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Escaping the Epidemic

[su_quote]Heroin addiction is one of the fastest-growing drug problems in the United States today. However, many, if not most, current heroin users first started on their pathway to illegal drugs by the misuse and abuse of legal opioid prescription medications.[/su_quote]

These legal medications have been developed to relieve pain and suffering, but they also happen to be highly addictive. These pills, especially when taken in combination with benzodiazepine sleeping pills and anxiety medications such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, Lunesta, and dozens more, are overtaking heroin overdose as the biggest cause of drug abuse deaths today.

The over-prescribing of these medicines is a world-wide public health crisis, and thousands upon thousands of these pills are in the hands of illegal drug dealers today. Opiates are an exploding epidemic among young people today, who often find it far easier to get these pills from family members or friends than to get alcohol or cigarettes. In today’s world, unless they are getting it from Mom and Dad’s liquor cabinet, it is far more difficult for teenagers to get alcohol or cigarettes than it is for them to get marijuana, opiate pills, or even street heroin to smoke or inject in cities such as Phelan or Hesperia.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]At First Step Recovery Center, we can help. We provide outpatient detox services from opiates and heroin with physician supervision and with medication-based management to relieve the terrible physical symptoms of withdrawal from these powerful drugs. However, just getting the opiates out of the system isn’t the total answer. Due to the powerful effects of these drugs on the brain and the entire nervous system, the physical and psychological temptation to relapse is very great. Sadly, that happens more often than not after a simple detox session unless the patient is immersed in a whole-person comprehensive care program.[/su_note]

First Step Recovery Center provides an ongoing program of group and individual therapy and a meaningful transition to a lifestyle change of abstinence-focused recovery. Many patients, especially in early sobriety, also require a medical management program for craving and side effect reduction using medications such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, naltrexone, clonidine and/or other medications. Our medical experts can evaluate patients and prescribe these treatments when needed.

Also, it is vitally important that all dual-diagnosis mental health issues be dealt with appropriately, as well as any history of post-traumatic stress disorder from combat, child abuse, domestic violence, or a life on the streets. We provide that therapy at First Step Recovery Center in Victorville.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_widget_sidebar show_bg=”false” sidebar_id=”sidebar_1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_testimonials type=”slider” autoslide=”6000″ number=”6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”vc_default” full_width=”stretch_row” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” seperator_indeed_locker=”” lk_t=”ism_template_1″ lk_tl=”5″ lk_io=”default” lk_lp=”0″ lk_dm=”0″ lk_thm=”0″ lk_tuo=”0″ ru_on=”0″ uhc_on=”0″ ur_on=”0″ ref_on=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1473599298140{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;background-color: #0d404f !important;}”][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-8 vc_col-xs-12″][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Need Help?” main_heading_color=”#ffffff” sub_heading_color=”#ffffff” alignment=”left” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:10px;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:30px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:40px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:17px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:27px;”]Our Caring Staff Can Help You Take the First Step[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-4 vc_col-md-4 vc_hidden-sm vc_col-xs-12 vc_hidden-xs”][ult_buttons btn_title=”Schedule a Consultation” btn_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Ffirststephd.com%2Fschedule-a-consultation%2F|||” btn_align=”ubtn-right” btn_size=”ubtn-custom” btn_height=”38″ btn_padding_left=”25″ btn_padding_top=”15″ btn_title_color=”#ffffff” btn_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.01)” btn_hover=”ubtn-fade-bg” btn_bg_color_hover=”#ffffff” btn_title_color_hover=”#28a7fb” icon_size=”32″ btn_icon_pos=”ubtn-sep-icon-at-left” btn_border_style=”solid” btn_color_border=”rgba(255,255,255,0.4)” btn_color_border_hover=”#ffffff” btn_border_size=”4″ btn_radius=”0″ btn_font_family=”font_family:Montserrat|font_call:Montserrat|variant:700″ btn_font_style=”font-weight:700;” btn_font_size=”desktop:20px;” btn_line_height=”desktop:20px;” css_adv_btn=”.vc_custom_1473598607507{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]