There’s no shame in seeking treatment and recovery options for opioid addiction. That’s why Landmark Recovery is here, to help you live beyond your addictions and provide the assistance you need to get your life back on track. Our treatment paths are highly individualized and effective. We want to save as many lives as possible in the next century, starting with you or your loved one today.
Opioids are a wide-ranging type of drug whose primary purpose is to block pain. Heroin, morphine, and oxycodone are all types of opioid drugs derived from the opium poppy. Some opioids, like fentanyl, are artificially created and are much stronger than the natural analogue. Oftentimes, especially in the last several years, synthetic opioids can unknowingly show up in doses of natural opioids and lower the threshold by which an overdose can be achieved.
When an overdose occurs on an opioid drug, the heart rate and breathing rate are lowered to an unsustainable level by which the user can crash and go into a coma or even die. Only drugs like Narcan can revive the user from an overdose by blocking and reversing the opioid uptake by the opioid receptors in the brain and elsewhere.
Prescription pain medicine is a major source of opioid abuse in general, with a high rate of prescribing, and the relative availability of the drugs. This makes the assumption of who abuses opioids a bit off from reality—everyone who’s prescribed an opioid drug for pain management is at risk for drug abuse and should be cautious when taking drugs like these.
In 2018, there were 1,193 overdose deaths due to all opioids in the state, with 326 due to prescribed opioid medications. In 2017, there were 404 overdose deaths from prescription opioids, marking a positive turn for Virginia, but still showing we’re far from zero. In Virginia, the prescription rate for opioids is 44.8 per 100 residents, demonstrating a high saturation rate for controlled substances.
In 2019, 3.39% of all Virginians over the age of 11 reported misusing prescription pain reliever drugs. Overall, Virginia is below the national average on most metrics, making it a bottom 20 state for drug abuse. One positive set of statistics shows that pain reliever abuse is going down. Unfortunately, this means the downstream effect is a significant rise in synthetic opioid overdose deaths. This is where Landmark Recovery enters the picture.
Our priority is on ensuring you have the resources to enjoy an effective, lasting recovery from opioid addiction first and foremost. Tailoring treatment paths to fit your needs is what we do, and we make sure we do it well. We offer residential and outpatient treatment to patients based on their level of medical need, with therapy and counseling available throughout the process to ensure we treat the root cause of drug abuse.
As part of ensuring an effective recovery, we offer 12-step programs that you can join and then participate in after you’ve graduated from our treatment center, so you’re taken care of after you leave our care. A nationally available alumni program is available upon successfully completing your treatment to minimize the chance of repeating negative behaviors.
To learn more about what we can offer, call us at 804-599-3473. We want to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. Live beyond addiction with Landmark Recovery.
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