Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Garrett Reid Dies

 Garrett Reid’s apparent relapse into drug use after having a solid run of being clean and sober may seem hard for people to understand, but treatment for addiction is a daily struggle that takes commitment and continuous work.  The oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, Garrett died Sunday after managing to stay off heroin for a time, but apparently relapsed back into drug use.  

Most people cannot fight heroin addiction without professional help. Drug treatment centers focus on the psychological and physical aspects of drug dependency and work to help users recover. Addiction treatment focuses heavily on counseling and relapse prevention and requires significant dedication from addicts to commit and continue treatment.

BCCS has been providing substance abuse treatment for over 25 years for opioid addiction.  Our organization also understands the importance of addressing co-occurring disorders. BCCS focuses on not just the substance abuse and addiction, but the potential underlying mental health issues to help our clients understand the root causes of their addiction and provide them the resources to change their lives.

According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of heroin users aged 12 or older in the United States increased from 153,000 in 2007 to 213,000 in 2008. There were 114,000 first-time users of heroin aged 12 or older in 2008.

In 2007, there were just over 1,600 adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions for heroin abuse. The average age at first use was 14.8 years and 16.3 years at admission to treatment. This indicates approximately 18 months of heroin use prior to treatment.

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