New Mexico is commonly known as the land of the Chihuahua desert. However, just like other United States regions, it has a severe drug and alcohol addiction problem. New Mexico drug overdose rates have increased so much since 2018, and alcoholism continues to grow.
Surveys done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that New Mexico has widespread opioid usage. 65 in every 100 people in the area have prescriptions for a wide variety of opioid drugs. The rate of drug overdose deaths since 2000 has increased by 102%.
New Mexico Attorney General’s office reports that the state has had the highest number of drug overdose deaths since 2008. From 2008-2012, every county in the state had more overdose deaths than any other part of the US. Some counties even had five times the national overdose rate.
The New Mexico Department of Health issued a report detailing that the state lost 890 million in 2007 due to opioid abuse. Nine thousand adolescents aged between 12-17 years misused pain relievers from 2013-2014.
Alcohol usage is also rampant amongst the teens in the state. A 2017 survey indicated that 27% of high school students were already used to drinking alcohol. About 118,000 individuals abused alcohol in the state from 2013-2014.
When alcohol and drug addiction takes control of your life, it is easy to feel powerless. However, you can overcome this vice by seeking professional help to better your chances of sobering up.
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There are a range of websites providing easily accessible information about substance use disorders.
Has free resources and publications, including pamphlets for families where addiction is present, information on family therapy, and what is involved in substance use disorder treatment and a treatment finder tool.
Has provided helpful, easy-to-read drug facts. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also contains information about alcohol and alcohol use disorder.
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.
Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.