Landmark Recovery is proud to offer safe and effective opioid addiction treatment in Virginia and beyond right here in Richmond. Rehab is tough, but Landmark is here to make it as easy as possible for every patient going through rehab. Our goal is 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.
Here at Landmark, we offer residential and outpatient treatment to patients based on their level of medical need. We place a high priority on rehabilitating the whole person so they can get back to their everyday life. Our treatment is holistic, meaning that we don’t just make sure that treatment is strictly medical—therapy and counseling are available to patients throughout their stay so we can treat the root cause of drug abuse and stomp addiction for good.
While here, 12-step programs like AA and NA can be accessed and then continued 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.
Interested in learning more about what Landmark can do for you or your loved one? Give us a call at 804-599-3473 to hear about all our available treatment options. Let’s get your life back on track and prepare you to live beyond an addiction in lasting recovery today.
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