. Individuals in Nevada may want to consider traveling outside the area to attend addiction treatment.
If someone is struggling with drug abuse, they will likely need the help of a formal addiction treatment program to start their recovery. There is not one substance abuse treatment program that will work for everyone.
Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s specific situation is vital to their ultimate success in recovery.
Why Addiction Treatment Length is Important
When someone decides to enter addiction treatment, they must remain in treatment for an adequate period. How long someone should stay in treatment will depend on their exact substance abuse issues.
Research indicates that those who have struggled with substance abuse for more than six months will require at least three months of treatment to reduce or stop their drug use for a long-term period.
Recovery from substance abuse is a long-term process and may involve returning to treatment. Because individuals commonly leave addiction treatment too soon, treatment programs must include strategies to engage and keep patients in treatment.
Substance Abuse Treatment at Elevate Addiction Services
Elevate Addiction Services has a location in South Lake Tahoe, conveniently located near major cities in Nevada, such as Reno and Carson City. Elevate offers holistic addiction treatment that is highly customizable.
Clients at Elevate will participate in the following evidence-based treatment methods:
- individual and group therapy sessions
- yoga and mindfulness classes
- nutritional planning
- CrossFit classes and exercise planning
- aftercare planning
At Elevate, we do not subscribe to the notion that addiction is an incurable disease. Instead, we promote healing through self-discovery and empowerment.
Four Phases of Treatment at Elevate
The substance abuse programs at Elevate break down into four phases:
- detoxification and stabilization
- physical healing
- emotional healing
- aftercare planning
Phase One of Our Treatment Program:
Individuals will detox from all substances and become physically stable with an on-site clinician’s supervision. This phase is not technically addiction treatment, but it’s a vital building block to a successful recovery.
Phase Two of Our Treatment Program:
Once someone is off of all substances, they will continue to phase two. During this phase, they will participate in exercise and nutrition planning to improve their overall health and heal from potential vitamin deficiencies caused by their substance abuse.
Phase Three of Our Treatment Program:
While continuing their work from phases one and two, individuals will dive deeper into emotional healing during phase three. During this stage of treatment, individuals work one-on-one with their counselors to address and repair relationships with their loved ones and work on forgiving themselves.
Phase Four of Our Treatment Program:
Although this is technically the “last” phase of treatment, we start to talk about aftercare very early on during phase one. At Elevate, we know this is important because everyone will eventually re-enter the world and leave treatment. So our programs are designed to ensure that our clients have the tools and skills necessary to stay sober on their terms.
Are you or your loved one in need of addiction treatment? Don’t wait. Call Elevate Addiction Services today to learn more about how we can help you on the road to recovery.
Addiction Information By City:
- Nevada Opioid Overdose Dashboard
- Nevada: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms
- Nevada Capacity Assessment Report
- Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency 2019 Epidemiologic Profile
- State of Nevada Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse
- Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition) – Principles of Effective Treatment
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