Millions of Americans use opioids every year to manage their pain. While opioids prescribed by doctors may be appropriate in certain cases, they only put a bandaid on the pain. In turn this has resulted in heavy dependence on opioids and propelled the worst opioid epidemic in American History.
Collaboration is essential for success in preventing opioid overdose deaths. Medical personnel, emergency departments, first responders, public safety officials, mental health and substance use treatment providers, community-based organizations, public health, and members of the community all bring awareness, resources, and expertise to address this complex and fast-moving epidemic. Together, we can better coordinate efforts to prevent opioid overdoses and deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Physicians have released updated guidelines and reports urging healthcare providers to use safe, non-drug alternatives, such as physical therapy, for all non-cancer-related pain treatments. Unfortunately alternative methods of pain management are not always the help that most people in need receive. This blog will highlight some alarming facts about the nature of what we are dealing with.
The opioid epidemic is not a cut-and-dry issue. There are many challenges to be considered including the numerous barriers that have been built into the healthcare system along with the underlying behavioral health issues that often occur in patients that are struggling with opioid abuse.
Don’t let your addiction or trauma stop you from living the life you love. Contact A New Crossroad today if you are suffering from addiction. We are here to help and want to aid you on your road to recovery and healthy living.