Drug, Alcohol and Treatment Resources in Mesa

Mesa Arizona

Within Mesa, as with any city, you’ll find various cases of substance abuse. To help counter this, there are various different treatment centers across the city. Within Mesa, AZ there are over 20 separate treatment centers alone. 

Within these treatment centers, there are lots of different services available. The most commonly available option is for people to become inpatients and receive various services from there, but there are also several outpatient services such as counseling.

Outside of the programs available, there are also other means to get support within Mesa. Many meetings, such as AA or NA meetings, occur across the city to allow people to reach out and start the first step in their recovery. 

Mesa Drug Abuse Statistics – You’re not alone in this struggle

According to a study, Mesa ranks high compared to all cities across America, being the number 2 highest for Marijuana use, number 2 for Methamphetamine and being within the top 10 cities for substance abuse overall.

Within Mesa, there has been a fluctuation in deaths as a result of drugs, where between 2010 and 2016 we can see a large fluctuation. The lowest was at 19, in 2014, but the very next year the figure shot up to 40, the highest in the dataset. The average deaths each year between 2010 and 2016 was 27.5 (rounded to one decimal).

Within the City of Mesa, there have been numerous different drug-related operations. Just this year (between January 2019 and July 2019), there was a 6-month long investigation that managed to retrieve $200,000 worth of illicit substances and $75,000 of money, which shows that within Mesa, there is a market for these substances. Between the second of February and the 11th of August (both 2019), there were a total of 2911 incidents within Mesa relating to either alcohol or drugs. 

Within Mesa, between 2007 and 2014, there were a total of 300 suicides. Below shows the percentage of them that showed substances present at the time of their death:

  • Alcohol – 36%
  • Drugs – 22%
  • Alcohol and Drugs – 11%

Seeing the above, we can see that only 31% of suicides did not have any presence of substances at the time of their death. This shows a very strong link between mental illness(es), such as depression, and substance abuse. 

Moving towards the center of the city, we can see more evidence of drug and alcohol-related arrests, which shows that the trend of moving towards the busier city center increases the rate of substance abuse. This could be attributed to the closer to the city center you are, the higher the density of people per square mile, thus showing a greater number of substance abuse incidents. 

Mesa, AZ Recovery Meetings Near Me

Mesa offers a large range of meetings to help support recovery. Below shows a couple of examples for alcohol-related meetings, such as AA meetings:

  • Wednesday 17:30 – 145 E 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, USA
  • Sunday 06:30 – 145 E 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, USA

Mesa offers similar meetings for those struggling with narcotic abuse, where a list of meetings below, such as NA meetings, is shown:

  • Monday 20:00 – 2040 Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3406
  • Sunday 08:00 – 245 West Mahoney Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210-1254

SMART meetings require a login to view any upcoming meetings, due to the ability to register as an attendee, but below shows a previous meeting within Mesa:

  • Monday 19:00 – 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201 USA

Mesa as a city is doing a lot to help people fight substance abuse. There are many meetings within Mesa, AZ to help people to fight their substance abuse. Outside of these meetings, people are organizing fundraisers to help bring people together, raising awareness of the problem and raising funds to help tackle this. 

There are some non-profit organizations operating within Mesa too. One focuses on a side effect of substance abuse, rather than the problem itself, to try and help some non-obviously related problems associated with substance abuse. 

Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Mesa

Both inpatients and outpatients require support to help them fight their problems with substance abuse. The difference between the two is that becoming an outpatient is usually for less-serious cases, where the patient can continue with their day-to-day life whilst receiving a service, for example, counseling. An inpatient is someone who resides at the facility for some time to truly remove themselves from the substance, the atmosphere and more to help them recover. 

  • Inpatient Treatment Center –This treatment center focuses heavily on the development and rehabilitation of its patients. It offers various appealing features to help invite their patients in, to which they are able to offer support services, such as counseling. 
  • Outpatient Treatment Center – This treatment center allows for their patients to regularly meet a trained professional without becoming an inpatient at the facility. This is targeted at those who may have abused substances but are not reliant on this and need support to rectify their ways. 

Getting Help in Mesa: How to Choose the Right Facility

When thinking of the right facility to go to, the most important thing to remember is the situation that that person is in. If they have a serious problem, perhaps to the point of addiction, then exploring an inpatient service may be a good way to go as this will allow for them to be surrounded by professional staff 24/7, with absolutely no way they can relapse. However, if the situation is not that serious, and perhaps that person needs guiding down the right path, then counseling may be a better alternative as it will veer them away from perhaps increasing the seriousness of their substance abuse. 

Mental Health Services in Mesa, AZ

Many different centers offer support for mental health within Mesa, with over 20 treatment centers registered and regulated there are plenty of places to turn. They offer services for all types of support, for example, on treatment center is dedicated to supporting those with depression, to ensure a high amount of support for one cause rather than less support for several. 

With the size of Mesa and it’s growing population, understanding an exact number of mental health professionals would be very difficult. However, we know there are lots of mental health treatment centers and lots of support outside of these too. From a search online for those who support dual diagnosis, there are over 40 mental health professionals in this area. 

There are lots of information, research, and evidence that shows there is a link between substance abuse and mental health problems. Mental health problems have been proven to alter the brain’s functions, which often makes a person feel like they’re missing something, they’re down and/or very unhappy with the situation. On the contrary, substances have been shown to alleviate these feelings and help a person feel good again. Evidence shows that after a while, the brain becomes reliant on these substances to operate and this causes addiction, thus linking the mental health problems to substance abuse. 

Get Help Today!

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, please reach out to one of our addiction treatment specialists at (928) 756-0694. Our you can connect through our online form here. Help is only one step away! Don’t live with addiction any longer. 

Article Reviewed by Gregory Struve

Gregory StruveGreg received a Master’s in Counseling from the Adler Graduate School in 2006. He trained at one of the top trauma and anxiety treatment centers in the world until 2008, when he became a faculty member at Grand Canyon University. From 2011 to 2016 he directed a program that lead the field in terms of innovative treatment of anxiety and trauma. During that time he even made several appearances on A&E’s intervention.