While few deny that drug and alcohol use compromise quality of life for millions of affected Americans, its close companion, Overdose (OD), dramatically claims life itself. In fact, OD is currently the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction drives the epidemic, with more than 47,700 overdose-related deaths associated with prescription opioids and illicit drugs (heroin and illicit fentanyl).
Tragically, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than they are from a car accident or by guns (homicide/suicide). On the heels of Black Balloon Day, we thought it fitting to discuss the current prevalence of drug and alcohol overdoses (ODs) in America in this week’s blog post.
Drug Use & Overdose in America
The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) records 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017.Citing data in the most recent Morbidity & Mortality Report, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reveals that 702,000 Americans died from drug overdoses between 1999 and 2017, with nearly 10 percent of those deaths occurring in 2017.
MFI staff agree that one of the most difficult aspects of working in the substance abuse field is facing the heartbreaking overdose deaths of previous clients. Despite the exceptional success rate of our detox and recovery programs, drug addicts and alcoholics relapse. And relapse often results in death.
“It breaks my heart every time we lose a former client,” says Mt Rubidoux Lead Counselor Robert (Bobby) Kreiss.“But, unfortunately, relapse is part of recovery. So, we work as a close-knit team to help each other through the grief. And we turn that sadness into motivation to help the next client succeed.”
History of Black Balloon Day
Designed to call attention to the overdose epidemic, the Black Balloon movement was the brainchild of a Boston resident, Diane Hurley, who lost both her son and son-in-law to overdoses. To memorialize the two men and highlight the drug addiction crisis in our country, Hurley and her family hung black balloons outside of their homes on the anniversary of their loved one’s deaths. The simple gesture morphed into a national movement celebrated each March 6.
What MFI is Doing
MFI Recovery Centers use the Matrix Model, which is a treatment program designed to provide people in recovery with a structure of support. Drawing on several research-based methods, it blends the best modalities into an extremely strong system of recovery. Clinicians at MFI Recovery Center are specially trained in optimizing The Matrix Model for each individual client, creating a highly personalized treatment program. The various modalities can include behavior modification, 12 step recovery program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy.
Our inpatient and outpatient treatment programs provide a foundation that helps rebuild meaningful aspects of an individual’s life. We assist individuals and families at all levels of care, to identify and manage the underlying causes of behavior in order to establish effective coping strategies for the future. By utilizing evidence-based practices, individually tailored to each person’s unique experience and needs, our drug addiction treatment centers practice the highest quality of care. While not a guarantee of relapse-prevention, these modalities offer alcoholics and drug addicts the highest possible opportunity to succeed in their recovery efforts.
While no drug or alcohol treatment program can guarantee the success of every participating client, addicts and alcoholics who rely on a comprehensive program with active after-care, such as the programs at MFI, fare better than those who go it alone.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) says points out: “Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives.”
About Mt Rubidoux MFI
Our treatment center provides services to people who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. Located in the shadow of Mt. Rubidoux in the City of Riverside, we provide structured and supportive addiction treatment in semi-private, comfortable apartment-style setting. Monitored by professional addiction specialists 24 hours a day, our modern apartments offer a haven for healing during the rehab process. Living and recovering in our Mt. Rubidoux residential treatment facility means becoming healthy again. Our clients receive intensive treatment and learn new, healthy strategies to sustain recovery. To find out more, call today 866-218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at 951-683-6596.
About MFI Recovery Center
Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ The Matrix Model for each individual client, creating a personalized treatment program. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call today (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.