Category Archives: Opioid Addiction Treatment Resources

If You Think There Might Be a Problem, There Already Is
Opiate abuse cases range in severity, complexity, and duration. Family members often struggle when they think a loved one is using opiate drugs, but they don’t know how or when to bring up the subject of considering outpatient treatment. A substance use disorder is described clinically as a medical condition that produces significant impairments in health management, social function, and self-control. A drug abuser may know their drug of choice threatens life and security, but not be physically or mentally able to face opiate withdrawal without specialized help and support delivered in opiate treatment centers. In a perfect world, all initial substance use disorders ...

Sizing Up Opioid and Heroin Addiction in Oakland, California
The ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States has led to tragic consequences for communities all over the country, and spanning all walks of life. In Alameda County, opioid addiction has caused severe consequences in many forms. Drug crime continues to be a pressing issue in these communities, and the statistics of overdose deaths are fueling a disturbing upward trend. Fatal Trends Regarding Oakland Heroin Use and Opioid Abuse Opioid and heroin addiction are complex issues, and many new heroin users report starting their use of the drug after taking prescription opioid painkillers. Once refills are no longer available and addiction has set ...

Pain Medication After Surgery: Avoiding Addiction to Rx Drugs
Now that the opioid epidemic has become front-page news, many people are questioning the safety of taking prescription painkillers, which can be highly addictive. However, in some cases, such as after surgery, pain relief is a very real need that must be addressed – and prescription opioids may be the best way to alleviate that pain. First, let’s touch briefly on why prescription painkiller addiction is so dangerous. Then we’ll look at the latest scientific findings of how to manage pain after surgery while avoiding painkiller addiction. How Avoiding Painkiller Addiction After Surgery Can Prevent Heroin Addiction The opioid epidemic includes addiction to ...

President Trump Announces the Opioid Crisis is Now a Public Health Emergency
From the East Room of the White House today, President Trump declared that the Opioid Crisis in America is now a “Public Health Emergency.” Citing the toll that the crisis has taken on the young and the old, the rich and the poor, and those in both urban and rural communities, the President asserted that the current generation can be the “generation that ends the epidemic.” In his speech, the President recounted how the opioid epidemic came to be, its ties to prescription drug use, and how it has affected the lives of millions of Americans and caused tens of thousands ...

Santa Clara, California Opioid Addiction Statistics and Trends
Nearly 2 million people live in Santa Clara County, and several recent developments concerning the opioid crisis point to a few major factors contributing to the problem. Santa Clara County serves as an example of how addiction hurts more than just the individual: Its reach can affect entire communities. In 2016 alone, there were 66 opioid overdose-related deaths in Santa Clara County. Drug Trafficking in California California has unique concerns when it comes to drugs compared to other states. Mexican drug cartels control most of the heroin flowing into the United States, and Santa Clara law enforcement officials have cited the area as ...

Comparing the Dangers of Alcoholism to Painkiller Addiction
As the opioid addiction epidemic has garnered national attention, it can be easy to forget that alcohol addiction is still highly prevalent and as deadly as ever. While the dangers of drinking alcohol are fairly well known, withdrawal from alcohol can also be deadly, as evidenced by the recent tragic death of actor Nelsan Ellis. Every type of addiction comes with specific dangers. When comparing prescription painkillers to alcohol, painkillers are more dangerous in the short term. However, the long-term risks to an alcohol user’s health are far more significant and often unavoidable after prolonged excessive alcohol use. Opioid painkillers carry a ...