Epidemic, Epidemic, Epidemic

Everywhere you view the news, just below and beyond the Drama of the Day, you find a story or news article announcing the growing "epidemic of heroin addiction" (along with other opioids). These stories tout the staggering number of daily overdoses and increasing deaths, and all have one story-line in common... the problem is growing "out of control" in this country (as if it was ever "under-control"). Almost every state reports they approaching an addiction disaster, and the problem is expanding rapidly.

"Epidemic" used as the key adjective or noun in these stories is indicative that even the liberal press senses this problem is "bad" which makes for "good" provocative news. Epidemic is never used to describe a "good thing". Epidemic by definition in the dictionary is as follows: a sudden, widespread occurrence of a particular undesirable phenomenon; an outbreak or product of sudden rapid spread, growth, or development.

Doesn't sound like a good thing, right? Google "heroin addiction epidemic" and you'll see what we mean.

Despite the allure of the quick fix, an inexpensive high, and exotic escape, I have never met a happy heroin addict or a truly fully functioning one. Those I have met, tell me they feel trapped, confused, and regretful. More and more, even the government agrees that the war against drugs isn't working, that general education isn't working, and incarceration in itself isn't working.

Fortunately there is a solution, and the solution is a rehab treatment plan (including a must-do aftercare plan with built-in monitoring and accountability). This solution of Individual Rehab treatment should start with a medically supervised detox to stabilize and prepare one for therapy to get at root causes of self-medication, and self-destructive decisions. Such a Treatment and Therapy plan will opens the door to discovery, healing, reconciliation, and renewal. Some argue that the solution has to include legal accountability and monitoring, but a solid aftercare plan implementation after rehab could be a more meaningful approach than a "judicial system" (court/probation) approach, which doesn't seem to be working, when you consider all the Epidemic headlines.

If you or someone you know is suffering and struggling with heroin or other opioid addiction, or any type of substance abuse , you can find help at 800-943-5700