COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise awareness around the drug addiction problem in Colorado,The Foundry Treatment Center is commemorating National Recovery Month throughout September and sharing helpful resources and information to lead others on the path to recovery. Colorado ranks among the top of the list of states with the highest level of drug overdose deaths in what the Centers for Disease Control calls "one of the four most serious epidemics facing the nation."
While addiction comes in many forms -- from alcohol to cocaine and methamphetamines -- prescription drugs have proven most deadly in recent years and have fueled an increase in heroin abuse. Recovery from addiction starts with a single step, but a community of help is required to provide hope, support and accountability. Estimates show that over half of those with addiction relapse, and multiple recovery attempts are typically required before achieving success. For those that stay the path, reported information states that over 23.5 million Americans have overcome their addiction.
"Whether it is through our leadership in the Steamboat Springs Rx Task Force, sponsoring the 2016 Recovery Rally in Colorado Springs, or connecting with families throughout the state via Al-Anon, we are committed to providing the resources and understanding that individuals and families need to see that substance abuse disorders can be treated and recovery is possible," shared Austin Eubanks, program director of The Foundry Treatment Center.
The focus of National Recovery Month, which is an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is that prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover. Recognizing the extent of the problem in Colorado is an important step in helping individuals and families get the treatment they need.
"Almost 75 percent of our admissions are for heroin addiction that grew out of an addiction to opioids. In Colorado, two thirds of overdose deaths involve opioids with the remaining one third from heroin," said Eubanks. "As a recovering opioid addict, I know how easy prescription drugs are to obtain and become addicted to, but I also know that you can recover and lead a healthy and happy life."
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SOURCE The Foundry Treatment Center