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Recovery from Addiction in Arkansas

When we discuss drug and alcohol problems in these United States, Arkansas isn't in the top ten; it isn't in the top twenty either. When to comes to overdose death rates, The Natural State was recently rated 25th. That means over 400 deaths a year happen here, an average of more than one per day. These are mostly from methamphetamines and overdoses of opioids, meaning prescription pain relievers, some cough medicines and heroin.

Last October, a methamphetamine drug ring stretching from Harrison, AR to Springfield, MO in into Oklahoma was busted by state and federal officials.

But the pain relievers have been the biggest source of trouble and addiction for a long time. In 2015, the Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse act was passed as part of a nation-wide effort to build a database containing every prescription of addictive medication, to whom they are written, the prescribing MD or Nurse and from which pharmacy they were eventually dispensed. Nationally referred to as the PDMP, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, this put physicians and pharmacists in Arkansas in touch with the history of every patient with regards to their use of addictive meds.

This program also helps:

One important aspect of drug addiction, drug abuse and dependence and drug overdose death is this, they are preventable.

Studies have shown that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction usually begins early in life with experimentation in middle or high school. Receiving mixed messages from what they see on television, in films and on the internet, kids are deciding whether or not to experiment with drinking or smoking or other drugs at an incredibly vulnerable point in life. This is a decision that can easily change the rest of a young person's entire life. Prevention in the form of effective drug and alcohol education is essential at a young age. Kids are ignorant, not stupid. They won't make poor choices if they fully understand what the consequences really are.

Efforts in Arkansas to deliver effective drug abuse and addiction education have been sporadic and need to increase until every youth in the Razorback state knows the truth about the drugs and their effects and dangers.

But when addiction has taken hold, the only option left is to seek effective and professional treatment. Long-term inpatient care for severe and/or treatment-resistant addictions is essential. Be sure to choose a holistic approach that doesn't add more drugs to the mix. This will aid the former addict in regaining a natural chemical balance and coupled with a good long period away from triggers and reminders of drug use will make successful recovery a reality.

Illicit Drug Use in the Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older in Arkansas, by Substate Region: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 2010, 2011, and 2012 NSDUHs (Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, Arkansas is among the ten states with the most Methamphetamine use and arrests.

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