The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department (LAPH) keeps careful track of drug statistics for the area in an attempt to learn more about leading problems and issues involving drugs and to try and find ways to combat these problems.
Unfortunately, drug use in Los Angeles is fairly prevalent, and from 2009 to 2010, drug overdose was the 14th leading cause of premature death and the 17th leading cause of general death in the area. In that year alone, there were 923 drug-related deaths and 145 drug-related suicides.
Some of the drugs most commonly involved in these incidents were:
Hope for LA
Though the many drug problems facing Los Angeles may make the city seem hopeless, the opposite is true. There are several drug addiction and substance abuse treatment facilities in Los Angeles, and Axis is one of the most high-end options available, providing intensive and personalized treatment that is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each and every patient.
In fact, according to the LAPH department, in the City of Angels from 2009 to 2010, 60,629 people entered drug rehab facilities for treatment.
A reported 27.2 percent of these individuals were receiving treatment for addiction to marijuana or hashish, while 25.6 percent received treatment for alcoholism. Another 18.1 percent of people entering treatment had a problem with methamphetamine, and 13 percent had a problem with cocaine and/or crack.
All those who entered treatment had a wonderful advantage in recovery: Los Angeles is well known for being home to some of the most gifted doctors, therapists, researchers and other professionals who are working to combat addiction.
Inpatient or Outpatient?
When a person chooses to get professional help for a drug problem in the Los Angeles area, he or she will have the choice between inpatient or outpatient treatment. Both treatment options have their pros and cons, and the “right choice” really boils down to what is right for the individual; there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
Inpatient treatment requires the patient to stay on site at the drug rehabilitation facility where he or she can enjoy a safe detox if necessary and be monitored at all times, with the level of monitoring varying from one facility to the next and the need of the patient. Inpatient care is best suited to those who are:
- Long-term addicts
- Living with co-occurring mental health disorders
- Entering treatment for a second or third time
- Without the support of a safe and sober home environment
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Finding a Place to Stay
If a person chooses outpatient treatment, he or she will need a good, safe place to stay that is near the treatment facility, as will family members who come to visit inpatient residents.
The right location will be:
- An environment that is free of any drugs and alcohol
- A low-stress environment
- Inhabited by others who are free of drug and/or alcohol use
- An environment in which strict rules and boundaries are set and kept
Those who are not from the Los Angeles area or who do not have a suitable place to stay during outpatient treatment may choose to stay in one of LA’s many hotels; some hotels will even offer discounts for patients receiving treatment at certain facilities. There are also facilities that offer special housing for those receiving outpatient treatment. If you or someone you love is going to enter outpatient treatment without a reliable place to stay, this is a detail that should be addressed prior to starting treatment. No matter what living situation is chosen, it is important that the focus remain primarily on recovery and that nothing offset that focus so the patient and their family can make as much progress as possible while enrolled in intensive addiction treatment.
Having Fun in LA
While recovery is definitely about working hard to get better, there should also be at least a little time set aside for fun. Recovering addicts need to learn how to laugh and have a good time again without the use of drugs and/or alcohol. Fortunately, Los Angeles offers plenty of fun, clean things to do and see. There are many wonderful attractions that provide a perfect distraction for the outpatient patient when he or she isn’t at the rehab facility. These attractions can also serve as great visiting spots when family members and/or friends are able to visit and go on outings with their loved one.
Some of LA’s finest, sober-friendly attractions include:
- Exercising on Venice Beach
- Exploring (and searching for stars!) in and around Hollywood
- Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
- The Getty Center (art)
- Shopping on Rodeo Drive
- Walking tours of the Los Angeles Conservatory
- Nethercutt Museum
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Griffith Observatory
- California Science Center
- Griffith Park
- Staples Center
- Westwood Memorial Park
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- The Grammy Museum
Paying for Treatment
Many families are concerned about covering the cost of treatment, and when contemplating an out-of-state rehab – especially in Los Angeles, one of the most expensive cities in the country – it’s a logical concern. However, there are a number of resources available to families, including:
- Health insurance. Many insurance providers pay for all or part of certain addiction treatment services. Because addiction is a medical disease, many states require providers to offer coverage for specific services.
- Savings. Often savings that have been earmarked for other purposes can be re-appropriated to cover the cost of addiction treatment.
- Financing. A number of treatment companies can match you with programs that will offer you the ability to pay for treatment through monthly payments that fit your budget.
Ultimately, the cost of drug rehab is always less expensive than maintaining an ongoing addiction.
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Located near Los Angeles, Axis is in a prime position to provide your loved one with exclusive and high-end treatment that is easily accessible. We also offer other treatment center locations, including in the West LA Area. Learn more about how your loved one can benefit from our program today. Call now.