The Opioid Epidemic: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

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The Opioid Epidemic: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

The opioid epidemic is a serious problem that must be addressed. Many people don’t realize how serious opioid use is and, as a result, end up becoming addicted themselves. In this blog, we’re going to discuss the opioid epidemic as well as treatment options. As always, it’s important to think about your own individual situation and make sure that you’re making decisions that are right for you.

The Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic truly began when companies began producing drugs that were intended for pain relief. However, these drugs were extremely addictive, and not much was known about them. Because of that, doctors began to prescribe them in high amounts. This led to people becoming addicted and returning to their doctors to continue getting prescriptions.

Opioid use is something that should be taken very seriously. If you’re prescribed opioids in the future, consider speaking with your doctor about alternative options. 

If you’re in recovery, then you may understand how challenging pain management can be. Don’t be afraid to be upfront with your doctor and make sure that they hear and understand any concerns you may have. Being direct and intentional is one of the best ways to make sure that you’re on the right track and that you’re not taking any medications that could lead to a potential relapse in the future.


The good news is that there is hope for those who are addicted to opioids. There are many treatment options (like the ones we offer at Avalon Malibu) that are intended to help individuals stop relying on prescription medications and turn to sobriety.

Finding treatment options is important, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Consider searching for options that would make sense for you financially or looking for treatment centers in your area. If you’re interested in receiving treatment in California, then consider reaching out to our Avalon Malibu staff and seeing if we’re currently accepting clients.

Learning about the opioid epidemic can be challenging, but it’s important. If you or your loved one is struggling with opioid use and would like help, we’re here. To speak with a member of our treatment team, you can call (844) 857-5992. We hope to hear from you soon so that we can begin discussing treatment possibilities and what could work well for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out and take the first couple of important steps toward your individual sobriety.

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