America is facing a problem that it’s never seen before. The Opioid Epidemic has reached every corner of the country and affected millions of families. The President recently declared a National Emergency around the Opioid Crisis. Not many states have been hit as hard as Kentucky.
According to a 2016 report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control, 1404 people had fatal overdoses with the largest group being 35 to 44 years old, followed by 45 to 54 years old.
Addiction Does Not Discriminate
It’s common to assume that this epidemic affects millennials in their 20s, and this is true, but it is becoming clear that it is not exclusive to young people, gender, race, or economic background. Everyone is affected.
More often than not people become addicted by taking or experimenting with prescription painkillers. But as doctors refused a refill and the price for opiates on the street rose to a dollar or more a milligram, heroin became the cheaper, easier option.
Sadly, most don’t understand why an addict continues to use in the face of devastating consequences. Opioid addiction, whether heroin or prescription, can lead to a physical dependence where an addict becomes physically sick when they go without using. Click here for more details on withdrawal.
They feel sick and unwell when they do not use. So often an addict will go drastic lengths to get the drugs their body craves. This can lead to lost jobs, arrests, or hospitalizations. It is important to remember that an addict is sick and addiction is a disease. Help is available and recovery is possible. It happens every day.
The only immediate ease and relief that an addict can get (in the short run) is to use again. But many who go to treatment leave their addiction behind them and never use again.
Recovery is possible. Help is available.
If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, please call now. We will do everything in our power to help you and your family.
Families, friends, police, doctors, teachers. Nearly everyone has been directly or indirectly affected by the loss of a loved one who struggled with addiction. In Kentucky, nearly every county has been struck by this epidemic. But there are thousands who have beaten their addiction and moved on to a life of recovery.
Treatment at JourneyPure Bowling Green
JourneyPure offers treatment to treat opioid, and other forms of addiction. We can assist with detox and offer residential treatment to get to the root of the issue. We treat the whole problem, the co-occurring issues, and the substance abuse problem to help prepare every client for a successful life.
Our staff knows the struggles of addiction and will work with you or your loved one on every level. Using specialized, individualized care each client will be able to grow and thrive in a sober environment. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Chris Clancy is the in-house Content Manager for JourneyPure’s Digital Marketing team, where he gets to explore a wide variety of substance abuse- and mental health-related topics. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist and researcher, with strong working knowledge of hospital systems, health insurance, content strategy, and public relations. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two kids.