were the number one reason individuals sought treatment in 2010.

Drug-Induced Deaths: As a direct consequence of drug use, 161 persons died in Maine in 2007. This is compared to the number of persons who died from motor vehicle accidents (198) in the same year.

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A recent report from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that since 1998, Mainers have consistently sought treatment for addiction to non-heroin opiates — such as the popular painkiller OxyContin — at rates significantly higher than in other states or the nation as a whole.

The use of prescription narcotics such as OxyContin has increased at an alarming rate. The situation has become so grave that there have been several state, federal and community initiatives to restrict such abuse. A study was carried out in April 2009 and it showed that in 2008 as many as 14% of people between the ages of 18 and 25 took painkillers for purposes that were non-medical. The problem was more serious among teenagers as compared to those who are 20 or older.

Drug and alcohol treatment centers are available across the state of Maine, and it is simply a matter of finding the appropriate program for you. Some programs offer detox, followed by an inpatient Maine drug rehabilitation program.  Others may just offer an Intensive Outpatient Program.  It is really important to evaluate the merits of each center before committing to any one program. Not all rehab centers are created equal. 

Call us today to learn more about the variety of addiction treatment centers in Maine. Our addiction specialists will guide in toward the best programs for you.  

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