Drug use in New Mexico is significantly higher than that of the rest of the country. In the United States, about 2.5% of the population struggles with illicit substance dependency, while in New Mexico, the average is closer to 3.5%. The highest concentration of drug addictions are in people between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. In this age group, almost 14% of New Mexico residents abuse illicit substances. In the rest of the country, less than 10% of 12 to 17 year olds are addicted to drugs. New Mexico’s rate of alcohol dependence is about the same as the national average, roughly 6.5% of the populations of New Mexico and the United States report heavy alcohol abuse.

Stimulants, including methamphetamines, are the most popular drugs used in New Mexico. Just under 20% of those admitted to rehabilitation facilities in the state cited stimulants as their primary drugs abused. The prevalence of stimulant abuse is likely attributable to the widespread use of methamphetamines in New Mexico. Marijuana was the second most frequently listed drug in New Mexico with about 16% of rehabilitation patients listing its use. Heroin and prescription pain-killers each make up about 10% of treatment admissions. Cocaine was the fifth most frequently cited drug in the state, making up for about 8% of recovery program admissions.

Find treatment programs for substance abuse problems in New Mexico

On average, only about 15% of New Mexico’s residents that struggle with illicit drug addiction receive treatment for their dependence. Only about 11% of the state’s residents that admit to heavy alcohol use enroll in a treatment program. This leaves the vast majority of drug and alcohol abusers without treatment for their addictions. It is highly recommended that anyone in New Mexico looking to recover from drug or alcohol dependence seek the immediate help of a rehabilitation center.

In New Mexico, there are 127 different facilities offering recovery programs that help patients overcome addiction to both alcohol and drug addictions. Most of the facilities in the state offer recovery programs in conjunction with other mental health services, 86 of the 127 centers are run this way. The other 41 facilities in the state are exclusively for people seeking help with addictions.

New Mexico Behavioral Health Resources

New Mexico Human Services Department
37 Plaza La Prensa
P.O. Box 2348
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1234
Phone Number: (505)-476-9256
Fax Number: (505)-476-9272
Web Site: http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/Behavioral_Health_Services_Division.aspx