Spikes In Heroin Use Necessitate Distribution of Overdose Kits

Dilated_pupil.gkAs local areas throughout the country attempt to address the rampant outbreak of heroin addiction and prescription pill abuse much of the focus has been on opiate rehab. Getting those currently using into treatment programs is the best route to preserving the safety of so many of people. Still, the scourge of heroin and the overdoses that occur from the drug are of particular concern as well.

Some local organizations and activists from coast to coast are placing emphasis on distributing overdose reversal kits around their communities. The kits include Naloxone, a drug used to reverse heroin overdoses generally admitted by EMTs. In some communities there already a shortage of these kits among emergency responders. Maryland recently made moves to have these kids given to law enforcement officials in their communities. The kits are vital at reducing the rise in fatalities that comes along with increased heroin usage but in the end recovery is the only way to save lives for the long term.

Following an overdose there is often a new found resolve to get clean. Our staff can help find the opiate rehab programs that will work. Call us for yourself or someone you love today, (888)519-1570!

Virginia Takes Steps to Better Manage Opiates

Opiate RehabBetween 2011 and 2013 fatal heroin overdoses increased 163 percent in Northern Virginia. It was just one particularly frightening example of rapidly expanding heroin use throughout the country. With that disheartening statistic it is no wonder that politicians in Virginia would be looking for ways to address the newly resurgent scourge. At a Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police conference this week Virginia’s Attorney General Mark R. Herring was making a variety of proposed new laws and strategies.

One of the most popular proposals was a “Good Samaritan” law that would protect those who report an overdose from being prosecuted for drug use at the scene. There were also laws proposed to make it easier to put dealers behind bars when their product is ruled the cause of death in an overdose. Herring’s proposals went even deeper, adding warnings about prescription drugs and heroin to school drug education programs and reprioritizing local law enforcement to go after doctors over-prescribing painkillers.

An area some saw the current plan as lacking is effectively advocating for opiate rehab and getting treatment to addicts ready to address their issues. That said, smarter handling of these legal issues is always welcome and much of what seems likely to be implemented seems likely to help. Addiction treatment is available from a variety of sources and we can help those looking for help make sense of what might work for them.

The increase in opiate abuse nationally stems from the wider than ever availability of opiate prescription pain medication. The pills get users hooked and when they become prohibitively expensive users often turn to inexpensive heroin flooding the streets of communities nationwide.

Differing Views Remain with Regard to Forced Addiction Treatment

New York Addiction TreatmentLaws around drug addiction have been changing around the country as attitudes around addiction evolve. With opiate addiction on the rise and prescription pills leading many towards the dark path of full blown heroin addiction local governments around the country are beginning to take an active role in addressing this scourge. Part of that is funding and promoting opiate rehab programs but there are also more proactive measures being considered. Of course as with so many hot button political issues these changes are often greeted with controversy and healthy debate.

One such measure is the 1993 Marchman Act. Passed in Florida during in the midst of a resurgent heroin culture and at the tail end of the 1980’s(which some refer to as the “Crack Era”)  the law allows concerned parties to have people who demonstrate a lack of control regarding substance abuse picked up by authorities. Once in custody the person can be held for several days of assessment and detox. After that point a judge can force the person into addiction treatment programs for as long as 60 days.

In, for example, New York addiction treatment can only be forced on someone when they have been arrested for committing a crime and put through a trial. The Florida law remains controversial and some argue that these kinds of aggressive intervention services are not as effective. It does suggest that there is more that can be done.

Addressing Opiate Addiction Head On

Opiate RehabA quick search for keywords like “opiates,” “painkillers,” and “pills” on Twitter will reveal an attitude around the drugs that is disturbingly cavalier. People, teenagers, people in their 20’s, and even a number of folks who should be mature adults are posting statuses making light of burgeoning and even fully formed opiate addictions.

The truth is, as the use of prescription painkillers and other opioids increases among groups of younger people the fallout caused by these addictions can be greatly misunderstood and dangerously underestimated. Opiate rehab is widely available but for too many addicts the very idea that they have developed a habit does not hit home until it is too late. For many addicts the pills themselves, or the prescriptions to get them, become prohibitively expensive. The next step is far too often heroin.

