Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers in New Mexico

Given the fact that New Mexico is one of the biggest American states, it comes as no surprise that substance abuse and addiction are common problems that affect many of its residents.

Addiction in New Mexico

According to research studies, more than 500 people lost their life as a result of suffering a drug overdose in this state in 2015. In 2010, however, over 10,000 people checked into an addiction treatment program for help with their substance abuse. Of this number, 65.8 percent were male while the remaining 32.8 percent were female.

For several years now, the state has had a fairly constant number of drug rehab programs. Among them, about 10 provide opioid treatment services while an additional 31 provide residential/inpatient drug rehab services.

Even so, substance abuse problems continue plaguing the state of New Mexico. Between 2007 and 2008, for example, it was ranked among the first states for the rates of illicit drug use by people aged between 12 and 17 years.

In 2009, the States in Brief Report showed that there had been a doubling in the total number of people who received dual diagnosis treatment in New Mexico while struggling with both addiction and a co-occurring medical or mental health disorder since the last report released in 1992.

According to the NSDUH - the National Survey of Drug Use and Health - for 2006, the state experienced high rates of alcohol and drug abuse. These rates were similar or higher than similar rates at the national level.

The Department of Human Services in New Mexico also reported that over 25,000 of the residents of this state were struggling with an opioid use disorder involving heroin and other prescription opioids.

Other commonly abused substances in the state include:

  • PCP
  • Opioids
  • Methamphetamines
  • Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens
  • Ecstasy
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Alcohol

The state also reported that it lost a total of 471 lives as a direct result of drug or alcohol abuse in 2007 alone. The same year, New Mexico saw a relatively low number of drug seizures and arrests involving methamphetamine. However, there was a simultaneously higher number of seizures involving marijuana and cocaine.

The year before in 2006, a total of 34 meth labs were seized in the state. This was a significant reduction because it made 188 meth lab seizures in 2003. During the same period, 556 arrests were made for a drug violation in New Mexico.

Addiction Treatment in New Mexico

Today, the state has many addiction treatment programs designed to help people overcome their substance use disorders. It also has prevention programs that are targeted at a reduction of the drug crisis plaguing local citizens.

Getting Help

If you suspect that you have a drug or alcohol related problem in this state, you should seek help from a professional addiction recovery program. You can also get help and advice in emergency situations involving these substances from the following hotlines:

  • The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (or NMCAL): 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474) or 1-855-227-5485
  • New Mexico Department of Health: 1-800-QUIT NOW, 1-800-784-8669, or 1-877-777-6534
  • Delphi Health Group Drug Recovery: (888)-329-1092
  • Crisis Response of Santa Fe: (888) 920-6333
  • Agora Crisis Center: 1-866-HELP-1-NM or 1-866-435-7166
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