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|Posted on February 2, 2016 at 9:15 PM|
The "Facing Addiction" organization was founded in 2015 to bring the public's attention to the crisis in the United States of the increasing numbers of people who are becoming addicted to various addictive drugs. i.e,. prescription drugs, alcohol, heroin, cocaine, etc. and whose lives and the lives of their loved ones and friends are negatively influenced by their addiction. "Addiction directly impacts over 45 million families in America, and drug overdoses have now surpassed car accidents as our nation's leading cause of accidental deaths. An astonishing 90% of those in need of treatment do not receive it. Yet for all of the challenges we face regarding proper access to prevention and treatment of addiction- largely without the health system's support- we know recovery is a reality for more than 23 million Americans. The time has come for the health care system in our country to support prevention and recovery and this life-saving proposal will bring us closer toward that idea. Addiction is a national health crisis,not a crime, and it deserves national attention. Preventing, much less ending, the addiction crisis is not simple, but neither is curing cancer, reducing heart disease, or managing diabetes" according to Facing Addiction. People who are affected by the disease of addiction, both the addict and the co-dependent family member or friend, need the care and support of those professionals who are trained to give intelligent assistance. Fellow members of twelve-step programs provide on-going support also. Having health care resources made available to addicts based on a financial commitment from the Congress will allow treatment leading to recovery much more possible. Presently the existing treatment programs's main focus in on the primary client- the drug or alcohol user-with less attention to those who live with the user and whose lives are so negatively affected. This concentration of services must be expanded to cover the co-dependent's needs. The "co" is so often being overlooked for the emphasis and treatment of the addict but both parties have been imperiled by the disease of addiction and both need to be treated and assisted in their pursuit of recovery. And....the "how to's" must be given to both people so that they are not fumbling around trying to figure out what to do to help themselves. Trained counselors' guidance must be made accessible to them on a regular schedule and provided for by both in-patient and out-patient centers. There is "light at the end of the tunnel" and it will be visualized and realized if those seeking recovery can see where they have been, where they are going and how to get there. This is what I hope for and what is critically important to be included in any treatment program. I trust the the plans for growing health care for treatment and recovery backed by funds will follow this strong belief.