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Addressing Rising Overdose Deaths with Recovery Aftercare Programs

  • Posted at Sep 21, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Addressing Rising Overdose Deaths with Recovery Aftercare Programs

Addiction negatively affects millions of people each year and their loved ones. It can transform a person’s life into something they never thought possible – harming relationships, tearing people away from their families, leading to job loss, and getting people in trouble with the law. But, certainly, worse than all of that, addiction can lead to the loss of precious life through overdose. Unfortunately, overdose deaths are continuing to rise, leaving many families to deal with the tragedy of losing their loved ones to addiction.

The Rise of Overdose Deaths in America

Overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States. Most of these deaths are due to taking opioids like prescription painkillers. While overdose death statistics have been rising for many years, a recent publication by CNN states that the CDC is now stating that overdose deaths have reached a new, record high. In the 12 months before April 2023, a record-high 111,000 people died from overdose, making this 12-month period the most annual overdoses in one year’s time to date.

In the article, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, states, “Overdose deaths spiked 30% between 2019 and 2020 and rose another 15% between 2020 and 2021”. After 2021, numbers continued to rise. While overdose death numbers have risen quicker in previous years, the number is not declining, meaning that the opioid epidemic is still very real and alive.

Hope for People Struggling With Addiction

While overdose rates continue to climb, this doesn’t mean that there is no hope for people living with the impacts of addiction. Fortunately, treatment programs are effective in providing individuals who are living with addiction with the tools they need to obtain and sustain sobriety. These include programs like Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Recovery and Aftercare Programs (RAP).

Intensive Outpatient Program and Recovery and Aftercare Program at Yellowbrick

At Yellowbrick, we understand that substance abuse can significantly impact all aspects of life, as individuals may become primarily attached to substances or engage in other addictive behaviors. These behaviors can overshadow their sense of self and connection with others and themselves. Our Recovery and Aftercare Program is specially designed to address the unique needs of emerging adults.

Our program takes a holistic approach, offering a range of services to support individuals on their journey to recovery including:

Expert Assessments: Each individual’s substance-related issues are thoroughly assessed by our team of experts, providing a clear understanding of their unique challenges.

Tailored Relapse Prevention Plans: We create personalized relapse prevention plans to help individuals navigate triggers and develop effective coping strategies.

Individual Sessions: Our Substance Abuse Specialists provide one-on-one sessions to address specific concerns and provide guidance on the path to recovery.

Community Support: We encourage participation in 12-step meetings, fostering a sense of belonging and support outside of our program.

Group Programming: Three hours a week are dedicated to group sessions, where members can learn, share, and gain valuable insights to support their sobriety journey.

Through our comprehensive, multi-modal approach, we aim to empower individuals to regain control over their lives, rebuild healthy relationships, and experience lasting recovery from substance abuse and related behaviors.

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