It's no secret that untreated drug and alcohol abuse can lead to death. As the drug epidemic in the United States continues to spread, the World Health Organization reports that 100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the United States. This rate continues to climb as the number of individuals who are addicted to prescription drugs increases exponentially. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a report in February of this year that showed that the overdose death rate has climbed by 9 percent each year since 2013. The states with the highest drug overdose rates according to this CDC study were Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and New Hampshire. Regardless of where you live, the increasing rates of death due to overdose is shocking. If need drug rehabilitation in Wilmington NC, please call Legacy Freedom today for help!
Unfortunately for those who are caught in the grip of addiction, these numbers do little to deter their drug use or steer them towards treatment. In some parts of the country, ambulance services are running out of a chemical known as Narcan. This anti-overdose chemical is in short supply in some places as a result of the opioid epidemic that is gripping the nation. In Ohio, the Attorney General said that it is taking more and more doses of this powerful drug to help addicts who have overdosed. Opioids like fentanyl require several doses of Narcan to reverse the overdose effects. Emergency room staff are reporting that it can take anywhere from 6 to 18 doses of Narcan to bring someone back. As a shortage looms, there are serious concerns.
The overdose death toll is expected to rise again in 2017. The 2016 overdose numbers dwarf the peak numbers for deaths related to car crashes in 1972, the peak number of deaths related to HIV in 1995, and the number of peak gun deaths in 1993 according to the CDC estimates. With more than two million Americans dependent on opioids, this trend of overdose related deaths doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon.
Drug treatment can prevent addict deaths, but an addict has to want to get clean for addiction treatment to work. For many addicts, their addiction isn't a problem until they have a near fatal brush with the consequences of their addiction. Whether it takes 12, 13, or 14 rounds of Narcan to bring them back, many addicts walk out of the hospital and continue to use. The drugs make them feel invincible, and for awhile, maybe they are. Eventually, the reality of their addiction will catch up with them. Whether it's through death from overdose or a sudden heart attack or they are murdered for their pills, addicts walk a fine line with mortality every day. If you or a loved one needs drug rehabilitation in Wilmington NC, call Legacy Freedom right now!
Staging an intervention for a friend or loved one who is addicted can help encourage the addict to receive treatment. Many addicts have become so lost in the cycle of addiction that they forget they are loved by friends and family. Interventions can be successful when they are planned appropriately and carried out in such a way that treatment is readily available. See our previous post on staging an intervention for your loved one for more information.
Accepting the help offered isn't enough. Many addicts find that they relapse over and over while they struggle to maintain their sobriety. Unfortunately during this time many addicts overdose and die. Their addiction has weakened their bodies, or the body has lost its tolerance for the high levels of drugs the addict is used to pumping into it. Unknowingly, many addicts assume it will take just as much to get high as it used to and the body shuts down.
Confronting your drug addiction is difficult. Finding the courage to ask for help and seek treatment can help you begin your journey to sobriety. At Legacy Freedom, we know that one of the most difficult parts of your journey to recovery is taking the first step. Our care team is here to help you every step of the way. Whether this is the first time you've wanted to get clean or you have tried and failed in the past, we don't judge. We help. We listen. We encourage.
Holistic Drug Rehabilitation in Wilmington NC
Legacy Freedom is not a twelve step approach to sobriety. Instead, we utilize a holistic treatment plan which puts you, not your addiction, at the center of everything we do. We believe that getting to the root of your addiction and finding out what makes you want to use is crucial to breaking the addiction cycle. Together with your Life-Purpose coach, you will work to create a care plan that is tailored to you and your needs.
Through one-on-one therapy sessions with your therapist, you will learn new coping mechanisms to help you deal with the underlying causes of your addiction and any co-occurring disorders. Group therapy offers you the chance to connect with others who struggle with addiction and find the support that extends beyond the walls of our outpatient facility. We believe in involving family and friends in your care and educating them on your addiction so they can offer encouragement and support as you recover.
Your physical health is vital when it comes to overcoming your addiction. Legacy Freedom of Wilmington utilizes our staff dietician and physical therapist to help you heal your body. Proper nutrition and exercise will help repair the physical damages of your addiction. We also offer extensive alternative therapy options like equine therapy, adventure therapy and acupuncture to help you build positive boundaries, work through underlying issues, and treat chronic pain naturally.
Drug addiction doesn't have to be a death sentence. Take the first step and make a confidential call or click to connect with our care team via our website. Your journey to healing and overcoming your addiction begins with you. Our care team is ready and waiting to start you on the path to living a healthy, sober, purpose filled life.
What are you waiting for? Call or click to connect with Legacy Freedom today! Ask about how our drug rehabilitation in Wilmington NC can work for you.