The prescription drug epidemic is growing.
Shannon, sitting in a Utah County Jail, told a Salt Lake City newspaper, “I was living well” before an addiction to pills took over her life. ”I hurt my back, and that’s where it all went downhill,” she said. Shannon’s back injury required multiple surgeries, and doctors told her painkillers would be the only way she’d make it through the necessary physical therapy. The pills took Shannon’s mind off the pain, but destroyed her marriage.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, prescription drug addiction is responsible for a growing number of those who seek substance abuse treatment. Roughly 5% of all admissions in substance abuse programs are for prescription pain killers — up from just 1% in 1997. Alcohol, also legal, accounted for 40% of those seeking substance abuse treatment. Marijuana addiction was the drug of choice for 16% of treatment-seekers. A drug that has gained acceptance as a medicinal drug in states such as California, marijuana is often mistakenly viewed in some circles as completely harmless. It’s important to note that the nation’s substance abuse problem affects more than 1-in-10 children, who now live with a substance-abusing parent.
What’s the difference between “substance” abuse and drug/alcohol abuse?
Substance abuse includes alcohol abuse and all kinds of drug abuse — an umbrella term that serves to remind us that all addictions have much in common. The pain of an alcoholic is almost identical to that of a heroin user. Sometimes, addicts try to separate themselves from “those people” who have a problem typically assumed to be less serious.
There’s more to successful substance abuse treatment than staying clean.
Those who turn to drugs or alcohol often do so because of other mental or emotional issues that drag them down and cause the root of the addictions. The CMPS substance abuse program treat the whole person, not just their addiction. Addiction often happens to those who feel an emotional or spiritual emptiness inside. True happiness and successful sobriety comes from conquering these issues through counseling and effective rehab.
Getting clean/sober is easy; staying sober is the hard part and the first year of recovery is the most difficult. It is our goal to help patients reach sobriety and maintain it. We do this in a number of ways, including specialized educational recovery programs. As you go through the treatment and education process, you will learn that there really are other options. You will learn skills necessary to recognize these options and how to incorporate them into your daily activities. You will discover that the key to success is not in hiding from situations and relationships that may trigger their addictive behaviors, but that you have the power to make better choices to achieve the healthier lifestyle they desire.
You’ll discover that you’re not alone in your struggle – and that there is hope. You’ll learn that, while alcoholism and addiction are diseases, they always occur in an environment that allows the addiction to develop and grow. The family system that develops often stems from good intentions in a bad situation. You’ll learn about the concepts of enabling and co-dependency, you’ll understand the importance of setting boundaries and limits, and you’ll develop the tools to build trust, overcoming the feelings of betrayal that results from the behavior of the addict/alcoholic.
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