Within a span of five years, from 2010 to 2015, there was a 17% increase in heroin overdoses. We have been saying we are at war with addiction for some time now. We harp on the dangers of opiates, especially heroin; we know how quickly we can go from experimentation to abusing substances to IV drug use; we keep implementing new options from needle exchange programs to educational programs; yet these numbers keep increasing. We are failing this war on drugs. It is up to us to help win this battle.

What Is Opioid Addiction?

Opioid use disorder has similar symptoms to other alcohol and drug use disorders. The indications that you may be suffering from this disorder include:

The Failed War on Drugs: Opioid Addiction
  • Taking opiates more often and for a longer period than you first set out to do.
  • Lots of time spent wanting, trying to use less, or attempting to stop using opioids.
  • An intense desire and craving to engage in the use of opiates.
  • Continuing to use, regardless of the drug’s interference with occupational or educational goals and work
  • Not stopping use when it begins to affect home life and your ability to complete responsibilities at home.
  • Social or interpersonal troubles experienced due to your opiate use (regardless of noting this, you do not cease your opioid use).
  • Reduced time, or no longer participating at all, in the social, work, or leisure activities you once enjoyed (your substance of choice begins to become your social, occupational, and leisure activities, in a sense).
  • Using in hazardous situations or putting yourself in harmful conditions due to your use.
  • Mental health issues increasing due to your use (this does not stop you from continuing with your opioid relationship).
  • Changes to your tolerance.
  • Withdrawal symptoms experienced when the substance has left your system.

The World Today: In an Opioid Crisis

In 2017, there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths within the United States. 67.8%, or 47,600, of those deaths, were due to opiates. Between the years of 1999 to 2017, approximately 218,000 individuals passed away in the United States due to overdoses of prescribed opioids. Prescription opioids include hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, and codeine. States that demonstrated statistically noteworthy heightened numbers of drug overdose death rates between 2016 and 2017 included Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Those are just the reported cases; the numbers keep increasing.

Where to Turn for Help in Ceasing Substance Use in Burns, Tennessee

Changing friends, places, and things to regain yourself can be scary. Sometimes, the ability to hope for better goes out the window when we are in active addiction. Thankfully, help exists. Whether you are looking for an alcohol addiction program, a cannabis addition program, or an opioid addiction program, Burns, Tennessee is a wonderful city for you to get the help you need. Our trained professionals at Discovery Place are ready to help you this very moment. We have everything, from a 30-day residential program to continuing care for recovery. Give us a call at 1-800-725-0922. We want to give you back the hope you deserve through a sober and joyful life.

Testimonials

  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
    Alumni
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
    Alumni
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
    Alumni
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham
    Alumni

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