Drug Treatment Centers St. Louis: The Scope of Drug Rehab in Missouri

Missouri, known as the “Show-Me State”, has a population of nearly 6 million people, and according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 225,000 people in Missouri aged 12 or older were past-month users of an illicit drug, and more than 60,000 were considered to be addicted dependent on drugs or alcohol in the past year.

With cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City and Jefferson City, there are about 255 total drug rehab and treatment facilities in the state, according to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS). Of these programs, just 25 percent offer residential services, accounting for only 10 percent of the total people treated each year. That means that 90 percent of substance abusers receiving treatment services go to outpatient centers. Even worse, only 3 percent of those served go to long-term inpatient programs.

Each year about 40,000 people in Missouri receive some type of alcohol or drug treatment services, per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). However, this still leaves approximately 100,000 Missouri citizens who reportedly need but do not receive rehabilitation help.

Methamphetamine is still considered a major problem in Missouri, and in 2007 the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported more than 1,200 meth lab incidences, which may have included dump sites or chemical and equipment seizures.

For those seeking a drug or alcohol rehab in Missouri, the methods of treatment used are pretty narrowed to mainly a traditional 12-step treatment. People from the state looking for alternative types of treatments often have to travel to a neighboring state to find a non-12 step long-term drug rehab program. Regardless of what method is chosen, most rehabilitation experts to recommend long-term drug treatment programs whenever possible to achieve the best results.

Lee Otis is an addiction treatment professional and contributing editor to http://www.addictionwatch.com, which provides information to individuals and families throughout the country on addiction and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

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