Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse as a general concern is now far more damaging and dangerous in the nation today than it ever was before. These desperate times have caused the nation to be particularly frantic in trying to address it. Realistically, the best way to address such issues includes using and utilizing inpatient rehabilitation. Holistic drug recovery centers are becoming increasingly popular and have been deemed by many doctors to be a successful approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation. Essentially, more and more holistic rehab centers are being recognized for their success whereas more and more medical rehab centers are losing popularity due to putting their clients on other drugs that the clients just end up getting addicted to in the long run.

Holistic drug recovery centers help patients seek relief and recovery from serious addictions by improving the health of the mind, body, and spirit all at once and all within the rehab center and program. These approaches to addiction treatment are considered alternatives to standard or mainstream treatment in fact, and are often thought to be better than psychotherapy and medication-assisted treatment are.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) an estimated 2.1 million visits to hospital emergency departments, or EDs, resulted from drug abuse or misuse in the year of 2009, or approximately 647 ED visits per 100,000 individuals every year. The study showed that 52.1 percent of these visits directly involved pharmaceuticals, 47 percent involved the use of illicit drugs, and 31.8 percent directly involved alcohol. With numbers like this, it is clear that addiction treatment is needed now more so than ever.

Seeking Truth in the Facts

The best way to effectively address an addiction crisis lies in effectively getting those who are addicted into and through inpatient rehab programs. That much is known, and that much is common sense. When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general though, the real problem shows itself in more so the act of trying to convince addicts that they actually need to go to rehab, and in convincing them of why rehab is a very crucial and needed activity in their lives. One way to convince not only the addicts themselves of the need for treatment but also their families too is to educate everyone on the effects of addiction and substance abuse and the prevalence of these issues in the nation.

A holistic approach to addiction treatment is a very useful and beneficial method for tackling addiction, but it is only as good as those who are willing to attempt it actually go to them for help and go through the program. To aide holistic treatment centers in actually getting addicts willing to accept their help, research projects were done to inform the populace of the crisis that is addiction in the nation today.

To accomplish the above, many organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Trust for American Health (TAH), all got together and have all worked together diligently and continuously to provide such statistical data and cruel yet very, very true evidence and facts on this very real crisis and problem for all to see and bear witness to so that something can be done about it. The hope is to raise awareness about the crisis to get people into the mindset of doing something about it and not just ignoring it. For example:

  • Every single year, approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking and alcohol abuse. A lot of the deaths (1,900 in fact) can be attributed to motor vehicle crashes, but another 1,600 are a result of homicides, 300 are a result of suicides, and others result from injuries from falls, burns, and other accidents that occur and come about as a result of alcohol abuse. The sad thing is that holistic rehab centers are totally capable of treating and fully rehabilitating young adults who are abusing alcohol.
  • According to a more recent 2014 national survey, more than 104 million Americans over the age of 12 had tried marijuana at least once, and almost 17 million had used the drug in the month before the survey too, making this a newly prevalent issue once again.
  • According to the initial 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) an estimated no less than 10.4 million people of the age of 12 or older (4.3 percent of the population) have tried methamphetamine at some time in their lives. Approximately a full 1.3 million reported past-year methamphetamine use, and 512,000 reported current (past-month) use and abuse. Moreover, the 2005 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey reported a full 4.5 percent of high school seniors had used methamphetamine within their lifetimes alone. Because there exists no medical way to address meth addiction, many often turn to holistic methods to handle this type of substance abuse habit.
  • In the year of 2013, 8.8% of youth aged 12 to 17 were current illicit drug users and 11.6% were current alcohol users of some kind or another. 5.2% were considered to have a substance use disorder in the past year alone.
  • In the year of 2013, no less than a full 10.7% of youth of the age of 12 to 17 experienced a major depressive episode in the past year while 7.7% had a major depressive episode with a severe impairment in one or more role domains (e.g., chores at home, school/work, close relationships with family, or social life to name a few).
  • The mental health of college students is a growing concern (often brought on because of substance abuse issues) with no less than 18% of college students having seriously considered attempting suicide and 60.5% of students having reported having severe feelings of sadness, also often brought on by substance abuse.

Holistic Treatment Approaches Brings Hope to Those Addicted

Holistic rehab programs offer a new and a different approach to addiction treatment. These are the programs and the methods that are ultimately necessary to beat an addiction crisis once and for all and for good. With an effective approach to addiction treatment like this one, it suddenly does become possible for those addicted to be fully cured and revived from addiction and to find success and sobriety in recovery.

Holistic treatment is effective, needed, and wanted and has been for some time now. This is an approach that works and it works well. Approaches like this are greatly needed because now, more than ever, major thought and attention needs to be put on rehabilitating the dismally addicted individuals of this nation. Holistic rehab, backed by science and proven by experience and testimony, is a valid and very successful approach to addiction treatment that is growing ever more increasingly popular as the years go by.

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