Increase in Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Highlights the Need for Accessible Recovery Options says Aid in Recovery

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According to the CDC, prescription painkiller overdoses are at an all-time high, and legal restrictions of painkiller abuse can actually lead to abuse of illegal substances. According to Aid in Recovery, the only viable solution is accessible, affordable drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities.

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"Treatment and recovery will be more effective than imprisonment."

Aid in Recovery, a full service drug and alcohol treatment center, today released a statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on statistics related to prescription painkiller abuse and its ties to overdoses and illegal substances.

Recent studies published by the CDC highlight the severity of prescription drug abuse. According to the reports, there were over 14,800 prescription painkiller deaths alone. Prescription painkillers, taken in large quantities, can slow breathing to the point of breath stoppage, leading to a death due to painkiller overdose. In most cases, prescription drugs involved in overdoses were originally prescribed and dispensed by doctors and pharmacies.

According to Aid in Recovery, there are several measures that states can take to reduce drug addiction and overdose rates. Some of these measures include a review of patient and physician prescription scenarios to identify abuse of the prescription drug system, regulations to hold prescription providers accountable, and laws to prevent abuse of the system by the individual.

Ironically, measures to prevent the inappropriate sale of prescription drugs and subsequent abuse can have unintended consequences. People who legitimately use prescription drugs are limited on access. Addicts who no longer have access to prescription drugs can turn to opioids such as heroin, methamphetamines, and other illegal substances to fulfill their cravings. In addition, laws that restrict drug use often result in incarceration – according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, half (49.7%) of all federal inmates are in prison for nonviolent drug-related offenses.

The only answer, says Aid in Recovery, is affordable and accessible addiction treatment and recovery facilities. Aid in Recovery is one such organization – a full service rehabilitation facility that accepts both insurance plans and private pay clients, and tailors treatment programs to the needs of the individual and the nature of their addiction.

“Unfortunately, well-meaning legislation that attempts to combat addiction can make a complicated problem worse,” said Michael Lukens, Psychologist at Aid in Recovery. “Prescription abuse is a serious problem in our country, but treatment and recovery will be more effective than imprisonment.”

For more information on treatment and addiction programs available at Aid iin Recovery, visit them at

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Aid in Recovery is a premier drug and alcohol treatment center. Our approach is defined by recognizing each clients need for a personalized drug and alcohol treatment program. We aren't a hospital-like institution and there’s a good reason for that. We believe that treating each client as an individual is crucial to delivering the best possible patient care. At a busy clinic-like program, it simply isn't possible for a therapist to truly get to know each client and understand their specific needs. To best meet the needs of each patient we treat, we offer a diverse curriculum with a focus on both mind and body designed to meet the individual. We treat every patient as an individual and we work with one patient at a time and guide them to a new life in recovery. To learn more about the specifics of our program, please visit our program details page.

View our drug and alcohol treatment services or give us a call at 1-855-223-6171.

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