Like in many US states, drugs are playing a big part in the problems that Arkansas face. With drugs in this state being related to street crime and gangs, the authorities have had to take proactive steps in order to try and reduce the issues that substance abuse poses on those who live there.

Trying to resolve the problem of drug addiction: rehabilitation clinics

One of the biggest things that have been helping to reduce the amount of people who are dependent on drugs is rehabilitation clinics which specialise in allowing people to come clean. For those who suffer from severe dependencies, these clinics have been seen as an institution of moral support, with 24-hour care in order for them to endure the withdrawal symptoms that rehab faces in the easiest and most painless way possible.

Approximately 14,000 people are treated for a dependency each year (including alcohol) according to statistics that come from 2004 and 2005. A significant amount of these cases are treated in a Christian rehab in Arkansas, which has been providing the option for an addict to overcome their dependency by welcoming the message of religion into their lives.

Success rates are high, but there are some factors which need to be considered for drug rehabilitation to be a success. One of these factors is what type of treatment is considered. Currently, there are two principle options for those who are looking to recover:

Inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatments are where addicts are treated on-site for their drug dependencies, with some being offered to opportunity to remain there residentially for a few months to become sober and to overcome the substance dependency that they have. These treatments are quite common in Arkansas.

Outpatient treatment. An alternative can be seen in outpatient treatment, where Arkansans can remain with their family and friends whilst going on to seek support for their addiction at a rehabilitation centre on a regular basis. Outpatient schemes are usually recommended for those whose addiction is not too far developed.

Unfortunately, there are disadvantages to both of these incentives. Inpatient treatment can be exceptionally expensive to conduct, and, with the average addict needing between three and six months of intensive treatment (some up to twelve months), the fees can begin to add up. Statistically, those who remain in inpatient schemes are less likely to succeed if they are only being treated for a short time - so investing as much money as possible into a rehab clinic can mean that there is less chance of a relapse.

Outpatient treatment is more cost-effective but can be less effective in allowing an addict to overcome their dependency. This is because the treatment they are offered is less intense and because they remain at home, where they are likelier to encounter the situation which makes them turn to drugs in the first place.

According to statistics from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, who conduct the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are an overwhelming amount of people who need treatment for their drug addiction but are not receiving it. This statistic stands at nearly 3% according to figures from 2005, which is roughly 67,000 of the population.

What the authorities are doing

In Arkansas, there are drug enforcement authorities that are constantly on the look-out for those who are cultivating plants which can result in more drugs going onto the streets. In 2006, 13,500 marijuana plants were confiscated by Arkansan authorities, with many believing that this marijuana would have gone onto the streets.

In response to the issues that drugs pose, drug courts have begun to be established across Arkansas. With 31 drug courts in total active in the state at the beginning of April 2007, there are at least another 13 planned. It is hoped that such courts will address the key issues that the state faces in relation to illegal substances, like the cultivation of illegal plants, the smuggling and trafficking of drugs in the state and the possession of alarmingly high amounts of an illegal substance.

As you can see, rehabilitation clinics and the authorities across the state are all taking proactive steps in trying to reduce the impact that drugs have on Arkansas. Help is there for the 3% of people who need help but do not know where to turn, and they can go on to live a better life whilst eliminating their dependencies and becoming sober.

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