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In 2020 – Drug Overdoses Increase
The current drug overdose numbers are thought to be a symptom of the mental health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.
“This is the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, and the largest increase since at least 1999,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in a statement.
Dr. Volkow said people are often consuming fentanyl “unbeknownst to them,” resulting in a spike in overdose deaths.
- In 2020, more than 93,000 Americans died of drug-related deaths.
Most of the overdoses were caused by some form of opioid. Many overdoses involved fentanyl.
- The number is almost too high to grasp.
It is helpful to put this in perspective. Roughly 58,000 Americans died in the decade or so of active US military involvement in Vietnam.
- No other non-natural cause of death – including gun violence or traffic fatalities – comes anywhere close to this dramatic annual toll.
This cuts across all demographics. It’s an all-American crisis. Drug overdoses are killing rich and poor….it really is ‘a crisis of pain.’ And one that has been exacerbated by the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. From Thoughts on the Global Drugs Crisis
- Drug overdose deaths rose by close to 30% in the United States in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is according to provisional data released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics NCHS.
Accidental Addiction in the Year of COVID-19
Everyone is now experiencing multiple sources of stress – and in many cases, trauma.
For those living in California in 2020 – the fires were an extreme danger. In 2021, the fire season is also shaping up to be very active. The Dixie fire in Northern California is only 35% contained as of Aug 6.
And of course, there is the general anxiety everyone has about the new covid variants.
However, the use of drugs or alcohol to handle the stress is not helpful.
Alcohol and drug use changes the brain. This makes quitting hard. Fortunately in 2021, we know more about how drugs and alcohol affect the brain. New Start Recovery Solutions is a supporter of substance abuse research at UC Davis Center for Neuroscience.
Individuals can recover from addiction. We can help.
Dr. Nora Volkow Explains the Science of Addiction
From Addiction Education Society, Dr. Volkow on The Science of Addiction
Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH, NIDA)
“The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Office of National Drug Control Policy agree that throughout much of the last century, scientists studying drug abuse labored in the shadows of powerful myths and misconceptions about the nature of addiction.
When science began to study addictive behavior in the 1930s, people addicted to drugs were thought to be morally flawed and lacking in willpower. Those views shaped society’s responses to drug abuse, treating it as a moral failing rather than a health problem. This led to an emphasis on punitive rather than preventative and therapeutic actions.
Today, thanks to science, our views and our responses to drug abuse have changed dramatically. Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of drug addiction; enabling us to respond effectively to the problem.
As a result of scientific research – we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental factors involved. And we are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disease. Scientists use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug abuse takes on individuals, families, and communities.”
Understanding Drug and Alcohol Use and Addiction
• Biology. Genes account for about half of a person’s risk for addiction. Gender, ethnicity, and the presence of mental disorders (including anxiety, depression and PTSD) also influence the risk for addiction.
• Environment. In 2020, environmental factors include family and friends, economic situation, the general quality of life and the pandemic. Peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, early exposure to drugs, stress, and parental guidance can affect the likelihood of addiction.
• Early Development. Genetic and environmental factors interact with critical developmental life stages to affect addiction risk. Taking drugs or regular alcohol consumption at any age can lead to addiction. However the earlier alcohol or substance use begins, the more likely it will progress to addiction.
How Casual Drug and Alcohol Use for Stress Can Lead to Addiction
In most cases of drug addiction (including high functioning alcoholics or functional addicts) – individuals start as an occasional user. In the beginning, the substance use is totally voluntary and controllable
However, as time passes and drug or alcohol use continues – individuals can go from being a voluntary happy user – to being a compulsive user.
The time span involved can be months, weeks or days. Addiction is an individual process and also situation dependent.
There are many factors and variables involved in the addictive process.
Warning Signs of Addiction
• Occasional Alcohol or Substance Abuse to Relieve Stress
At the office, drinking or drugging at your desk was not well accepted. At home – there is little to no peer pressure for sobriety.
• Increased Alcohol or Substance Abuse as a Stress Coping Mechanism
Mid-day Margaritas may sound ‘romantic’ – but the reality is not like the happy song.
• Consequences Of Problem Drinking or Substance Abuse
Legal problems or DUI; increased isolation and relationship problems; brain fog; depression and anxiety.
• Noticeable Physical And Psychological Changes
Shaking hands in the morning; frequent heartburn; withdrawal symptoms when not using.
24/7 Medically Assisted Detox at New Start Recovery Solutions
Break the cycle of addiction through our medically assisted safe detox. Medication to ease withdrawal symptoms is given as needed.
For those recovering from opioid use – we have M.A.T. Medication-Assisted Treatment.
Our fully staffed residential medical detox provides a safe and comfortable environment to go through the process of alcohol or substance withdrawal. This allows our patients to focus solely on healing. And it gives our patients the peace of mind and confidence needed to face addiction head-on.
Each patient receives a complete assessment and individualized treatment program.
Bay Area Dual Diagnosis Addiction Rehab Center
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