Opioid addiction takes the lives of nearly 130 people each and every day within the United States; it’s a serious national crisis that has destroyed families, costed companies nearly $80 billion dollars a year, and has holistically left serious social and economic consequences. In an attempt to combat these harsh effects of the opioid epidemic, researchers have been challenging themselves to find preventative measures; tools and resources to help those in our communities seek help before the addiction becomes more severe, or greater support and outlets once people need treatment.
Earlier this year, Georgia Tech published an article that covered a study conducted by researchers – this study sought to assess 1.44 million comments from Reddit, a popular posting platform, to explore some potential risk factors that give insight into opioid addiction itself. The researchers found 3 particular opioids that were “most commonly used”, including:
- Kratom – an herbal stimulant that isn’t regulated
- Imodium – an anti-diarrheal medication
- Xanax – a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders
From there, the researchers found that many people leading up to opioid addiction will abuse other substances – such as prescription drugs, illicit drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins/minerals and more. This provides great insight into the dangerousness of opioid addiction, especially if people are abusing other substances in an attempt to treat it on their own.
There seems to be a clear community out there that is attempting to utilize “alternative treatment” for opioid addiction – but there are clear health consequences in doing this, and the safest route is always to undergo detoxification at Avalon Malibu’s treatment center. If you or a loved one have been battling opioid addiction, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today. It’s never too late to begin seeking the help you need.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 844-857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you – it’s never too late to begin taking steps towards a happier, healthier life.