Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction affect people of all ages, genders, races, and creeds in West Virginia. This is evidenced by the alarming statistics related to substance addiction. In 2016, West Virginia had the highest rate of opioid-related overdoses, the vast majority of which were related to prescription pain medications taken for non-medical reasons, such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Fentanyl. More than 100,000 residents of West Virginia aged 12 and over admitted that they either had abused or were addicted to alcohol between the years 2012 and 2014. Also between 2012 and 2014, an estimated 46,000 West Virginians of the same age group were abusing or dependent on illicit drugs like methamphetamine and crack cocaine.
While these statistics do not take into account the percentage of specific subpopulations (gender, race, religion, etc), it can be assumed that a number of these individuals are persons of faith. West Virginians celebrate many religions; Catholicism, Judaism, and Buddhism are just some examples of the faiths that are practiced in this US state. Though addiction disorder has devastating effects on anyone – whether they are religious, agnostic, or atheist – people of faith have unique challenges and obstacles to overcome when they are seeking treatment for this disease.
Often, religious individuals feel that succumbing to addiction means that they are faltering their faith; they often feel as if they have committed a moral or ethical wrong. As such, they may feel ashamed, embarrassed, and afraid that their guiding power and their community will cast judgment on them. For these reasons, a faith-based rehab center is the ideal solution for those who are religious and who wish to seek treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.