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The Opioid Epidemic in America

America is now facing an addiction crisis of historic proportions. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Almost daily, news reports reveal the devastating effect that the opioid epidemic is having on individuals and families, in both rural and urban communities. This past March, President Trump even appointed a special commission to study the issue and in their first report, the commission asked the president to declare a national emergency to deal with it. “With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to Sept. 11 every three weeks,” according to the commission.

Insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield reports that diagnoses of opiate addiction have risen five times over the last few years (500%), but spending on medicated treatment (the most likely to succeed when coupled with therapy and self-help programs) has only increased by 65% during the same period. More troubling is the fact that there was less spending on treatment in the most affected geographical areas such as the Midwest and the South, than in other areas. The Blue Cross report states that “It will take a collaborative effort of health providers, insurers, communities and all levels of government working together to develop solutions that effectively meet community needs.”

“…severe substance use disorders are most effectively addressed through a chronic care management model that includes longer term, outpatient care; recovery housing; and recovery coaching…”

Studies show that effective treatment for addiction requires initial medical supervision, behavioral therapies to deal with core trauma and post traumatic stress, as well as 12-step programs to develop a sober network and learn skills for preventing relapse. Moreover, the Surgeon General’s report on facing addiction in America indicates that “severe substance use disorders are most effectively addressed through a chronic care management model that includes longer term, outpatient care; recovery housing; and recovery coaching management checkups.”

Many individuals and families dealing with opioid addiction choose treatment centers like Wisdom precisely for the reasons stated above. Wisdom combines an intensive outpatient program, sober living, and mandatory involvement in 12-step self-help programs to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with opioid addiction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, call us today and take the first step toward freedom. Wisdom Treatment 1-424-208-9829.

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