With young adults becoming addicted to heroin, opiates/opioids and other drugs & alcohol at alarming rates, Scottsdale Recovery Center brings affordable medical detox and Suboxone therapy to a whole new level in AZ!

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug addiction problem in the United States, affecting young adults the most. Young adults ages 18-25 are the biggest abusers of prescription drugs, opioids, opiates, painkillers and drugs for ADHD and anxiety. The rate of drug induced deaths in Arizona is higher than the national average. There are actually more deaths now from drug overdose than car accidents. In 2014 over 1700 young adults died from prescription overdose, mostly opioids, more than any other drug or heroin and cocaine combined, with many more needing emergency treatment. There is a need for medical detox and Suboxone.

Fortunately the government is proposing expanded access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use to help individuals with an opioid use disorder seek drug addiction treatment, successfully complete treatment, and sustain recovery. This is exciting news for Scottsdale Recovery Center, Arizona’s leading treatment center for young adults in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, because more people will be able to afford high quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, whereby we can safely administer medical detox and withdrawal management with drugs like Suboxone or Vivitrol.

Further plans to combat the drug addiction epidemic include expanding state-level prescription drug overdose prevention strategies, increasing the availability of medication-assisted treatment programs, like Suboxone and Vivitrol, and to improve access to the overdose-reversal drug Naloxone. Suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction and aid with withdrawal symptoms. It contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, whereby the Buprenorphine is an opioid medication and Naloxone is a special narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines. Vivitrol (Naltrexone) is used as part of a treatment program for drug or alcohol addiction. It blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse.

The number of prescriptions for opioids (like hydrocodone and oxycodone products) have escalated from around 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013, with the United States their biggest consumer globally, accounting for almost 100 percent of the world total for hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin) and 81 percent for oxycodone (i.e., Percocet). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that opioids—a class of drugs that include prescription pain medications and heroin—were involved in 28,648 deaths in 2014, with a continued increase in heroin-involved deaths and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl (50 times stronger than heroin and what caused Prince’s overdose). The increased difficulty in obtaining these medications may explain the transition to heroin abuse, which is cheaper and in some communities easier to obtain than prescription opioids.

What caused this epidemic? Obviously it is hard to pinpoint or generalize, but one factor is that more than 100 million people suffer from chronic pain in this country, for whom opioid therapy may be the right course of treatment. Other factors contributing to the epidemic of drug addiction are the drastic increases in the number of prescriptions written and dispensed, greater social acceptability for using medications for different purposes and aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies. For young adults, they may be abusing prescription meds or heroin for the thrill of it, to get high or as a study aid.

Scientists are still debating whether chronic opioid use for certain conditions benefits outweigh the risks. Opioid dependence is a chronic disease that can affect anyone. It could be a friend, a co-worker, a spouse, a brother, a sister, or a parent. Unfortunately, people who struggle with opioid dependence may be reluctant to ask for help because of the stigma attached to chemical dependency.

To see how we can help you or your loved one suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, please contact Scottsdale Recovery Center 24/7 at 602.346.9142.

Talk to Someone Who’s Been There. Talk to Someone Who Can Help. Scottsdale Recovery Center holds the highest accreditation (Joint Commission) and is Arizona’s premier rehab facility since 2007. Call 602-346-9142.

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