Drug addiction continues to be a long-term problem in the United States. People continue to turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate during stressful situations. One major spike in drug addiction is opioid usage. Deaths caused by overdoses were 15 per 100,000 in 2014, where most of the deaths were from opioids. Overdose rates are highest among the ages 25-54, meaning that drug addiction is not just happening among youth and young adults.
Opioid addiction is serious, where more people died from opioid addictions than in car accidents in 2014. The crisis impacts all levels of society, including rural, suburban, and urban areas. In New England, rates of illicit drug use among adolescents and young adults are higher than in the United States overall. In 2014, recreational use of opioid painkillers among young adults, ages 18-25, was higher in New Hampshire and Connecticut than the national average.
When looking at drug addiction, several factors lead to drug usage and/or addiction among young adults. Experts site these issues that can lead to drug usage:
- Poor mental health
- Peer pressure
- Not understanding the risks associated with drug and alcohol usage, including marijuana.
- Adolescents who consume alcohol and smoke daily are more likely to use illicit drugs.
The rehabilitation process can be hard to begin. It takes a personal commitment to enter a drug rehabilitation program. There are many programs, and it is best to find one that fits a person’s needs. Some rehabilitation services include psychotherapy, meditation, and detoxification, which removes the drugs from your system. It’s also a good idea to see if the center provides sponsors, support groups, or other social-emotional support.
There are several types of treatment based upon a person’s level of need. When entering treatment, professionals assess the level of care needed to achieve sobriety. Here is a list of treatment services:
The first step in drug treatment is to remove drugs from the body under medical care in a facility. The patient needs to reduce withdrawal symptoms before treating the cause of addiction.
Treatment continues after detoxification at the same residential facility. The patient resides at the facility from 28-90 days, receiving individual and group therapy and drug education. The goal is to provide coping skills to prevent drug usage.
Once a person leaves inpatient care, they can be discharged to a day treatment program or a partial hospitalization program. This program provides a high level of care, while patients can go home at night. These programs typically meet 4-6 hours a day, five days a week, allowing people to continue their lives. One resource is The Process Recovery Center in New Hampshire to help you achieve sobriety during your daily routine.
This is another step down from the partial hospitalization program, where the focus is on addressing the social-emotional causes of drug usage. Patients who reduce their drug usage without intensive management can attend this program.
Other services include relapse prevention and after-care planning to prevent drug usage after treatment.
If you or someone you know recognizes how drug and alcohol usage impacts moods or behaviors, it is best to seek drug treatment. With the drug epidemic impacting our country, sobriety is more important now.