Rehabs: Statistically Proven To Help

 Addicts Achieve Sobriety Through Rehab

Each year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse releases a report detailing a number of statistics on substance abuse treatment facilities throughout the country, in addition to sharing some global statistics on the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse happening within our population.

Addiction is commonly disguised or silenced for most individuals and families, as there is still a prevailing stigma around the topic, but the numbers don’t lie. It is estimated that annually, 23.1 million Americans are in need of some form of treatment, including addictions to alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medication. In 2013, only 2.5 million people received the needed treatment, about 10% of all afflicted.

Of those in need of treatment, last year 88,000 died as a result of alcohol use in addition to the over 22,500 deaths that occurred form illicit drug use. The most startling figure was the rise in deaths due to heroin overdose, which jumped from approximately 3,000 deaths in 2001 to 8,000 deaths in 2013. Nationally, it is estimated that 1 in every 10 deaths that occur are alcohol related.

It has never been more important to educate our community on the prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction. Today, because of the need for long-term treatment centers as well as the Affordable Care Act, passed just last year, finding and enrolling in a treatment center that fits your needs or a loved one is more accessible than ever. If insured, most clients can have access to a full-service treatment facility at almost no charge. There are over 14,500 treatment centers in the United States, all of which offer different levels of care and accept all types of insurance plans. In addition, many treatment facilities offer scholarships to offset the cost of treatment.

And with treatment, recovery is possible. One of the most successful paths to recovery is committing to a 30 day treatment program. Those who enroll in an inpatient treatment program within 30 days of detoxing stand a better chance at achieving long term sobriety than those who don’t. For those who do relapse, it takes them 40% longer to do so than individuals who abstain without the help of a treatment center. It’s important to understand that for many people, relapse is a part of their path toward recovery. Studies suggest that those who have attended treatment gain the tools and faith needed to overcome their addictions, even when relapse occurs.

Studies also show that those who went through an inpatient program noted improvements in their quality of life, even if abstinence was short lived. In the short term, patients are looking to stay sober. In the long run, clients are able to live a life of integrity, honesty, balance and happiness.

If you are someone who needs the help of an inpatient treatment program, or know someone who does, contact one of our team members at The Hope Center for Rehabilitation at 1.866.233.1869

Heroin Overdose Deaths on the Rise

From 2010 to 2011, the nation experienced its largest increase in heroin-related overdose deaths, climbing a drastic 45% in a one-year timespan. From 2010 to 2012, the number of overdose-related deaths caused by prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone dropped from 6 to 5.6 deaths per 100,000 people after quadrupling from 1999 to 2010. This slight decrease is opiate painkiller overdose may very well be attributed to increased prevalence of heroin abuse, and increased heroin abuse seems to be directly linked with previous years of narcotic opioid dependency. In a recent study conducted on heroin abusers in treatment for addiction, 75% reported having initially used prescription painkillers, claiming they eventually made the switch to heroin because it was more available, affordable, and potent than opioid prescription drugs. In complete contrast to this current trend, 80% of those that were abusing heroin in the 1960s immediately began using the drug without any distinct gateway.

Heroin Overdose Deaths on the Rise

The increasingly common transition from pharmaceutical painkillers to heroin is only partially responsible for the drastic increase in heroin overdose deaths. A major component of climbing overdose rates is the incorporation of highly injurious substances such as fentanyl and rat poison into currently circulating strains. Dealers will cut heroin with dangerous chemicals to reduce their costs and increase profit while either oblivious to or (more likely) ignoring the fact that the drugs they are selling will more likely than not kill the user on impact. Fentanyl, a painkiller that has been found to be around 100 times more powerful than morphine, is responsible for overdose deaths across the East Coast, devastating regions in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland, and Rhode Island significantly.

Increase in Heroin Deaths is Preventable

Since the dramatic climb in overdose-related deaths directly linked to heroin in 2010, the annual rates of mortality have remained somewhat stagnant. Major efforts are being made to raise awareness and prevent heroin abuse by limiting the accessibility of opioid narcotic painkillers. Prescription pill “take back” events are now being hosted in cities nationwide, allowing citizens the opportunity to safely dispose of unused and expired prescriptions at local drop-box locations. In order to find a safe disposal site near you, simply search “prescription take-back” and the city in which you reside. Talk to your children about the newly emerging dangers of heroin use, and if you or someone you love shows signs of drug addiction, call one of our trained representatives today in order to explore a comprehensive list of treatment options.

Alcohol Poisoning Deaths On The Rise

Alcohol poisoning kills an average of over 6 Americans on a daily basis – a total of 2200 per year. Shockingly, the vast majority of those who die at the hands of alcohol poisoning are not identified as having any past history of alcohol abuse or alcoholism. 70% of those who pass away at the hands of alcohol poisoning are not identified as alcoholics, and 3 out of every 4 victims are adults aged 35-65 years old. Binge drinking has become a disturbing trend amongst middle aged white males, and has resulted in mass amounts of deaths over the course of the past several years. What is alcohol poisoning, and why has this trend been escalating at such an unsettling rate in recent years?

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol is a toxin, and the liver must filter it out of the body upon consumption. Whatever alcohol cannot be filtered out of the body backs up into the bloodstream. When the alcohol concentration within the bloodstream becomes too high, it will likely cause severe damage to the physical and mental wellbeing of an individual. Breathing tends to slow significantly, as does the gag reflex as well as the heartbeat. If one passes out as a result of decreased pulse and vomits with limited gag reflex, he or she is likely to choke. Alcohol poisoning may also cause one to slip into a coma, or cause their heartbeat to become extremely erratic. Other signs that one may be suffering from alcohol poisoning include slurred speech, total lack of coordination, or profuse vomiting. Poisoning caused by overdose can be fatal (and frequently is), so it is important that medical help is sought immediately.

Why The Increase In Binge Drinking?

Interestingly enough, it isn’t the stereotypical college student who is binge drinking beyond the point of simple hangover – middle-aged men and women tend to be the ones suffering the most at the hands at alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related deaths. There is no clear-cut reason as to why this is happening, it is only apparent that awareness needs to be raised in order to prevent this lethal trend from progressing. If you or someone you love has been engaging in binge drinking and needs help to stop, contact one of our trained representatives in order to find out what steps you can take in seeking help.