Are Substance Abuse Diagnoses Increasing In US

The popularity of abusing painkillers has caused a rise in the number of individuals diagnosed with drug or alcohol problems. In fact, it was an increase of 70 percent, which is a dramatic jump from 2001 to 2009. Information for this study was gathered from two national surveys of doctors’ visits and concluded that 18 million people visiting the doctor from 2007 to 2009 were in fact, suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. This number is up from 10.6 million during the time from 2001 to 2003. It has been estimated that nearly 22.5 million Americans have some kind of addiction with either drugs or alcohol.

Among the millions suffering with addiction, opioids proved to be the greatest threat. The number of doctors visits having to do with come kind of opioid addiction grew from 772,000 to a jaw-dropping 4.4 million. But how could it have gotten so bad? The abuse of prescription painkillers has become so popular among people of all ages and teens, unfortunately, are included. Shockingly, teens often receive their prescription drugs illegally from friends and family members that have a prescription for them, because either they no longer take them or never took them in the first place. Unfortunately, some people don’t want to see them go to waste. It’s not uncommon for a teen to be prescribed Oxycontin, Ritalin or Vicodin, decide not to take it and give it to a willing friend. What these teen are either not aware of or don’t care to confront, is the fact that these painkillers and stimulants are highly addictive and can create a long-term physical dependence in the abuser. Surprisingly, teens aren’t the only ones that may experiment with prescription drugs. Adults are just as likely, if not more, to abuse them as well.

There is Hope

If you are aware that a loved one is suffering from addiction, there are many detoxification and rehabilitation facilities available to them. Detoxification is sometimes the first step necessary to safely get the person off drugs. After this is done drug-free methods can be used like those through Narconon.

Narconon detox starts with a drug free withdrawal program, a course on communication and then The New Life Detoxification program which is put in place to clear the body of drugs and their long term effects that often lead to relapse.
In addition to medical detox, and The New Life Detoxification program there are also other components to handling the problem.

There are still behavioral, social and psychological problems that must be addressed in order to produce a lasting recovery in an individual. Although the process of medical detoxification is usually handled with medications that are given by a doctor in an inpatient or outpatient facility, there are other services that offer a drug-free alternative such as the ones given at Narconon. They take a different approach to treating drug abuse by supporting and enhancing the body’s ability to heal and release drug toxins stored within the body. Treatment begins by administering nutritional supplements to assist the body in activating its own natural ability to detoxify. Treatment continues with a specifically planned program, which includes nutritional supplements, daily exercise, time spent each day in a low-heat sauna, all closely supervised and reviewed. This program has been proven to show permanent results in overcoming addiction without the use of medications, which could potentially become depended upon by the recovering addict, thus continuing the vicious cycle of addiction.

Narconon also handles the mental and emotional components of the problem through delivery of Life Skills services.

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