We urge people to educate themselves as to what some of the red flags of prescription pill addiction are, if not for their own family members' sake, then for the sake of friends who may be struggling.
San Clemente, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2012
Few would be surprised that Orange County prescription pill abuse is already endemic, but a new documentary on the subject, Behind the Orange Curtain, gives a very disturbing look at this phenomenon. Orange County drug and alcohol treatment center 449 Recovery, based in San Clemente, CA, has been on the front lines of this battleground for decades, and has seen the tragic casualties that have been wrought by its aftermath.
"A lot of people just aren't aware of the problem," said CEO and Founder Rodney Robinson. "The sad reality, though, is that this isn't a new problem. We urge people to educate themselves as to what some of the red flags of prescription pill addiction are, if not for their own family members' sake, then for the sake of friends who may be struggling with the disease."
Behind the Orange Curtain was filmed following the death of a Dana Hill High School student, who fatally overdosed as a result of prescription pill addiction. The documentary interviews former active drug users who recount their histories of abuse, and what the consequences of that history are. In the trailer, one young addict claims that he has attended 13 funerals in 12 months for drug-related fatalities, while another individual who is wheelchair-bound is asked if he would had ever used had he known the consequences, to which he gestures "no". The trailer begins with idyllic scenes Orange County, complete with sunshine, volleyball, and luxury cars. The tone changes quickly, though, as one mother describes the scene as, "how it looks outside, but the reality is far different."
This is not an anomaly--the addiction and alcoholism teens face in Orange County is the same elsewhere in the nation. As the documentary points out, though, Orange County drug and alcohol treatment centers are by far the most numerous in the country. The area has the resources needed to establish such facilities (and for that matter, the drugs that result in needing such a service), but statistics show that, while the rates for addiction are high, they are neither the highest in the nation, nor do they result in as many fatalities.
Recently, Oklahoma was the state with the highest number of prescription opiate addiction related deaths, and Florida is by far the state that leads both written prescriptions needed for the drugs, as well as sales of the actual drugs themselves. So why are OC drug rehab facilities so numerous?
"Southern California has some of the best 12-Step recovery in the world," said Robinson. "There are people that move here from across the globe for that reason alone. In a sense, it's almost a part of the culture, and it is a far less taboo topic here than in other countries--or even in some other states."
The documentary, which is scheduled to be screened at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival on May 2 and May 3, is already sold out, but the movie is almost certain to become an instant classic and necessary viewing materials for Orange County drug rehab centers and facilities across the nation alike.
For more information on prescription pill addiction and drug and alcohol treatment programs please visit www dot 449recovery dot org
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