The state of Nebraska houses a sizable population of alcoholics and marijuana abusers. It’s also the site of a thriving domestic methamphetamine industry where clandestine laboratories cook up limited amounts of high-potency product for sale and/or personal consumption. Alcohol and drug detox facilities have been developed in the state’s major cities such as Lincoln and Omaha-as well as throughout the rest of the state-to address the physical ramifications of residents’ substance abuse problems. The process by which lingering chemicals are expelled from the body, detox is a critical step in the addiction recovery process and a key element of the successful completion of subsequent rehab. Over the past three years, over 200,000 Nebraska residents needed help with their substance abuse problem, but never sought alcohol or drug detox. Don’t let yourself or your loved one become one of these numbers.
The comparatively limited number of drug detox programs mandates that patients choose a quality facility. These programs can be found mostly in the state’s major cities, and place patients’ comfort and safety among their highest priorities. Detox often sets the tone for the rest of the patient’s substance abuse treatment experience, and should be handled with the utmost care. Patients who think they can detox by themselves are risking pain and illness from withdrawal, a large portion of which can be eliminated with the help of a qualified detox professional. Symptoms of drug withdrawal vary according to the type and severity of the situation, but tend to include muscle and joint pain, insomnia, aggression, irritability, upset stomach, and much more.
The rising number of Nebraska’s underage alcohol abusers (over 90,000 as of 2011) has made alcohol detox one of the most essential addiction care services in the state. Juvenile alcohol abusers ages 12-20 accounted for 62% percent of all Nebraska’s addiction care treatment admissions in 2010. Many of the state’s younger residents who abuse alcohol can complete alcohol detox and completely reverse the course of their drinking. If they wait too long, their problem is likely to escalate into one of dependency, and wreak havoc on their physical, emotional and social welfare. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are best managed by a detox professional and include: anxiety and irritability, upset stomach, extreme headaches, tremors, and delusions, among others.
Nebraska, like most other states in the US, continues to battle an alarming prescription drug problem that spans all age groups and cultures. OxyContin, Vicodin and Ritalin continue to be the state’s most popular illegally diverted prescriptions. Common contributors to the development and nurturing of prescription drug dependency include dishonest doctors, unregulated Internet sales, theft, and misuse of a legitimate supply. Symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal include severe joint and muscle inflammation, upset stomach, aggression, mood-swings, etc. Currently over 70,000 Nebraska residents admit to abusing prescription drugs for recreational purposes.
Methamphetamine is by far the most serious and alarming street drug threat facing Nebraska residents. So named for their illicit nature and availability on the streets, street drugs also include cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy-all of which are available in Nebraska. Because these drugs are not meant to be put in your system under any circumstances, the body has to rapidly adapt to their presence, and grows dependent on them very quickly making withdrawal an often sickening and painful experience. Street drug detox controls the withdrawal process and allows patients to detox in a safe and comfortable environment. This is preferable to a life of untreated street drug abuse where withdrawal is a consistent and worsening reality.