Somerset is a wonderful, outdoorsy town. It has a little over 6,000 people. Somerset also has a good median household income and a good property value. But somehow things have gone very wrong. Like the rest of Pennsylvania, Somerset has a drug problem. One of the biggest drug concerns is opioids. Heroin in particular is a major issue. Other opioids like oxycodone are routinely used in legitimate medical treatments. However, the illicit drug heroin is completely illegal and has no legitimate medical purposes.
Drugs seem to have seeped into almost every household in the United States. More so in Pennsylvania than anywhere else. There are a little over 50 opioid prescriptions being written for every 100 people in Pennsylvania.
How Can We Stop Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania?
Overdose deaths in Pennsylvania are double the national average. Narcan is a nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose. Pennsylvania has a standing order for Narcan. This means that anyone who would like to can buy Narcan from a pharmacy can legally do so. Many people do not carry Narcan on them on a daily basis, even though most emergency personnel carry it. If you or your loved one has an addiction to opioids or know someone who does, it might be a good idea to carry Narcan on you and know how to use it.
Why Do People Get Addicted to Drugs?
There is much debate about how addiction starts. Some people believe that people who become addicted to drugs are “weak” or “bad”. This is untrue. Drug and alcohol addiction are often encouraged by trauma and other stressors. Another risk factor for addiction is biology. Addiction is a medical condition like any other. It is no different from having cancer. It is also no less serious. Other things that have been identified in people who tend to have addictions are biology and whether close family members have addictions.
How Do I Choose the Right Addiction Treatment Center?
When choosing a treatment center, it is important to remember how serious your condition is. You are laying your life on the line every time you do drugs. You might be doing an amount that you believe that you can handle but have they been tampered with? Is there something in your cocaine, like fentanyl, that could kill you?
It is a big leap of faith to put your life in the hands of a drug dealer who got the drugs from someone else. Who got them from someone else? Who imported them from somewhere else through someone else? Even if you have complete confidence in your dealer do you trust every person along the way? Do you trust the person who cuts your drugs, the provider to a provider, not to cut them with something dangerous? Even if you trust your dealer how can they know the makeup of every bit of drug they sell?
Why Should I Get Clean?
You only have one life. You need to start investing in it. You might not even like the person you were before you started drugs or the situation you were in. That does not mean that you cannot get clean and become a better person. Change your situation and come back stronger than you ever were. You made it this far. How much farther can you make it while addicted? The next dose? The one after that? Even detoxification, if done improperly as usually happens in home detoxifications, can be deadly. Please seek the help that you do want to become the person we know that you can fight and succeed to be.
Can I Develop Mental Health Issues by Abusing Drugs?
Besides trauma, which can develop into PTSD, mental health disorders can encourage people to abuse substances. Many people start to develop alcoholism to numb the pain from depression or start abusing substances during the manic phase of a bipolar swing. This can happen either when someone is undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. If someone is taking the wrong medication it might not help the person handle their symptoms and might even make their symptoms worse.
How Many Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers are in Somerset Pennsylvania?
There are nine drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Somerset. This is one indication of how much of the community is affected by drugs. There are also only ten mental health professionals in Somerset. Pennsylvania is notoriously underserved in the area of psychology.
How Do I Find a Good Mental Health Professional?
Most treatment centers will help you find a mental health professional to help you keep your sobriety after completing their treatment program. There are also AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) organizations in Somerset that can also help you after treatment.
AA Meeting Location:
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
202 West Union Street, Somerset
NA Meeting Location:
Somerset Anglican Fellowship
132 East Union Street
First United Methodist Church
149 West Patriot Street
It is worth noting that AA is geared towards alcoholics. You are more than welcome to attend an AA meeting, however If you have been abusing another substance abuse you would feel more comfortable at NA. It should also be noted that AA and NA are not meant to be a complete recovery program. They are simply gathering of individuals that’s are looking to share stories and stay in recovery. If you are still abusing drugs or alcohol, and you are struggling to quit, you should reach out to a professional treatment center for help.
What Does a Clinic Need to Help Get Me Get Clean and Help Me Stay Clean?
Somerset is about 70 miles away from Pittsburgh, which is a much larger town with a wider variety of treatment options. Although this might be a little bit of a drive it is worth noting that if you do not go to the right clinic for you and get the type of treatment needed, your rehabilitation might not be successful. Sometimes people who have a mental disorder drink or do drugs to numb the pain of their disorder. There are many options for wonderful aftercare for patients who have completed a treatment program.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis refers to any individual suffering from both substance abuse and mental illness. For example, if you have any co-occurring disorders like depression and a heroin addiction or PTSD and an oxycodone addiction, then a professional treatment center that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment can help.
If you or someone you know is suffering from co-occurring disorders, it is extremely important to find a clinic that specializes in this treatment. Addiction treatment patients are up to 8 times more likely to relapse if their co-occurring is not treated along with their addiction.
DreamLife Recovery is a dual diagnosis facility that offers residential treatment, a partial hospitalization program, and an outpatient program. We are confident we have a treatment plan to suite your needs.
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