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Drug & Alcohol Statistics for Waco, TX

How Has Substance Abuse Impacted Waco, TX?

The impact of substance abuse reverberates through communities and families across the United States. Our local community in Waco is a prime example of its detrimental impact..

In this article, we’ll explore the statistics surrounding drug and alcohol use in Waco, TX.

It’s concerning that Texas is among the states with the highest rates of adult illicit drug problems. Waco plays a big role in contributing to this substance abuse problem.

Drug Abuse in Waco and McLennan County

Addressing the pressing issue of drug abuse in the Waco and McLennan County area is crucial for the well-being of our community. The top five drug treats in the Waco and McLennan County area are:

  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin & Opioids 
  • Cannabis
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids

One particular point of concern is the escalating threat of heroin. Despite methamphetamine currently holding the top spot, the growing abuse of heroin in the Waco area is getting larger and larger. The accessibility and affordability of this dangerous substance have contributed to its increased abuse. 

Drug Trafficking in Waco, TX

In recent years, Waco has emerged in the news as a prime drug trafficking location in Texas. This is due to its proximity to the Mexican drug cartels. They have become the dominant transporters of drugs into Texas. They also control the wholesale, mid level, and retail distribution of contraband in the state. 

Constant border activity serves as a convenient cover for nefarious drug trafficking operations. Interstate 35 spans along the US-Mexico border, passes through Waco, and runs all the way to the US-Canada border. This route not only expedites the transit of contraband through Waco but also serves as a conduit for the transportation of contraband across the entire nation.

Alcohol Abuse in Waco And McLennan County

Unearthing the concerning reality of alcohol abuse within Waco and McLennan County reveals a critical concern that demands attention. 

When examining the prevalence of heavy drinking, we find that both genders are affected. In McLennan County, 8.3% of males and 4.6% of females engage in heavy drinking. These numbers surpass both the state and national averages. The problem is only getting worse. Within a recent 7 year period, heavy drinking for men increased by 8.4%. Heavy drinking for women saw a significant spike of 36%.

Binge drinking reveals yet more troubling news. Studies have found that 22.8% of males and 10% of females indulge in binge drinking. Yet again, these statistics exceed both Texas and national averages. It’s been discovered that 16% of McLennan County residents struggle with frequent mental distress. This highlights the interconnectedness of alcohol abuse and mental health.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center for Waco

Renewal Lodge is an inpatient rehab facility serving Waco, TX. We service our patients by providing treatments like:

Mindfulness in Recovery Treatment

Learning mindfulness actually helps the brain rebuild and restore its healthy neural pathways.

Emotional Intelligence Training

Practicing emotional intelligence during recovery allows clients to reshape nearly every part of their lives.

The Family Program

This program teaches families how to understand and support their loved one who’s dealing with addiction.


Every one of our clients is supported after finishing their time with us. That’s why we create a personalized outcare treatment plan.

Located in Elgin, TX, our rehab center is nestled just outside ofAustin. If you’re coming from Waco, simply head south on I-35, and you’ll find yourself at our campus in 1.5 hours.

Our drug rehab facility is conveniently near Waco so you can maintain your family connections. But, it’s far enough away to minimize any triggers and distractions.

Start your journey to freedom by taking that first step and reaching out to us.

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My name is John Bruna, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute, and more importantly, a grateful member of the recovery community. I am incredibly fortunate to have found my recovery in 1984. Of course, I did not achieve continuous recovery through willpower or my own efforts, but through the guidance and caring support of countless others that selflessly taught me how to live through the 12 Steps.

My journey of recovery brought this once homeless, shame-based, traumatized, insecure young man to a life far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I discovered self-worth, the joy of helping others, the gifts of parenting and grandparenting, and most importantly the ability to live a meaningful and purposeful life with integrity.

One of the greatest gifts of recovery is that I have the opportunity to give back and help others discover their self-worth, dignity, and the skills to fully live lives that they find truly meaningful. This is the inspiration for developing the skills of Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) to meet the needs of new generations struggling with alcohol and other substance use disorders. MIR is a set of evidence-based skills designed to help people fully integrate their tools of recovery in ways that are personalized, practical, and in alignment with their deepest values.

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