The District of Columbia, or Washington, DC, is the US capital and has a population of around 700,000 people. Washington DC is a small city bordered by Maryland and Virginia, home to numerous U.S. monuments, museums, and government buildings, including the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court.
Washington, DC is also home to the third-highest alcohol consumption rates in the country. According to the 2013 Prevention Status Report for the District of Columbia, binge drinking among adults was one quarter (25 percent) of the residents, compared to the national average of 18 percent. The amount of alcohol consumed in Washington DC among persons ages fourteen and older was well above the national average in 2010, which has contributed to a growing cost for the District due to alcohol use. The overall cost of excessive alcohol use causes low workplace productivity, health care expenses, and crime. In 2006 the District of Columbia spent $966.7, or $2.35 per drink consumed due to excessive alcohol use, compared to the national cost of $1.90 per drink.
Nestled between Virginia and Maryland, two states with enormous opioid addiction and overdose death rates, Washington, DC is directly in the crosshairs of the national epidemic. The country's Appalachian and eastern states have been hit especially hard by the opioid epidemic, and according to the The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the District's 2016 opioid overdose death rate was 30 deaths per 100,000 people, more than double the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
The Behavioral Health Barometer, issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows a steep increase of over 400 providers in available opioid treatment programs (OTP) over the period of just one year (2012-2013). Despite having fewer than fifty certified addiction treatment providers in the immediate DC area, more services and providers are being developed to address the continued need.
Treatment options available in the District of Columbia include:
Some of the specific populations that Washington, DC addiction treatment programs can serve include the following:
Different addiction treatment programs in Washington, DC can accept many different types of payment for services, and some of those include:
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