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As the number of addiction treatment programs keeps increasing with the goal of helping people to escape addiction and start a new life, so is the number of drug users. This reality makes it more difficult to solve the problem in drugs. Around the world, alcohol and drugs are considered a serious problem that needs an immediate solution as it brings danger to people and society as a whole. It also calls for more intensive programs to solve this. One of the ways of doing it is through twelve-step programs.

Twelve-step programs have been used to help recovering drug addicts for decades, but as time goes on some treatment providers are finding they’re not always enough to battle addiction. “We’re finding that while 12 Steps worked well for a lot of people, it doesn’t work well for everybody,” said Cole Watts, owner of Stages of Recovery in Lubbock.

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Since Stages of Recovery started in 2007 as a sober living operation, the center has noticed the need for more treatment resources and now offers outpatient treatment, day treatment, and even in-person psychiatric help. The additional tools were and remain necessary, as Watts says there is undoubtedly an addiction problem in Lubbock.

“I don’t think it’s the worst place in the nation or even the state, but Lubbock has a problem and it’s more of a problem than people realize,” said Watts. “Opiates continue to be on the rise, and while we’re not Boston or Pittsburgh where they have 50 to 100 people dying a day of opiate overdose, we have had young people here overdose and die just in the last six months.”

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