The United States is a vast country with hundreds of millions of people, hosting a myriad of problems, afflictions, and addictions. But it might surprise you to learn that depending on which part of the country you’re in, you very well could be exposed to a significantly different approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation and treatment. With so many political, educational, and socioeconomic differences from one end of the country to the other, it’s not unreasonable to suspect the substance abuse problems on the east coast may not be the same as those on the west coast.

To give you an idea of this difference, let’s take a look at data collected in 2008 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that compares treatment statistics in Baltimore to that of San Diego:

  • In 2008, approximately 13,600 were admitted in San Diego for substance abuse. This was at the 136 available facilities at the time that offered substance abuse treatment. This included 89 facilities that offered outpatient care, 64 facilities that offered non-hospital residential care, and 3 facilities that offered hospital inpatient care. The most commonly reported primary substance of abuse was Methamphetamine. 8 of the 136 treatment facilities (6%) operated opioid treatment programs. A typical day averaged about 1,930 clients at these OTPs receiving medication-assisted opioid therapy with Methadone or Buprenorphine.
  • In 2008, approximately 25,000 were admitted in Baltimore for substance abuse. This was at the 220 available facilities at the time that offered substance abuse treatment. This included 184 facilities that offered outpatient care, 47 facilities that offered non-hospital residential care, and 9 facilities that offered hospital inpatient care. The most commonly reported primary substance of abuse was Heroin. 44 of the 220 treatment facilities (20%) operated opioid treatment programs. A typical day averaged about 11,776 clients at these OTPs receiving medication-assisted opioid therapy with Methadone or Buprenorphine.

It’s important to note that this data isn’t representative of each coast as a whole in terms of substance abuse – but what it does highlight is a strong geographical variable. Two major American Ports, and yet one city boasts nearly double the treatment admissions, and over 6 times the amount of people receiving medication-assisted therapy. Another interesting statistic to note is that close to 50% of San Diego’s total treatment facilities offered residential care, whereas Baltimore only offered residential care at about 25% of their total facilities.

One approach that has gained much consensus throughout the country lately is Holistic treatment. Usually these centers offer a combination of alternative therapies, residential treatment, relapse prevention, and aftercare services. This approach is popular because it is typically tailored to each individual person and their specific needs, and isn’t affected by geographic variables. Whether you live in Maryland or California, the most important thing to remember when exploring your treatment options is to find the right place for you. If you are looking for treatment options – download our questionnaire: “Choosing the Most Effective Inpatient Addiction Treatment”

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