There are several options for substance abuse treatment in Pennsylvania 15203. This area code is part of the Pennsylvania Southwest, which has one of the highest addiction rates in the nation. But this area is also at the forefront of the healing effort.
Who Suffers from Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse treatment is especially important for the parents of children. Children who have parents with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) are much more likely to have academic and social problems in school. A total of 12.3% of children have at least one parent with an SUD.
Children who have at least one parent with an SUD are more likely to have a mental disorder, develop an SUD themselves, and/or develop behavioral disorders. These problems can cause a child to decide to drop out of school earlier or in some cases commit a crime. Pittsburgh and Southwest Pennsylvania, in general, is a hub for the drug epidemic. We have overdose rates double the national average here.
What About Those Who Suffer From Alcohol Abuse?
The numbers for parents with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) are even higher. Children who have one or more parent with an AUD are more likely to not only be the victim of abuse and neglect, but they are more likely to develop anxiety disorders, depression, have trouble functioning in school, and they are four times more likely to develop an AUD themselves.
What Can I Do?
If you know someone who is struggling with a substance use problem, is important to get your loved one to a treatment facility. There are four treatment facilities in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. It’s important to do research and find which one offers the best treatment options and programs for you or your loved one.
Who Should Enter Drug Rehabilitation?
You might be the parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend of a person with an SUD or AUD. It is important to help them find a rehabilitation center that can help them as soon as possible. The damage done to the children of someone who is addicted to substances is astounding. Not only are they at high risk for abuse and neglect, but their parents could overdose, leaving them in the foster care system.
There are about 13,000 to 15,000 children currently in Pennsylvania living in the foster care system. There were 400,000 to 500,00 children in the foster care system in the United States as a whole as of 2013. While these numbers might not seem very convincing because they are older, please remember it does take a significant amount of time to gather the data needed for these statistics and even longer to process it into usable numbers. Another number, like the United States Census, is only taken every ten years.
What Happens the Children Who Are Taken Away Because Their Parents Abuse Drugs When They Turn 18?
The 1,000 children who “age out” of the Pennsylvania foster system often have trouble finding jobs, often experience homelessness, and struggle in general because they are starting in the world with very few resources. Aging out is when a child turns 18 and is ineligible to stay in the foster care system. Many of them have few to no financial resources and many do not have the coaching necessary to succeed in life. In 2010 the number of children admitted into the foster care system spiked by 19% thanks to the opioid epidemic and opioid-addicted parents in general.
What Addiction Treatment Centers are Available in 15203 Pennsylvania?
There are four drug rehabilitation centers in the Pittsburg, PA 15203 area. These centers all offer hope for recovery. Some specialize in chemical dependency but do not offer alcoholism treatment.
Another focuses on behavior. Usually, this means that it is a dual diagnosis center and that its focus is on helping people overcome the mental disorders that brought them to abuse drugs. If someone does not have co-occurring disorders this might not be the right treatment for them.
It’s important to find a treatment facility that offers both chemical and alcohol rehabilitation. Usually, these centers are the ones that best meet the recovery needs of clients. After all, alcohol and drugs are often used together.
How Do I Find Support After My Healing Journey?
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a good resource for people who have completed both detoxification, residential treatment, and/or outpatient treatment. There are many good AA groups. Finding one that best works for you and fills your needs is important. You can find a list of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania AA groups here. Some meetings local to Pittsburgh are:
Bear in mind that AA only deals with alcohol addiction. For a group that offers support for drug addiction, you should find a Narcotics Anonymous.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is much like AA except NA is focused on people who suffered from drug addiction. The list of NA groups is just as extensive as the number of AA groups. A full list is here. Some meeting include:
13 Pride Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-5139
Pressley Street High Rise Residential Council
601 Pressley Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5654
How Can I Protect Myself From Opioid Overdose?
We know that you have heard that addiction does not have to be a lonely road. We also know that it doesn’t always feel that way. Until you decide to get help we suggest that you carry the life-saving drug Narcan with you.
The Pennsylvania Physician General has issued a standing order for Narcan. This means that Narcan is available over the counter at most pharmacies. If the pharmacy stocks Narcan you do not need a prescription to buy it. Narcan is a nasal spray used to reverse an opioid overdose. It can save your life if you overdose.
Is There a Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburg that Combines Alcohol Treatment, Drug Treatment, and Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
DreamLife Recovery is a dual diagnosis center. This means that we can help people who have both a mental disorder and a substance and/or alcohol use disorder. If you have co-occurring disorders like PTSD and alcoholism, we can help you. No other clinic in the 15203 area code provides all of these options.
We hope that you will look at our program at DreamLife Recovery. Our treatment center is a state of the art facility that combines the latest modern medicine with holistic practices like equine therapy to achieve and prepare a patient for lasting recovery.
Please contact us the begin your healing journey: https://dreamliferecovery.com/contact-us/
Or by calling us at: (844) 402-3592