The Scourge of Addiction

More men across the United States are falling prey to the scourge of addiction. 

Heroin overdose deaths have spiked nationwide in recent years, as have overdose deaths involving many forms of opiates and opioids.

Opiates or opiate drugs originate from naturally-occurring alkaloids found in the opium poppy plant. Drugs include Buprenex, Hydrocodone, Heroin, Methadone, Demerol, Morphine,  Hydrocodone Vicodin, Lorcet, Naloxone, Vicoprofen, for example, according to the National Center for Health Statistics

Opioids while similar to opiates, opioids are actually synthetic drugs that produce opiate-like effects, according to a Yale University report. They include drugs such as Morphine, Demerol, Meperidine, Hydromorphone, Alfentanil, Codeine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, and for example according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

2015 - The Centers for Disease Control puts Opioid/Opiate related deaths at 33,091.

2016 - The NY Times puts Opioid/Opiate deaths for the first half of 2016 at 59,779, IF, the death rate remains flat through the second half of 2016.

Addiction Does not Discriminate Based on Age, Race, or Wealth. 

Deaths increased in all age groups, with adults aged 45 to 54 having the highest drug overdose death rate. Deaths also increased across all races and ethnicities. Addiction is a killer. And that’s why Titus House wants to help. 

In the substance abuse world, a person using a drug or alcohol consistently to excess is considered to have an addictive temperament. As all of us have seen, addictive behaviors can destroy a person’s home, family, marriage and livelihood. Over time, addicts may lose their jobs, homes, family and friends, and even contact with the outside world. It’s a frightening position for anyone to lose themselves. 

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 60% of recovering drug addicts will eventually relapse. Many people put the actual rates at80% - 87% when some form of opiate is involved. That means an addict may have just a 20% recovery rate. 

Helping addicts get rehabilitation is usually dependent on the will of the addict. Studies have shown that recovery works up until a certain point, but stronger support is necessary. Titus House wants to be that link for addicts, that reduces the relapse rates by providing a strong community and support network that is vital for long term recovery.  

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The unsavory truth was reported by the Los Angeles Times last May (2016) in a scathing investigative series: "You Want a Description of Hell?" OxyContin's 12-hour problem.