Pickerel Lake Recovery Center Now Specializes in Prescription
Drug and Opioid Recovery
(1888PressRelease) No one is immune to opioid dependence. It affects men and
women of all ages, races, ethnic groups, and educational levels. Pickerel Lake
Recovery explains the addiction cycle and opioids and how there is relief and
recovery at their center.
(1888PressRelease) "Opioid dependence is more common than many people think"
says John Haines Executive Director of Pickerel Lake recovery center. John further
states, "Every year, thousands of people become dependent on prescription opioid
pain medication after their medical need for pain relief has passed. Others become
dependent from the recreational use of opioids, such as heroin. Pickerel Lake
Recovery has become the leader in Detoxification and Treatment all in one location."
"No one is immune to opioid dependence. It affects men and women of all ages,
races, ethnic groups, and educational levels and this is why we are so diversified in
our care of clients", says Haines.
According to the 2010 Canadian National Survey on Drug Use:
-470,000 people aged 12 and older were misusing pain relievers.
-3.2 million people aged 12 and over had misused pain relievers in their lifetime.
-Approximately 300,000 people used heroin in 2010.
-Prescription drug abuse killed more than 2,500 Canadians in 2010.
The RCMP reports that "opioid painkillers now cause more overdose deaths than
cocaine and heroin combined." Frequent and persistent use of opioids can cause
brain cells to change the way they work. The brain can be "reset" to think the drug is
necessary for survival. In other words, the brain of a person dependent on opioids can
cause them to feel as though they cannot live without this drug-and eventually may
cause them to adopt compulsive drug-seeking behaviour, and at Pickerel Lake
Recovery this is where the focus on re-training through psych counseling and therapy
becomes very effective in the fight for survival in the world of addiction and to get
Haines says that the need for behaviour modification is needed and says that at
Pickerel Lake Recovery we go to those lengths to achieve the desired results, he
explains, "The need to satisfy cravings or avoid withdrawal can be so intense that even
people who want to stop taking opioids find this difficult. Consequently, they may find
themselves doing things they wouldn't ordinarily do in order to obtain more of the
drug they crave. For this reason, even though opioid dependence is a medical
condition and not a moral failing, it can drive behavior."
Pickerel Lake Recovery is fully aware of the "Stigma" associated with opioid
dependency and says that many of the clients they treat and help recover are those
that became addicted do to the dependence on their medication first for relief of the
pain they were first prescribed opiates in the first place and then the physical and
psychological dependency that comes with this addiction. This dependency should
not be confused with outright drug addiction. Yet unlike other addictions, opioid
dependence carries a powerful stigma. For example: Imagine you're interviewing for a
new job. You wouldn't think twice before asking whether the company's health plan
covers the cost of insulin to treat your diabetes. But would you be as quick to ask
about coverage of costs related to your opioid dependence?
This stigma is rooted in the long-held belief that drug dependence is a moral failure.
Only within the last 20 years have researchers realized that drug dependence is a
medical condition caused by changes in the brain. Today, opioid dependence in
Canada is growing at a fast rate. Says Haines, "Sadly this stigma of opioid dependency
com[pared to outright drug addiction and what people think about it, deters many
people from seeking help."
Removing the stigma of opioid dependence is critical to helping people get proper
care. A key part of achieving this goal is wider recognition that opioid dependency
and the offering of the kind of help Pickerel Lake Recovery provides and not to just
discount it as a "moral failing." It's not about being a good or a bad person, it's about
embracing treatment, including both detox with medically supervised withdrawal
coupled with therapy and counseling, and going forward, this is exactly what Pickerel
Lake Recovery Center and its services provide.