Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Climb, According to Latest CDC Analysis

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American Addiction Centers provides tips to help spot warning signs of prescription drug addiction.

Being able to recognize the signs of addiction in a loved one is the first step towards positive change.

Drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, according to a recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Of those deaths, nearly 60 percent involved pharmaceutical drugs.

According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 12 million people reported using prescription painkillers non-medically in 2010. And according to CDC reports, getting access to prescription drugs is easier than ever – more than three out of four people who misuse prescription painkillers use drugs prescribed to someone else, more than half of whom obtained them for free from a friend or relative. Additionally, many addicts are turning to “doctor shopping” to feed their addictions – visiting numerous doctors to fraudulently obtain prescription drugs.

“Often, those who are struggling with prescription drug addiction, or any addiction, are people we interact with every day – family members, neighbors, coworkers or friends,” said Michael Cartwright, co-founder and chairman of American Addiction Centers and author of the book Believable Hope. “However, being able to recognize the signs of addiction in a loved one is the first step towards positive change.”

According to Cartwright, who successfully overcame his own drug addiction and is now helping others do the same through American Addiction Centers, there are a number of warning signs to look for to determine if a loved one may be suffering from prescription drug addiction and could benefit from professional treatment:

  •      Change in personality or sudden mood swings
  •     Social withdrawal
  •     Forgetfulness or clumsiness
  •     Lying or being deceitful
  •     Neglect of responsibilities
  •     Losing interest in personal appearance or hobbies
  •     Sudden changes in appetite
  •     Acting especially angry or abusive, or engaging in reckless behavior
  •     Increased sensitivity to normal sights, sounds and emotions

“As a former addict, I know firsthand that recovery is possible for everyone,” said Cartwright. “But effective addiction recovery requires comprehensive treatment focused on uncovering and addressing the roots of addiction, and developing a new mindset that allows for positive change.”

American Addiction Centers is a national behavioral healthcare provider focused on addiction treatment and rehabilitation through dual diagnosis. Each of American Addiction Centers seven treatment facilities (including the FitRx weight and lifestyle transformation center) provide proven, evidence-based treatment, while focusing on underlying issues, providing the patient with the tools necessary to achieve lasting recovery.

The decision to enter addiction treatment may be the most difficult decision a person will ever face – but it will also be the best. Call 1-888-300-3332 or visit AmericanAddictionCenters.com to learn more about American Addiction Centers’ philosophy, program and treatment options. Begin your path toward recovery today.

About Michael Cartwright
Michael Cartwright is the co-founder and chairman of American Addiction Centers, and author of Believable Hope. With nearly 20 years of experience, including participation in 15 federally funded research studies on dual diagnosis and addiction, Cartwright is an established behavioral healthcare and leader in the addiction industry space.

About American Addiction Centers
American Addiction Centers combines unwavering passion, the finest experts in the field and decades of experience to end suffering from addiction and save lives. American Addiction Centers is poised to redefine the behavioral healthcare, addiction treatment and rehabilitation industries across the nation by providing the most comprehensive and cutting-edge suite of treatment-related services to the masses. American Addiction Centers’ growing team of professional service providers are committed to providing their patients with unmatched clinical care in each of their locations. Founded in 2012 by addiction pioneers Michael Cartwright and Jerrod Menz, American Addiction Centers was created to provide exceptional addiction treatment and rehabilitative services to those in need. To learn more about our programs or to get help now, visit http://www.americanaddictioncenters.com.

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