A recent report states that large pharmaceutical companies funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups to promote their use amid the current drug crisis. The report, released by Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, raises questions concerning the role of drug makers in the ongoing opioid epidemic. A representative of several drug companies named in the report stated there were no conditions regarding the use of those funds. McCaskill’s report examines funding
The Utah Legislature opened the year with a bold proclamation. During the opening of the legislative year, House Speaker Greg Hughes declared war on pharmaceutical companies who produce and sell opioid medications. Hughes asserted these companies are doing little to prevent the opioid epidemic in Utah. In an article published in the January 20th edition of the Salt Lake Tribune, Hughes became upset with opiate manufacturers when he opened an
One of America’s largest health insurance companies recently took major to combat the opioid epidemic by waiving copays for the overdose-reversing nasal spray Narcan. Effective New Year’s Day, Aetna removed the financial hurdles that kept some from accessing and using this potentially life-saving medication. In addition to waiving co-pays for Narcan, Aetna also limited the quantity of prescription painkillers for acute pain and post-surgery to a seven-day supply. Harold L.
Drug overdoses are the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control reports more than 63,600 people died due to overdose. Of those deaths, approximately two-thirds involved heroin and prescription painkillers. In response to ongoing drug crisis, Walmart is offering a free opioid disposal kit called Dispose Rx that will allow people to dispose of their unused opioid medications. This opioid
It’s only relatively recently that we’ve really begun to understand the disease of addiction. Previously, most people saw addiction as an issue of behavior and morality with individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders merely considered bad people. Over the course of decades of research, we’ve come to realize that addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease that’s more comparable to diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease than it is an issue of
Nobody ever intends to become addicted to alcohol or drugs. In fact, many people don’t realize they’ve even become addicted until they begin to experience withdrawal symptoms in the times between fixes. Unfortunately, by the time chemical dependency has occurred, it’s often too late to simply stop using mind-altering substances. By this point, some type of treatment, such as our Utah outpatient program for addiction, is required to help the
There are many ways that people become addicted. For some, addiction is the result of misusing prescription drugs. Other become addicted due to having many substance-abusing peers. Then there are those who were exposed to alcohol and drug use during childhood, making substance abuse seem almost normal to them. But as many ways, as there are to become addicted, there are likewise numerous ways to overcome an addiction, including inpatient
There are many paths that can lead to alcoholism or drug addiction. For some, addiction is the result of consciously abusing and misusing mind-altering substance. Others become addicted largely due to their social and environmental circumstances. But there are numerous people who become addicted incidentally after using alcohol or drugs to self-medicate. Oftentimes these individuals suffer from other physical or psychological conditions that are the catalysts for their addictions. Fortunately,
When it comes to addiction, there are many ways for an individual to develop a substance abuse problem. There’s a tendency to think of addiction as being the result of the conscious abuse of alcohol and drugs, but many individuals become addicted unintentionally and incidentally. For instance, those who are prescribed addictive substances for legitimate medical conditions are at high risk of becoming physiologically dependent on their medications. As well,
When it comes to addiction recovery, there are many important components. In fact, it’s helpful to think of recovery as a clock with a variety of wheels and cogs, each of which is important in its own way and contributes to the clock’s ability to function. Similarly, recovery is a journey that entails a variety of different treatments and resources, each of which addresses a unique part of addiction and
- 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.