The war on drugs is a global battlefield, as governments battle against smugglers, dealers, and addicts with increased ferocity. Sadly, nearly 10% of the population over the age of 12 live with some kind of substance dependence or abuse. Traditional addiction treatment programs can offer no guarantee of success, and are often expensive. If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, know that help is available but those with addiction must be ones to want the change in order for the program to have any hope.
The Nature of Addiction
Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death as of 2013, making drugs more dangerous than car accidents and homicide for the year. Drug use often starts with curiosity paired with absent adult guidance, as 2,500 American youth base a prescription pain reliever for the first time every day. Drug use evolves from curiosity to a primitive need as the body begins to crave the substances. There are today 1.9 million Americans who live with prescription opioid abuse or dependency and 517,000 who live with a heroin addiction. Nearly three-quarters of opioid addiction patients ultimately switch to heroin as a cheaper and more dangerous source for their addiction.
Although Vivitrol is typically prescribed at addiction treatment centers to help those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction stave off the effects of withdrawal, it can only be used if the addict has been clean for seven to ten days. Furthermore, Vivitrol must be administered by a health professional every 30 days. A new drug called Suboxone has been available in the U.S. since 2003 and has proven effectiveness at helping addicts overcome their addictions. Suboxone contains just two ingredients: Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Patients who have tried Vivitrol unsuccessfully may find relief from their addiction through Suboxone. Don’t surrender another day to addiction; find a treatment center near you and take your life back!