Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South, and its counties were among the nation’s fastest growing in 2007 and 2008. The beautiful surroundings make Georgia a wonderful place to call home: Florida to the south, the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the north. The mild climate and variation of rivers, lakes, mountain ranges and foothills make Georgia as brilliant as it is unique. It can be hard to believe that beneath the layers of the southern state unfold drug and alcohol problems that represent a deeper part of America’s substance abuse issues.
The River Source has encountered many situations where Georgia patients have requested treatment at our community to remove themselves from a distracting and somewhat toxic environment. We find that this is key to successful recovery; it’s extremely beneficial for recovering addcits to have a positive, supportive environment that is free from drugs and alcohol. Fortunately, Georgia is a southern state similar to Arizona, so residents can enjoy the same warm weather, sunny skies and genuine hospitality while seeking treatment.
Why Addiction is Prevalent in Georgia
Historically, Georgia has been a transshipment center for illict drugs that come from over the border. The varied borders of Georgia, its southeastern location, and its large metroplitan areas have made it a target for moving illegal drugs into the United States. In fact, with Georgia’s placement, it’s easy to move drugs east, west and north. There are locations in and near Atlanta that are known distribution centers for Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations.
Over the past few years, border patrol has increased in size, making it more difficult to move drugs into the states. However, these types of moves don’t stop the illegal drug market; instead, they change to accommodate the new situation. It was recently reported that small, concealed meth labs are becoming more of a threat to the state of Georgia. Furthermore, there have been ongoing investigations regarding “ice” trafficking rings near Atlanta. The River Source too has seen an increase in addicts who are struggling with meth addictions.
How Does Georgia Compare to Other States?
Even with known transshipment centers on the borders of Georgia, the state’s sunny character and southern hospitality takes precedence over the drug culture. The number of drug-related deaths is lower than the national average, and approximately 7 percent of Georgia’s residents reported using illegal substances in the past month, compared to the 8 percent national average.
What is interesting, however, is the meth lab seizure incidents that have been reported in the state. This number has increaed by 91 percent, from 67 incidents in 2007 to 128 incidents in 2009, the last years for which data was collected. Meth labs can be difficult to detect since they often take place in run-down warehouses or abandoned homes and buildings. Even with the number of meth labs sprouting up, cocaine is the most commonly reported drug for drug treatment admissions.
A Close Look at the Numbers
Below is the percentage of the Georgia population using and/or abusing drugs.
|Illicit Drugs||Age 18+|
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use 1||7.40%|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||9.68%|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||5.70%|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs other Than Marijuana 1||3.20%|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||2.70%|
|Past Year Non-Medical Pain Reliever Use||5.05%|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||50.23%|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use 2||22.71%|
|Past Year Dependence, Abuse & Treatment||Age 18+|
|Illicit Drug Dependence 1||1.88%|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse 1||2.94%|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||7.06%|
|Alcohol or Illict Dependence or Abuse 1||8.71%|
|Needing but not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use 1, 3||2.63%|
|Needing but not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use 3||6.80%|
|Serious Psychological Distress||12.08%|
Why Georgia Residents Should Seek Treatment in Arizona
Sometimes, the best decision you can make is your quest to become sober is to remove yourself from your current environment. This fresh start signals to your mind, body and spirit that it’s time to change and shows those around you that you’re serious about getting clean. Georgia residents enjoy the warm Arizona weather, the bright sunny skies and varied landscape, similar to their own state. Yet the distraction-free environment that our communities offer is truly conducive to a full recovery.