After a report last week by the New York Times that the number of overdose deaths increased roughly 20% from 2015 to 2016, many states are scrambling to come up with answers to solve this epidemic. The target of the debate is powerful prescription painkillers called opioids. Pharmaceutical companies have come under fire recently, especially by the State of Ohio, for marketing the drugs for chronic pain. Many speculate that
Across the nation, opioid overdose is hitting record highs. In 2016, drug overdoses surpassed car accidents as a leading cause of death. In fact, from 2015 to 2016, the nation saw a 19% increase in overdose deaths, the largest ever recorded jump. Many states and organizations are scrambling to take action and figure out exactly how to stop this growing trend. This year, Florida declared opioids a public health emergency
In the United States, it has long been a tradition to crack down on crime to reduce substance abuse. “Just Say No” and increased incarcerations were extremely popular in the 80’s and 90’s to combat the influx of crack cocaine. Today, a new avenue is being explored which has shown success in several other countries. It is called the harm reduction model. Harm reduction has gained extreme popularity in several
Getting sober alone or without changing patterns in one’s life can be nearly impossible. Many people will try quitting cold turkey or moderating several times before coming to the realization that something more drastic is in order to remain clean. Luckily, there are all sorts of recovery programs and fellowships to assist people trying to stop an addiction. Everything from alcoholism to sex addiction, there is certainly a program for
Saying addiction is a disease sometimes is a controversial topic. Addiction has a massive stigma floating around it and often people argue that “the person chose to do drugs.” While this is true, people often overlook the fact that addicts do not choose to become addicted. It is always a personal choice to experiment with drugs or alcohol, but some people just react differently once they try it. Addiction is
Sometimes it might be obvious if something is drug paraphernalia, like a pipe. Other times it can be difficult if a person has had little exposure to drugs or drug education. Finding drug paraphernalia can be the first sign that your loved one is using drugs. The user may hide important things (like needles/pipes), but may accidentally leave other less important things out. Spotting these clues can mean life or
Alcoholic beverages have been around probably since rotten fruit was first discovered- god knows how long ago. Alcohol is as old as dirt and can’t stop- won’t stop. The revolution will not be televised because everybody was too busy getting drunk. In the United States there’s been prohibition and all sorts of methods used to try and shut down the imbibing that occurs nationwide, but with no resolve. Eventually, the
No matter where you travel, AA is present and alive. Since Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935, it has spread across the globe and paved the way for all of the 12 step programs. The exponential growth is due to the fact that it works. It’s due to the fact that it shows the “sick and suffering alcoholic” that a new way of life is not only possible but promised,
EMDR therapy or, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, has become a widely used therapy technique for people who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or just traumatic memories. This technique has become extremely beneficial in the treatment and rehabilitation of people who suffer from substance abuse, as it is very common that there are underlying traumatic experiences and memories in their past. History EMDR therapy was originally developed by
Thanks to the strenuous and extensive research performed over the last few decades, a new frontier in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction has become accessible for those who suffer from it. This breed of treatment has been aptly named dual diagnosis programs, and it is designed to help the thousands of people who struggle with both substance abuse as well as mental disorders. What is Dual Diagnosis? Dual
- Before coming to Pinnacle my life was hopeless as well as less meaningful. Here I was able to focus on core issues and learn how to manage. Pinnacle helped save my life. I am so grateful for the clinical staff and day and night staff. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
- Food was great! I loved Natalie. She was a lifesaver literally. Loved the activities and felt they were a big part of seeing I could have sober fun. Staff was amazing, loved them all. Brad was very helpful to my recovery and talked me off the ledge several times. Joel helped me out a lot and was crucial to my recovery. Pinnacle is the best place ever. Pinnacle gave me hope again or at least a glimmer of it in the darkness of my life at the time I entered treatment. I felt very loved and welcomed by staff and clients and never once felt judged. I was scared of entering a rehab after a bad experience at my first treatment center. Upon arrival at Pinnacle that fear quickly melted away. If I had a friend or family member who needed treatment I would ONLY recommend Pinnacle.
- Pinnacle Recovery gave me another chance at life. A chance to create and find a better life for me, so that I could create and find the life I always wanted for myself. I owe my life to this program and the amazing people involved in it. Words cannot express how grateful I am and how blessed I feel to have been given this opportunity. Pinnacle allowed me the opportunity to become a better person and a better man. I've grown not only in recovery from my addiction, but I can confidently say that I left Pinnacle a better person and am continuing to grow each and every day. Change is inevitable, Growth is optional and that's exactly what pinnacle enabled me to do, grow.
- Words cannot express how grateful I am for all you have done for me. I really do owe my life to you. I was swallowed up in the depths of depression when I got to pinnacle. My will to live life was nonexistent. I did not have any hope for the future and you carried me out of the depths through self discovery. Thank you for being so understanding of my shortcomings. I sincerely apologize for breaking the rules and causing you additional stress and problems. You helped me learn from my mistakes and come to a better knowledge of my many addictions and gave me tools to cope with them. The harshest reality I've had to come to terms with is, the monstrous disease of addiction and mental illness will never leave me. It will be an ongoing battle to keep my sobriety and sanity and the work does not end when I leave the safety of the gates of Pinnacle. Thank you for giving me a firm stable foundation to build on and showing me I do not need to let it cripple me and that it is possible to have a happy and fulfilling life. I thank my heavenly father every night for the opportunity I had to come to Pinnacle. You are doing a marvelous work in this world and I appreciate your efforts.