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Substance Abuse Stats in Arlington, VA

What do you know about the drug epidemic in Arlington? You can start with these substance abuse stats in Arlington, including: 

  • There were 85 opioid incidents in 2019, not counting December
  • In 2018, the National Airport and Four Mile Run areas had the most opioid overdoses
  • Most people affected by opioid overdoses were 25 to 31 years old in 2018 

Like much of Virginia, Arlington is affected by opioid abuse in spades. That includes fentanyl, heroin, and prescription painkillers.

Choosing Between an Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab

Is inpatient or outpatient the right choice for you? That depends on: 

  • Your stability
  • Your drug use history
  • Your health history
  • Your support system
  • Your ability to follow treatment 

If you’re stable and can manage your own care, then outpatient may be a good choice. However, inpatient is the best choice for most clients. It offers stability and care that you can’t match anywhere else. 

Many clients start with inpatient treatment and move to outpatient treatment as they progress. 

How Long Can Treatment at a Rehab Last?

Treatment at rehab should last at least 90 days. It takes three months to unlearn the patterns that you learned during your time using drugs. 

When you leave rehab early, you put yourself at risk for relapse. Stay in rehab as long as you can. In fact, stay even longer than three months if you can. 

For opioid treatment using medications, you should go to treatment for at least a year. That includes the use of Suboxone treatment. 

What to Expect at Rehab

At rehab, you should expect to have some say in your treatments. A good rehab builds the treatment plan to meet your needs. 

The most cutting-edge choices include

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: CBT shows you what’s going on in your own head so you can understand your triggers. 
  • Dialectical behavior therapy: This kind of therapy teaches you to use mindfulness as a coping technique (instead of drugs). 
  • Group therapy: Recovery is lonely, but group therapy can help keep you afloat. 

When Would You Need to Go to Detox?

If your care team asks you to go to detox, you need to go. Starting treatment without detox can derail your recovery before it starts. 

You need to go to detox if you: 

  • Are addicted or dependent
  • Can’t stop using drugs on your own
  • Had problems but keep using drugs anyway
  • Have failed to quit using drugs before 

Detox is a support system for this important part of recovery. A treatment center isn’t set up to help you through detox. 

How Long is Detox?

Detox lasts from three to 21 days depending on the type of drug. Besides the drug itself, other factors that affect detox length include: 

  • How long you’ve used the drug 
  • Other drugs you use
  • Your health and metabolism 

It’s hard to predict how your health and metabolism can affect detox length. Still, your care team can predict the length of detox from knowing your drug use history. 


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