The war on drugs in Vermont is on. While every state has issues with drugs, Vermont has increasing problems with alcohol abuse and the use of a drug while drinking. This is an important issue as often times alcohol-related driving incidents involved not only just someone tipsy or drunk, but also under the influence of a drug as well. This creates danger for those on the road in VT.
Vermont Drug Trends
Most residents who abuse a substance use alcohol or alcohol in conjunction with another substance such as marijuana, where users were typically age 12 to 26 or older. However, the majority of users were 26+ years of age.
The more dangerous and addictive drugs such as crack cocaine, heroin and meth aren't used nearly as often. In fact, most years, there have been 0 meth lab seized and in several years, just 1. That is good news for Vermont, with Crystal Meth being one of the most powerful and addictive drugs known to man.
Most residents admit to begin abusing drugs or alcohol from ages 12-15 or 16-20. This makes having drug and alcohol programs for teenagers increasingly important in Vermont as most teenagers choose whether or not to use these substances during those years. And it is these decisions that influence their choices for a lifetime.
The State of Vermont has an issue at its hand with the majority of its abusers starting drugs and alcohol use at a very young age, sometimes before they can even drive. Then once they do obtain a license, they drink, drug and then drive.
Teen Drug and Alcohol Use in Vermont
Teenagers in Vermont are embarking in illegal acts in an exponential fashion. It has been reported that Vermont is in the top 10 for teen marijuana use in the Northeast (Massachusetts is the other state). Also, teenagers are more likely to engage in drinking and the use of one other substance when drinking. This has led to an increase in teen drinking and driving crashes.
Nearly 48% of those pulled over for drinking drunk while a teen had over a .15 blood alcohol content (nearly double the legal limit for someone of age to drink).
Among all states, Vermont is number 2 behind North Dakota at 40.6% with nearly 40.4% of all 12-20 year olds reported using alcohol in the last month and 26.6% of them were binge drinking (or embarking in 5 or more drinks in one drinking session). For many teens, the onset of smoking contributed to the onset of alcohol and drug use.
Drugs Readily Available for Abuse in Vermont
Vermont has many different types of drugs available on the streets. First, cocaine, which is widely abused in urban areas, is readily available. It is often obtained from other surrounding states such as Massachusetts or Connecticut. Crack cocaine however is less common and not as widely available, which is good for Vermont residents as it is highly addictive. Heroin is another drug that is widespread in the state. It is often found through other users who distribute the drug in order to support their own addiction.
Methamphetamine is one such drug that is not readily available in the state. Also, club drugs such as GHB or Ketamine aren't as easy to find as well. However, Ecstasy, another club drug is easily to find in the urban areas of Vermont.
Lastly, marijuana, the state's most-used drug (and most often with the use of alcohol) is readily available. It is often smuggled into the state through backpacks across the U.S. And Canadian border.
Seeking Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction in Vermont
Nearly 1 in every 109 Vermont residents seeks help for substance abuse. There are countless others who still need help and have yet to come to terms with finding it. Some of the best alcohol and drug rehab centers are found in Burlington and the surrounding areas. Whether looking for a convention type of treatment or something holistic, those seeking help can find it in Vermont.
There are a variety of specialized treatment programs that are designed for various individuals, whether women, teenagers, older users, or those using both alcohol and drugs together. After deciding upon either a inpatient or out-patient substance abuse program, a patient will embark on an initial visit. During this session, a patient will discuss their drug and alcohol past, why they decided to seek help and what they need in terms of support in order to work toward sobriety. After this initial visit, they will have a tailor-made treatment plan devised just for them and will begin the withdrawal and detoxification process.
If they decided to use a inpatient program, they will withdraw and detox on site With the help of medically trained staff, they will be provided various medications that will help make the difficult process, a little easier. Also, while they are on site, they will participate in group therapy sessions. During group therapy, they will meet others who have alcohol or drug abuse problems. They will take time to learn about each member and how to support them during their path to recovery. They will also learn about addiction and recovery.
After leaving the program, many treatment centers will follow-up for a given period of time in order to ensure patients are remaining sober. They also provide after care counseling sessions for patients and/or their families. It's important that specific issues that may have come about during one's addiction are worked out in order to gain special relationships back in their lives. Support is increasingly important for those that choose to seek help in Vermont.
Ultimately, the state of Vermont has many drug and alcohol statistics that are alarming. The state needs to work on finding effective ways of preventing teens from purchasing alcohol, wanting to drink, and then wanting to abuse another drug while drinking. Also, teaching drunk driving lessons more influentially is important as well. The problems found in this state start at age 12, creating effective drug and alcohol lessons that show consequences may help deter more young people from beginning a vicious cycle resulting in addiction in Vermont.