With more and more young adults becoming addicted to heroin, opioids, and painkillers in Arizona, Scottsdale Integrated Detox is dedicated to providing the best medical detox and Suboxone therapy in the state.
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing addiction in the United States, and it affects young adults ages 18-25 the most. The rate of drug-induced deaths in Arizona has been steadily increasing over the years, which further heightens the need for reliable, effective treatment. On a national level, there are now more deaths from drug overdoses than there are from car accidents. In recent years, over 1,700 young adults died from prescription drug overdose (mainly opioids) with many more needing emergency medical treatment due to nearly fatal instances. This proves that quality medical detox and suboxone therapy needs to be made available on a much wider scale.
Fortunately, the government is proposing to provide better financial support for addiction services. The hope is that this will encourage individuals with painkiller/opioid addictions to seek treatment, successfully complete a recovery program, and sustain sobriety. This is exciting news for Scottsdale Integrated Detox, one of Arizona’s leading rehabilitation centers for young adults. The more people that can afford high-quality treatment for drug abuse, the more people we are able to safely assist in overcoming their addiction.
Further plans to combat the drug addiction epidemic include expanding state-level prescription drug overdose prevention strategies, increasing the availability of medication-assisted treatment programs (such as Suboxone and Vivitrol), and improving access to the overdose-reversal drug Naloxone. Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction as well as aid with withdrawal symptoms. It contains a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone, with Buprenorphine reducing the effects of opioids themselves. Vivitrol (Naltrexone) is also used as part of a treatment program for this type of addiction. It blocks the feelings caused by opioids, including euphoria, bliss, and pain relief, which tend to be the reasons for abuse.
The number of prescriptions for opioids have escalated from 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013, with the United States being the biggest global consumer. Our nation accounts for almost 100% of the world total for Hydrocodone, and 81% for Oxycodone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that opioids were involved in 28,648 fatalities in 2014.
What caused this epidemic? It is difficult to pinpoint a specific reason, but one major factor could be the fact that more than 100 million people suffer from chronic pain in the United States, for whom opioid therapy may be the right course of treatment. Other potential factors contributing to the opioid epidemic are:
- the drastic increase in the number of prescriptions written by doctors
- the aggressive marketing is done by pharmaceutical companies
- the social acceptance of using medications for recreational purposes (especially by young adults)
Scientists are still debating whether the benefits of opioid use for certain conditions outweigh the risks for potential addiction. Opioid dependence is a disease that can affect anyone, even those with zero intention of abusing the drug. It could be a friend, a co-worker, a spouse, a brother, a sister, or a parent. Unfortunately, people who struggle with opioid dependence may be reluctant to ask for help because of the stigma attached to chemical dependency. But Scottsdale Integrated Detox has devoted itself to being a leader in the recovery community, and our medical detox program and suboxone therapy are sure to be an enormous aid in your quest for sobriety. Call us today.