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Kentucky OxyContin Rehabs

Successful Oxycontin drug rehab programAs is true with most drugs, OxyContin abuse will take the user on a dwindling spiral and will continue downward until action is taken. Now is the time to take action before it is too late. Quality of life for the user and for those around him will continue to decline. Past failed attempts to overcome addiction only further depresses the individual so it should come as no surprise that fear of losing control further could stop the individual from reaching out and allowing others to help. In the state of Kentucky, there is an increased need for workable drug rehabilitation programs.

DEA Facts

The DEA1 (United States Drug Enforcement Administration) reports that the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs, particularly hydrocodone and oxycodone ( Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin® and Oxycontin), remain one of, if not the, largest drug problem in southeastern Kentucky. The availability of diverted pharmaceuticals in central and northern Kentucky remains high, but stable. The availability of Oxycontin in southeastern Kentucky has risen due to the increased availability of pills transported from Midwest metropolitan areas. Primary methods of diversion include pharmacy theft, “doctor shopping,” prescription fraud, and purchasing large quantities of drugs from unscrupulous Internet pharmacies. The purchasing of drugs via the Internet continues to have a significant impact on Kentucky. Purchasers have the drugs delivered to their homes using false names and/or different combinations of the same name.

Published Reports

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National Jack Conway, Attorney General of the state of Kentucky posted a press release in May, 2007, which included: Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced a settlement with pharmaceutical maker Purdue Pharma regarding the narcotic pain medication OxyContin. The settlement resolves concerns that Purdue Pharma engaged in extensive off-label marketing of OxyContin, a time-released, Schedule II opioid used for pain management of moderate to severe pain over an extended period of time, and that Purdue Pharma failed to adequately disclose abuse and diversion risks associated with the drug in violation of Kentucky’s consumer protection statutes.

“Kentucky has suffered greatly from abuse of Oxycontin”, said Attorney General Stumbo. “Today we have a new tool to clamp down on illegitimate use of this drug. The court order outlaws dangerous practices at their source by controlling overprescribing and curbing aggressive sales by the manufacturer.”

OxyContin Abuse News did a story in February 2002, stating that "Kentucky is among 15 states to have a prescription drug-monitoring program, with half a dozen other states considering them and advocates pushing for a national system to link the sate databases. Congress proved $2 million for this year to start prescription drug monitoring systems but advocates feel that is not good enough. The Supreme Court ruled in 1977 that state officials could track prescriptions as long as the information is kept private. Included in the 15 states that now have tacking programs are California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and Washington."3

The United States GAO (General Accounting Office) states in a published Prescription Drugs report entitled, OxyContin Abuse and Diversion and Efforts to Address the Problem, "In early 2000, media reports began to surface in several states that OxyContin was being abused—that is, used for nontherapeutic purposes or for purposes other than those for which it was prescribed—and illegally diverted.4 According to FDA and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the abuse of OxyContin is associated with serious consequences, including addiction, overdose, and death.5 When OxyContin was approved, the federal government classified it as a schedule II controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act because it has a high potential for abuse and may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.6 DEA has characterized the pharmacological effects of OxyContin, and its active ingredient oxycodone, as similar to those of heroin. Media reports indicated that abusers were crushing OxyContin tablets and snorting the powder or dissolving it in water and injecting it to defeat the intended controlled-release effect of the drug and attain a “rush” or “high” through the body’s rapid absorption of oxycodone. During a December 2001 congressional hearing, witnesses from DEA and other law enforcement officials from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia described the growing problem of abuse and diversion of OxyContin."4

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Oxycontin's Damage to Society

Need for drug rehab center in HawaiiThe National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA*) at Columbia University shows in a recent report that state governments spend, on average, over 15 percent of their entire budgets on substance abuse and addiction and its consequences. Unfortunately, for every dollar states spend on this problem, 94 cents goes to handle the consequences in public programs such as health care, criminal justice, education, child welfare and mental health -- and only about 2 pennies go to prevention, treatment and research programs to reduce this burden. This upside-down public policy wastes billions in taxpayer dollars at a time when resources are scarce. The state of Kentucky is no exception. It quickly becomes self-evident there is a real need for a successful drug addiction treatment.

