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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 Rehabilitation Facilities 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 Centers for illegal street drugs available in Alaska. The differences between the Drug Rehabilitation Centers can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehab Center 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 Rehabilitation Facility 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 Center 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 Program 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 Facility without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehab that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehabilitation Center 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 Treatment Center 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 Treatment Programs 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 Rehabilitation Centers 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 Rehabilitation 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 Treatment 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:
  • Hats of Wisdom
    Hats of Wisdom is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 2665 Richardson Highway Delta Junction, AK. 99737.
    Hats of Wisdom can be contacted by calling 907-803-7022.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, DUI Clients
  • Akeela Women and Families Programs
    Akeela Women and Families Programs is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 360 West Benson Boulevard Anchorage, AK. 99503.
    Akeela Women and Families Programs can be contacted by calling 907-433-7080.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males
  • Sitka Counseling and Prevention Servs
    Sitka Counseling and Prevention Servs is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 113 Metlakatla Street Sitka, AK. 99835.
    Sitka Counseling and Prevention Servs can be contacted by calling 907-747-3636.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services
  • Chugachmiut Inc
    Chugachmiut Inc is a Drug Rehab that is located at 1840 Bragaw Street Anchorage, AK. 99508.
    Chugachmiut Inc can be contacted by calling 907-562-4155 x143.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Discovery Cove Recovery and
    Discovery Cove Recovery and is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 2975 Mill Bay Road Kodiak, AK. 99615.
    Discovery Cove Recovery and can be contacted by calling 907-694-5550.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Graf Rheeneenhaanjii
    Graf Rheeneenhaanjii is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 2550 Lawlor Road Fairbanks, AK. 99709.
    Graf Rheeneenhaanjii can be contacted by calling 907-455-4725.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Services for Teens and Adolescents
  • Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc
    Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc is a Drug Treatment Center 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
  • Norton Sound Health Corporation
    Norton Sound Health Corporation is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 306 West 5th Avenue Nome, AK. 99762.
    Norton Sound Health Corporation can be contacted by calling 907-443-3344.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • North Slope Borough
    North Slope Borough is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 5200 Karluk Street Barrow, AK. 99723.
    North Slope Borough can be contacted by calling 907-852-0366.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, American Indian and Alaska Native Languages, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Daybreak Inc
    Daybreak Inc is a Drug Rehab that is located at 550 South Alaska Street Palmer, AK. 99645.
    Daybreak Inc can be contacted by calling 907-746-6019.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Turning Point Counseling Services
    Turning Point Counseling Services is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 315 5th Avenue Fairbanks, AK. 99701.
    Turning Point Counseling Services can be contacted by calling 907-374-7776.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents
  • Seaview Community Services
    Seaview Community Services is a Drug Rehabilitation 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
  • National Council on Alc and Drug Dep
    National Council on Alc and Drug Dep is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 211 4th Street Juneau, AK. 99801.
    National Council on Alc and Drug Dep can be contacted by calling 907-463-3755.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Wasilla Behavioral Health Services
    Wasilla Behavioral Health Services is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 301 East Danna Avenue Wasilla, AK. 99654.
    Wasilla Behavioral Health Services can be contacted by calling 907-357-7519.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Copper River Native Association
    Copper River Native Association is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at Mile 111.5 Old Richardson Highway Copper Center, AK. 99573.
    Copper River Native Association can be contacted by calling 907-822-5241 x254.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • IAA Project Special Delivery
    IAA Project Special Delivery is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 710 3rd Avenue Fairbanks, AK. 99701.
    IAA Project Special Delivery can be contacted by calling 907-452-4222 x115.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Females
  • Four Directions Outpatient Trt Center
    Four Directions Outpatient Trt Center is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 4155 Tudor Centre Drive Anchorage, AK. 99508.
    Four Directions Outpatient Trt Center can be contacted by calling 907-729-6300.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Akeela Gateway Ctr for Human Services
    Akeela Gateway Ctr for Human Services is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 3050 5th Avenue Ketchikan, AK. 99901.
    Akeela Gateway Ctr for Human Services can be contacted by calling 907-225-4135.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Petersburg Mental Health Services Inc
    Petersburg Mental Health Services Inc is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 201 North Nordic Drive Petersburg, AK. 99833.
    Petersburg Mental Health Services Inc can be contacted by calling 907-772-3332.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, DUI Clients
  • North Star DeBarr Hospital
    North Star DeBarr Hospital is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 2530 DeBarr Road Anchorage, AK. 99508.
    North Star DeBarr Hospital can be contacted by calling 907-258-7575.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired