Serenity Recovery Examines Causes, Effects, and Solutions of Opiate Overdose

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In a new video and blog entry focusing on opiate addiction, Serenity Recovery takes a deeper look at the rising epidemic of drug overdose in our nation.

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In recent years, our nation has been plagued with a steep spike in opiate related overdoses, far too many of which sadly result in death.

Serenity Recovery, a holistic treatment center for addiction located in Michigan, has released a video that takes an intensive look on opiate overdose in America, examining the causes, effects, and possible solutions to this issue. Featuring testimonials from patients and nursing staff, this video can be viewed on the Serenity Recovery YouTube channel. A corresponding blog entry, which delves even deeper into this problem, is available on the treatment center’s website.

“In recent years, our nation has been plagued with a steep spike in opiate related overdoses, far too many of which sadly result in death,” commented Serenity Recovery founder Per Wickstrom. “The factors contributing to this dramatic increase in the number of cases of overdose are varied, from the over-medication of our population to the uncertain purity levels of illicit street drugs. Our biggest method of combating this problem is education – knowing the facts and sharing that information with others. This video is intended to raise awareness about how extremely dangerous and deadly opiate abuse can be, and to show people that there is hope for recovery.”

The video has clips from interviews with Jacqueline W. and Tristam C., two patients at Serenity Recovery who are working towards overcoming their opiate addictions. Jacqueline shares her thoughts about witnessing friends who have overdosed, while Tristam speaks, who has survived several overdoses, from his own personal experience. Both patients discuss the thought processes of an individual addicted to heroin or opiates, and how these thought processes perpetuate the cycle of overdose and addiction.

A member of the Serenity Recovery nursing staff, Kelly, also speaks about her understanding of the nature of heroin overdose. Kelly spent many years as an Emergency Department nurse, and has seen her fair share of drug overdose. “Paramedics or friends will give them Narcan, but that sends them into instant withdrawal,” she observes. Narcan, or naloxone, is a quick method of counteracting an opiate overdose “They’re withdrawing horribly, and nobody, after giving them Narcan, will give them anything to help them withdraw so they go and get the drug again.” The corresponding blog entry examines the statistics centered on opiate addiction and overdose in the US, and offers suggestions on how modern American society can address this issue. “It is our hope that by sharing these facts and figures with the general population, we can help educate people on what makes these drugs so dangerous and what we can do to solve this problem,” Wickstrom continued. “We hope that this information will make our world a little healthier and safer, and maybe save a few lives in the process.”

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