People are having problems getting into the right treatment for their addiction. This is a broad issue that must be addressed if we are going to stem this opiate addiction crisis. People need long-term treatment in order to help them defeat their opiate addiction. There is no other way around it.
Addicts usually cannot recover by themselves. The opium drug chemical is simply far too powerful for anyone to conquer it on their own. Believe me, it has been tried many times and failure is the normal outcome.
As a matter of fact, even those who are receiving top treatment for opiate addiction usually end up relapsing. The stats show us that this is the case. 90% of all heroin addicts who enter rehab end up relapsing during the first week of treatment. That is 9 out of every 10 people!
What Does This Tell Us?
This tells us that treatment and recovery does NOT seem to be working. Something has to be changed in order to improve these numbers. People need to be able to detox, receive treatment and then recovery once and for all. It is difficult, but the first thing we need to do is make treatment more available for more people. No one should be denied from getting treatment.
Many people who have an opioid addiction don’t enter treatment. Three-fourths of people who need help don’t get it. There are many reasons for this failure. Listen to a group of people who have been dependent on opiates talk about their experiences finding the right help for them.
Its always wise to go straight to the source while investigating different issues and how to deal with them. Concerning Heroin & Opioid addiction, including the current epidemic this country is in…it is best to listen to recovering opiate addicts themselves describe this problem about treatment.
Below are the discussion points that will be covered in this PodCast. We wish to thank Gail Gabbert from “Opiate Support Group” for providing us these helpful & informative PodCasts. Listening to recovering addicts tell their story is the best way for us all to learn about these issues and figure out how to address them. Find the PodCast link below.
- Did you have difficulty accessing treatment for your addiction?
- If you had problems finding the right treatment for you, where did it go wrong?
- Did the stigma about addiction and medication treatment keep you from seeking treatment?
- Was your physician knowledgeable about treatment resources and options?
- When you were ready to get help, was help immediately available or did you have to wait?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
David Heitz, Opioid Addiction Epidemic: Most Users Are Not Getting Help, But Long-Term Recovery Is Their Best Hope, http://blackbearrehab.com/blog/opioid-addiction-epidemic-users-not-getting-help-long-term-recovery-best-hope/
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator https://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
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