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Successful Oxycontin drug rehabAs 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 Pennsylvania, there is an increased need for workable drug rehabilitation programs.

DEA Facts

The DEA1 (United States Drug Enforcement Administration) reports that current investigations indicate that diversion of hydrocodone products such as Vicodin®, oxycodone products such as OxyContin®, fentanyl (such as Actiq®), and pseudoephedrine continues to be a problem in Pennsylvania. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical), forged prescriptions, and the Internet. Benzodiazepines such as diazepam and alprazolam (both the generic formulation and brand name Xanax®) were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Pennsylvania.

Published Reports

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In a report to Congressional Requesters, The GAO (The United States General Accounting Office) wrote a paper entitled, OxyContin Abuse and Diversion and Efforts to Address the Problem. In it, it states: The DEA relies primarily on reports from its field offices to determine where abuse and diversion are occurring. DEA officials stated that the initial areas that experienced OxyContin abuse and diversion problems included rural areas within 8 states—Alaska, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. In July 2002, DEA told us that it learned that OxyContin abuse and diversion problems had spread into larger areas of the initial 8 states, as well as parts of 15 other states (including Mississippi), to involve almost half of the 50 states.48 According to DEA officials, while DEA field offices continue to report OxyContin as a drug of choice among abusers, OxyContin has not been and is not now considered the most highly abused and diverted prescription drug nationally.49 OxyContin is the most abused single-entity prescription product according to those DEA state and divisional offices that report OxyContin abuse.2

Contemporary Drug Problems published an article in June of '05 where in an article entitled, The OxyContin Epidemic and Crime Panic in Kentucky, that "OxyContin abuse was first noted in Maryland, the eastern part of rural Maine, eastern Ohio, the rust-belt areas of Pennsylvania, and the southern Appalachian region of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. During the year 2000, the 10 states with the highest OxyContin prescription rates (per 100,000 population) and those with problems of abuse were, in descending order: West Virginia, Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut (Hutchinson 2001). West Virginia, particularly its southern region, and southeastern Kentucky have long histories of pharmaceutical abuse (DEA Briefs and Background 2002)."3

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review wrote a news story in December, 2001 called Addiction to Painkiller Skyrockets in western Pennsylvania. In it they state, "Although cocaine and marijuana remain the leading drugs of choice, abuse of OxyContin is growing steadily in Pennsylvania, according to a report by the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown.
The powerful painkiller "is a serious and growing problem ... particularly in western Pennsylvania," the report states. OxyContin 'is the pharmaceutical drug of choice' in this corner of the state, it adds."


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The Damage to Society

Need for Oxycontin drug rehabIn the State of Pennsylvania, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse goes way past the the damage done to the addicts themselves. In terms of time lost on the job, to the health system inundated by illness and overdoses to communities harmed by the crime rate caused by addicts looking to steal anything in order to get their next fix, to families living a nightmare as they watch helplessly as their loved one goes further down the chutes. The rollercoaster of emotions, concern and anger seems like a never ending ride the abuser puts his friends and family through. Failures in the past with drug rehab centers further numb the addict to any hope of a future without drugs. It truly can appear hopeless.  It quickly becomes self-evident there is a real need for a successful drug addiction treatment.

Treatment Center Changes Needed

Need for drug rehabJust in the state of Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania and across the United States, a variety of techniques and methods are being used. Some of the well known treatment methods in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, so making a decision can be difficult. Unfortunately, many uninformed people in Pennsylvania go from rehab to rehab looking for the one that is right for them.

In Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania 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

People 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 Pennsylvania, 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 treatment program close to home?

Decision to enter drug rehabAddiction 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.

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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
2GAO report

3Contemporary Drug Problems report
4Pittsburgh Tribune Review story
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