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Alcohol and drugs like meth, heroin, and cocaine alter people’s minds, giving them a euphoric feeling and making them think they are capable of anything. This feeling comes at a high price, however. As the substance abuser continues their pattern of use, they are gradually damaging their brain. Critical receptors in the brain that moderate the levels of mood chemicals, slowly begin to lose their function. Once their function has been impaired, the brain believes that the substance is needed for vital everyday bodily function. At this point, an addiction has set in, and the addict will suffer from intense cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms if they go too long without the substance. The process of addiction varies in how long it takes, depending mostly on individual genetic susceptibility to addiction and how strong the substance is. With the strongest substances, such as meth and heroin, addiction has been known to form in as little as a few weeks.

Statistics for Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Oahu

Though tourists who come for vacations may never see it, residents of Hawaii know that substance abuse is a major issue on the islands. The National Drug Intelligence Center has identified methamphetamine in particular as the illicit substance that poses the greatest threat to the islands. According to their statistics, about 35% of all men who are incarcerated in Honolulu had meth in their system when they were first put in jail. That is the highest percentage of meth influence on crimes out of any city in the United States. Across the entire state, there are estimated to be about 12,000 people who use meth at a level that would indicate they are addicted to it. That is about 1% of the entire population of the islands.

Across the state, alcohol is still the most frequently abused mind-altering substance, however. Marijuana is a close second, and meth is a close third, according to statistics collected by the most recent White House Drug Control Update. There is some abuse of opiate pain pills, cocaine, heroin, and Ecstasy on the islands, but rates are much lower. This is likely due to the difficulty of smuggling these drugs in large quantities onto the islands. Even though Hawaii is limited to a small and select range of drugs for the most part, the state is in the top 10 in terms of rates of illicit drug use among those age 12 or older.

The Hawaii Meth Project has collected some troubling statistics on the state’s meth problem. More than half of Hawaii’s overdose deaths are caused by meth. Hawaii also has the highest percentage in the nation of treatment admissions for meth. Random workplace drug tests across the state turn up over 400% more incidents of meth use than the national average. And about 80% of all drug-related crimes in the state involve meth.

While Hawaii has below average rates of death due to alcohol poisoning, almost exactly half of all vehicular deaths are caused by alcohol in the state, and the rates of alcohol-related accidents are higher than the national average.

Accredited Oahu Hawaii Addiction Treatment Centers

Po’ailani Inc. is located on N. Kalaheo Drive, north of Kailua. This facility is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and is licensed by the state and affiliated with the United Way. Po’ailani specializes in dual diagnosis cases, when a patient has been diagnosed with both a substance abuse and mental health disorder that are exacerbating each other. Services offered include gender-separated residential treatment, day treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and transitional housing. Aftercare is also provided upon program completion.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is located on Farrington Highway in Waianae. This facility is accredited by The Joint Commission and is licensed by the state. Services offered include medical addiction treatment, emergency services, and counseling.

The Honolulu Professionals Program by McKenna Recovery Center is located on South King Street in Honolulu. This is an upscale rehab program that is intended for working professionals that offers private and discrete treatment. This program is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is licensed by the state. Confidential treatment is provided on an outpatient basis and FAA and DOT compliant evaluations are available.

Meetings in Oahu

Meetings of peer recovery support groups are fairly easy to find around Oahu. You can find meetings of Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and SMART Recovery among other options. Meetings can be found in Honolulu, Kailua, Kapolei, Waianae, Haleiwa and Kawela Bay among other locations.

About Oahu

Oahu is Hawaii’s third-largest island and is where most of the state’s residents live. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but is also one of the rainiest places in the world, once having experienced 247 straight days of rain in the early 1990s. Oahu became the home of Hawaii’s royal palace in 1845 and is also home to the state capital, Honolulu. As with most of the other islands in the chain, two overlapping volcanoes formed Oahu millions of years ago.

Those who have not been to Oahu have most likely still seen it at some point or another, as it is one of the most popular filming locations in the world. Major movies filmed on Oahu include Jaws, the Jurassic Park series, Pearl Harbor, the Karate Kid Part 2, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Numerous TV series have also filmed in Oahu, such as Lost, Magnum P.I., Dog the Bounty Hunter, and of course, Hawaii Five-O.

For those who want to settle in Hawaii, Oahu often offers the most feasible place for finding suitable employment since it is home to nearly a million people. Employment with hospitals and medical support services is the largest economic sector in the area. Oahu is also home to Hickam Air Force Base, the island’s fifth-largest employer. Other major employers on the island include the Bank of Hawaii, Aloha Air Cargo, Hilton and various other hotels and resorts, Hawaiian Electric Company, and the state and federal government.

Oahu is also home to Pearl Harbor, and many people who are interested in World War II history come to visit just for this reason. Some historical sites that are popular, include the USS Arizona Memorial, the Pearl Harbor National Monument, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum. Of course, people come to just enjoy the beaches and natural beauty, too. Some popular outdoor activities on the island are snorkeling, scuba, surfing, hiking and wildlife tours. Oahu is also a cultural center of Hawaii and has over 40 museums, including the Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Art Museum, and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

It Is Time To Get Treatment

Treatment is really only a phone call away. The place to get help with an addiction and get past the intense cravings, is at licensed and certified Oahu Hawaii addiction treatment centers. Medical oversight during detox helps you to make it through the rough first few days of stopping substance abuse. Once that is complete, you can move on to inpatient or outpatient treatment in a supportive environment that provides you with all the resources you need in order to succeed. Many others have followed this path and have been able to live the rest of their lives clean and sober.