Brownsville is the 16th most populous city in Texas, and is the seat of Cameron County. It is one of the fastest growing cities in America, due to massive illegal immigration from Mexicans and other Central Americans. As such, it has the dubious honor of being the poorest city in the nation, with the highest level of poverty on a per capita basis than any city in the nation. Such poverty often invites drug problems as well. A CDC report released last year revealed the number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade. Among Texans however, alcohol abuse is the foremost problem. Fortunately, there are solutions available to people who are struggling in the Brownsville area. Brownsville drug treatment centers are available to help addicts in the region get their lives back on track.
It’s location as a border town, directly across the Rio Grande from Matamoros has made it a hotspot of illegal drug trafficking, with easy access to Texas and the rest of the southwest. Alcohol is the most widely used substance abuse among Texans and Americans. The consequences of alcohol and drug use cost Texans an estimated 25.9 billion dollars in 2000 in reduced and lost productivity, crime, premature death, law enforcement, health care, property damage, car accidents, and social welfare programs. Preventing and curbing alcohol misuse will go far in reducing the economic and social costs of substance use. Realizing this, Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. (DPRI) commissioned a community survey to examine the social norms that may influence underage and high risk drinking.
The survey discovered many startling facts. Texas secondary students reported 68% lifetime alcohol use and 33% current use. Binge drinking — having five or more drinks on one occasion — was reported by 23% of secondary students. About 68% of secondary students said it was very or somewhat easy to get alcohol if they wanted some. The major sources for youth to obtain alcoholic beverages were from parties and friends.
Fortunately, there is good news for addicts in Brownsville who are looking for help to break their addictions. The above report also found that Texas received a 10 out of 10 on possible indicators of promising strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse. Nationally, 28 states and Washington, D.C. scored six or less, with Texas scoring the highest, with a 10.
Recently, there have been some national breakthroughs as well. Last year, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act and the CARA (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act), which allocated more than $1 Billion in an effort to aid treatment efforts all around the country. Such funding means that treatment is available for those who want it.
So, if you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, help is available! Get Treatment has compiled a list of several of the top-ranked addiction treatment facilities and rehab centers in your area. You’ll find that we have premium listings for rehab facilities for individuals with private insurance. In addition, we have several facilities that accept medicare and medicaid.
Our addiction Counselors are always available at (855) 638-9268 to conduct free assessments and insurance verifications. We are happy to help you choose the best facility for the type of treatment you need. Give us a call, we want to help you!