Tens of thousands of Americans are dying each year as a result of the opioid crisis in the United States. Communities across the country have seen overdose deaths across all ages, races, and socioeconomic classes. The number of opiate deaths has quadrupled since 1999 leading the President of the United States to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. For the best drug rehab in Raleigh for 2018, call Legacy Freedom today.
The crisis has reached epidemic proportions and the Health Strategy Group has been looking for ways to tackle the problem. However, finding a solution to a complex problem that shows no sign of slowing down has proven challenging. One study estimates that more than 650,000 people will die from overdoses in the next ten years if the epidemic continues. Preventing the over prescribing of opioids is a good start. Many states have regulated how many opioids a doctor can prescribe while others, including the federal government, have put the drug on a tighter schedule. Doctors now face incarceration and the loss of their medical license if they prescribe the medications in ways that do not follow both state and federal guidelines.
A set of guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged doctors to avoid prescribing opiates to their patients who experience chronic pain, citing the fact that the harm opiates cause long-term is extreme and that the risk of addiction outweighs the benefit of the medication for most chronic pain patients. The CDC noted that using opioids for short-term or acute pain was recommended. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that 75% of those in treatment for heroin addiction started as pain pill users. The CDC found that those who abuse painkillers are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin. The even more frightening truth is that not all painkiller addictions evolve into heroin use, some addicts transition to even deadlier drugs like fentanyl.
While the recent changes to state and federal prescription guidelines will help ensure that those patients who need opiates in the hospital or during outpatient care get them, the changes are a drop in the bucket. Further research into understanding chronic pain and how to treat it can help reduce the number of people who will be exposed to these highly addictive drugs. Research also needs to be conducted into the science of addiction. Scientists have been working to expand our knowledge of addiction and how to treat and prevent it. A vaccine to ward off addiction could be possible someday. For now, the focus is on preventing the next generation of opioid addicts from having access to the drug.
Many experts believe that accurately reporting on the epidemic and strengthening the public's knowledge will help curb the likelihood of abuse and addiction. They also see benefit in connecting those in the community who are addicted to resources for recovery as well as improving access to addiction prevention services. Only one in four people who have an opioid problem are actually ever treated for it. Studies have shown that providing access to effective treatments like behavioral therapy combined with drugs like suboxone can help fight addiction. Teaching addicts to cope with their problems and motivating them to change has also proven effective.
First responders and emergency room personnel have seen the need for overdose-reversal drugs like Naloxone increase drastically in the last three years. As a result of the increased need, many communities are experiencing a shortage of the drug because multiple injections must be given in order to reverse an overdose. The cost of the drug is prohibitive for some communities. In 2016 the average cost of a dose of Naloxone was $4,500.00. Getting this drug into the hands that need it can save lives and offer communities across the country the opportunity to rehabilitate those who have become addicted to these powerful drugs and restore them to productive community members.
Focusing on mental health care in communities where the opiate addiction rate is high may help prevent or deter some from seeking out pain pills to cope with common and treatable mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or stress. For those who have a history of addiction and mental health concerns, adding a potent drug like opiates into the mix is a recipe for a dangerous addiction. Making mental health treatment accessible to those who need it could help at-risk demographics avoid initial exposure to the drug or interrupt the cycle of addiction and dependence.
Dedicating the resources to put these plans in place is a challenge that many communities are unprepared to face. While experts seem to share the same opinions and ideas about how to stop the epidemic, the stigma surrounding addiction keeps many people from seeking treatment or admitting their addiction. As a result, more and more addicts die each year, and the epidemic rages on. While these ideas will not stop the cycle of addiction across all communities, they could save thousands of lives. Making opiate addiction part of the social conversation in America rather than a shameful subject discussed behind closed doors could help empower those who are struggling with their addiction or are living with an addicted loved one to get the help they need.
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Legacy Freedom of Raleigh knows that talking about your addiction is difficult. Whether you were prescribed opiates to help with the pain of surgery or a chronic condition or you became addicted to using these pills recreationally, we can help. Our experienced staff has helped thousands of people break their addiction to opiates and learn ways to cope with their underlying mental health concerns in a positive and healthy manner. Our approach to addiction treatment is different than any other program you've tried before. We are not a twelve step program. Instead, we help you understand why you use drugs or alcohol to excess, rather than focusing on your addiction. Our philosophy is that when you feel good, you make good choices. It is this belief that has led us to formulate a holistic approach to addiction recovery.
Legacy Freedom combines traditional drug rehab in Raleigh with group therapy, nutritional and physical therapy, and alternative treatments to create a treatment plan that focuses on you breaking your addiction and healing your mind, body, and spirit. For those who are struggling to break the grip of their opioid addiction, we offer suboxone treatments as a supplement to our therapeutic process. Our caring and compassionate staff has one goal in mind, helping you live a sober life filled with renewed purpose.
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