Opioid Crisis and the Treatment Facility That Can Help
The opioid crisis in America has been in the news quite often in recent years. We may even tune those stories out at this point. But individuals are addicted to prescription pain pills. Sadly, many are overdosing, and many are dying. Others may want to help, but may feel so helpless, like they’re sitting on the sidelines watching the entire tragedy unfold before their eyes. Drug addiction—illicit or prescription—is serious and is a painful struggle in which to bear witness.
At Oxford Treatment Center, we provide medical detox, different treatments tailored to the individual, and guidance with aftercare. Even though its parent company is American Addiction Centers–a nationwide leader in addiction treatment–Oxford is located in the southern state of Mississippi. And we not only provide detox, but we provide partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), residential treatment, and standard outpatient treatment.
Aftercare is important to achieving long-term sobriety. In the continuum of care, aftercare consists of our alumni program, continuum outpatient therapy, and support meetings. Additionally, Resolutions Oxford, our beautiful sober living facility, is a safe and supportive space for those transitioning from a treatment center and re-entering the world as a newly sober individual. It provides a structured environment free from drugs or alcohol.
Oxford provides treatment for addictions to opioids, prescription drugs, painkillers, over-the-counter drugs, Xanax, alcohol, among several other types of substances. But with opioid abuse still making headlines, the abuse of the substance continues to be one of the most major problems facing the United States and has been for quite some time.
The prescription opioid epidemic has impacted infants from being exposed during utero. “Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), historically attributed to prenatal opioid abuse or methadone treatment during pregnancy, is an increasing public health concern because of its harmful health effects on exposed infants,” according to the Mississippi Opioid Epidemic Project and the Mississippi State Department of Health. Hospitalizations connected with maternal opioid use increased from 2.3 to 5.4 for every 1,000 maternal stays between the years 2006 and 2012.
Opioid statistics continue to look bleak in more recent years. Roughly 10.1 million individuals 12 years old and older misused opioids in 2019. This includes 745,00 individuals who used heroin and a total of 9.7 million people who abused prescription pain relievers.
Statistics can be daunting. Struggling with a substance use disorder to pain pills or to heroin can be overwhelming. Watching a loved one take on this battle can make one feel helpless. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Oxford Treatment Center has a team of licensed medical professionals who have a compassion for their patients and provide a safe environment for individuals to begin and work through their recovery journey. Sobriety is about taking one step at a time. And with working with supportive people, individuals have a fighting chance to work through their battles with substance use and to live a life of long-term sobriety.