Columbus Addiction and Rehab
Addiction to drugs and alcohol remains a major threat to Columbus, Ohio. Addiction growth is in part related to the massive influx of drugs in general, but the introduction of new drugs as well as new cutting agents play a part in epidemic of drug addiction as a whole. Addiction baffles the families and friends of these drug addicts when they try to help since they don’t really know what the user is going through. They can have trouble getting through when they try to compete with the overwhelming nature of the drugs and the grip they have on the addict.
In general addiction has remained an elusive monster that has gotten quite out of hand over time. With confusion and mystery surrounding it the issue of drug abuse brings up further questions:
- Why would someone let themselves go and give themselves to a chemical like this in the first place?
- Why is it that some people can use drugs recreationally for a period of time in college and then be done with it, but others end up swept away by their use?
These are valid questions that are much harder to answer than you might think. In fact every drug or alcohol addiction is in many ways unique to the individual, but still has at least one major common denominator. The common denominator is that each person has transitioned to a state of mind where their only coping mechanism for whatever problem or issue they have is to continue to use. They resort to putting their substance of choice into their body over and over again. They’ve essentially become a slave to whatever to their drug of choice, and this leads to a cycle of creating problems while trying to solve them.
Addiction is the way they deal with, or cover up inner issues that they’re unable to solve. They think they have no control over substance abuse because they have no control over the inner issues or problems they’re struggling with. One of the most difficult but helpful part of drug addiction treatment is when the addict is forced to confront these underlying issues, and then cope with them in a healthy way rather than using drugs. It would be inaccurate to say that the addict becomes dependent on drugs because of external problems in their life. We see examples of people everywhere having to deal with the truly horrible situations in life and experiencing awful things, but being able to cope without resorting to drug or alcohol abuse.
How Columbus Rehab Works
When a person progresses to a point in life where they feel hopeless against their addiction their using can seem perfectly justifiable. It is all related to a concept addict’s share which makes drug use, drug culture, and drug connections appear to be the only real solution they have. After all if they feel like they have been damaged beyond repair the temporary relief they get from their using seems like a small price to pay for all of the problems it causes.
Rehab presents new solutions that they might not otherwise be able to see, and then teach skills to incorporate them into the addict’s life. This is the job of the drug rehab centers: recognizing addiction for what it is, and then walking the addict through the series of steps to recover and get clean for good. Getting clean without help can be extremely difficult or impossible. Rehab is a comprehensive solution that addresses all the different problems addicts face in early recovery, and provides them with the support necessary for addicts to learn how to maintain their new found sobriety.
Unfortunately addiction takes a heavy toll on the physical wellbeing of a person. While drugs mask the inner issues and problems the person has it also breaks them down to the point where they lose interest in the basic necessities of survival. They end up a victim by default since they have no choice but to continue to use. Also as a result of numbing themselves rather than dealing with their problems the situation inevitably gets worse.
By the time the addict is ready to do something about their substance abuse problem they may also be experiencing a deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals. This throws their entire system out of whack and in the case of alcohol they’re generally dehydrated which can lead to mild physical discomfort or exhaustion.
A key part of addiction recovery can be maintaining your own physical health as well after the detoxification process is complete. So when a drug addict enrolls in a treatment program, not only are they going to be “battling their demons”, but these demons might have intensified over time due to the relationship this person has created with them. The goal of a rehab program is to get the addict sober, and teach them to remain that way. When attacking the problem without the help of a rehab it is more likely to fall into old habits and patterns.
Outside of a rehab center the person is faced with the same life situations that lead them to use in the first place, and has easy access to alcohol and drugs. Also, even though families and loved ones have good intentions they aren’t trained to understand what the addict is going through. This can lead to a volatile situation, and there is potential for the addict to manipulate things since the people close to them are not objective.
The Solution to the Drug Problem Starts with Treatment
There has been an increase in drug accessibility and drug dealers in the state of Ohio. There has also been a geographical and social shift in drug culture. Currently new addicts tend to be suburban upper-middle-class teenagers. The drug problem in Ohio requires some immediate attention with more people dying from opiate overdoses than from suicides or automobile accidents. Although being addicted to opiates is a sort of slow motion form of a suicide itself. Many of these opiate overdoses can be linked to heroin specifically as heroin addicts find it difficult to know how potent a does is, and there be other chemicals used to cut it that could result in lethal or very serious consequences.
In fact a lot of people end up switching to heroin as a viable alternative to a more expensive opiate habit like OxyContin. Heroin is cheaper and more readily available, and has a reputation to provide a stronger high. This is known throughout the drug scene, and has led to heroin addiction showing up in places it never used to be. As a result in 2011 the number of opioid overdoses reached a staggering number 1,765 total overdose events for that year. The gravity of this plight didn’t go by undetected by the state. In 2013 a much merited and new state agency was created called the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services with the purpose of resolving the drug problem in Ohio. With $1.4 billion dollars in its two year budget it brings hope to an agency made up of 2,400 employees (this includes the 300 working in Columbus at the central office). The plans for this agency include coordinating a system of 460 treatment providers, 400 mental-health agencies, and six hospitals. These addiction recovery specialists will be available to provide alcoholics and addicts the help they need.