Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Maine: The Consequences of Addiction

Substance abuse and drug-related illnesses are responsible for thousands of deaths each year, and the problem is only getting worse. In fact, drug abuse surpasses motor vehicle accidents and firearms as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2015, deaths related to substance abuse claimed over 50,000 American lives. For this reason, the nation’s largest public health agency considers drug abuse an epidemic, with comparable significance to cancer.

The rise in prescription painkiller and opioid abuse is driving the epidemic. Over half of 2015’s overdose deaths were from either heroin or synthetic opioids (i.e., prescription pills). An increase in demand for opioids has led drug traffickers to cut heroin with even more dangerous substances such as Fentanyl, which can be 100 times stronger than morphine.

Maine Struggles with Opioid Addiction

Maine is not immune to the struggles of substance abuse and addiction. The state’s Substance Abuse Trend Report and epidemiological profile suggests that Maine is also struggling to control the opioid epidemic. Misuse of prescription drugs appears to be the most significant of Maine’s substance abuse problems, according to the report. Eighteen- to 25-year-olds were most likely to report past month misuse of prescription drugs, at a rate of nearly 10%. Abuse rates among individuals 24 to 35 were next highest, at around 7%. In 2014, a third of arrests related to drugs involved heroin, according to data from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. From 2010 to 2014, the number of heroin-related arrests quadrupled.

Overdose Death Numbers Are Rising

The number of overdose deaths in Maine is also increasing. There were 208 deaths reported in 2014, an 18% increase from the previous year. The vast majority of these deaths (70%) involved an opioid. In fact, Maine has seen a three-fold increase in the number of drug-related overdoses in the past few years. Heroin and opioids aren’t Maine’s only problem, however. While the state enjoys lower rates than the national average when it comes to alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, it has seen an increase in deaths related to benzodiazepines. These deaths have doubled since 2012.

Drug problems have very real consequences and causes. State data shows that suicides are more prevalent in Maine than homicides, and the rates of suicide have been increasing steadily since 2010. Officials believe that around one in seven calls to the Poison Control Center for substance abuse were actually suicide attempts. These statistics paint a disturbing picture of Maine’s substance abuse problem and create a compelling call to action.

Can Maine Effectively Address Its Drug Problem?

While these numbers point to trends and statistics in the area, they create an even more disturbing picture when we place them in proper context. Every drug-related death is preventable, and effective intervention and treatment could have prevented many of these deaths and suicide attempts that plague Maine. The steady increase in suicide attempts in Maine, combined with the increase in prescription pill and opioid abuse, suggest that Maine may lack the infrastructure and resources to curb its epidemic. Though there are treatment centers in Maine to address addiction, families and loved ones of substance abusers are increasingly turning to alternative options.

Recovery Takes Multidisciplinary Approach

Addiction is a complex medical condition that requires a tailored approach and multidisciplinary focus. The most effective treatments are interventions that focus on the mind, body, and spirit. Recovery requires a lifelong commitment, excellent infrastructure, and a continued support system. The number of individuals struggling in the state makes it hard for Maine to keep up with the influx of patients and tend to their unique needs.

As a result, victims of substance abuse are beginning to look for comprehensive treatment options outside their borders to ensure better delivery of compassionate care. Florida has become a beacon of hope for the people of Maine because of its abundance of renowned medical professionals. The Sunshine State is no stranger to the ill effects of addiction. Its seaside location and bustling shipping ports make it an easy target for the import and distribution of drugs from other countries. Mental health experts have responded by creating a systemic effort to address and rehabilitate addicts throughout the area. People come from all over the country and around the globe to receive treatment in Florida.

Begin Your Journey to Health in Florida

Every treatment center in our state has its own approach and guiding philosophy to recovery and addiction care, but each establishment has a common goal. Treatment centers in Florida combine the best practices in addiction medicine and mental health, with evidence-based resources to create interventions that heal the mind, body, and spirit.

Check out the Recovery State

Florida has developed a reputation for excellence within the realm of mental health. In fact, many professionals refer to it as the Recovery State. This same reputation has encouraged visitors from sea to shining sea to report for treatment and begin healing. Our treatment centers welcome anyone ready and willing to make positive lifestyle changes with an open mind, arms, and heart.

Maine has suffered from the ill effects of the opioid epidemic and the abuse of other prescription drugs. Addicts and their families often feel the battle is already lost. But in Florida, we offer health and hope. Experts in addiction medicine are waiting for you in the sunshine and ready to guide you on the road to health and longevity.

At the Treatment Center, We’re Leading the Way

At the Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches, we’ve established our name as a leader in the field through our commitment to behavioral health and healing. Our establishment welcomes visitors from all over Maine to join us and take the first step in recovery together. We staff our facility with the most qualified experts in the field, combining modern medicine with techniques that heal the mind and spirit. We tailor programs to meet the individual needs of each patient. Our interventions include, but are not limited to, faith-based healing, group therapy, individual sessions, and medically supervised detox.

Our ideal location, just two miles from the beach, creates a tranquil atmosphere that fosters healing. Relax and reflect in a sun-soaked climate and find inner peace with yourself and your past. At the Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches, we’ll help you live a long and fulfilled life. Visit us and we’ll take the journey to wellness together.

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