If you suspect a loved one is developing a dependence on prescription medication or heroin you should not hesitate to engage with them about it. If you see this kind of cavalier attitude around the drugs that too is worth calling out. In order to encourage addiction treatment we must make it clear that this is a problem. For those who need assistance reaching out to a loved one intervention services are available.

Erasing the Stigma of Addiction Treatment

Addiction RecoveryWe spend a lot of time discussing the stigma of addiction at Potential. Our customers delve deep inside of themselves and call on the reserves of support of friends and family to face a relentless demon.

Once they have made it to the other side of addiction it can be hard to shake the feeling of “otherness” that comes with recovery. Worse still people seem eager to write off the accomplishments of those in recovery tossing off dismissals that suggest addiction was a choice and rewarding recovery is misguided.

We at Potential, all of whom are deeply experienced in the world of addiction treatment, beg to differ. Recovery, even for the most beloved patients, can be a long and lonely process. Even as we praise those successfully navigating opiate rehab and other substance abuse issues there is a sense of loss and regret that is impossible to shake. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in helping to fortify and maintain a patient’s recovery. It also helps encourage others to get the help they desperately need.

Addiction is a disease that can strike anyone anywhere. Those who dismiss recovery and the addicts who struggle through it are making it harder for anyone who makes the brave choice to strive for personal improvement.

Potential Helps Honor Addiction Treatment

Addiction TreatmentPotential was a sponsor of an important event last week. The annual America Honors Recovery gala and awards ceremony is the world of substance abuse treatment’s annual celebration of those making a real impact in their communities. This year’s awards ceremony bestowed honors on doctors and treatment professionals making a real impact in local communities affected by substance abuse issues.

The ceremony, as always, comes with a bittersweet feeling that we and those who fund us could be doing more. With addictions to prescription pain medicine and heroin on the rise in communities nationwide it can feel as though the addiction treatment professionals are fighting a battle they are doomed to lose. Luckily among politicians attitudes are beginning to mature and change.

Last week the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed a law that would expand access to addiction treatment for New Yorkers. It was in response to the increasing scourge that is opiate addiction throughout the state but especially in Staten Island, Buffalo, and a variety of smaller communities throughout the upper part of the state. In weeks prior states like Virginia and even the White House have held hearings and summits to discuss increasing need for access to opiate rehab.


As Awareness Spreads Resistance to Treatment and Opiate Rehab Remain

Intervention ServicesWith our special expertise of opiate addiction recent news has not been encouraging. While city and state lawmakers and law enforcement organizations are becoming more aware of the scourge of prescription drug addicts and those who have graduated in great numbers to heroin the methods for dealing with the issues on a broader scale are few. Increasingly open discussions among these professionals and the many local organizations that are dedicated to offering treatment options(many of whom are partners of Potential) could be helpful and might eventually net positive results the numbers are still scary. It was estimated recently that as few as ten percent of prescription drug addicts will seek treatment.

This suggests that more than ever the issue of opiate rehab has to be broached by family and friends concerned with addicts. To that end it is worth noting that intervention services can make a world of difference. Professionals who understand the issues associated with intense drug use can help families break through to at risk loved ones. The results can often lead to some hope in even the most intense and scary cases.

If you are considering getting help for yourself or someone you know do not hesitate to call us for our expertise.

3 Causes for Relapse to Avoid After Addiction Treatment

Addiction TreatmentAddiction treatment is not a one size fits all kind of thing. Instead it is vital that each individual puts together the kind of coherent and all encompassing plan that allows him or her to grow in ways that allow them to cope beyond the initial rush of recovery. Finding the right treatment for any addiction required finding flexible and experienced professionals who can adjust treatment to the needs of each individual.

Understanding the pitfalls that lead to relapse are important so here we will discuss a few:

  • Complacency: When you become complacent about recovery you can lose the plot. Your initial efforts are important but fighting addiction is a decision addicts make each and every day of their lives. The work continues and you must remain vigilant.
  • Managing Expectations: Sobriety is a part of building a happy life but finding the personal impulses that lead you down the road of addiction is a separate process. Do not assume you will find perfection after wrestling your substance abuse demons.
  • Bargaining: Getting through, for example, opiate rehab is an accomplishment but trading one substance for another, say alcohol, is a false choice. Addiction and chemical dependency is not about making a deal.

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