Every day, more than 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose. The opioid crisis has continued to get worse for the past 20 years. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died of overdoses, nearly 50,000 of them from opioids. More than 2,600 of those deaths happened in New Jersey.
There are likely many causes that have contributed to the opioid crisis, but a major cause has been the over-prescription of opioid painkillers. In the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies aggressively marketed addictive opioids to doctors, convincing them that pain is a medical issue that had been under-treated and that powerful opioids were not as addictive as previously thought. This exposed many people to high doses of opioids and many of those people developed addictions. Even teens having wisdom teeth removed were often prescribed a month’s worth of Vicodin for the post-surgery pain. This over-prescription not only led to people becoming addicted after surgery but also excess pills floating around for people to sell or use experimentally. Twenty years later, New Jersey and the entire country is facing a public health crisis in the form of opioid addiction.
Drug Overdoses in Camden County and Voorhees, New Jersey
The overdose rate in New Jersey is much higher than the national average. While 21.7 out of every 100,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2017, in New Jersey, the rate was 30 out of every 100,000–nearly 50 percent higher. More than 100 Voorhees residents sought treatment for drugs or alcohol in 2017.
Treatment Centers in Camden County and Voorhees, New Jersey
The decision to seek treatment for drug or alcohol use is not always easy. There are psychological and practical barriers to people seeking help. In fact, only an estimated 10 percent of Americans who need help for addiction actually get it. The good news is that now there are more treatment options than ever to help you find and pay for quality addiction treatment. Insurance and government programs can help you overcome financial barriers to treatment while a greater variety of treatment options increase your chances of success.
At Enlightened Solutions, we believe in individualized care that addresses the root causes of addiction. Our program emphasizes holistic care for the body, mind, and soul. We believe the best way to overcome addiction is to leave it behind. We offer a spectrum of care, with both inpatient and outpatient programs, as well as follow-up care to help you maintain your recovery.
To learn more about our holistic approach to recovering from addiction in New Jersey, explore our website or call us at 833-801-LIVE.