Most people are quick to blame the addicts for their substance use. However, addiction is not a choice. It is a disease; one that alters the brain. This is why medical professionals nationwide call addiction a “substance use disorder,” or SUD. Like with many conditions, genetics and environment are significant factors in the development of addiction. Plus, the effects on long-term health are staggering. With this in mind, it’s not fair to label addiction as entirely preventable. This is why treatment is necessary, as it would be for any disease. The problem is this: who has the time to dedicate to recovery? Actually, everyone does. Recovery doesn’t have to bring your schedule— or your life— to a screeching halt. Intensive outpatient rehab facilities offer many of the same programs, services, and recovery benefits as any residential treatment center. Better yet, the best ones have the same rates of success.
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More than 23.5 million people in the United States today are struggling with substance use disorders, better known as addiction. Unfortunately, only a fraction of them will receive the treatment they need to get and stay sober. The vast majority of people with substance use disorders don’t seek help for many reasons, but the primary one seems to be denial. As the loved one of a person who uses drugs or alcohol, you’ve probably heard “I don’t have a problem” more times than you can count. Still, you may have reason to believe that there is, in fact, a problem. If you do, there are signs of addiction that you can look for that will either confirm or disprove your suspicions. However, taking note of red flags means fully understanding what addiction is and how your loved one might be affected.
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According to new data released by the CDC, the number of emergency room visits for opioid overdoses has increased 30% over the span of 14 months. During this time, a total of 1.27 million Americans reportedly needed urgent medical care for opioid-related issues. However, this is not the first time the United States has experienced such a drastic increase in opioid-related ER admissions.
A 2017 Statistical Brief by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) showed a similar spike in hospitalizations. According to the AHRQ’s report, the number of opioid-related hospitalizations nationwide increased by 64% over the course of nine years. During this same time, the number of ER admissions for opioid overdose nearly doubled.
What’s troubling about the AHRQ’s findings is that they show twice the number of opioid-related hospitalizations from the CDC’s report, which was only just released earlier this March. In other words, half a decade’s worth of opioid cases flooded hospitals in just this past year. More information about both reports is shown below.
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Cesarean sections, more commonly called C-sections, are the most common inpatient surgery in American hospitals. Studies have shown that roughly 1.3 million expectant mothers have this procedure every year. Following this procedure, it’s not unusual for doctors to prescribe opioid painkillers for mothers recovering from surgery.
Prescriptions drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone are the standard for managing discomfort following a C-section. However, the number of pills prescribed depends entirely on the provider. This means that the amount of opioid medication prescribed for pain management may be disproportional to what patients need.
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The opioid crisis has caused considerable physical, emotional, and financial strain on the people of the United States. Local governments from cities across the country have already begun filing lawsuits against Big Pharma’s most influential and allegedly corrupt businesses. Back in late December 2017, the official representatives of Delray Beach announced that they’re entering the ring as well. The city’s people and its leaders are demanding accountability and compensation from the drug makers that play a part in the opioid crisis. So far, Delray Beach is the first city in Florida to take Big Pharma to court.
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Premature aging is a side effect related to a number of poor habits. Still, many don’t seem to realize just how much it can be exacerbated by the abuse of drugs or alcohol. However, what most people don’t know about premature aging is that it can more than a skin-deep issue. Addiction-based premature aging has more to do with longevity and quality of life than it does with appearances. Here are just a few examples of the effects that substance abuse and addiction can have on the normal aging process.
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Illicit drug abuse has been a widespread problem in the United States for decades. However, the misuse of prescription opioids is a more recent development that poses just as serious a public health problem. In fact, the results from a National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that an estimated 54 million people have intentionally used medications for non-medical reasons at least once. This sample size makes up about 20% of Americans aged 12 and older. The problem has remained prevalent for years. And, according to various professionals in the field of addiction recovery, it has become an epidemic.
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Myths and misinformation surround addiction probably more than anything else. Since the topic of substance abuse varies so much in the public’s opinion of it, it can be dangerous when those opinions are formed based on false information.
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If you are struggling with addiction, getting sober might feel like an uphill battle. However, it’s not a battle you have to fight alone. At The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services, our staff of certified professionals helps people from all walks of life find and maintain sobriety. To help you on your recovery journey, we offer a variety of treatment options, including outpatient rehab programs geared toward patient success. For many in treatment, outpatient services provide effective healing in a comfortable, flexible setting. So, if you are searching for your best fit for treatment, look no further. We invite you to contact our professionals at The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services to get started.
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