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Addiction Treatment Centers in San Antonio Need More Resources
Addiction treatment centers and drug rehabs in San Antonio need to receive more resources before properly serving all of the people struggling with a substance use disorder in the community, local authorities announced.
By: Addiction Now
The number of people in San Antonio who struggle with a substance use disorder has been increasing in recent years and now it is estimated that at least 12 percent of the city's residents have a chemical addiction, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
In addition to seeing a surge in the consumption of prescription opioids, San Antonio has been particularly affected by the opioid epidemic because the number of illegal drugs regularly seized in its surrounding areas is very high.
Representatives of the Metropolitan Health District at the University of Texas at San Antonio recently held a town hall meeting where they highlighted that substance use disorders don't discriminate and continue to impact distinct types of communities in the area. Consequently, they said, expansions in addiction treatment are absolutely needed.
Local physicians were also present at the meeting and took the opportunity to share their first-hand experiences watching the opioid epidemic unfold in the area. Other attendees used the occasion to call for an increase in federal funding to promote public health as well as substance abuse prevention programs and to allow local addiction treatment centers to have more drug detox specialists.
Steps to stop drug abuse
Besides focusing on increasing resources for addiction treatment centers in the area, representatives of the Texan city are also implementing other measures to locally address the drug abuse problem. They hope to be able to expand access to opioid reversal medications (such as Naloxone) and increase the amount of educational information provided to physicians who prescribe addictive substances such as opioid painkillers.
The San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse — a nonprofit organization that was established in the late 50s to lead alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs and services to spread awareness to almost 80,000 individuals a year in San Antonio and surrounding areas — was awarded a grant from SAMHSA of $600,000.
The federal grant was announced four months ago and will provide $200,000 a year for three years to the nonprofit organization, which in turn, will mobilize resources in and out of the addiction treatment community to increase the quality of support obtained by individuals in recovery.
"It's a privilege and honor to serve our community," said Abigail Moore, the CEO of the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug.
The council also has been supporting community efforts through a program called Project Recovery Texas, which provides services to people who have a substance use disorder throughout the entire state. Some of the services the initiative has been making available include peer-to-peer outreach gatherings as well as public provisional training.