Big and small cities often band together against drug trafficking in an attempt to fight against drug crime and abuse. In one case “a total of 10 individuals and associates of the Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos gang are in custody following a coordinated round-up in multiple jurisdictions, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas and U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin Jr. of the Western District of Texas. This three-year investigation focused on drug trafficking and members of the HPL and their associates in the Corpus Christi, Houston and San Antonio areas” (U.S. Attorney’s Office).
There are a lot of drugs smuggled into Texas from Mexico, but some of the most common that Corpus Christi sees are heroin, PCP cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, amphetamine, and crack. Each of these drugs has different modes of transportation, abuse and high associated with them.
Governor Perry also stood up for treating addiction as less of a crime and more of a disease. During his term he signed the Western Governor’s Association Resolution, which meant that:
• Western Governors agree that states, not the federal government, are in the best position to understand the myriad of drug related issues facing their citizens and to initiate and implement drug policy strategies that will combat the substance abuse problems facing their communities.
• Western Governors support effective law enforcement initiatives and behavioral accountability. Partnerships between enforcement and treatment programs (or efforts) need to be strengthened and supported to enable behavioral changes.
• Western Governors recognize the escalating costs of incarceration and welcome effective common sense options within the criminal justice system that result in lessened drug abuse, healthier communities, and decreased criminal activity.
• Western Governors appreciate the unique problems confronting our communities from increased production, distribution and abuse of methamphetamines. The Governors will continue to attack this problem aggressively on several fronts, including enforcement of current criminal laws and expansion of treatment and intervention programs.
• Western Governors support sentencing laws that retain individual accountability for criminal conduct while administering proportional punishments that are fair and just.
• Western Governors support efforts to staunch the proliferation of illegal intravenous drug use. Common sense strategies aimed at protecting communities against discarded and potentially contaminated injection drug paraphernalia should be explored. Furthermore, the Governors encourage reform initiatives that will help and encourage injection drug users to obtain information, treatment, detoxification and social services. (On The Issues)
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Detoxification Comes Before Therapy
Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) can be used especially during the detoxification process to help a person who’s experiencing withdrawals. Like detoxification, a medication-assisted therapy is only meant to be implemented for a short period of time and though recovery lasts a lifetime—detoxification and MAT do not.
“MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug” (SAMHSA).
What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?
What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that every behavior is learned and can therefore be forgotten. Essentially CBT teaches patients to replace negative thoughts with positive ones by understanding why they think a certain way. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often the therapy that’s paired with a medication to treat addiction. CBT can be helpful in treating alcoholism, substance use disorders, depression and other mood disorders like anxiety.
Mindfulness And Stress Management Practices
When a person leaves rehab, whether they’re in Dallas, Corpus Christi, El Paso or anywhere else they’ll most likely be faced with some of the old triggers. Addiction is a disease of relapse, but that’s not a requirement. People often get out of treatment and assume that they’re cured but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Detoxification and rehab are only the beginning of treatment; now recovery will last a lifetime.
Relapse prevention helps a person recognize what his or her triggers are and then figure out how to deal with them. Aftercare is another perk of rehab and oftentimes after a person leaves treatment; their therapist will give them a call to check-up on them; which can be a nice reminder that there are people who care.
The Treehouse is a little over six hours north of Corpus Christi, where holistic treatment meets adventure therapy and mindfulness in nature. Addiction can take over a person’s whole life so it needs to be treated holistically. At The Treehouse we want to help you get your life back.
Contact us today to learn more about drug and alcohol rehab.
Addiction is a disease of the mind, body and spirit—at The Treehouse we want to help you get your life back!