Misuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers is a huge problem across the United States, and even small cities like Bellflower, California, are not able to escape it.
Bellflower’s population is about 77,700 and it is located in Los Angeles County.1 Residents of Los Angeles County are negatively impacted by prescription painkiller abuse, which can lead to overdose and death.1 A 2012-2014 survey of Los Angeles County residents found that about 394,000 people aged 12 and older abused opioid painkillers in the past year.2 This figure represents about 5% of the county population.2
In 2015, Los Angeles County’s high school students abused many kinds of drugs, putting them at risk for drug addiction later in life. About 10% misused prescription drugs, such as opioid medications.2 These drugs are often easy for teenagers to get ahold of if their parents have been prescribed opioids or sedatives, such as benzodiazepines. Chronic drug abuse may ultimately lead to an addiction, which is characterized by continued use regardless of negative consequences (such as stealing, lying, legal problems, etc.).
The best way to get sober is to seek formal detox and addiction treatment. Detox can provide you with the monitoring and supervision you need to withdraw safely and comfortably, while addiction treatment can instill behavioral change and equip you with coping skills. Call our helpline today to learn about rehabs in your area and throughout the rest of the country that can help.
1. Data.io: Bellflower, CA.
2. National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS). Los Angeles County Sentinel Community Site (SCS), Drug Use Patterns and Trends, 2016.
California ranks 10th in treatment centers servicing/accepting no payment accepted per 100,000 residents. Arkansas is ranked one spot worse at spot 11. Wyoming is just 1 spot better, ranked 9 out of the United States.
When adjusted for population, California ranks 20th in treatment centers servicing/accepting IHS/638 contract care funds. The US National Average is ranked slightly worse, ranked 21. Kansas is just 1 spot better, ranked 19 out of the United States.
For persons with HIV or AIDS clients, California ranks 20th in population-adjusted treatment centers. Montana is ranked one spot worse at spot 21. Oklahoma is just 1 spot better, ranked 19 out of the United States.
California ranks 26th in treatment centers servicing/accepting community reinforcement plus vouchers per 100,000 residents. Delaware is ranked slightly worse, ranked 27. Wisconsin is just 1 spot better, ranked 25 out of the United States.
If you're not currently in a monogamous relationship, most facilities recommend that you avoid getting romantically involved during your first year of treatment. This isn't an attempt to control your life. This is an attempt to keep you focused on healing your addiction, instead of becoming wrapped up in someone else. After all, it's critical to really understand and love yourself first in order to be in a successful partnership.Types of Psychological Addiction
Though the general consensus is that marijuana is not a physically addictive drug, research has proven that it can be psychologically addictive. It may help to understand that many behaviors can become addictions. For example:
There are many drug treatment programs in and near Bellflower to choose from. The secret to finding the right one for you requires knowing a little more about your addiction and your track record with recovery. Do you feel a residential treatment facility would be best? If so, you'll spend 30 to 90 days living the recovery lifestyle with 24-hour-per-day support. Afterwards, you might opt for extended care in the form of a 12-step program.
If you're still not sure which program would be best for you, give us a call. We can help evaluate your situation and point you in the right direction toward recovery.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.