One of the larger cities on the Treasure Coast, Vero Beach has a large retirement community as well as seasonal tourist population. As we have seen all across Florida, areas with a large amount of retirees are often used to cover over prescription drug fraud. Several doctors in the Vero Beach area as well as across Florida have been accused of selling prescription painkillers to drug traffickers in the last couple years as the crackdown against the prescription drug epidemic increases.
This example is indicative of how pervasive drug profiteering and abuse have invaded our entire nation, and all aspects of our society. Drug cartels and the government responses built to stop them all earn billions of dollars a year. Drug addiction is fought through law enforcement and social services that really only maintain a delicate status quo. And in the meantime alcohol and drug abuse is popularized amongst many teenagers and adults as well as with advertisements and popular entertainment. Tragically, many of the most powerful aspects of society in Florida encourage recreational alcohol and drug use that can have serious consequences for those that get involved.
One of the most unseen aspects of America's drug epidemic is elderly people who are prescribed drugs that they become addicted to. Often alone and uncared for, a prescription for painkillers or depressants can spell years of torment for an older person. Even without abusing them, narcotic prescription drugs can have serious effects on an aging body, including cognitive impairments and organ failure. Thousands of people in America every year may actually be bringing themselves closer to death by abusing prescription narcotics, rather than saving them.
This is why it is so important for people to know both the consequences of taking drugs, especially legally prescribed ones, and what options exist to get clean of their influence should they start to have negative physical and psychological effects. Leaving a drug problem to be solved by the addict themselves or law enforcement not only rarely works but often makes the problem so much worse. Time and again it has been shown that these choices often result in relapse, while an addict who finds it in themselves to admit they have a problem who is supported by family, friends, and drug rehab professionals, have a much better chance at creating lasting sobriety.
Perhaps one of the great aids in this fight is friends and family who can be both compassionate and tough. However, in the case of a chronic drug addiction, rehab at an addiction treatment center will be necessary for a safe and lasting recovery. Withdrawals often need to be medically supervised and familar friends and family may have trouble identifying psychological issues that need to be addressed. One of the most important and unique tasks that our drug rehab center offer is the psychological and emotional healing that needs to take place in order to create a strong, sober will to live a healthy life free of drugs.
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