A letter from Infinite Recovery Chairman and Founder Michael Dadashi
America is embroiled in an epidemic. We are battling the 21st century’s biggest problem: opioid and heroin addiction. The DEA has already reduced opioid medication production and President Obama released an official Presidential Proclamation declaring September 19 – 26 Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, but that hasn’t stopped the 129 people overdosing a day from sliding further down the spiral of addiction.
Something drastic must be done.
I find it extremely fitting that this epidemic is finally getting media coverage in the midst of an election year. It’s a time of change and this issue is perhaps the biggest domestic threat to our health, but both candidates have barely touched on the topic.
Clinton has proposed a $10 billion plan that would provide funds for states to create anti-drug programs tailored to each region’s specific issues. She’s advocated for increased diversion programs and drug courts. Trump has proposed to stop the problem by building a wall along the Mexican border, “stopping the flow of opioids onto U.S. soil.”
Neither plan talks in depth about stopping what’s at the root of the problem: the disease of addiction.
Physicians define addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs fundamentally alter the brain; they change its structure and how it works. The genesis behind addiction has been explored by doctors for years, and it comes back to genetic dispositions, traumatic experiences, and medical precursors time and time again, but rarely have we seen these medical findings affect the policy decisions of politicians and the powers that be.
I’m tired of watching our country’s promising youth pass away far too early because they weren’t able to receive treatment. It pains me to watch parents sob as they grieve the loss of their children, losing them to a disease that’s completely treatable. Something has to change.
Infinite Recovery has watched these tragedies occur over and over again and we’re changing the way we treat heroin and opioid addiction. We’ve zeroed in on exactly what causes this vicious cycle and have tailored our program to treat each level of this disease. My hope is that we’ll begin to change the way the intricate disease of opioid and heroin addiction is addressed and watch the tide turn toward a lasting effect on heroin and opioid addicts. We’re already seeing the results with our alumni, watching them not only break addiction, but also transform their entire lives.
I know in my heart that we can overcome this epidemic. With the proper legislation from politicians put in place to help addicts receive treatment, cooperation from insurance carriers to treat the problem rather than incur the costs associated with active addiction, and public compassion for these people, we can wipe out this epidemic in a generation.
Chairman and founder,
Infinite Recovery is following the opioid epidemic closely. We are a proud supporter of Facing Addition and like-minded activist organizations. Our biggest contribution to the cause of overcoming addiction is sharing the proof of long-term recovery. For more information about Infinite Recovery and our daily work, see our new website. We offer a 24/7 confidential hotline at (844) 206-9063 and our admissions team is available online.