Over the past 15 years communities have been affected, families destroyed, and thousands of individuals have died during the ongoing opioid epidemic. In only six years, statistics show that the rate of overdose deaths doubled from 21,089 in 2010 to 42,249 in 2016.
A U.S. Government-sponsored task force this week released a report recommending that primary care physicians routinely screen their patients for illicit drug use. The recommendation is similar to the task force’s now-followed recommendation that primary care physicians routinely query their patients about drinking and smoking habits.
Despite all the hype new substances of abuse get by the media, opioids are still around and still taking a deadly toll on people who abuse them. But what are the facts about opioids?
A Mark Twain quote states, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I’ve done it a thousand times.” This humorous quote paints a not so funny truth about addiction. Most people who are addicted to a substance have tried repeatedly to quit and have failed repeatedly and returned to their substance. Quitting is easy, maintaining sobriety is harder.
According to the Center for Disease Control, overdose deaths in the United States have increased from 16,849 in 1999 to 70,237 in 2017. That is a more than four times increase in deaths in less than 20 years.
A recent Washington Post article reported that America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest …
Steve started drinking when he was 14 years old. In college he was drinking five, six, seven days a week and it never stopped and continued to progress as life went on.
For those with long-term alcohol use, quitting cold turkey can lead to severe physical symptoms or even death as the body adjusts to the absence of the depressive substance.
Many of those who have experienced less difficulty with recovery talk about an “aha” moment where they realized at a very deep level that they wanted to change their lifestyle and regain their health. They often echo a well-known quote, saying, “they got sick and tired of being sick and tired.” In other words, they were ready for recovery and willing to make the changes necessary to achieve their sobriety.
Jacqui gave us a great new tagline: “I like to call it Gulf Breeze Rediscovery because that’s what happens. That’s what happened to me, I rediscovered who I really am and that is so much more than my drinking problem
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