The Opioid Epidemic Isn’t Over, But We’re Making Progress

How we are making progress on the opioid epidemic in the US

Last year, a public announcement was made at the Milken Institute Future of Health Summit; it was emphasized that while the opioid addiction epidemic took so many lives and harmed so many people, the United States is making a comeback – but it will take some time to get back on track. Numbers are decreasing in opioid abuse, and thankfully those in recovery are beginning to pursue more holistic modes of treatment, such as yoga, meditation, exercise, nutrition management and other safe alternatives. The reality is that the opioid epidemic isn’t quite over – but with government officials, organizations and communities working together, we’re bringing down some of the painful effects this epidemic caused.

Last year, Tonic – a division of Vice Magazine, which publishes information related to sobriety, recovery, disorders and more, highlighted an incredibly important truth about the epidemic, stating,

“…What really killed [those who died in the opioid epidemic] is the fact that we don’t invest in effective prevention, recovery supports, sober living, qualified behavioral healthcare, and consistent, compassionate care for substance use disorder.”

As a nation, we’re striving to provide more education to our communities in hopes of combatting some of the stigma associated with addiction – because although addiction can be difficult to understand for many people, everyone’s life matters.

At Cumberland Heights, we focus on providing the highest care possible – while understanding that everyone has a unique story to tell. More support is needed for those in recovery, and that’s where 12-Step programs can provide a safe, meaningful place for discussion. Respect, compassion, and accountability are necessary to help those we love find their way through recovery – and at Cumberland Heights, it’s our mission to stand by the side of those who’ve struggled in the past to make way for healing, growth and complete restoration.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first. For more information, call 1-800-646-9998 today.