“The opioid and heroin crisis in this country and in Idaho is not just a law enforcement problem. It is a public health and community problem. It demands a broad array of public health and community services. Opioid addiction often begins not with a law-breaking doctor, but with a family medicine cabinet…" ~Wendy Olson, United States Attorney for the District of Idaho Like the rest United States, the State of Idaho is dealing with a seemingly ever-growing problem with substance abuse – alcoholism, illicit drug addiction, and especially opioid abuse – both of street heroin
"God, grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference." ~theologian Reinhold Niebuhr Recovery and 12-Step Fellowship meetings around the world often begin in the same way – with the assembled group reciting the Serenity Prayer together. Early on in rehab, newly-sober addicts and alcoholics are taught to recite this prayer whenever they feel overwhelmed or tempted. But what do these words – serenity, acceptance, courage, and wisdom really MEAN? Let's take a closer look at each. Serenity Refers to
"… a host of recent findings about how addiction works have led the development of effective treatments, and more are coming. Adding to this promising news is evidence that most brains damaged by drugs can recover. Sufferers of addiction can be restored to health.” ~David Sheff, Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy One of the biggest barriers for struggling alcoholics and addicts in Idaho getting help for their problem is a simple lack of time. People wanting – but not yet receiving – treatment services often state that because of family or work
“We know where Ground Zero is, in terms of supply, where it comes from. It comes from Mexico. PERIOD. We can react all we want. Until we shut down the supply that overwhelms both law enforcement and society, we're really just throwing money and resources away. This isn't on television, it isn't a game, and it's certainly not going away." ~Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue According to the Department of Homeland Security, an estimated 720,000 people cross the US-Mexico border illegally every year. Only about half are ever caught. Many of those that make it
When you live in the state of Idaho and have a dual diagnosis of both a substance abuse disorder (alcoholism, illicit drug addiction, or the misuse of prescription medications) and a co-occurring psychiatric illness (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.) it is vitally important that the program of recovery that you decide upon specializes in the treatment of such commonly-co-occurring disorders. When you are looking for a dual diagnosis treatment center near you, you're faced with a number of challenges. And the biggest challenge is NOT finding treatment – it's finding the RIGHT treatment for your conditions.
“... it seems that basic information about diet and well-being is not getting through to the public, and despite drinking less, many young people are seemingly favoring alcohol consumption over a healthy, balanced diet." ~Dr. John Giles, Medical Director at Beneden Healthcare Group There is a new phenomenon gaining ground with young adults – drunkorexia. This is the term coined to describe the practice that is at once both an unhealthy eating AND drinking behavior. Drunkorexia is when a person extremely limits their caloric intake from food in order to: make more room for alcohol
“Many people with a dual diagnosis are misunderstood, cannot communicate, or are denied certain services. They may have access to some services, but outcomes will be poor unless services are designed to meet their particular needs." ~Policy paper of the National Coalition on Dual Diagnosis One of the biggest challenges that can face someone who needs treatment for such as abuse is the fact that their disease may co-occur with another psychiatric disorder. The simultaneous manifestation of comorbid conditions can make successful recovery from either much more difficult. What Is a Dual Diagnosis? Simply put,