Iowa’s Substance Abuse Trends

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The United States has seen a huge uptick in drug and alcohol addiction over the past few years. Densely populated cities are not the only areas affected by the disease. From rural communities to the seemingly safe suburbs, substance abuse does not discriminate. It has affected millions nationwide and thousands in Iowa state alone.

Rising Numbers in Iowa

Iowa has maintained the reputation of having a relatively low presence of illicit drug abuse and addiction, ranking at around forty-seventh of the fifty states. Statistics like these and others can be reassuring to some, but even though the numbers are low, they are still on the rise–and those who suffer from addiction still need serious support.

Amongst the younger populations across Iowa, there has been a steady increase in the use of electronic cigarettes, binge drinking, and the use of high THC Marijuana products. These adolescent populations have shown upward trends of consistent use of these substances since 2016, with an exponential increase by the end of 2018. Unfortunately, regulation of minors and their access to these substances has been lacking. This has led to an increase in intoxicated driving accidents among this younger population and higher rates of incarceration. There has also been a fairly steady increase in the amount of illicit substances found in connection with child abuse cases, involving drug intoxication of both children and parents.

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health completed in 2017, Iowa’s most prevalent substance issue is binge drinking. Alcohol is most commonly involved in substance-related death, and Iowa’s heavy-drinking rates are slightly above the national average.

Access to recovery facilities in Iowa has become a trending topic as prevalence of substance use disorder shows no sign of slowing down. Many find it helpful to reach out to organizations such as SAMHSA, which may be able to provide guidance on securing additional funding for treatment. SAMHSA focuses on supporting those with low income or temporary economic difficulties. Their website offers numerous and diverse substance abuse resources.

We Can Help

St. Gregory recognizes the recurring trends of drug and alcohol addiction and abuse in Iowa. By utilizing dynamic healing modalities, therapeutic strategies, and professional support, St. Gregory is able to customize rehabilitation programs and strategies that are best suited for you or your loved ones. Our staff is here to answer any questions and quell any concerns you may have regarding the therapeutic program structures we offer. We are always accepting new patients. Contact us today!

Considering an Iowa residential treatment center? To learn more about programs offered at St. Gregory Recovery Center, call and speak with someone today, at (888) 778-5833.

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