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Visitors to northeast Texas generally expect a drug climate that isn’t as severe as it is in southern parts of the state. However, the drug trade regularly infiltrates its way from Mexico throughout the entire state. The locals in this region suffer from drug and alcohol dependency as much as the rest of the state, and they need help finding reliable treatment that works. Northeast Texas offers such help.
Population demographics across the northeastern Texas region are:
Residents have several treatment options to choose from in each city. There are six facilities in Plano, two of which offer mental health care treatment.7 Several of these facilities accept both private insurance and Medicaid while some also offer payment assistance programs and sliding scale plans. Varied payment options are important in the treatment world, especially among communities that may be struggling or have populations that are less likely to have insurance coverage.
In Texas in 2012, 45 percent of residents had insurance coverage through employer plans, 4 percent through other private insurance, and 10 percent were on Medicare. Fifteen percent of Texans were covered by Medicaid, and 1 percent was covered by another form of pubic insurance.8 Twenty-four percent were uninsured.
In 2013, 39,676 people sought treatment for substance abuse and addiction issues in the state of Texas.9 The breakdown for the number of people seeking treatment for abuse of or addiction to various substances follows:
The treatment options available to individuals vary from one facility to the next. Those individuals interested in specific treatment modalities — such as equine-assisted therapy — that may not be offered everywhere should verify availability of these services at specific treatment facilities.
Other modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solutions-Focused Therapy (SFT). These methods of treatment have proven effective in the substance abuse treatment field. They may also improve symptoms of mental illness and help individuals with co-occurring disorders to learn coping skills to help prevent relapse.
Plano, in Northeast Texas, is historically noted as having suffered through an epidemic of heroin overdoses in the 1990s — around 11 deaths in 1997 alone.11 Heroin use still remains popular in the area. In October 2013, local officials confirmed the deaths of two individuals in the city that year from heroin overdoses and said they suspected two more deaths that month were attributable to the drug.12
Over the July 4th holiday weekend in 2015, local police in Plano arrested 16 people for driving under the influence.13As of June 2015, Texas was leading the entire country in the number of drunken driving fatalities that occurred there in one year.
Substance abuse can arise in an individual’s life for many reasons. Addiction is three to four times more likely to develop in an individual whose parents were alcohol abusers.14
One of the most probable contributing factors to substance abuse occurs in people who suffer from comorbid mental health disorders. Around 29 percent of the entire population that suffers from mental illness also battles drug or alcohol abuse.15
Plano recently lost a teenaged resident to synthetic drug abuse. Another teen in the area died in December 2014 after ingesting a synthetic party drug known as N-bomb.17
Deaths occurring from alcohol abuse are just as common in the northeastern region of the state. An average of 6,514 people died every year from 2006 to 2010 in Texas from alcohol-related causes.18
In 2013, over 1,300 Texans died as the result of an automobile accident involving alcohol. The number of deaths due to alcohol-related driving incidents in each city in 2014 included:
Suicide rates in counties in the northeastern region of Texas are:
The drug trade is in full effect, and as such, drug-related crime rates continue to mount in the northeastern region of Texas. In February 2015, 18 individuals were arrested in Tyler after an investigation determined they were conspiring to distribute methamphetamine across the eastern portion of Texas since January 2010.22 The criminal penalties for these crimes and others related to drugs and alcohol can range from a few days to decades in jail.
While researching treatment facilities in Northeast Texas, keep in mind that those lacking accreditation through the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities are less likely to provide the all-encompassing treatment options that someone who is dependent on drugs or alcohol requires. Being accredited by CARF means a facility’s treatment programs and business structure have been thoroughly evaluated and approved by the international authorizing agency.
After selecting facilities that are approved by CARF, the next step in the process is looking behind the scenes of each facility and deciding which offered programs best suit the person’s needs. For instance, someone who warrants treatment for a co-occurring mental health disorder in addition to treatment for the abuse of hard substances, like alcohol, heroin, or crystal meth, will want to seek out a rehab center that has the appropriate professionals on staff to fully address these issues.
More information on treatment centers in the northeastern area of Texas can be found through the East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Texas is, by far, one of the largest states in the United States. Unlike many other states, which can be traveled by car in just an hour or two, Texas seems to stretch on and on. When people drive through Texas, they often take a detour through the northeastern section of the state. This is the area that houses Dallas and all of the tourist attractions that big city can offer.
But people come to Northeast Texas for non-tourist reasons too. Some people come because they need help with a very difficult and persistent case of addiction. The Northeast provides a number of innovative treatment solutions that can help. These are the top options available:
This list is far from all-inclusive. In fact, this could be considered a starter list of the major players located in Northeast Texas. We have not discussed the small providers in each community that do the hard work of helping people to recover each and every day, and we have not mentioned all of the local hospitals and clinics that could help people with addictions. Those organizations are out there, and the help they provide is very real. But, if you are looking for a large provider of services, this list could help you to get started. Just remember to start that search now. Every moment you delay allows addiction to grow stronger.