Treatment Center Changes Needed

Decision to enter drug rehabJust in the state of Kentucky, there are many different types of drug rehab and treatment facilities. In the United States, there are thousands of drug rehab and treatment centers treating alcoholism to OxyContin addiction. Of course the common goal of all addiction treatment programs is to help end addiction for the individual. In Kentucky and across the United States, a variety of techniques and methods are being used. Some of the well known treatment methods in Kentucky include the twelve step method, relapse prevention, one-on-one counseling, drug rehabilitation, behavioral modification, cognitive therapy, support groups, sober living, therapeutic communities, AA , NA, inpatient, and outpatient drug rehab programs. There are many types of treatment centers available in Kentucky, so making a decision can be difficult. Unfortunately, many uninformed people in Kentucky go from rehab to rehab looking for the one that is right for them.

In Kentucky, there are many attempts being made to meet the needs of drug addicts, but statistics show success rates to be dismally low. What is needed and wanted is a drug treatment which not only handles physical addiction, but finds the underlying reasons why a person turns to drugs in order to free the person forever. What Kentucky addicts, alcoholics and their family, friends and loved ones need is a real and effective drug rehab treatment center; one where they are not on a time schedule or use other drugs to get the addict off the original drugs. The addict needs a reliable proven program where when they are done, their drug addiction is a thing of the past and they are now able to live full productive lives free of the stronghold of drugs or alcohol.

Choosing a Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment Program

Search for drug rehabPeople should know what the goal should be of a drug rehab center? Clean and sober for 30 days? While that might be a good short-term goal, many treatment centers and 12 step programs still leave the drug addict fighting a continuing battle with addiction. "Once an addict always an addict"; or it's a mental disorder they can do nothing about. When choosing a drug rehab center for yourself or a loved one from Kentucky, it is important to become educated on the different types of drug rehabs and what their end result will be.

Should a chronic drug or alcohol abuser attend a treat program close to home?

Addiction is not just drug and alcohol use, it revolves around people and things in their immediate environment which help to trigger that addictive behavior. The abuser's location and routines of drug use further trigger drug use. It is the constant and seemingly unstoppable use of drugs and the hopelessness of day to day existence which perpetuates the problem and inhibits the native desire to stop ruining their life through the use of self medicating.

The above factor should not be over looked when considering a drug rehab treatment center location. The first two weeks of treatment are always the most difficult. There many factors at work which make this so. In addition to what has been covered above, a more basic factor is this - people are creatures of habit. Even overwhelmingly positive and beneficial changes in life, such as the birth of a child or a new job do not guarantee the individual will have no thoughts of missing past negative activities such as drug or alcohol use, their drug buddies and other associated activities. Factually this is the normal reactive auto response of most human beings - to do what they are familiar with - good or bad. It is not really that they yearn for these things, but it is all that they have known for some time. If the abuser is close to home when the overwhelming feelings manifest themselves, there is a good chance they will leave and get back to what they know, drug addiction. Due to these factors, attending a drug rehab close to home is seldom the correct treatment option for chronic drug abusers. It is extremely therapeutic to be distanced from their former association with the medicine cabinet, bars, the cigar box where their staff was stored, etc. All these triggers make the task of sobriety seem insurmountable to the chronic user as these triggers continuously stimulate a reminder of their past addictive behaviors.

For individuals with a severe drug or alcohol addiction problem, choosing a long-term inpatient treatment program is another key to a successful outcome.

For individuals with a severe drug or alcohol addiction problem, choosing a long-term inpatient treatment program is another key to a successful outcome. By providing a new, safe trigger free environment, distanced from past negative associations and surroundings for an extended period of time, the chance for success increases dramatically.

drug rehab treatment program provides people with positive circumstances to increase their chances for a successful recovery. The vast majority of students entering our program, around (80%), are from out of state or from other countries.

Healing Addicted Lives

Call now and request a copy of Healing Addicted Lives written by Gary W. Smith, Director of Narconon Arrowhead Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education Center.
Call anytime to speak with one of our counselors about our program. We will take the time to answer your questions whether it be for yourself or a loved one. It is possible to replace the loss and pain of alcohol or drug addiction with a productive, enjoyable life. Call now (877) 340-3602.

1United States Drug Enforcement Administration website
Kentucky Attorney General Press Release
3OxyContin Abuse News story
4GAO report

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