"We're seeing a larger number of people who are heavily involved in methamphetamine and opioid simultaneously" states Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse,
GULF BREEZE, Fla. (PRWEB) May 15, 2019
Although methamphetamine is not new in the United States, the addiction rate has recently skyrocketed. One of the reasons for the increased addiction rate is the stronger and cheaper forms of substances coming over the borders daily. Unfortunately, according to the Addiction Research Institute at the University of Texas, the number of residential treatment programs to help those suffering with methamphetamine addiction have fallen.
Making the situation even more difficult, experts say that the practice of “speedballing” – using methamphetamine alongside an opioid, such as heroin or fentanyl- is on the rise as well. Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says that between individual case reports and broader overdose death data, "we're seeing a larger number of people who are heavily involved in methamphetamine and opioid simultaneously."
These poly-substance use disorders are becoming more and more complicated to treat. Where there are medications to treat opioid dependency, the person suffering with psychostimulants has to push through the feelings of lethargy, depression, and wanting to isolate. This “push” creates a problem for the addict to lose interest and not become fully invested in treatment, thus creating a higher chance of chronic relapse. With methamphetamine overdose rates escalating throughout the North West, so has the need for better addiction treatment plans.
Barnett Gilmer, CEO, and owner of Gulf Breeze Recovery, a non 12-Step treatment center, weighs in on the epidemic.
“We know that a person can overcome drug addiction. The number of poly-substance users that come into our facility has definitely increased over the past few years. Here at Gulf Breeze Recovery, we actually specialize in helping those who have tried multiple treatment facilities and continue to struggle with chronic relapse. It’s a matter of finding the underlying issue of what caused the person to use drugs as a solution in the first place, and then helping to point people back to themselves as the true answer. This is vital for treatment to work so people can become empowered to take their own life back, instead of again depending on another substance, to make them feel ‘normal’ or ‘a part of.’
About Gulf Breeze Recovery: Gulf Breeze Recovery is changing the future of addiction treatment with the THRIVE® program focused on overcoming chronic relapse. Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result. This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life. For more information about our program or to speak with an Addiction’s expert, please call 855-973-3551 or contact us.