The Case for Immediate Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

If you are considering an inpatient substance abuse treatment program, it’s time. When an addict or the loved one of an addict is delaying treatment or trying to resolve their personal challenges on their own, they seldom consider the cost to friends and family members, the cost to society, and the potential disastrous consequences that could result from delay.

Woman considers joining inpatient treatment In their 2012 report, “The Impact of Managed Care on Addiction Treatment: An Analysis,” The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reports that:

  • There is a significant rise in the number of cases presenting to addiction treatment facilities where opioid dependence is the primary diagnosis.
  • Associated with the increase in cases of abuse and dependence—and, arguably—one of the contributing factors to the recent epidemic—is the dramatic increase of number of prescriptions for opioid analgesics authorized in the past 15 years.
  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, as highlighted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), there has been a greater than 400 percent increase between 1997 and 2007 in the number of cases of opioid abuse and dependence, which has led to increases in the need for treatment.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental deaths by poisoning and drug overdosing have now exceeded deaths from motor vehicle accidents.
  • Policy changes regarding opiate pain medications have not yet turned around the increases in the number of prescription drug-related deaths.
  • This rampant epidemic of prescription drug-related deaths that has killed more Americans in the past 2 years than died during the entire Vietnam War.
  • What is particularly telling in the report is the potential harm to the addict and to innocent members of the general population through the possibility that the addict becomes a danger to himself or a danger to others. The categorization of “danger to others” includes not only an event in which the addict commits a physical attack on a person known to him, but also the harm that may come as the result of an accident committed while driving under the influence.

Neither of these events is predictable, thus it is imperative that the addict seek qualified addiction treatment immediately. Treatment is the best protection against harm.

Prescription drug addiction is indeed at epidemic proportions. The immediate treatment option is supported by the ASAM report, which states:

“While interventions can be made on many levels to reduce the rates of inappropriate prescribing of opioids, to improve the education of both prescribers and patients about this epidemic, to target overdose deaths directly via the use of overdose reversal medications, to increase the use of safe prescription drug disposal and “take-back” programs for unused opioid pill supplies, no one should ignore the role of addiction treatment services in addressing the epidemics of opioid addiction and opioid overdose deaths.”

And, “In a recent study of inpatient detoxification versus outpatient detoxification for opiate treatment shows that inpatient detoxification for opiate addiction is superior to outpatient detoxification (51.4% versus 36.4%) in terms of completing treatment. (Journal Substance Abuse Treatment. 2011 Jan: 40(1):56-66)”

If you are suffering from addiction, or knows someone who is, please contact The Hills immediately for confidential review. Call today: (800) 705-1909 or click here to contact us online.