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In Alaska and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in Alaska believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten Alaska families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in Alaska who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Rehabs to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Alaska must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across Alaska, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehab Facilities for illegal street drugs available in Alaska. The differences between the Drug Rehab Centers can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehabilitation Facility is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Treatment Program option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right Alaska Drug Rehab for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Rehabilitation Center in Alaska will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Treatment Program. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehab Program without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehabilitation Center that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehabilitation Facility in Alaska, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Rehab should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Rehabilitation Centers for illegal street drugs in Alaska:

  • Alaska Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehabs or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • Alaska Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Treatment Programs are often scheduled around work or school.
  • Alaska Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehab Center for illegal street drugs in Alaska. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • Alaska Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • Alaska Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • Alaska Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Rehab Program while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Alaska Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in Alaska:
  • ASAP Counseling Center
    ASAP Counseling Center is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 724 Postal Service Loop 1025 JBER, AK. 99505.
    ASAP Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 907-384-3834.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Hope Community Resources
    Hope Community Resources is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 540 West International Airport Road Anchorage, AK. 99518.
    Hope Community Resources can be contacted by calling 907-561-5335.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Womens and Childrens Center for
    Womens and Childrens Center for is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1027 Evergreen Street Fairbanks, AK. 99709.
    Womens and Childrens Center for can be contacted by calling 907-451-8164.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Court Appointed Services, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Alaska Youth and Family Network
    Alaska Youth and Family Network is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 740 Communications Avenue Anchorage, AK. 99503.
    Alaska Youth and Family Network can be contacted by calling 907-770-4979.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • North Star DeBarr RTC
    North Star DeBarr RTC is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 1500 Debarr Circle Anchorage, AK. 99508.
    North Star DeBarr RTC can be contacted by calling 907-865-7100.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services
  • McCann Treatment Center
    McCann Treatment Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 5016 Noel Polty Boulevard Bethel, AK. 99559.
    McCann Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 907-543-6800.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, American Indian and Alaska Native Languages
  • Seaview Community Services
    Seaview Community Services is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 302 Railway Avenue Seward, AK. 99664.
    Seaview Community Services can be contacted by calling 907-224-5257 x1041.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Denali Family Services
    Denali Family Services is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 6401 A Street Anchorage, AK. 99518.
    Denali Family Services can be contacted by calling 907-274-8281.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Alaska Native Medical Center
    Alaska Native Medical Center is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 4320 Diplomacy Drive Anchorage, AK. 99508.
    Alaska Native Medical Center can be contacted by calling 907-729-2500.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Summit of North Star Behavioral Health
    Summit of North Star Behavioral Health is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at Mile 2.5 Clark Wolverine Road Palmer, AK. 99645.
    Summit of North Star Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 907-761-7403.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Co Occurring Disorders Institute Inc
    Co Occurring Disorders Institute Inc is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 11921 East Palmer Wasilla Highway Palmer, AK. 99645.
    Co Occurring Disorders Institute Inc can be contacted by calling 907-745-2634.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Hope Counseling Center
    Hope Counseling Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 926 Aspen Street Fairbanks, AK. 99709.
    Hope Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 907-451-8208.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, DUI Clients
  • NSB Department of Health/Social Servs
    NSB Department of Health/Social Servs is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 5200 Karluk Street Barrow, AK. 99723.
    NSB Department of Health/Social Servs can be contacted by calling 907-852-0366.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, American Indian and Alaska Native Languages, Spanish Speaking
  • Community Connections
    Community Connections is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1800 CK Highway Craig, AK. 99921.
    Community Connections can be contacted by calling 907-826-3891.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Akeela Inc
    Akeela Inc is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 360 West Benson Boulevard Anchorage, AK. 99503.
    Akeela Inc can be contacted by calling 907-433-7080.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Jett Morgan Treatment Services LLC
    Jett Morgan Treatment Services LLC is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 400 West Tudor Road Anchorage, AK. 99503.
    Jett Morgan Treatment Services LLC can be contacted by calling 907-677-7709.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services, Spanish Speaking
  • Fairbanks Native Association
    Fairbanks Native Association is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 3100 South Cushman Street Fairbanks, AK. 99709.
    Fairbanks Native Association can be contacted by calling 907-451-8164.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Residential Beds for Teens
  • Timberline House
    Timberline House is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1962 Lemon Creek Road Juneau, AK. 99801.
    Timberline House can be contacted by calling 907-463-6880.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Rainforest Recovery Center
    Rainforest Recovery Center is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 3250 Hospital Drive Juneau, AK. 99801.
    Rainforest Recovery Center can be contacted by calling 907-796-8690.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males
  • Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc
    Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 3406-A Glacier Highway Juneau, AK. 99801.
    Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc can be contacted by calling 907-463-3303.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking