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Drug & Alcohol Abuse in the Lone Star State

State of Addiction in Texas

Substance Abuse in Texas

The state of Texas occupies a unique place in American history, geography, and culture. Three of the top 10 most populous cities in the United States are found within its borders. For a state with so many people, it has one of the lowest opioid overdose rates. In 2017, an estimated 5.1 people per every 100,000 residents died of opioid-related causes—a rate that is significantly lower than the national average of 14.6 deaths per every 100,000 residents.31 However, methamphetamine, cocaine, and abuse of prescription pharmaceuticals such as benzodiazepines remain very problematic in the state.

Texas offers a variety of substance abuse services to help during a crisis involving drugs or alcohol. From emergency first responders to crisis hotlines, Texans have many options for getting help in their state.

Another option for those suffering from opioid addiction is naloxone (Narcan). Having Narcan on hand can help prevent death from opioid overdose. We recommend that everyone takes the time to learn about how to find and use naloxone. If you, a family member, or someone you live with takes opioids as a prescription or abuses them recreationally, please consider accessing naloxone to keep with you in case of emergency.

Texas History of Substance Use

Texas has amassed a variety of history with stories as big as the state. It is the 2nd largest state in the United States and is home to 27.7 million people. It is no wonder that alcohol and drug use has long been an issue in a state larger than any European country. The wide variety of cultures, prosperity, and living conditions make Texas unique when it comes to handling substance use.

For those who are struggling with any type of addiction, there are many treatment options in the state. The landscape of addiction treatment programs in Texas is as vast and diverse as the state itself, providing an equal range of challenges, opportunities, and lessons in the fight against drug abuse.

Substance Abuse Help

In Texas, there are numerous ways to find help when you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, but understanding these options can often be difficult and overwhelming. Many people have questions about how to get sober, costs associated with rehab, and ongoing support. We are here to help with those questions.

Local Events & Education

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We offer a variety of local events, including both in-person and virtual training and support groups.