The Devastating Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Minnesota
Each year, millions of Americans struggle with the consequences of substance abuse. Drug-related illnesses are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year, and federal data suggests the problem is only getting worse. In 2008, drug abuse surpassed motor vehicle accidents to become the leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. In 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported 56,000 overdose deaths. The country’s largest public health agency now considers substance abuse to be an epidemic.
Directly related to the increasing number of overdose deaths is a marked increase in opioid and heroin abuse. Of 2015’s 56,000 overdose deaths, more than 30,000 were due to heroin or synthetic opioids. Today’s street drugs, like heroin, are cut with substances far stronger. Fentanyl, for example, is a synthetic opioid that can be produced illicitly at strength 50 to 100 times that of morphine.
Home to a Methamphetamine Epidemic
Minnesota struggles with opioid addiction, but its struggle is different from the struggle most other states have. While other areas of the nation fight prescription and synthetic opioid abuse, Minnesota, particularly the Minneapolis/St. Paul Statistical Area struggles with heroin. In 2015, treatment admissions for heroin exceeded those of marijuana for the first time. Nearly 17% of area treatment admissions were from heroin, a record high.
Meth Rates Even Worse Than in 2005
The state is also subject to a meth epidemic. Treatment admissions in 2015 for meth exceeded the number of admissions in 2005, which public officials refer to as the height of the methamphetamine epidemic. There was meth reported in over a third of all drug seizures in Minneapolis in 2015, while seizures statewide reported increased possession as well.
Overall, statewide overdose deaths have increased steadily since 2000. The drug problem in Minnesota has very real causes and consequences. Homelessness, depression and other forms of mental illness are comorbidities of substance abuse; their importance cannot be understated. These statistics paint a disturbing picture of the state’s fight with substance abuse and create a compelling call to take action.
What Is Minnesota Doing to Fight the Epidemic?
Though these statistics are revealing, they take on greater significance when we apply them contextually. The people in statistical data sheets are more than just numbers; they’re loved ones. Addicts are mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers. Addiction does not discriminate by race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. While there are inherent risk factors for addiction, anyone can be an addict. Overdoses and deaths are preventable with proper detection and treatment.
Federal Funding Not Enough to Counter Epidemic
Addiction is a complex disease that requires comprehensive care and an adequate existing infrastructure. Patients who receive excellent treatment in a timely fashion are more likely to achieve a sustainable recovery. A patient’s personal commitment to a lifetime of sobriety is an important piece of the puzzle, but so is access to resources. While Minnesota, particularly the urban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, receive federal funding to treat addiction, it’s not enough to address the epidemic effectively. In reality, the vast majority of addicts in the United States, around 85%, never get the help they need. The sheer number of addicts suffering from needs in Minnesota makes it difficult for mental health officials to ensure delivery of compassionate care within its own borders.
As a result, addicts and their families have been seeking treatment outside of Minnesota. Florida has emerged as a beacon of hope for patients looking to make real and positive lifestyle changes. Florida’s sunny weather and relaxing atmosphere create an ideal place for Minnesota residents, accustomed to bitter wind and cold, to recover and heal. Mental health professionals in the state have created a comprehensive effort to treat and remediate addiction, both for residents within their own borders and beyond. People come from all over the country to receive quality and compassionate care here in Florida.
Health Is Waiting for You in Florida
Every treatment center has its own approach to the delivery of interventions. All facilities here in Florida have a common goal – to combine the best practices of modern medicine with the compassion addicts need to heal themselves. In the past few years, Florida has a reputation for excellence in addiction medicine – in part because the Sunshine State has a background of drug abuse.
As a hub for imports, Florida has seen the impact of drug abuse firsthand. This experience led to a constantly evolving set of knowledge and information that has helped our drug emergency and mental health care professionals. Our reputation earned us the nickname the Recovery State, and this is why visitors from all over the country, even the world, come to us to begin their journeys to recovery. We welcome anyone with a willingness to make a change with open arms.
State Offers Experts in Meth Rehab
The opioid epidemic has hurt Minnesota, which is also fighting a battle with methamphetamines. Families from around the state are struggling with this reality. People who are under the cloud of substance abuse and addiction may feel their battle is already lost. But in Florida, we’re offering sunshine and hope. Our leading experts in recovery are waiting for you here, ready to lead you into the light of recovery.
The Treatment Center Leads the Way in Addiction Medicine Excellence
At the Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches, we pride ourselves on being the premier addiction treatment facility in the state. We are the leader in addiction medicine excellence, and our commitment to mental health sets us apart. We host the most qualified medical practitioners and staff the field has to offer. Our approach combines evidence-based medicine and techniques that heal the mind and spirit to tailor interventions to the individual. We realize each patient is unique and use a combination of tools, from group therapy, individual sessions, faith-based healing, and medically supervised detox.
Our treatment center is ideally located just two miles from one of Florida’s most scenic beaches. Our residents see this as a perfect opportunity to relax and reflect while contemplating a more positive future. Come and visit us in Florida, and we’ll take the road to recovery together.