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Southeast Texas is home to several cities that are significantly impacted by the illegal drug trade due to its close proximity to Mexico. To address the issues of drug abuse and addiction in the southeastern region of the state, various treatment options exist.
Areas of Southeast Texas
Southeast Texas is home to more than 750,000 people. Primary cities in the area include:
Each of these cities offers substance abuse rehabilitation, but the variety of treatment offered and the accessibility to treatment vary considerably from one facility to the next. There is only one treatment center in Brownsville, but it boasts both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Among admissions to ambulatory treatment in 2011 across the entire state of Texas, 34.1 percent of clients chose outpatient care while 15.7 percent opted for intensive outpatient treatment.6 Albeit a smaller city, Victoria is home to two treatment centers, both of which offer residential treatment.7There is only one treatment center in Galveston.8 In College Station and nearby Bryan, Texas, three rehabilitation facilities offer outpatient care and one delivers inpatient treatment to clients.9 Six treatment centers exist in Beaumont, and three offer residential rehab.10
Medicaid is accepted at the Brownsville and
Galveston facilities, as well as at all facilities in Beaumont. The Brownsville facility offers both payment assistance programs and sliding scale options. The former allows for individuals to apply for discounts and financial help through the facility itself. Sliding scale options require that clients submit financial information, such as proof of income. In return, the facility of their choosing bases the cost of an appropriate treatment regimen on what they can reasonably appear to afford. The local Galveston treatment facility also offers a sliding scale payment plan. In Beaumont, only five rehab units lend clients any assistance with making payments, and just two operate sliding scale-based payment plans.
Most who enter treatment in Southeast Texas will benefit from a tandem treatment approach that involves both medical detox and an extensive period of therapy and additional interventions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has shown the most promise in the substance abuse treatment world. In a study of 159 people in a control group and 140 in a CBT-based treatment group for substance abuse issues, 55.8 percent of those in the treatment group showed minimal symptoms after three months versus 33.6 percent of the control group.11 Furthermore, results after six months improved even more to 63.9 percent among the treatment group and 43.8 percent in the control group.12
Likewise, individuals who suffer from mental health disorders stand to reap the benefits of CBT. Mental illness affects 3.68 percent of Texas’s population.13
In 2011, the primary substance of abuse among admissions to treatment in the state was alcohol, followed by marijuana, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, and other opiates.14 That year, 43,216 people sought treatment in Texas.15 Admission rates by primary substance of abuse were:
Rates of alcohol abuse are on par with the rest of the nation in Southeast Texas. The per capita consumption of ethanol alcohol nationwide in 2009 was 2.3 gallons.17 In Texas that same year, it was 2.29 gallons.18 Overall, the nation is drinking too much; an ideal consumption rate is 1.96 gallons or less.19
With an average of 6,514 people dying from alcohol-related causes in Texas every year, based on data from 2006 to 2010, it stands to reason that alcohol abuse is the state’s primary issue.20 There were a total of 149 vehicle crashes in Brownsville in 2014 attributed to alcohol use.21 Add to that the 25 that occurred in Victoria, 55 in Galveston, 121 in College Station, and 61 in Beaumont, and the rate at which people are driving drunk is concerning.22
Other deaths stemming from substance abuse occur every day in the Lone Star State. While vehicle accidents lead in injury-related deaths in Texas, suicide fills the number two slot.23 For every 100,000 deaths in the state, 12.2 of them are self-inflicted.24
In third place for injury-related deaths in the state is drug overdose.25 Around 31.4 percent of drug overdose deaths in the state happen in youths and young adults aged 15-34 years old.26
In June 2015, a man was sentenced to 30 years in prison and a $100 million fine as a result of charges for distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and conspiracy to distribute and intent to distribute marijuana, among other charges.27 The convicted offender had former ties to the Mexican drug cartel.
Penalties for drug trafficking can impose life sentences in some cases. Likewise, DUI charges come with strict penalties, as well. The first offence can earn an individual 3-180 days behind bars while the third offense and beyond may impose as much as two years in jail.28
In 2013, 22.7 million people needed treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, and only 2.5 million got that treatment.29 Several organizations are working hard within the southeastern Texas region to increase treatment numbers, and they can assist individuals who need help finding the most suitable treatment option that meets their needs.
Resources for those in the Southeast Texas area include the Jefferson County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Southeast Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Texas residents disagree about what cities and counties are technically located within the southeastern portion of the state. Should the Southeast be limited to a few tiny spots on the map? Or does the Southeast cover a much larger tract of land?
To people with addictions living in the state of Texas, the answers to these questions really are not critical. These people need care for an addiction, and they might like to get care close to home, but they may not have the energy or the inclination to argue about what place is or is not considered part of Southeast Texas. These people would likely rather get right down to the business of getting better.
This article may help. Here, we have compiled information on the top 25 treatment facilities that are located in or near the southeastern portion of Texas. For people in need, this could work as a shopping list that helps them to find just the right help at just the right time.
These are just 25 of the options open to you. There are many more, depending on your definition of “Southeast Texas.” Know that someone can help you with addiction. You don’t have to do it alone. You just have to ask for help.