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New Mexico Substance Abuse, Addiction Statistics and Addiction Treatment Options

As substance abuse trends change across the country, so do the substance abuse and addiction trends in the state of New Mexico. Drug abuse and alcoholism rates in New Mexico been higher than the National average for at least the past 35 years. However, with the nationwide rise in mental health issues and addiction rates – much of which can be attributed to the opioid epidemic – the demographics and trends of substance abuse and addiction have changed drastically.

Facts & Stats

New Mexico Addiction Statistics

Drug Overdoses in New Mexico

The most drastic change to New Mexico substance abuse and addiction statistics is seen in the rates of drug overdoses in the state. From the turn of the century, drug overdoses have spread like wildfire across the state of New Mexico, and overdoses – which were previously confined to poorer communities – have crept into every community, regardless of demographics.

Source: New York Times: How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America | January 19, 2016

2016 United States Opioid Overdose Statistics

Source: CDC Drug Overdose Mortality by State: 2016

New Mexico Opioid Overdoses

In the past, New Mexico has seen increases and drops in overdose attributed to meth, synthetic marijuana, cocaine, and nearly every other drug – legal and illicit. In the past 15 years, however, it has been opioid overdoses that have grown exponentially, with no sign of slowing or stopping.

  • 22% of people in New Mexico know someone who has died of a drug overdose, and 54% admit to having a friend or family member with a substance abuse/addiction problem.
  • In 2016, New Mexico had the 12th highest drug overdose rate in the United States, at 25.2 deaths per capita (per 100,000 residents).
    1.) West Virginia (52.0) | 884 Deaths
    2.) Ohio (39.1) | 4,329 Deaths
    3.) New Hampshire (39.0) | 481 Deaths
    4.) Pennsylvania (37.9) | 4,627 Deaths
    5.) Kentucky (33.5) | 1,419 Deaths
    6.) Maryland (33.2) | 2,044 Deaths
    7.) Massachusetts (33.0) | 2,227 Deaths
    8.) Delaware (30.8) | 282 Deaths
    9.) Rhode Island (30.8) | 326 Deaths
    10.) Maine (28.7) | 353 Deaths
    11.) Connecticut (27.4) | 971 Deaths
    12.) New Mexico (25.2) | 500 Deaths 
  • New Mexico’s drug overdose mortality rate in 2014 was twice the National average (New Mexico – 26.4, United States – 14.7)
  • New Mexico’s drug overdose mortality rate in 2016 was 17.5 deaths per 100,000.
  • 547 deaths were blamed on drug overdoses in 2014; more than deaths from firearms, car accidents, and falling deaths.
  • In 2014, New Mexico drug overdose deaths by race were as follows:
    1.) Hispanic-White: 25.8 deaths (per 100,000 residents)
    2.) Non-Hispanic White: 26.2 deaths (per 100,000 residents)
    3.) Black: 15.8 deaths (per 100,000 residents)
    4.) Native American: 11.7 deaths (per 100,000 residents)
  • 70% of all drug overdose deaths in the year 2014 involved opioids or heroin (Opposed to cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs)
  • In 2014 7 people died of opioid overdoses every week
  • Opioid and heroin related deaths in New Mexico increased 95% from 200 to 214 (196 deaths to 382)
  • 78 opioid overdose deaths in 2016 were from synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil.
  • Of 2014 Opioid related deaths, 60% involved prescription opioids (without heroin), 30% involved heroin (without RX drugs), and 10% involved heroin and prescription drugs.
  • The overdose mortality rate in women in New Mexico increased 300% from 2000 to 2014.
New Mexico Alcohol Death Statistics

New Mexico Department of Health

Reflections Recovery: Arizona Men’s Only Opioid and Heroin Rehab for New Mexico Residents

Reflections Recovery Center – based in Prescott, Arizona – has been on the front lines of the battle against the opioid epidemic in Arizona since it first began. Our men’s only opioid and heroin addiction treatment programs have helped countless Arizona families find help for their loved ones struggling with addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, and opioids.

Because our Arizona rehab patients have seen such success with our program – which utilizes a unique approach to long-term heroin recovery – we want to invite New Mexico families to consider our addiction treatment services for their loved ones.
Our opioid rehab programs are dual diagnosis treatment programs that treat co-occurring disorders for heroin and opioid substance abuse and addiction. We offer a full continuum of treatment – from initial detox through aftercare and long-term recovery monitoring – and put a high focus on educating our guests and preparing them for life after rehab.

