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In Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Treatment Centers to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Pennsylvania must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

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

When considering a Drug Rehab in Pennsylvania, 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 Facility 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 Rehab Centers for illegal street drugs in Pennsylvania:

  • Pennsylvania Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehab 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.
  • Pennsylvania 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.
  • Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. 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.
  • Pennsylvania 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.
  • Pennsylvania 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.
  • Pennsylvania Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Rehab Facility while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania:
  • Chartiers Community MH/MR Center Inc
    Chartiers Community MH/MR Center Inc is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 337 Hickory Grade Road Bridgeville, PA. 15017.
    Chartiers Community MH/MR Center Inc can be contacted by calling 412-257-9340.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Drug Rehab - Day Treatment Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Crossroads Inc
    Crossroads Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 1873 Shumway Road Wellsboro, PA. 16901.
    Crossroads Inc can be contacted by calling 570-948-9111.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • KidsPeace Broadway Campus
    KidsPeace Broadway Campus is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1650 Broadway Bethlehem, PA. 18015.
    KidsPeace Broadway Campus can be contacted by calling 610-799-8600.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Spanish Speaking
  • Dunmore Comprehensive Treatment Center
    Dunmore Comprehensive Treatment Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 118 Monahan Avenue Scranton, PA. 18512.
    Dunmore Comprehensive Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 888-615-7943.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Redco Group Behav Health Servs
    Redco Group Behav Health Servs is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 16 South Centre Street Pottsville, PA. 17901.
    Redco Group Behav Health Servs can be contacted by calling 570-628-5234.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Human Services Center
    Human Services Center is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 130 West North Street New Castle, PA. 16101.
    Human Services Center can be contacted by calling 724-658-3578 x106.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • JEVS Human Services
    JEVS Human Services is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 9350 Ashton Road Philadelphia, PA. 19114.
    JEVS Human Services can be contacted by calling 267-350-8600 x8630.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Carson Valley Childrens Aid
    Carson Valley Childrens Aid is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 1419 Bethlehem Pike Flourtown, PA. 19031.
    Carson Valley Childrens Aid can be contacted by calling 215-233-1960 x315.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services
  • Teen Challenge of Western Pennsylvania
    Teen Challenge of Western Pennsylvania is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 220 Challenge Lane Rural Ridge, PA. 15075.
    Teen Challenge of Western Pennsylvania can be contacted by calling 724-265-4100.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse
  • Treatment Trends Inc
    Treatment Trends Inc is a Drug Rehab that is located at 18-22 South 6th Street Allentown, PA. 18101.
    Treatment Trends Inc can be contacted by calling 610-439-8479.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Males, Court Appointed Services, Spanish Speaking
  • Community Hospital
    Community Hospital is a Drug Rehab that is located at 2600 West 9th Street Chester, PA. 19013.
    Community Hospital can be contacted by calling 610-497-7700.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab - Day Treatment Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Warren General Hospital
    Warren General Hospital is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 2 Crescent Park West Warren, PA. 16365.
    Warren General Hospital can be contacted by calling 814-723-4973.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • The Childrens Institute of Pittburgh
    The Childrens Institute of Pittburgh is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 1405 Shady Avenue Pittsburgh, PA. 15217.
    The Childrens Institute of Pittburgh can be contacted by calling 412-420-2400.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services
  • Family ACTS Inc
    Family ACTS Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 837 5th Avenue Ford City, PA. 16226.
    Family ACTS Inc can be contacted by calling 724-763-7600.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services
  • Cornerstone Care
    Cornerstone Care is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 1227 Smith Township State Road Burgettstown, PA. 15021.
    Cornerstone Care can be contacted by calling 724-947-2255.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Penn State Milition S Hershey
    Penn State Milition S Hershey is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 22 NE Drive Hershey, PA. 17033.
    Penn State Milition S Hershey can be contacted by calling 717-531-6237.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Adolescent Transitions
    Adolescent Transitions is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 1255 South Cedar Crest Boulevard Allentown, PA. 18103.
    Adolescent Transitions can be contacted by calling 610-402-5930.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Drug Rehab - Day Treatment Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Cove Forge Renewal Center at Johnstown
    Cove Forge Renewal Center at Johnstown is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 624 Broad Street Johnstown, PA. 15906.
    Cove Forge Renewal Center at Johnstown can be contacted by calling 814-539-0836 x12.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females
  • Chartiers Center Inc
    Chartiers Center Inc is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 437 Railroad Street Bridgeville, PA. 15017.
    Chartiers Center Inc can be contacted by calling 412-221-3302.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Crossroads Counseling
    Crossroads Counseling is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 501 East 3rd Street Williamsport, PA. 17701.
    Crossroads Counseling can be contacted by calling 800-887-2720.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment