Life after Addiction is Attainable

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Life after Addiction is Attainable

Since the beginning of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have seen the phrase “unprecedented times” used to describe a wide assortment of events regarding the virus, ever-changing data, and public policy, among other things. However, many aren’t aware of the unprecedented surge in drug overdose deaths that have occurred just within the past year, breaking all-time records since the beginning of the opioid crisis in the late 1990s.

101,623 lives have been lost to drug-related overdose deaths over the span of twelve months, the most ever recorded. These shocking statistics can lead many people to feel that there’s no possible chance for those battling opioid addiction to escape an inevitable fate. While overdose death rates are nothing to minimize or ignore, it’s essential to highlight just how many people with opioid use disorder can turn their lives around. By highlighting the other side of grim overdose data featuring recovery rates, those who may be suffering in silence can discover newfound optimism for the future.

Most People with Substance Use Disorder Reach Recovery

Harrowing overdose rates reported in the news tend to overshadow heroin recovery statistics, a trend that can potentially cause harm. Without negating the importance of working towards a solution to the preventable deaths due to substance misuse, shining a light on how many people are able to overcome addiction and lead fulfilling, healthy lives gives a much-needed glimmer of hope.

A recent peer-reviewed study found that 1 in 10 Americans have resolved their struggle with substance use. The CDC and National Institute on Drug Abuse also conducted a survey in 2020 that found 3 out of 4 people who grapple with some form of addiction eventually recover. With approximately 22.3 million people in the US facing substance use disorder or dependency, the odds of recovery are actually quite good despite our public perception of drug-related deaths.

Barriers to Opioid Crisis Solutions

A heavy dark cloud hangs over the concept of addiction and recovery that prevents people from seeking out the help they need. The stigma surrounding substance use disorder still carries the misconception that it’s a permanent state that will lead to premature death or slovenly life. While substance use disorder is indeed defined as a chronic condition, millions of people are living their lives happily day-to-day with the knowledge that relapse is part of the recovery process, like all chronic illnesses.

For some, it can take several years to reach long-term remission with the help of professional treatment, but each patient is different. Each individual’s work towards their recovery is the biggest determiner of success. Still, Black and Hispanic people have the most challenging time accessing the help they need along with rural folks across the country.

There is Hope and Help in Sight

With the dangers of fentanyl consistently making headlines, there’s no better time for people struggling with opioid misuse to seek treatment. Outpatient medication-assisted treatment available at BAART Programs has helped millions of Americans take the first step towards long-lasting recovery with convenient locations and treatment options. The medical and administrative staff at every BAART location is specialized in addiction science and committed to providing each enrolled patient with the dignity and respect they deserve throughout their recovery journey. Locate the nearest BAART Programs facility or message the helpline today to learn more.


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BAART Clinical Team

BAART Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at BAART Programs is our team of physicians and medical directors within the organization. BAART is a CARF accredited organization and has been providing opioid addiction treatment services to the San Francisco Bay Area and greater United States since 1977.