Contrary to popular belief, the addiction of drugs doesn’t usually start with hard drugs such as heroin or crack. Although you might not believe it at first, over 100 people in the United States die every day from an overdose of an opioid. Between the years of 2000 and 2016, there were more than 600,000 documented cases of prescription drug overdoses. Two years ago, in 2016, there were more than 63,000 deaths from drug overdoses, according to a report released from the CDC in December 2017.
Recent studies indicate that when medical practitioners in the US administer opioids to their patients, over 98 percent of them give out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended dosage limit of three days. Also, a study conducted recently showed that of those who overdose on their prescriptions receive another one for the same or a similar product after just six months.
According to another study conducted in 2016, almost 12 million Americans have abused opioid prescription painkillers during that year. Abuse of prescription painkillers is a very serious problem in the United States that must be addressed ASAP.
If you have been curious about how addiction works, here’s the shortened version. Addiction is medically a chronic brain disease that causes extensive compulsive behavior, even though the user is completely aware that it causes harm to himself/herself and the people in his or her environment.
Dependence on drugs is an extremely complex process. The user is typically unable to quit on their own. Just because someone is addicted to drugs doesn’t mean that they have bad character or are immoral; it simply means that they got in over their head and aren’t able to get out of it. The good news is that there are very effective ways to detox from drug use and stay clean for the rest of the person’s life.
SMART Recovery is a recovery program that is used by many in the US to recovery, and it’s based on scientific knowledge designed to evolve as scientific knowledge evolves. This particular recovery program makes use of motivational enhancement therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
So if you or somebody that you love struggles with drug addiction, don’t give up the battle yet. There is still hope. Try reaching out to your general practitioner to see if he or she can get you information on your local SMART recovery program so that you can get on the road to recovery.