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Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency 101

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By September 27, 2018

Drugs and alcohol kill people at an alarming rate, throughout the world and united states. This is true in New Jersey as well. Opioids are such a substantial problem in New Jersey that the state has taken a lawsuit out on the makers of some prescription opioid drugs because of the way they have pushed their products on doctors and patients alike.  

Part of the reason for this is the pernicious nature of addiction. Addiction, though not always thought of this way, is a chronic disease that cannot be cured, though it can be managed with proper treatment and consistent therapy. Though this is true many people who struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol never receive the kind of treatment that they so desperately need to be able to get their disease to remission and maintain it in a state of “active recovery” or sobriety. Maybe those struggling with addiction in New Jersey don’t know where to find the best new jersey rehab and detox, or they’re unable to get past the heavy burden of shame that comes with chemical dependency, but far too many of those who suffer from addiction do not seek out medically supervised alcohol detox or drug detox, and very few attend a rehab in NJ. Fewer still go through an outpatient, relapse prevention program.

 

The Spotlight on Drug Fatalities Shows a Desperate Need For Education

The opioid epidemic gets more present everyday, in our news but also in our communities. As the drug crisis has expanded into a fentanyl and opioid disaster with fentanyl overdose rates rising at a terrifyingly steady rate, fatal overdoses across the United States are increasing as well. This should be a sign to the public about the true dangers of chemical dependency. More and more state and local governments are beginning to realize and act on the need to address the crisis at more local levels, and in turn, as states and local governments produce legislation or funding for recovery, more and more addicts are seeking treatment. The increase in fatal overdose is devastating, but while the glaring lack of knowledge about substance abuse can feel somewhat depressing, the fact that we are learning more everyday is encouraging.

Alcohol and drug addiction can be devastating to the person struggling with the addiction, but it can also impact the communities, friends and families of an addict. Communities are seeing the impact of addiction Communities are learning in devastating ways how true that is as they see people die in the thousands it impacts workforce, it breaks apart families. There are large scale consequences.

Drugs and alcohol usually kill people by shutting down their various body systems and not always via overdose. Often a drug or alcohol addiction kills a person slowly over many years of use. An alcohol addict can drink until they have liver disease, someone who smokes meth can smoke to a point where their pulmonary tissue deteriorates, and many drugs can depress and even disrupt completely the cardiovascular system.

 

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Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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