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Drug & Alcohol Rehabs for Addicts with HIV/AIDS by State

Drug & Alcohol Rehabs for Addicts with HIV/AIDS by State

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Services for Addicts with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

Drug abuse and substance abuse have been linked together for a long time, and all throughout the United States addicts struggle with HIV/AIDS and addiction. Fortunately, drug rehabilitation programs that operate across the country can provide specific services to help addicts who are battling HIV/AIDS. Human immunodeficiency virus and the acquired immune deficiency began as an epidemic in the 1970s and much of the disease was spreading because of illegal drug use. Drug users who are sharing needles or pipes will be at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS or transmitting the disease. Unfortunately, people with HIV or AIDS are still becoming addicted to drugs, and addicts are still contracting this disease. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers all throughout the United States will often have patients who have the disease and require treatment. Unfortunately, not every type of inpatient rehab program is equipped medically to help patients with HIV or AIDS.

Anyone who is addicted to drugs and has HIV or AIDS will require rehabilitation at a particular drug treatment program that has the proper protocols and medical personnel available. The therapy and counseling will be no different than any other drug rehab center, but more medical staff is usually available such as nursing staff. The number of deaths from AIDS has dropped significantly, but the number of overdose deaths because of drug addiction has not necessarily changed. Substance abuse is common among people with HIV/AIDS, and much of this because of exchanging dirty needles and unprotected sex. Both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs in the United States can help people with HIV/AIDS who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Drug addiction is a growing problem within the United States, and many of these problems are stemming from opioids and synthetically made substances. Intravenous drug use is still popular throughout the country, with heroin and other substances that can be injected into the body. The many different harm reduction programs within the United States do help prevent the spread of the disease, but most addicts are still not getting the help they need.

Most addicts are not being convinced they need to get help and access to most state funded drug treatment services for persons with HIV/AIDS can be difficult to get. Many private drug treatment services that operate across the United States have the capability and the proper nursing staff to ensure a patient’s well-being can be taken care of. The rehabilitation process will be a unique experience for each addict, and it is important that the proper help is gotten. Many people who are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are also struggling with other mental-health problems that will also have to be addressed. Dual diagnosis programs in the United States often treat patients with an addiction, a mental-health problem, and HIV/AIDS. Drug addiction does not have to be a problem that someone has to struggle with all of his or her life. With the proper treatment and support, an addict with HIV/AIDS can overcome their addiction and make a full recovery from the problems of substance abuse.

Drug Abuse and the HIV Epidemic

Ever since the start of the epidemic, there has been a long-standing link between drug addiction and HIV/AIDS. Intravenous drug use is most known for the spread of this disease. However, high-risk sex is also a problem, because drugs alter your judgment. Unfortunately, many addicts engage in sexually risky behavior to obtain drugs. Within the first decade of the 2000s, between 2005 and 2009, one-quarter of AIDS cases stemmed from IV drug use, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse. During that time, one in four people living with HIV/AIDS needed treatment for alcohol and drug abuse.

In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.2 million people were infected with HIV/AIDS in the United States. Along with this, roughly 20% were unaware they were infected with the disease. In 2010, there were over 47,000 people newly diagnosed with having the disease. Injection drug users account for one-third of those who are infected. However, in 2010 IV drug users were only 8% of those infected, which was a considerable decrease from 23% from 1994 through 2000. In 2019, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten new HIV diagnoses in the United States is because of IV drug use and male to male sexual contact.

The risk of getting or transmitting HIV with IV drug use is very high. The blood on a dirty needle can carry HIV infection for up to 42 days per the CDC. The best way to reduce the risk is to stop injecting drugs and get treatment for your addiction. However, this is not always easy for every addict. Not every person addicted to drugs or alcohol will find the treatment they need. Yet, it is important to start the process either way. Find a detox, become connected with a support group or 12-step program. However, if you continue to inject drugs and share equipment, you will be at risk of contracting the disease. Lessening the spread of the disease is done by not using drugs. Also, if you are using drugs, get help, and do not share your drug equipment, such as needles. If you are an intravenous drug user, you should get tests for viral infections. You should also always practice safe sex, and if you are at risk or have HIV, there are pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.