If your son, brother, husband, or friend is struggling with heroin addiction in New Mexico, we invite you to contact us for an assessment. Reflections Recovery, and our unique opioid rehab program for men can be exactly what your loved one needs to accept treatment and find a way to be comfortable in his own sobriety.

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New Mexico Alcohol Abuse Statistics

New Mexico Department of Health

Alcoholism, binge drinking, alcohol use disorders, and problematic drinking rates in New Mexico have long been higher than the National average. New Mexico has consistently had the highest rates of death due to alcohol-related circumstances in the United States since 1981.

  • Native Americans have the highest rates of alcohol-related deaths out of any ethnicity. Native Americans account for 10% of New Mexico’s population.
  • Alcohol abuse in New Mexico cost residents $2.5 Billion in 2006. That equals $1,230 per resident in the state.
  • Since 1981, New Mexico has consistently had one of the highest alcohol related death rates out of any State in the United States.
  • The leading cause of alcohol-related injury deaths in New Mexico between 2007 and 2011 was due to acute alcohol poisoning.
  • The alcohol-related mortality rate in New Mexico in 2016 was 69.6 deaths per 100,000 residents, more than double the National rate of 32.2 in 2015.
  • 1,254 people were killed in car accidents involving a drunk driver in New Mexico, between 2003 and 2012.
  • Alcohol-related deaths in Catron County, New Mexico between 2012 and 2016 were at 59.7 deaths per 100,000
  • Alcohol-related deaths in McKinley County, New Mexico between 2012 and 2016 were at 135.9 deaths per 100,000 – the second highest rate in New Mexico counties.
  • 6,188 deaths in New Mexico were attributed to alcohol between the years of 2011 and 2015; those deaths by age, sex, and race were as follows:Female Alcohol Related Deaths in New Mexico: 1,869
    Male Alcohol Related Deaths in New Mexico: 4,319
    Alcohol Related Deaths in Whites in New Mexico: 2,281
    Alcohol Related Deaths in Hispanics in New Mexico: 2,586
    Alcohol Related Deaths in Blacks in New Mexico: 90
    Alcohol Related Deaths in Asians/Pacific Islanders in New Mexico: 24
    Alcohol Related Deaths in American Indians in New Mexico: 1,166

     

  • Bernalillo County, NM Alcohol Related Death Rates were the highest in the state (1,883)
  • Rio Arriba County, NM had the highest alcohol mortality rate per capita (144.5 deaths per 100,000).
  • Grant County, NM has the highest alcohol-mortality rate among Native Americans in the state with 245.8 alcohol related deaths per 100,000 residents.
  • Harding County, NM had the lowest rate of alcohol-related deaths in the State (5.9 per 100,000).

Reflections Recovery: Arizona Men’s Only Alcohol Rehab for New Mexico Residents

Reflections Recovery Center’s alcohol treatment programs have consistently been rated as the top treatment programs for alcohol use disorders in the country. Our approach to problematic drinking is evidence based, with a holistic focus.

Our holistic alcohol rehab program utilizes proven techniques for alcohol relapse prevention, and we treat alcohol use disorders as dual diagnosis concerns – allowing for us to address the mental, social and cultural aspects of alcohol addiction, as well as any underlying co-occurring disorders that are contributing to the alcohol dependence.

How can our alcohol treatment program in Arizona help New Mexico families that are struggling with alcoholism? We offer a unique approach to alcohol treatment, with a focus on long-term recovery and sobriety. Our program is not just a set amount of days’ worth of sobriety that our guests need to try and continue after rehab. We teach our guests how to recognize the triggers that give them the urge to drink, and educate them on how to respond to those triggers in a positive way.

Through adventure therapy, we show our guests the beauty of a life without alcohol, and instill them with the tools they need to keep seeking the beauty and enjoyment in life, long after initial treatment has commenced.

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What real clients have to say about Reflections Recovery Center in Arizona
Reflections provided me with the tools that got me where i am today with 14 months sober.
— Ricky A, Long Beach CA
Reflections gave me a life and an opportunity to become part of society. They challenged me and shaped me into the man I want to be.
— Dyer K, Gilbert AZ
I learned how to stay sober, found my best friends and created a new life at Reflections
— David S, Phoenix AZ

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