Addiction is a progressive disease that can take over your life. It can damage your health, your relationships, your career, your finances, get you into legal trouble, and possibly kill you. Each year, more than 88,000 people die of alcohol-related causes, including alcohol poisoning, accidents, and progressive alcohol-related diseases like heart disease, liver disease, and various cancers. Fewer people die each year of drug overdoses, but at this rate, drugs will overtake alcohol very soon. In 2017, more than 70,000 Americans died of a drug overdose and nearly 50,000 of those deaths were opioid-related. What’s more, New Jersey has been affected more than most states, ranking twelfth overall in the rate of overdose deaths. Last year, hundreds of people in Gloucester City sought treatment for addiction to heroin and other opioids.
Drug Overdoses in Camden County and Gloucester City, New Jersey
The rate of overdoses in New Jersey is higher than the US overall and is increasing more quickly. In 2017, there were 21.7 overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the US but in New Jersey, there were 30 overdose deaths per 100,000 people, an increase of nearly 50 percent. This was also an increase from the previous year of nearly 30 percent. There is some cause for hope though. In Camden County, there were 329 suspected opioid deaths in 2018 and as of April 2019, there were only 91 suspected opioid deaths. If that trend holds, it could be the first drop in years. This may be the result of measures local, state, and federal governments have enacted to address the opioid crisis.
Treatment Centers in Camden County and Gloucester City, New Jersey
One of the biggest obstacles in addressing the opioid crisis has been lack of access to quality treatment. Some of the areas hardest hit by the opioid crisis have the fewest resources to deal with it, especially in isolated rural areas. There are too few doctors who specialize in addiction medicine and too few treatment options in places that need them. By some estimates, only 10 percent of people who need treatment for substance use disorders actually get treatment.
Fortunately, in New Jersey, there are more quality treatment options than ever. In early 2019, the Governor announced new policies to increase access to evidence-based treatment and help people sustain recovery. At Enlightened Solutions, we use a holistic approach to addiction treatment. We believe in individualized treatment for the body, mind, and spirit. We offer a spectrum of treatment options as well as follow-up care to help you sustain your recovery after you leave.
To learn more about our holistic approach to recovering from addiction in New Jersey, contact us or call us at 833-801-LIVE.