It is estimated that nearly 21 million people are currently dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol in the U.S. today. And thanks to a huge increase in the abuse of certain drugs, like opioids, overdose rates have more than tripled since 1990. These rates aren’t exclusive to one part of the country; here in Orange County, we have also have an addiction crisis of our own.
The statistics for drug abuse and drug rehab in Orange County are stark. Each year, we see over 5,500 hospitalizations and 700 substance abuse-related deaths. Seventy-eight percent of these deaths are accidental; prescription drugs cause over half of them; and 66 percent are related to opioids, of which over half were prescribed rather than illicit. The average substance-abuse-related hospitalization length is 4.3 days, leading to almost $430 million in hospital fees.
Why Is Drug Addiction Considered a Disease?
While many people still believe that addiction is a choice, years of research has shown this to be false. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that causes people to crave and abuse drugs or alcohol even when they know that it is having a negative impact on their health and well-being. Addiction changes the way that your brain works by hijacking your reward system, making it extremely difficult to stop using because otherwise you feel sick, depressed, and anxious.
Who Becomes Addicted to Drugs?
Different environmental factors, from your family’s behavior to your friends to experiencing trauma, have been found to play a part in experimenting with drugs or alcohol, and becoming addicted.
People who have a family history of drug or alcohol abuse are at a higher risk of becoming an addict themselves, as certain genetic traits affect addiction.
A History of Mental Health Issues
For people who have an existing mental health issue, the risk of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol is twice that of someone without mental health issues.
How & When You Start Using
Other things that can heavily influence a person’s likelihood of becoming addicted is trying drugs or alcohol at a very young age, what your drug of choice is, and how you take it.
How is Drug Addiction Treated?
Pacific Sands Recovery Center offers a comprehensive inpatient drug rehab in Orange County. We know that clients need a safe and supportive environment to build the foundation for a sober life. After successfully completing detox at our center, clients are treated holistically with a range of treatment methods in a comfortable inpatient setting.
Our clinical team will guide you through an individualized plan that addresses your challenges with substances and the underlying factors contributing to your addiction. We will work together to create your customized care plan and make adjustments as needed. By offering a wide-range of therapies, we will find the right combination of treatment for you. We have years of experience in opioid treatment programs and a wide range of drug addiction including:
- Cocaine Addiction
- Meth Addiction
- Xanax Addiction
- Klonopin Addiction
- Benzodiazepine Addiction
- Oxycodone Addiction
- Other Substance Use Disorders