Addiction, a chronic brain disease that induces compulsive activity leading to many legal, social, and health consequences, is a problem that has swept over the world. Although this disease may start as a positive experience for the user, the outcome is normally devastating or even fatal. In the U.S., pharmaceutical opioids and heroin are two of the most problematic substances, causing thousands of deaths annually.
However, it’s not just opioids and heroin causing problems. Millions of Americans are addicted to other drugs and alcohol. Florida, specifically, is known as a state of hard drinking. It is also known as a party destination for spring breakers. Approximately 58% of Floridians are drinkers, with around 15% of these being heavy drinkers (http://nnw.fm/8WX5l).
The combination of Florida being a well-known center for drug trafficking and a go-to spring break destination has led to youth and young adult substance abuse in the state becoming a critical problem. According to DrugRehab.com (http://nnw.fm/3Vmd4), “In 2015, of those in Florida who sought rehab, 47.5 percent of people addicted to heroin and 48.2 percent of people addicted to opioids were aged 30 and under.” In addition, of all the patients admitted to rehabilitation facilities in Florida in 2015, more than 3,000 of these were children aged below 18 years old. This equates to 10.6% of the total number of admitted patients.
It is not only the children and young adults with substance abuse and addiction who are suffering the consequences of the drugs. Parents with chemical dependencies often have tragic effects on their own children. Aside from potentially leaving children with the same substance addiction, these parents often neglect their offspring. DrugRehab.com reports that such emotional and physical neglect, and sometimes related abuse, caused more than 230 child deaths in Florida between 2008 and 2014. Fortunately, more is being done by organizations to overcome this statewide problem.
Treatment is essential for both adults and children hooked on opiates, heroin, and other substances. The best way to overcome this problem is residential treatment, something Greenestone Healthcare Corp. (OTCQB: GRST) can now offer Floridians, following its recent acquisition of Seastone Drug Rehab in Delray Beach, Florida.
The company, which offers addiction and rehabilitation treatment services, some of which include counseling, coaching, intervention, psychological assessment, and more, uses a unique approach to substance abuse recovery, focusing on treating any underlying disorders that could have encouraged the addiction.
By working with medical professionals at the clinic, as well as the patient’s family and friends, Seastone is uniquely equipped to help adults in Florida and around the country overcome their addiction. This will hopefully result in fewer children suffering both the mental and physical consequences of their parents or guardians addiction, leading to fewer child deaths as a result of neglect and/or abuse.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.GreeneStone.net
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