Drug Abuse & Addiction
Drug abuse and addiction are also major public health threats, and have been for quite some time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the year 2018 it was reported that 11.7 percent of all Americans over the age of 12 engaged in illicit drug use at least once. Two percent of Americans reported the non-medical use of a psychotherapeutic drug over the course of the past month. Drug addiction leads to a range of serious consequences, which vary on a person-to-person basis and depend heavily on the type of drug that is being abused. In recent years the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose-related deaths. The CDC also reported that there were 67,367 drug-related overdose deaths throughout the country in 2019. A significant amount of these deaths are attributed to opioid narcotics like prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl — however, rates of benzodiazepine overdose have also been on the rise.
Medical detox is most often a necessary first step when it comes to drug addiction recovery. The symptoms associated with drug withdrawal can be unpredictable and severe, and range between extremely uncomfortable flu-like symptoms and grand mal seizures.
Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal
Men and women who use a chemical substance for any extended period of time begin building up a physical tolerance, meaning more of the substance is required in order for the desired effects to be produced. The body and brain become accustomed to the presence of the substance, and when use is suddenly stopped the entire system essentially goes into shock. This leads to the symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal, which must be closely overseen and treated in a detox center in order to avoid potential complications. Effective detox programs combine 24-hour medical supervision with medication assisted treatment options, intensive behavioral therapy and a range of other essential services like case management and aftercare planning. At Guardian Recovery Network we do more than ensure a safe and pain-free drug and alcohol withdrawal — we help each and every one of our clients set a solid foundation for long-term sobriety.