Dallas has one of the highest crime rates in the United States. In fact, according to area demographics, the occurrence of violent crime in Dallas is 68 percent higher than the rest of Texas and 86 percent higher than the rest of the United States. In a poll by USA Today, Dallas did not make the list of “The most dangerous cities in America,” however it is considered a major transhipment center for illicit drugs in the United States. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, “Mexican DTOs…use (operational) cells to facilitate the transportation and distribution of drug shipments, primarily marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine, from Dallas/Fort Worth to drug markets across the country.”
Drugs are big business in Dallas, however, with them can come serious charges, fines and incarceration; not to mention addiction and death. Drug crimes can involve a variety of different drugs like marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, prescription drugs, crystal meth, ecstasy, or PCP. The most common charges associated with these drugs are:
“The Police Department is dedicated to serving the people of Dallas and strives to reduce crime and provide a safe city” (Dallas Police Department). Unfortunately, the Dallas PD is dwindling down in size due to retirement, lagging recruitment, and low salaries compared to other cities. According to the Dallas News October, 2016 the Dallas Police Department lost 99 officers to retirement or job relocation.
“The shrinking department is down to 3,252 officers, well below the desired 3,500. The force hopes to hire 449 officers this year to make up for attrition. Council wants police staffing to average three officers per 1,000 residents” (Dallas News). One of the biggest problems that will appear with a shrinking police department is their ability to protect the people from corruption and the potential for drug crimes. Unfortunately, the more drugs that are available in the city, the more people there will be who abuse them and potentially become hooked.
In 2016, there was an increase in homicides and violent crimes (aggravated assault, robberies, murders and sexual assaults). According to Interim Police Chief David Pughes, “the majority of the homicides we’re seeing is home invasions of drug houses.” (Dallas News). Pughes went on to say that “being down 400 officers, it’s spread through the entire department.”
The problem is that crimes are often the direct result of a drug addiction; instead of being treated like they are sick, people suffering from addiction are treated like criminals and might not get the treatment they need. This drug/crime calamity can be a very difficult situation for the government, law enforcement and prisons. With over 142,000 inmates, about 92 percent of which are men (Texas Tribune), Texas has the largest prison population in the United States and three of those prisons are in Dallas County.
There are an estimated 16,389 people in Texas prisons for Driving While Intoxicated (3rd offense) and they are serving anywhere from 5 to 20 year sentences or more. Marijuana, heroin and cocaine are also a major cause for concern in Dallas penitentiaries, because people commit crimes that, in the end, are a direct result of drugs. “Abusers of crack cocaine and ice methamphetamine frequently commit assaults and shootings to protect their drug operations; they also commit home invasions and robberies to support their drug addictions” (National Drug Intelligence Center).
Governor Rick Perry has made a major impact on drug trafficking, substance addiction and treatment in Texas. In 2011, Governor Perry said, “We should continue our investment in border security because the threat of cross-border violence has only grown, as the drug wars escalate. I don’t raise the issue of border security as a criticism of our neighbors to the south, but to show our resolve and unity in the struggle, as they deal with a wave of violence unlike anything outside of the world’s war zones”.
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With drug shipments growing larger, the number of people suffering from addictions is also on the rise in Dallas. Unfortunately, instead of being treated for diseases, they are sanctioned for crimes. It is important to remember that substance use disorders and alcoholism are mental disorders and diseases. Even though a person will do tragic things, and sometimes even put others in danger in order to fuel an addiction, they are sick and need help.
Oftentimes, a person suffering from an addiction started using drugs or alcohol to cope with a mental disorder or to deal with loss. Over a prolonged period of use, they begin to crave their drug of choice as you might crave food or water–their brain tells them that they need it for survival. If a person you love is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, don’t give up on them, you might be the only person they have right now.
Addictions are as unique as the city they happen in. Treatments are unique as well and even if one type of treatment worked for one person, it might not work for another. The same goes for a person’s drug of choice; a person might not be able to stop drinking on their own, while another person might be suffering from a serious heroin problem.
Each person’s addiction is different, and therefore, the method of treatment is likely to be different as well. Although most treatment programs will start with a professionally monitored detoxification, some of the other addiction treatment methods are:
Dallas is a mega city with major drug abuse and crime. With drug abuse comes addiction, but that doesn’t have to be the last stop. With our combined efforts, treating addiction in Dallas can lower the crime rate and make it a safer place to live. Dallas can a beautiful city to call home and grow both mentally and spiritually, but it’s hard to see the good when so many people are suffering from the consequences of drugs and alcohol. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that a person suffering from addiction is sick. Without proper treatment and intervention, a person might not be able to see that there is a problem and continue to live with a drug or alcohol induced obsession.
Whether a person approaches recovery with a family therapy approach, a 12-Step approach, or an adventure therapy approach–any addiction treatment is better than no treatment at all.
At Treehouse Rehab, we’re here to help you find the road to recovery and start your journey towards a healthy, balanced and sober life. Contact Us today at 1-866-332-7439 to speak to our compassionate and loving staff.
Together, we can free ourselves from addiction!