Fighting Opioid Addiction Needs Better Public Policy

Opioid Addiction Recovery: Less Shame and More Treatment Options

One challenge facing society today regarding the opiate addiction crisis is a large group of “desperately seeking a fix” addicts. This group of opiate addicts needs immediate help in the form of a buprenorphine 5-day step-down detox. This eliminates the physical pain associated with withdrawal. Buprenorphine treatment also decreases relapse.

Other addicts will need a longer detox using Suboxone. For this population, a simple medication replacement treatment using Suboxone or methadone is effective. A large number of recovering people in our communities adds value to addiction prevention and recovery efforts.

Recovery Options – Gender Specific Addiction Treatment

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Boomer Opioid Addiction ProgramAt Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we have found that Suboxone (buprenorphine) is an effective inpatient treatment protocol for opioid dependence. We treat men over the age of 30 who are opioid-based prescription painkillers. Treatment and holistic solutions for chronic pain are included in our recovery program.

Suboxone treatment not only eases withdrawal symptoms. When combined with a comprehensive and holistic addiction recovery program – suboxone therapy can increase the chances staying sober without relapse.

At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we understand that successfully treating opioid addiction requires a comprehensive approach that addresses not just the addiction, but the root cause of each man’s pain; as well as his physical and mental health. It is critical for older men to receive addiction treatment in a setting targeted for the unique psychological and health issues facing older men.

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery: Men’s Rehab is a small, private addiction, co-occurring disorder and trauma treatment program for men 30 and older. Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is located in the beautiful mountains of Prescott, Arizona. Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is a gender specific rehab for men providing addiction treatment geared to the unique needs of mature men.

Achieving Recovery and the Cost of Doing Nothing

Treatment or Incarceration?

Our systems (and society) seem to have have no problem spending more than $7,000 (of taxpayers’ money) per opiate arrest. And add to that the daily rate for incarceration, then the cost of probation and parole upon release.

Yet our society will not execute a much less costly recovery system that cost $625 for a five-day step down buprenorphine detox.

To add insult to injury, our automatic incarceration system for addicts increases relapse and recidivism. But the detox system decreases recidivism and increases public safety. Some addicts are chronic cases, ‘frequent fliers’. However, it seems our policymakers are addicted to bad policies –  just as the addict is to the drug.

The Costs of Putting Addicts in Prison

From Lifetime Benefits and Costs of Diverting Substance-Abusing Offenders From State Prison. Prisons hold a disproportionate number of society’s drug abusers. Approximately 50% of state prisoners meet the criteria for a diagnosis of drug abuse or dependence; however, only 10% of prisoners receive drug treatment. Diverting offenders to community-based treatment has been shown to generate positive net social benefits.

A large surge of recovering people in our communities adds tremendous value to our prevention and recovery efforts. To this day, one of the main principles in a recovering addict’s life is to help other addicts achieve recovery. This is done through public information, active-reality prevention services, and attraction to recovery in general. These activities add a much-needed dimension to our “help the addict to recovery” efforts.

Reducing the Shame of Seeking Addiction Treatment

Stigma prevents many from seeking recovery. Lack of appropriate available services in the community is the other half of the equation.

A more humane approach to detox – and an increase in recovering communities – will begin a new age of much-needed pride in recovery.

Some people say one of the main sources of shame in addiction is not seeking help (once you realize you need help). But a bigger shame in our communities is not providing appropriate help when an addict seeks help.

Do not underestimate the ability of addiction to strike your family and loved ones. Addiction does not discriminate. Over 56 million Americans are in recovery or need to be in recovery. This means we all have someone we love and or care deeply for who is an addict.

We can either assist these individuals in becoming sober and productive citizens. Or we can spend more than 3x as much money to imprison addicts. Incarceration does nothing to rehabilitate addicts. Putting addicts in prison has been very successful in helping addicts become addicted for life.

What will we, as a society, choose to do?

Addiction Rehab Questions?

For confidential addiction rehab and recovery inquiries, please feel welcome to contact Ken Chance at Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, 888-654-2800.