Overdose Now Deadlier than Traffic Accidents: How Structured Sober Living Can Help
At Surfside Structured Sober Living, we take the addiction epidemic seriously and are thrilled to work alongside activists, passionate about reducing overdose deaths and ending stigma associated with drug addiction. This year’s National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit featured a keynote speaker: The President of the United States. He addressed a crowd of over 2,000 people, all who have been in some way impacted by the addiction epidemic sweeping the nation. A 2007 report from Connecticut reflected the national average, reporting that 444 people died as the direct result of drug use, while 309 fatalities were the result of motor vehicle accidents and 149 deaths resulted from firearm incidents. The movement to reduce drug abuse related deaths does not aim to deny the painful nature of motor vehicle or firearm deaths, but instead raises a simple question: Why have we invested so much time and energy in increasing vehicle/firearm safety, but rarely discuss the deadly drug addiction epidemic? What can we do to reduce stigma and provide excellent resources for recovery? And how does Structured Sober Living play a role in this conversation?
Drug abuse does not discriminate. It affects families in metropolitan areas, rural communities and the suburbs. At Surfside Structured Sober Living, we know that the addict is not the only one who suffers, often in silence, and we focus on engaging the family in recovery. We are well aware that insurance sometimes covers a 28-day stint in a treatment facility, but recovery requires time and energy – that’s why our three-phase structured sober living supports addicts as they rebuild, rediscover and recover. We believe our residents are more than a statistic and are working actively to prevent them from being a number on a graphic at the Rx Substance Abuse & Heroin Summit. We believe they are good, wholesome people in desperate need of guidance through recovery.
If you or someone you love will benefit from our men’s Structured Sober Living, we encourage you to call us today at 609.709.4205 or check out our website. We also encourage you to check out our Twitter feed at @SurfsideSSL and look at some of the exciting information that emerged from this year’s summit.