One of the most pressing health concerns that our communities and our whole country is facing is Addiction.
A new Surgeon General’s report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, proposes solutions to improve prevention, treatment and recovery services associated with integrating addiction services with primary medical care. All too often, we treat Addiction as a social or moral problem rather than a health problem. The Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and substance abuse as well as misuse and addiction are neurologically based and should be treated as any other medical problem. The report focuses on intervention and prevention programs that can effectively treat and manage substance abuse disorders. The report advocates developing Health Systems of Care to effectively treat and help a person to remission. To view the Surgeon Generals report, entitled, go to: https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/
For more information on managing recovery during the Holidays, how medication supports recovery, contact http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/for-you/tips-for-sober-holidays and http://wkbn.com/2016/11/16/former-heroin-addict-shares-story-of-injectable-treatment-recovery/ .
To review a survey released in September by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration which found that 37.8 percent of U.S. adults used prescription painkillers, compared with 31.1 percent who used tobacco products last year, go to http://www.courierpress.com/story/news/health/2016/11/14/opioid-use-overtakes-tobacco/93797236/ .