Addiction As A National Epidemic

There have been a lot of discussions in business and government circles regarding substance abuse.  It is very likely that you personally know a drug dependent or a co-worker who is hooked on painkillers. Drug addiction has turned into a national epidemic that can only be addressed through best rehab centers that provide customized treatment and remedies to help a patient recover.

Arizona has been especially hit hard by addiction. According to the state Department of Health Services, there were 790 deaths due to opioid overdose, 482 from prescription drugs and 308 from heroin use in 2016 alone. This is a significant 74% increase in overdose deaths from 2012.

Last June, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a statewide health emergency because of the number of deaths due to opioid overdose. Ducey called for an increase in education, better data and targeted solutions to confront the epidemic head on.

Meanwhile, other organizations as well as concerned individuals are also looking for possible solutions to the problem. Terros Health has responded to the call of the governor with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program that can save families, lives and dollars. MAT makes use of FDA-approved medications combined with individual, group and family counseling and therapy for the treatment of patients who are suffering from substance abuse.

A 2016 report from The PEW Charitable Trusts revealed that MAT is an effective treatment for addiction to opioids, alcohol, nicotine and other drugs. MAT is more useful than behavioral interventions and medications alone. The treatment can significantly prevent illicit opioid use which was not successfully reduced by non-drug approaches.

Addiction is a complex condition that affects a person’s biological and psychological system. MAT uses medication to pacify the person’s addicted brain receptors that produce cravings and rewards. Psychosocial approach is used to manage the patient’s depression, illness and trauma.

At the best rehab centers, a different approach is usedto produce the best outcome. A high quality individualized treatment that has been designed according to the patient’s needs is provided in a setting that is peaceful, private and luxurious. Innovative types of treatment like the holistic approach are used to help the patient during the recovery process.


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