Facts About Current Drug Use in the US
Between 1999 and 2014, over 165,000 people died of an overdose on opioids. More than half of these opioid-related deaths were from prescription-based drug use. Overdoses occur most frequently for the ages of 25 to 54. The most commonly prescribed drugs are methadone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Street drugs are no longer the only concern.
Of those that start or complete a recovery program, between 40% to 60% may relapse. This rate is even higher for highly addictive and toxic drugs such as heroine and cocaine. Detox programs work to help the addict get clean physically but there must be follow up treatment to insure a higher chance of success in mental recovery. The only proven way to recover from any drug addiction is complete abstinence from that drug.
Treatment centers provide a safe haven for those that are trying to escape from the dangerous world of drugs. These centers are a “no-use” zone that provides addicts with physical freedom while offering them the means and opportunity to work on causation issues and find sanity in sobriety.
A retreat addiction treatment center is also able to provide personalized treatment plans for its residents. Personalized treatment can increase the chances of success in recovery because the addicted person is treated, not just the addiction. This is preferable to generic treatments based on statistics and used in some free clinics where funding and resources are limited.
In an addiction treatment center, addicts are required to abstain from:
- Drugs or alcohol.
- Relationships and sex.
- Harassment or violence towards staff or other residents.
This abstinence helps create and maintain a safe environment that fosters personal growth and recovery while putting the focus on the needs of the individual.
Public Verses Private Care
According to some sources, private care recipients are among a recovery rate that is 17% higher than that of public care recipients. Private care participants enjoy structure and recreational activities while being separated from the drugs and people they were exposed to while using. Public care recipients may be in a facility or an out-patient program that allows for treatment but not personalized care.
Although not an available option for everyone, private retreat addiction treatment centers show a higher success rate and a higher completion rate for those that attend. This can help save the lives of those struggling to escape addiction.