The United States is in the middle of an addiction epidemic.
Addiction is a disease, and nearly 20.5 million Americans suffer from it. Shockingly, more people died in 2015 from drug overdoses than car accidents, and almost 88,000 people died that same year from alcohol-related causes. Out of all those deaths, only about 10 percent of the deceased had been diagnosed with addiction and received treatment. If those numbers aren’t startling, they should be, as they are the highest rates in U.S. history.
October 21-27 is National Addiction Treatment Week. Please join us in raising awareness, as we present the facts about addiction and the treatments that can help people overcome it.
The opioid epidemic in America is growing rapidly, with the amount of prescription opioids in the U.S. quadrupling from 1999 to 2013. In that same time frame, more than 183,000 people died in America from prescription opioid overdoses. In 2019, it’s reported that 91 Americans die each day from it.
To put the opioid crisis into perspective, the United States only makes up about 4 percent of the world’s population yet uses over 80 percent of the global supply of opioids. Because of the United States’ mass opioid distribution, nearly 2.3 million Americans suffered from opioid addiction in 2015. At the same time, there was only enough treatment capacity in the U.S. to help 1.4 million people, leaving a treatment gap of almost one million people.
Opioids prescribed for pain relief can be safe if used as instructed by a doctor but can become highly addictive if misused.
Signs of opioid abuse and addiction:
- taking medicine in a way or dose other than prescribed
- taking someone else’s prescription medicine
- taking medication for the side effect of getting high
- buying medication illegally without a prescription
Common opioids prescribed in America:
- Hydrocodone: Vicodin, Oxycodone, Percocet
- Oxymorphone: Opana
- Morphine: Kadian, Avinza
Similar to opioid addiction, but even more common, is alcohol addiction—the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. With alcohol at the center of so many popular American activities, social norms can easily influence heavy alcohol consumption and encourage a binge-drinking culture.
Because alcohol is more common and accessible than opioids or other drugs, many people don’t realize the degree of their dependency or the seriousness of it. If someone does acknowledge their tendency to abuse alcohol, it’s rare they seek professional help and get treatment for it. Out of the 15.1 million adults suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder, less than 10 percent receive treatment.
When struggling with addiction, it’s hard to imagine a life that isn’t ruled by compulsive urges. But living a sober and healthy life is possible, and it’s worth fighting for. You are not alone, and help is out there every step of the way on the long road to recovery.
Kyle ER & Hospital offers a discrete and effective detoxification program for people living with addiction. Traditionally, detoxing is very hard on your body because of the withdrawal symptoms. But now, with the help of new protocols and medications used to ease the symptoms of withdrawal, detoxification is more manageable than ever before.
Medically assisted treatment for addiction has been proven more effective than quitting “cold turkey.” Kyle ER & Hospital’s detoxification program provides a personalized treatment plan based on an individual’s evaluation and medical protocol. Our individualized approach offers patients with supervised, confidential, medication-assisted detox.
To learn more about Kyle ER & Hospital’s safe and accessible detoxification program, click here.
Additional treatment resources:
- Find an ASAM Addiction Specialist
- NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator
- SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator
For immediate assistance, the National Drug and Alcohol Helpline is available 24/7. For treatment referrals and information, call 1-884-289-0879.
Standing up to addiction and asking for help is one of the strongest things a person can do. Choosing to put in the time, work, and effort it takes to live a clean life should be celebrated. This Addiction Treatment Week, we tip our hats to those who have been courageous enough to make the change. Kyle ER & Hospital is here to assist you with any help you may need along your journey to recovery.
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