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Families are at the heart of our work here at Intervention Helpline. Our professional interventionists and case management counselors have been providing services with heart for more than 10 years now. That’s why we are passionate about traveling to Texas to perform an intervention for your family. We want to address the addiction, drug abuse and mental health issues that you and your loved one are facing.

We believe that family can be the pivotal factor in whether someone decides to undergo addiction treatment, and it all starts with the intervention.

Across Texas, people are suffering from addiction in great numbers. However, only about 14 percent of people afflicted in Texas actually seek treatment. Holding more interventions can begin to bridge that gap.

As part of our services, we offer Texans a spread of options regarding treatment programs and resources for your individualized needs. Choosing the right treatment facility for your loved one will have a significant impact on their recovery.

Look no further to find certified Texas addiction intervention counselors who care about you and your family. We want to help you get your loved one into rehab and choose the right program for him or her.

Learn what to do if your loved one says no to an intervention, as explained by our founder, Mike Loverde, in this one-minute video:

Let us be a resource for you in staging an intervention, choosing a rehab center and having a case manager guide your family from beginning to end of the recovery journey.

To request an intervention in Texas or speak to a certified counselor, contact us now.

Drugs, Alcohol and Rock Bottom in Texas

Here at Intervention Helpline, we know that the ultimate rock bottom of addiction is the day of the user’s death.

Many times, users never hit their rock bottom, or wake-up call, because of their situation, their enablers and other factors. However, as a state, Texas is hitting rock bottom in the sense of her outrageous upswing of alcohol and drug abuse, her overdose death rate and the fallout among her residents and families.

Texas addiction intervention resources are available to your family right now. We are here to prevent further consequences and overdose deaths and save your family from the destruction that trails the wake of addiction. Addiction is treatable.

Yet, if untreated, drug and alcohol abuse threatens all of us. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a significant spike in Texas fatalities from all sorts of drugs. Eighteen years ago, all drug overdose deaths numbered just over 1,000 in the Lone Star State.

The rate has nearly tripled since that time: Texas suffered 2,979 overdose deaths in 2017.

Addiction Statistics Among Texans

According to national data of treatment program admissions in 2017, more than 38,000 Texas residents were admitted for alcohol and substance use disorders. Here is the breakdown of Texans who admitted they had a problem and sought help at a treatment facility:

  • Marijuana took first place with 9,142 admissions.
  • Amphetamines were second with 7,444 admissions.
  • Heroin, high on the list, had 6,165 admissions.
  • Alcoholism was accountable for 5,357.
  • Alcohol plus a secondary drug affected 4,329 Texans.
  • Opiates other than heroin sent 1,793 to treatment.

Cocaine and meth are the leading culprits among life-ending substances in Texas. While the state is working on increasing awareness of all drug overdose deaths, some say we’re losing the fight.

Overdose deaths reported in 2016:

  • 584 were attributed to cocaine – almost twice as many as in 1999.
  • 577 were attributed to meth.
  • 530 were caused by heroin.
  • 501 deaths were credited to painkillers.
  • 250 were caused by synthetic opioids – a noticeable increase from 49 in 1999.

Approximately 1.9 million residents in Texas abuse or are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. Despite the high number of addiction cases, only about 130,000 Texans enter a rehabilitation program each year.

The Impact of Opioids in Texas

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. But when it comes to the national opioid crisis, that’s one thing we don’t want to be bigger. Sadly, the epidemic of opioid use has seen overdose deaths spiking of late.

Federal statistics highlighting the country’s deadly opioid crisis show the number of Texans who die from drug overdose has tripled over the past 18 years. However, from 2010 to 2015, the annual number of opioid-involved accidental poisoning deaths statewide stayed fairly consistent:

  • 2015: 1,174 overdose deaths
  • 2014: 1,040 overdose deaths
  • 2013: 966 overdose deaths
  • 2012: 1,016 overdose deaths
  • 2011: 1,070 overdose deaths
  • 2010: 1,027 overdose deaths

The most worrying aspect is that the 2015 tally, the latest year for which data is available by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is the largest yet. And, it appears to grow even further in 2016, according to a different data set.

When it comes to the categories for the kind of substances that are increasingly harming residents, the primary category is “any opioid,” and the second-leading category is “commonly prescribed opioids.”

Although the Lone Star State historically has not been considered the center of opioid use, the landscape is changing with the advent of fentanyl in the drug supply. This synthetic opioid, 50 times more powerful than heroin, can surprise unaware users. Fentanyl is often cut or mixed with other drugs, as well as sold separately.

Synthetic opioids are the newest growing threat for drug overdose and death in Texas, according to the CDC.

Additional Texas Opioid-Related Statistics:

  • The number of heroin-related deaths and synthetic opioid fatalities has steadily increased each year since 2010.
  • In 2015, Texas health care providers wrote a staggering 58 painkiller prescriptions per 100 residents.
  • The combined total of overdose deaths related to opioids was 1,375 in 2016.
  • In 2014, an estimated 77,896 Texans were living with HIV that was attributed to infection from injected drug use.
  • In 2014, an estimated 368,000 Texans were living with hepatitis C that was attributed to injected drug use.

Texas Drug Facts by County

In 2017, 56 people died of fentanyl overdose in Harris County. This number is a striking comparison to only nine in 2012.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has released Texas’s 2016 statistics on deaths due to drug poisoning. The 10 Texas counties with the highest counts of drug poisoning deaths (and their corresponding rate per 100,000 residents) are:

  • Harris County: 1,200 deaths (mortality rate of 9)
  • Dallas County: 852 deaths (mortality rate of 11)
  • Bexar County: 575 deaths (mortality rate of 11)
  • Tarrant County: 527 deaths (mortality rate of 9)
  • Travis County: 423 deaths (mortality rate of 13)
  • El Paso County: 210 deaths (mortality rate of 8)
  • Collin County: 196 deaths (mortality rate of 8)
  • Nueces County: 179 (mortality rate of 17)
  • Denton County: 155 deaths (mortality rate of 7)
  • Montgomery County: 137 deaths (mortality rate of 9)

The county with the highest drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 people was Llano County with 28, which was higher than its overall number of such deaths (16), due to its population of fewer than 20,000.

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Page Sources:
https://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/quicklink/TX17.htm
http://healthdata.dshs.texas.gov/Opioids/Deaths
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-deaths-from-drug-overdoses-spiking-13167246.php
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/texas-opioid-summary
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