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The state of Georgia is a southern state which struggles with substance abuse problems that need effective intervention when possible and quality treatment options for residents who need it. Statistics show that 7% of Georgia residents report recent use of some sort of illicit drug, with the drugs of choice in the state being marijuana, stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine, and opiates including heroin and prescription pain killers. The substance abuse problem seems to start very young in the state, with around 30% of Georgia youth ages 12 to 17 reporting having used alcohol at some point in their lives, and 1 in 5 reporting use of at least one of illicit drug. Among adults in Georgia, an estimated 11% have used an illicit drug or a prescription drug for non-medical purposes.
The consequences of drug abuse are stark in Georgia, with prescription drug addiction being a serious problem which has led to drug overdose rates having tripled in the state in the past decade or so. In 2012, records and statistics indicate that nearly 76% of the drug overdoses in the state were a result of prescription drugs. Methamphetamine is also a very serious problem that hasn't seemed to follow the declining trends seen in many other parts of the country, and despite efforts to curb the problem in the state among law enforcement officials, there were 128 meth labs incidents in 2009. This particularly effects youth in the state, which tanks 3rd in the nation for meth users between the ages of 12 and 17.
Georgia does have a very wide variety of treatment options to meet the needs of residents who need help before addiction, and it is important that these options are taken advantage of before it is too late. Inpatient or residential programs in Georgia provide residents with the best chance of experiencing a full recovery, and are far superior in quality and intensity of service than outpatient programs in the state. Unlike outpatient programs, inpatient and residential facilities in Georgia provide clients with the structure and environment that allows them to shift their focus from drugs to the more important things that they need to change in their lives in order to live drug free.