Tag Archives: Opioid Epidemic

Tag Archives: Opioid Epidemic


How prescription opioid abuse is becoming a danger within family members

The opioid epidemic has sparked numerous discussions on how, why, and what consequences are deriving from substance abuse – whether it’s originally intended or not. Many people find that while they’re taking opioid medication for a health concern – chronic pain, for example – that it becomes more and more difficult to manage the medication as their body develops a dependency. In other circumstances, however, friends and family members are finding ways to obtain opioids as a “quick fix” without having to seek out a primary care physician for their concerns.

Wilson Compton, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explained for Kaiser Health News a few years ago that leftover medications are becoming an issue – and he wasn’t incorrect. The National Safety Council notes that every day, more than 100 people die from opioid drugs, and it’s often because people are taking 1) medication that isn’t prescribed to them, which affects their body differently, 2) medication in larger doses than is prescribed and 3) medication for longer than they really should be. Dr. Don Teater, a family physician, sums up the opioid epidemic by stating, “Painkillers don’t kill pain. They kill people.”

When medication is easy to access, such as from a friend or family member, the potential for drug abuse increases. This is because there is less regulation and maintenance involved – and what may seem like a “one-time” initiation from a loved one could turn into a full-blown addiction later on, even if that means friends or family members are beginning to ask other people for the drugs, too.

If you’ve been battling substance abuse, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today. Recovery is absolutely possible – it’s never too late to turn your life around, and there are many people here who are ready to support you in healing.

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.

Cumberland Heights Opioid Epidemic Flyer

Navigating Through the Ethical Swamp: Do You Have the Tools?

 

WHO: Open to the public
WHERE: FLC Room 114/115 – Cumberland Heights River Road Campus
WHEN: July 19, 2019 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM

With the opioid epidemic, the increasing complexity of healthcare and reimbursement, medication supported recovery, the demand for standardized assessments and evidence based treatments, measurable outcomes, and the move toward integration into primary care, the addiction treatment field has never had more difficult ethical dilemmas to face. We all know the codes and we have a pretty good idea where we stand, don’t we? Don’t we? Could you explain your process for working through an ethical dilemma? Do you have a firm foundation to show that you thought deeply and well about all the relevant issues and principles involved? If that makes you squirm a little, this is the workshop for you. True processing of ethical dilemmas involves critical thinking skills. Come join us as we talk about what those are, how they are used, and have some fun learning to use them in a simulation of a treatment environment. This is not your mother’s ethics training! See you there!

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.

Children are affected by the opioid epidemic

Every day, nearly 130 people in the United States die from an opioid overdose. The opioid crisis costs Americans over $78 billion every year – and it’s safe to say that millions, even those who aren’t directly abusing opioids, are affected. Unfortunately, children all over the country have become severely affected by the opioid epidemic as their parents have struggled to overcome opioid addiction, leaving them without proper supervision and support. In many cases, family members have been stepping up to help out – but how is this affecting the children? Additionally, how is this affecting family dynamics?

The Opioid Epidemic: What’s Currently Happening

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains that between 8 to 12 percent of patients develop an opioid use disorder (OUD), and more than 258,000 children are in the foster care system due to alcohol or drug abuse by parents. Earlier this year, People Magazine covered the effect that the opioid epidemic has had on families – and grandparents are starting to step up and help out their grandchildren when no one else can. Donna Butts, Executive Director of a family advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., stated,

Grandparents provide this protective web of love and roots and hope.”

About 1 in 3 children are now living with a grandparent due to the opioid epidemic, and families are having to pull together now more than ever before to save their children. Michael Barnett, assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, explained,

The adult workforce that would-be fathers, parents, taxpayers—the actual backbone of those communities 10 or 20 years from now—a staggering proportion of them are dying.”

U.S. News covered several families who are now dealing with the aftermath of the opioid epidemic, and it’s been clear that it places a major strain on everyone involved. Even those working in case management have found it to be a debilitating experience – and because of that, this field experiences a lot of turnover.

How Children Are Affected

Children who enter into foster care due to parental opioid addiction are more likely to experience low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns. Many children struggle with substance abuse themselves, either as a way to escape or due to lack of parental supervision; and it’s not uncommon for these children to “act out” because they feel lost. Unfortunately, children can become at higher risk for developing their own addictions over time – and between foster care and ever-changing family dynamics, child abuse is at an increased risk as well.

It’s incredibly heartbreaking to hear that these children are missing out on being raised by their parents, but thankfully more actions have been set in place to try and help mitigate the effects of the opioid epidemic and to help educate communities so that more parents can seek help.

What’s Being Done

The Fix, a website that publishes information related to addiction, recovery and mental health, noted that a recent new bill has been passed to provide more resources to grandparents who are otherwise living below the poverty line while attempting to care for grandchildren. Senator Collins said:

“The Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act would provide grandparents access to important resources they need to help their grandchildren succeed.”

Furthermore, the NIDA highlights several other governmental efforts that are being made to improve communities, such as:

  • Improving access to treatment
  • Promoting overdose-reducing drugs
  • Better public surveillance to gain deeper insights on the epidemic
  • Enhanced support for cutting-edge research
  • Advanced practices for pain management, including through the use of holistic care

At Cumberland Heights, those in addiction recovery can work towards getting their life – and their children – back by healing their mind, body and spirit. Addiction isn’t just a physical disease, it’s a mental and spiritual one; many parents who struggle with opioid addiction do so because they feel too much pain, too much loss and an overall lack of purpose in the world. At Cumberland Heights, spirituality is a major component that is addressed through individual and group therapy, 12-Step programs, and non-denominational sermons.

Restoring Health and Gaining Back Family

The nature of addiction is a gut-wrenching, grueling, powerful pull that makes it harder than ever to get out of. The most transformation comes when an individual is submerged in a recovering environment – filled with love and care to support their journey to wellness. While addiction may be an underlying factor for all recovery clients at Cumberland Heights, there are some major differences – including each person’s past with substance abuse, family history, medical history, social support and more. Due to these important variations, Cumberland Heights strives to create individualized treatment plans while also staying focused on the spiritual implications of recovery through 12-Step program initiatives.

If you’re ready to get your life back and start the transformational process towards healing, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today.

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.


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