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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 Rehab Facilities 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 Rehabilitation Centers 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 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 Center 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 Facility 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 Treatment Center 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 Program. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehabilitation Facility without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehabilitation Program that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehab Facility 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 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 Rehab Facilities 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 Rehab 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 Facility 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 Rehabilitation Program 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:
  • TW Ponessa and Associates
    TW Ponessa and Associates is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 410 North Prince Lancaster, PA. 17603.
    TW Ponessa and Associates can be contacted by calling 717-560-7917.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital
    Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital is a Drug Rehab that is located at 7170 Lafayette Avenue Fort Washington, PA. 19034.
    Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital can be contacted by calling 215-641-5300.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Sacred Heart Hospital
    Sacred Heart Hospital is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 421 West Chew Street Allentown, PA. 18102.
    Sacred Heart Hospital can be contacted by calling 610-776-4500.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services, Spanish Speaking
  • Recovering Adolescents and
    Recovering Adolescents and is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 860 Broad Street Emmaus, PA. 18049.
    Recovering Adolescents and can be contacted by calling 610-965-8454.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents
  • MSCF Community Counseling Services
    MSCF Community Counseling Services is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 51 Market Street Bangor, PA. 18013.
    MSCF Community Counseling Services can be contacted by calling 610-588-9109.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • SPHS Behavioral Health
    SPHS Behavioral Health is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 1100 Ligonier Street Latrobe, PA. 15650.
    SPHS Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 724-532-1700.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, DUI Clients
  • Girls Center Psychiatric
    Girls Center Psychiatric is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 77 Shoe House Road York, PA. 17406.
    Girls Center Psychiatric can be contacted by calling 717-755-1033.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services
  • Belmont Behavioral Hospital
    Belmont Behavioral Hospital is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 4200 Monument Road Philadelphia, PA. 19131.
    Belmont Behavioral Hospital can be contacted by calling 844-603-9030.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services
  • Friendship Ridge LTSR
    Friendship Ridge LTSR is a Drug Rehab that is located at 246 Friendship Circle Beaver, PA. 15009.
    Friendship Ridge LTSR can be contacted by calling 724-770-3240.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services
  • Clarion Psychiatric Center
    Clarion Psychiatric Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 2 Hospital Drive Clarion, PA. 16214.
    Clarion Psychiatric Center can be contacted by calling 814-226-9545.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Spanish Speaking
  • Coatsville VAMC Spring City
    Coatsville VAMC Spring City is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 11 Independence Drive Spring City, PA. 19475.
    Coatsville VAMC Spring City can be contacted by calling 610-383-0239.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Cole Memorial Hospital
    Cole Memorial Hospital is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 1001 East Second Street Coudersport, PA. 16915.
    Cole Memorial Hospital can be contacted by calling 814-260-5225 x1518.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Butler Regional Recovery Program
    Butler Regional Recovery Program is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 216 North Washington Street Butler, PA. 16001.
    Butler Regional Recovery Program can be contacted by calling 724-284-4894.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Marworth
    Marworth is a Drug Rehab that is located at Lily Lake Road Waverly, PA. 18471.
    Marworth can be contacted by calling 570-563-1112 x301.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Consortium Inc
    Consortium Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 5501 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA. 19139.
    Consortium Inc can be contacted by calling 215-748-8400.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Adolescent Transitions
    Adolescent Transitions is a Drug Rehab Facility 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
  • Gateway Rehab
    Gateway Rehab is a Drug Rehab that is located at 1215 7th Avenue Beaver Falls, PA. 15010.
    Gateway Rehab can be contacted by calling 724-846-6145 x2130.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Males, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Redco Group Behav Health Services
    Redco Group Behav Health Services is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 10 Buist Road Milford, PA. 18337.
    Redco Group Behav Health Services can be contacted by calling 570-296-1138.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Behavioral Analysis and
    Behavioral Analysis and is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 183 Old Belmont Avenue Bala Cynwyd, PA. 19004.
    Behavioral Analysis and can be contacted by calling 610-664-6200.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Wellspan Behavioral Health
    Wellspan Behavioral Health is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 3550 Concord Road York, PA. 17402.
    Wellspan Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 717-851-6340.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking