Addiction Affects Us All

On September 28, 2018, the President declared October  “National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.” This comes a year after the White House declared a nationwide Public Health Emergency. Earlier this year, The Crisis Next Door blog was launched to encourage Americans to share how this epidemic has affected their lives. The crisis of addiction affects everyone, regardless of age, race, gender or economic status. For the person experiencing a substance use disorder, it is overwhelming, expensive and lethal. We need awareness and understanding in order to help overcome the stigma of substance dependence and addiction.

 

The Opioid Crisis

More than 2 million Americans suffer from addiction to prescription or illicit opioids annually. Often, the pain of withdrawal perpetuates the vicious cycle. Opioids killed more people last year than either car accidents or gun violence. Everyday, more than 115 people die after overdosing on opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, misuse and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relieversheroin, and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

 

Dangers of Substance Abuse

Substance dependence and withdrawal are dangerous. Individuals who still have the ability to function each day may not realize how substance use patterns change them from the inside out. The longer they ignore their addiction, the more likely they are to suffer mental, emotional and physical consequences.

 

There can be serious negative effects of an untreated substance use disorder. The type of substance, purity, dose, frequency, and length of use determine the severity of effects on the body. Prevailing medical conditions such as mental health disorders, genetics, and environmental conditions also contribute to the dangers. The body can be seriously affected when one continues to take drugs. Heart disorders, brain damage and liver disease are all damaging consequences of long-term substance abuse.

 

Substance Abuse Addiction Treatment

Don’t let substance abuse control, or possibly end, your life or the life of a loved one. Seek treatment right away. Our professional rehabilitation facility provides evidence-based techniques that can offer you a real chance at sobriety.

 

Located in the beach communities of Southern California, our accredited treatment facility specializes in providing care that can fully tailor your needs. This unique Team will work hard to help you get better. Rest assured that D’Amore Healthcare will stop at nothing to help you or someone you know overcome addiction.

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