North Carolina Drug Abuse Spiraling Out Of Control
In North Carolina, Four people a day are dying from overdoses related to opiates. Many residents are not aware of how the opiod crisis has affected our state. North Carolina has three of the top 25 cities in the United States most affected by opioid abuse. North Carolina drug abuse is seriously spiraling out of control and we need to come together to make a change.
Wilmington, North Carolina ranks 4th, Fayetteville, North Carolina is 15th and Hickory, North Carolina sits at the 16th worst city in America for opioid abuse.
Now that you know the satistics of how bad it is affecting our state, what is being done about this pressing matter? North Carolina Rep. Greg Murphy has filed HB243, the “Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act.” The bill is intended to address the amount of prescriptions for opioid medications that will be allowed if the bill passes. Now this a wonderful thing he is trying to put into motion but the critics may ask, “what about the heroin?” Here is the thing with heroin, 75% of heroin addicts admitted that there first opioid, was in fact a prescription drug and that they started seeking heroin only because it was cheaper.
The “War on Drugs” has been an epic fail since 1971, so with the flow of drugs into our country showing no signs of stopping, how do we help our child, sibling, parent, partner if they will always be able to buy drugs? Every person is different but the addiction is the same, no matter the substance.
Here are some things I would reccomend having dealt with this first hand. Find a reputable medical detox in order to safely and properly stop using drugs. The most common barrier to getting started with drug treatment is fear of the pain and discomfort associated with withdrawal, if properly detoxed the process will be done in a comfortable fashion.
Next i would recommend a minimum of 30 days in an inpatient treatment center. This allows the individual time away from the drug and a safe environment to work with counselors and psychiatrists in order to work on underlying issues.
Following inpatient treatment i would recommend some type of aftercare program, i.e. and intensive outpatient program (IOP) and sober living. Sober living allows you to be in a safe living environment while being surrounded by individuals with the same common goal of staying clean and sober. IOP allows for a continuum of care with therapists and group therapy.
This is the process i took and it has saved my life, i would recommend this to anyone struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction.
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