Senate Bill Passes To Fight Against Painkiller Abuse & Heroin Addiction

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With the growing epidemic of opioid addiction, the U.S. Senate recently passed bipartisan legislation to support actions to combat the problem. Known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the legislation passed on March 10th was specifically written to help control addiction to prescription opioid painkillers and heroin.

Just What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a specific class of drugs that include prescription painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl, as well as the illicit drug heroin. Opioids interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable feelings and to relieve pain.

How Big Is The Opioid Addiction Problem?

Heroin addiction was once thought of as anStreets inner-city problem that only affected down and out individuals who lived on the street. Today, nearly two million Americans 12 or older are addicted to prescription painkillers, and over 580,000 have a substance abuse problem involving heroin. There were more than 18,000 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers in 2014, and over 10,000 overdose deaths linked to heroin. The overdose rate has more than quadrupled in the last 15 years. Yes, the problem is serious and growing rapidly!

How The Legislation Will Help

CARA is a big shift from previous governmental efforts to control opioid addiction. Rather than placing some drug offenders into the criminal justice system, they may gain access to evidence-based, rehab treatment for painkiller addiction treatment if this bill gets passed by Congress.Individuals currently in prison for drug offenses may also receive greater access to treatment. CARA could also provide funds for medication-assisted treatment programs that use methadone and other opioid medications to wean patients from heroin and other opioid drugs.

The bill has now shifted to the House of Representatives. However, it’s unclear if and when it will be signed into law, particularly since there is a similar bill that is currently pending that is focused on funding for treatment for heroin addiction.

Do You Or A Loved One Need Help For Opioid Addiction?

While there may be more treatment resources available soon if CARA or other legislation is passed, there is help now. Don’t wait for an opioid addiction to get worse. Call now to speak with an addiction specialist.

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Battling Addiction And Regaining Control

Dad & Son-Alcohol Awareness Month-Battling Alcohol AddictionIt’s rare to find someone whose life hasn’t been affected by alcoholism in one way or another. Whether it’s a spouse, sibling, friend or coworker, most people have been impacted by the world’s most commonly-used addictive substance.

Alcohol Abuse Affects So Many Of Us

Did you know that one out of 12 Americans suffers from some form of alcohol abuse? That’s over 17 million people in the United States alone. Statistics indicate that half of all adults in the United States have a family history of alcoholism, and over 7 million children are growing up in homes where alcoholism is present.

When you consider the far reaching, societal ramifications of the family disease of alcoholism, it’s no wonder that Alcohol Awareness Month has grown significantly since it was founded in 1987 by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD.)

Originally created to help reduce the shame and stigma associated with alcoholism, the NCADD encourages communities to inform and educate the public about the chronic and progressive nature of the disease of alcoholism and to carry the message of hope and recovery. Millions of Americans are living sober lives in recovery and loving life free from the chains of addiction.

Battling Alcohol Addiction And Regaining Control

The problem of alcoholism is that it often sneaks up on individuals. What begins as a drink or two at parties can quickly turn into a daily habit that involves consuming more and more. Over time, the impact can be extensive – from damaged relationships and difficulties at work to health issues and even serious legal problems. Unfortunately, the grip of addiction is strong, and few are actually able to overcome alcohol abuse and addiction without help.

For those who are in denial, a professional intervention is often the first step in the journey of recovery. This is when loved ones, friends and even colleagues can help the individual better understand the ramifications of their problem. Often this is enough to get the wheels turning that lead to treatment and recovery.

Getting Professional Treatment For Alcoholism

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Help is available. Whether you or a loved one needs assistance with an alcohol problem, this fact is very important. No one has to battle alcoholism alone. Customized alcohol addiction treatment services offer a chance for a lasting recovery. By addressing an individual’s unique needs, causes of addiction and triggers, this form of treatment offers support and care that is greatly beneficial.

Make Alcohol Awareness Month the month that you make a real difference in your life or that of someone else that is struggling with alcohol. It is literally the gift of life!

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Study Finds Media Skews Depiction of Drug Problem

addiction in the mediaPeople in the addiction treatment and recovery community have long been fighting an uphill battle regarding the stigma surrounding addiction. Although it appears that progress is being made in educating more people about addiction, there is still a tendency to err on the side of criminalizing the behavior rather than supporting treatment and successful recovery programs.

One of the biggest offenders of this has been traditional mainstream media, and a recent study examined how prescription painkiller abuse was depicted by some of the largest media outlets over more than a decade.

According to the study, the number of stories having to do with prescription opioid abuse increased significantly since 1998. Of the sample of media outlets examined, the number of stories jumped from 13 that year up to 63 by 2012, which was an increase of 484%. Two-thirds of these stories depicted opioid abuse along with criminal activity, while only 3% of them offered readers or viewers treatment solutions.

“Results of a recent experimental study suggest that portrayals of successful treatment of opioid analgesic abuse can improve public attitudes toward and reduce willingness to discriminate against individuals experiencing the condition, but only slightly over one-third of news stories depicted an individual engaging in treatment,” explained the researchers.

While most treatment professionals would agree that more coverage of the substance abuse problem is needed to increase overall awareness, having a more balanced and responsible approach to the subject would be a much better service to the general public. The truth is that addiction does not discriminate and can affect anyone. It is also true that prevention, intervention, and treatment are effective and that long-term recovery is made possible every day.

Above The Influence Campaign Goes Social

The Partnership at DrugFree.org has recently announced its plans to revive the anti-drug campaign called “Above The Influence,” which was award-wining and deemed successful.

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As mentioned in the New York Times, the campaign used to receive funding from Congress, but the budget cuts continued to reduce the amount over the years to finally being deleted last year. Now The Partnership is seeking corporate sponsors to run a more cost-effective campaign through digital outlets and social media.

The project was previously run by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Director Gil Kerlikowske was quoted in a release as saying, “No one is better suited than The Partnership at Drugfree.org to ensure the continued success of Above the Influence. The Partnership has been there since the beginning of Above the Influence, and together, we have made a difference in the lives of teens.”

Above The Influence seeks to help put anti-drug messages into contexts that speak more to teenagers, noting that simply stating “Don’t Do Drugs” isn’t effective and “Drugs Will Kill You” isn’t an immediately real concept to them. Instead the messages usually show how substance abuse can pull someone off track in life and make them lose interest in activities that would otherwise be positive influences. It bridges the gap of what happens when someone first starts taking drugs and then what happens once they become addicted.

The campaign currently has a promotion going called “Made by Me,” which is an online advertising campaign created for free by New York agency Atmosphere Proximity. This new project encourages teens to submit their ideas for the next great Above the Influence public service announcement. Teens will vote on a winning concept which will be filmed by a renowned director and premiered in October 2013 to coincide with Above the Influence Day.