Big Sandy, Texas Substance Use Statistics And Treatment Options

Learn more about substance use in Big Sandy and Upshur County, as well as treatment options that are available across the state of Texas.

Substance Use Statistics In Big Sandy And Upshur County, Texas

Big Sandy and Upshur County are served by the East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ETCADA). ETCADA is part of Texas Prevention Resource Region 4 (PRC 4), which maintains detailed information about drug and alcohol use in the community.

Substance use facts collected from Upshur County include:

  • Middle and high school students in Upshur County report drinking alcohol more often than students in other Texas counties, and they also report misusing more prescription drugs, including OxyContin, codeine cough syrup, and Percocet.
  • Along with PRC Region 5, students in PRC Region 4, including Upshur County, have the highest prescription drug misuse rate in Texas.
  • 7th through 12th grade students in the region have higher rates of alcohol misuse than other regions in Texas.
  • ETCADA screeners reported that in 2019, the top three substances people sought treatment for were marijuana, methamphetamine, and opioids.
  • Upshur County’s 2018 rate of incarcerations for drugs or alcohol was 244.8 per 100,000 residents, higher than the regional rate of 228.1 per 100,000, and the Texas rate of 108.6 per 100,000.

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Addiction Treatment In Big Sandy

If you live in Big Sandy, treatment options are available in Longview and Tyler, including outpatient treatment and residential treatment. You can also find additional treatment in nearby areas of Texas.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), effective treatment plans must be individualized and tailored to your needs. This begins with an initial assessment, and treatment can range from detox support to aftercare services..


Drug dependency means that your body has become dependent on drugs to feel “normal.” Detox helps your body overcome withdrawal symptoms which occur when you stop using.

Detox can take place in an outpatient clinic or an inpatient setting, and helps stabilize and prepare you for treatment. Medical monitoring and supervision is important to keep you safe during detox.

On-site Care

You may need 24-hour support and a drug- and alcohol-free environment to begin your recovery from addiction. Residential or inpatient addiction treatment provides a substance-free environment along with 24-hour help from caring professional staff.

Inpatient programs seek to build a community of people who are all working on their sobriety, well-being, and health. Residential treatment can be gender-specific, or serve specific age groups and needs, including dual diagnosis.

Outpatient Drug Rehab in Big Sandy

Substance use disorder treatment can take place in a community-based setting. Outpatient treatment programs usually meet two to three days a week for two to three hours at a time.

If you have a drug- and alcohol-free and supportive home and also plan to work while attending treatment, outpatient programs can help you to recover. Outpatient care is also effective following inpatient treatment.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs have been proven successful in treating opioid, tobacco, and alcohol use disorders, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

MAT programs combine medications like naltrexone and buprenorphine with counseling and peer group support. MAT treatment can be offered on an outpatient basis or as part of an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab program.

Aftercare Planning And Services

Substance use disorders are complex and involve social, emotional, and physical health. You can maintain your recovery and continue to improve your health after rehab by participating in aftercare services.

Aftercare can include group or individual counseling, peer group support, and ongoing sober living activities.

How To Pay For Alcohol Or Drug Rehab

Private insurance plans, government insurance plans, and private pay are all important sources to pay for drug and/or alcohol treatment.

To find out which treatment can be covered, you should work with your insurance plan and your treatment provider. Many plans cover many different types of drug and alcohol rehab services.

Virtual Care Is Available With Regard Healthcare

You can receive virtual drug and alcohol counseling and additional behavioral health services through Regard Healthcare. Regard Healthcare is confidential and offers services that fit your life and schedule.

Regard Healthcare Texas

About an hour and a half west of Big Sandy, the serene and beautiful 65-acre campus of Regard Healthcare Texas is a place where you can focus completely on recovering from substance use disorder.


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