Introduction: The Opioid Epidemic and Its Impact
In the shadow of the silent crisis known as the opioid epidemic, a complex web of challenges has emerged, deeply impacting communities. In 2021, the United States witnessed 107,000 drug overdose deaths, with a staggering 75% linked to opiates (CDC). A troubling aspect of this crisis is the rise of “legal” opiates like tianeptine and kratom, often found unregulated in gas stations and smoke shops. ‘Gas-Station Heroin’ Sold as Dietary Supplement Alarms Health Officials (New York Times) Marketed as safe alternatives, these substances pose serious risks, including seizures and hospitalization, as highlighted by a recent FDA warning.
The Overlooked Issue of Dual Diagnosis
A crucial element of this epidemic is the often-overlooked connection to dual diagnosis. This term refers to individuals struggling with both substance abuse and mental health challenges. The intertwining of addiction with mental health disorders not only fuels the onset of opioid misuse but also hinders the recovery process. The euphoria provided by opioids offers temporary solace to those with underlying psychiatric issues, perpetuating a cycle of dependency and mental health struggles. Furthermore, the stigma around mental health problems frequently lead to self-medication with opioids such as fentanyl, in addition to synthetic “legal” opioids, such as kratom and tianeptine, exacerbating the already complicated situation.
Holistic Health and Healing at our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers
Addressing the opioid epidemic requires a provider with a comprehensive understanding of the dual diagnosis population. This approach should integrate both addiction treatment and mental health care, recognizing their inseparable connection. In this context, holistic recovery offers a beacon of hope. This center is dedicated to treating individuals with co-occurring disorders by employing a multidisciplinary approach. Their evidence-based therapies, combined with psychiatric interventions and personalized support, cater to the unique needs of those with dual diagnoses. Beyond symptom treatment, Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center delves into the root causes of addiction and mental health challenges, paving the way for lasting rehabilitation and recovery.
Empowering Recovery and Resilience
By providing a continuum of care that encompasses comprehensive treatment for both addiction and mental health issues, Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center empowers individuals to reclaim their lives, fostering resilience and purpose. Their integrated approach to behavioral health is a critical component in the fight against the opioid epidemic and in supporting those with dual diagnoses towards a path of recovery.