The opioid crisis in the US continues to get worse every year. In 2017, more than 70,000 Americans died of a drug overdose and 50,000 of those were opioid-related. New Jersey has been one of the states hardest hit by the epidemic, coming in twelfth among states for its rate of fatal overdoses. As deadly as the opioid crisis has been, it’s also important to remember that the yearly death toll from alcohol-related causes is still higher. Each year, more than 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes including accidents, diseases, and alcohol poisoning. Haddon is one of the few places in New Jersey where nearly as many people seek treatment for alcohol use disorder as for opioid use disorder.
Drug Overdoses in Camden County and Haddon, New Jersey
As noted, New Jersey is twelfth among states in overdose deaths and the rate appears to be increasing more quickly than in the US overall, increasing nearly 30 percent from 2016 to 2017. More than 2,600 people in New Jersey died of an overdose in 2017. While relatively few people die from alcohol poisoning–an average of about 40 per year, in New Jersey–there are far more deaths from other alcohol-related causes, including car accidents, falls, liver disease, suicide, and various cancers. What alcohol lacks in potency it makes up for in popularity.
Treatment Centers in Camden County and Haddon, New Jersey
Dozens of Haddon residents sought treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorders last year. There used to be a heavy stigma attached to admitting you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and seeking help, but that has changed in recent years. Now, most people see addiction as a medical condition that requires treatment, whereas more people used to see addiction as a character flaw or a sign someone lacks willpower. One good thing to come from the opioid crisis is that the public is learning about the true causes of treatment and learning that it affects all kinds of people without discriminating. Most people now know someone with a drug or alcohol use issue. That humanizes addiction and makes it easier to get treatment.
Enlightened Solutions is an addiction treatment center in New Jersey that believes in treating the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. We believe that the best way to overcome addiction is to create a happy, joyful life. We offer a range of treatment options to fit your life and follow-up care to help you manage the transition back to normal daily life.
To learn more about our holistic approach to recovering from addiction in New Jersey, explore our website or call us at 833-801-LIVE.