02 Jan Drug Abuse is a Major Public Health Problem
Many of America's top medical problems can be directly linked to drug abuse.
•Cancer: Tobacco contributes to 11-30% of cancer deaths.
•Heart Disease: Researchers have found a connection between the abuse of tobacco, cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), amphetamines, and steroids and the development of cardiovascular diseases.
•Tobacco is responsible for approximately 30% of all heart disease deaths each year.
•HIV/AIDS: Approximately one-third of AIDS cases reported in 2000 (11,635) and most cases of hepatitis C (approximately 25,000 in 2001) in the United States are associated with injection drug use.
•Approximately half of pediatric AIDS cases (4,700 reported through 2002) result from injection drug use or sex with injection drug users by the child's mother.
Many of America's top social problems also relate to or impact drug abuse:
•Drugged Driving: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drugs are used by approximately 10 to 22 percent of drivers involved in crashes, often in combination with alcohol.
•Violence: At least half of the individuals arrested for major crimes including homicide, theft, and assault were under the influence of illicit drugs around the time of their arrest.
•Stress: Exposure to stress is one of the most powerful triggers of substance abuse in vulnerable individuals and of relapse in former addicts.
•Child Abuse: At least two-thirds of patients in drug abuse treatment centers say they were physically or sexually abused as children.
•Adolescence: This is a time period of high vulnerability to drug abuse and other risk taking behaviors.
•Mental Illness: People with mental illness are particularly at risk for problems related to substance abuse.
•Consequences of Substance Abuse: These can include illness, injuries, and death. Each year approximately 40 million debilitating illnesses or injuries occur among Americans as the result of their use of tobacco, alcohol, or another addictive drug.
•Deaths: In 2000, approximately 460,000 deaths were attributable to illicit drug abuse and smoking.
•Smoking: Infants born to women who smoke during pregnancy have a lower average birth weight and may be at increased risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders, and childhood obesity.
•Cocaine: Babies born to mothers who abuse cocaine during pregnancy can be born prematurely and have low birth weights. There may be as many as 45,000 cocaine-exposed babies per year.
•Child Abuse: Approximately 50% to 80% of all child abuse and neglect cases substantiated by child protective services involve some degree of substance abuse by the child’s parents.
•Homelessness: 31% of America's homeless suffer from drug abuse or alcoholism.
•Crime: As many as 60% of adults in Federal prisons are there for drug-related crimes.
•Education: Children with prenatal cocaine exposure are more likely (1.5 times) to need special education services in school. Special education costs for this population are estimated at $23 million per year.
•The Workplace: In 1997, illicit drug users were more likely than others to have missed 2 or more days of work in the past month and to have worked for three or more employers in the past year.
ARG Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers
Addiction Recovery Group (ARG) treats addiction to drugs, alcohol and any other substances. Our treatment centers focus on residential treatment for 60 days in addition to 90 days of continuing care.
•Our treatment modalities include :
•12 Step based
•Emotional and Shame-Based Belief System Work
•Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques
•Experiential Therapy and Equine Therapy
We provide each client with 30 hours of group therapy and 2 individual therapy sessions a week. We create a Therapeutic Community where clients participate in peer-related experiences that help them as they come to terms with their addictions and learn to overcome them.
We provide substance abuse treatment to adult women and men. Our men’s campus (ARG at Zion Park) is located in Southern Utah just outside of Zion National Park in Rockville, Utah. Our Mediterranean-style villa sits on 70 acres of red rock, a creek, ponds and swaying cottonwood trees. The serenity of this campus lends itself to healing and recovery. Our women’s campus (ARG for Women) is located in Central Utah at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Fairview, Utah. Our ranch property is complete with a pond, walking paths, and horse pastures. A secluded, beautiful location, our women’s campus enables our clients to focus on creating a life of sobriety. We provide separate campuses for men and women so that all of our clients can focus on overcoming their addictions without the distractions found at other co-ed centers.
Family treatment is an important part of our program. We believe that it is important for family members to participate in their own recovery. We provide family members of all residential clients with a 2 Day Family Workshop where they can learn about the disease of addiction, shame-based belief systems and defense mechanisms.
The process of recovery at ARG encompasses the mind, body and spirit. Once a client has completed our residential and continuing care program they have qualified for our lifetime contract. With the lifetime contract, our clients are able to come back into treatment if they relapse at no additional charge. They are able to participate in a relapse track that will help them focus on getting back into a life of recovery.
Addiction to drugs, alcohol and other substances destroys lives and affect everyone. ARG helps to restore lives – one step at a time. Give us a call today 888.91.REHAB (888.917.3422)