Among America’s drug addiction and alcoholism patterns, painkiller dependency has remained particularly a top concern for patients, practitioners and addiction recovery professionals. According to the professionals who work at Chapters Capistrano, a Southern California-based residential addiction recovery center, the increase in painkiller addiction is one that has led many to reexamine the nature of substance abuse and what defines dependency.
A recent article from Fox News adds a new definition to American addiction trends, with its extending report on “accidental addiction.” The report puts a particular emphasis on “soccer moms” who may use prescription medications obtained legally through a doctor to treat pain, only to develop a dependency on the drugs. It defines, “’The accidental addict’ is a person who trips down the rabbit-hole of addiction after being prescribed pain or anxiety medications by a well-intentioned doctor.”
For Mike Shea, founder of Chapters Capistrano, the article does carry important points on how addiction can happen without really recognizing the signs, particularly if they are not engaging in substance abuse for recreational practices. However, he states, “The term ‘accidental addict’ can be misleading and can create some stigma around what an addiction is. Everyone’s addiction experience is unique, but no one chooses addiction—they choose to recover. Whether a person feels they have slipped into dependency ‘by accident’ or have been abusing drugs for years, they must understand that there is no shame in seeking rehabilitation and no difference in the need for treatment.”
Shea does support the article for its close look at how the rising trend of “accidental addicts” is encouraging parties to look at alternative recovery options. For instance, the article suggests:
“It becomes important to understand that addiction is less of a stand-alone ‘thing’ (or disorder) and more of a process. Thus we analogize addiction to a ‘perfect storm’ that is
an amalgam of a person’s biology (both genetics and neurochemistry), their environment as well as their psychology (or temperament).
And each addict’s ‘perfect storm’ of addiction is different; for one person, it may be the childhood trauma of sexual abuse that was the dominant storm front in their addiction process; for another, it may be their neurochemistry (i.e. clinical depression or anxiety) that has predisposed them towards self-medicating.
Thus the key to treatment is not to use a cookie-cutter ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment approach…”
Shea responds, “This observation of addiction and how it impacts every person differently is why we make flexible treatment options a priority at Chapters Capistrano. We have found that by making individuals feel more comfortable in a recovery path that fits their experience and beliefs, it can help better prevent relapse.”
While the Chapters Capistrano team is happy to learn that flexible treatment is becoming more discussed in the recovery and mental health communities, the issue of rising addiction rates still exists. As Fox News reports, painkiller prescriptions have dramatically increased in recent years, thus creating greater risk for “accidental addiction.”
For these reasons, Chapters Capistrano is focused on raising awareness about painkiller addiction to better promote prevention efforts. In addition, Chapters aims to help more individuals—no matter what their background—to feel comfortable about recognizing addiction and seeking help to establish sobriety.
“This is a startling trend and one that is impacting every corner of America. It is my hope that patients and doctors will engage in in-depth dialogues about prescription use to help curb this issue,” Shea states.
Those who are struggling with addiction—even if they feel it was accidental—are encouraged to review the detox and treatment options offered by Chapters Capistrano.
Chapters Capistrano is a comprehensive addiction recovery treatment center located along the beautiful, refreshing coast of Southern California. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact Chapters Capistrano today at (888) 375-2564.