Information on Drugs, Alcohol & Interventions in Virginia
When thinking about a Virginia Interventionist for drugs or alcohol, it is important to understand the predominance of the various drug activities within the state. Virginia is known for being rich with Colonial American History. George Washington, the first President of the United States, traces his roots back to Virginia. Just north of Virginia sits America’s political capitol, Washington D.C. Tobacco production is one of Virginia’s major industries. However, tobacco is the least of Virginia’s worries. The state has been overtaken by the same drug and alcohol problem the rest of the nation faces. The mid-Atlantic region has long been a vast haven for the transshipment of drugs, weapons, and drug-related contraband traveling along the east coast of the country. Due to Virginia’s location on Interstate-95, the state often encounters “spillover” drug distribution from traffickers moving between two major eastern drug importation hubs of Miami and New York City.
Cocaine, crack cocaine and the violence attendant with the trafficking of these drugs are the most significant drug problem in the state, according to most law enforcement sources. However, MDMA abuse and distribution is an already large and still-growing problem, seizures of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories increase every year, and Mexican trafficking organizations are making enormous inroads in the cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana distribution markets in nearly every part of the state.
Cocaine in both powder and crack forms is prevalent throughout the state of Virginia, in both wholesale and retail quantities. Considerable levels of violence continue to be associated with the crack cocaine trade in urban areas. Colombian and Dominican drug trafficking organizations in New York City remain the primary sources for most of the cocaine available in Virginia. Nonetheless, many local traffickers are becoming more reliant on Mexican sources of supply in the southwestern U.S., North Carolina and Georgia.
The Richmond and Tidewater areas of Virginia both boast a consistent, long-term heroin abuse population. Pockets of heroin distribution are present in other areas of the state as well, but the problem is less pronounced. In recent years, “experimental” use of heroin by younger drug users was on the rise, but appears to have stabilized. Most of the heroin encountered in Virginia tends to be of higher-than-average purity. In the Norfolk area, heroin is packaged primarily in gelatin capsules, while it is packaged in small, usually colored or marked, zip-loc baggies in other parts of the state.
Although still minimal, localized clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine has increased in Virginia every year for the past several years, with most of the activity centered on the far southwestern corner of the state bordering West Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky. The Shenandoah Valley region contains the highest percentage of methamphetamine abusers in the state, and was the first area of the state to receive a huge influx of Mexican immigrants, whose presence encouraged an expansion of existing Mexican drug-trafficking networks. In rave and nightclub venues, both “ice” and methamphetamine have become drugs of choice.
Drug or Alcohol Interventions in Virginia
It is not uncommon for someone seeking an interventionist to want to limit their choices to an interventionist in Virginia. Granted, a Virginia interventionist might be “right around the corner”, and you could possibly save on the cost of a flight. But consider that Intervention Services is the largest intervention service provide in North America, delivering 6-10 successful interventions per week. A therapist in Virginia who has provided counseling to addicts and alcoholics is not necessarily an expert in the field of drug and alcohol interventions. Call now to speak to one of our qualified substance abuse counselors and interventionist specialists and understand the difference.