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Are Gateway Drugs Safe?

Certain drugs (like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines) are infamous for how they can mess up the brain. Most of us know to beware of their potency and danger. Other substances (such as alcohol, marijuana and painkillers) tend to be viewed quite differently. For many, they are deemed to be much less dangerous.  But are they really less dangerous? 

In an opioid epidemic that currently claims an average of 91 lives per day, there have been many paths to addiction. For some, it started with a sports injury, or fall, a trip to a nearby emergency room and were prescribed a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever.  For a lot of people, that is where the trouble begins.

Although not everyone who gets narcotic pain medication will become addicted, for some it is the start to an addiction. A report released in July by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found that, among patients prescribed opioid pain relievers, at least 8% develop “opioid use disorder,” and 15% to 26% engage in problematic behaviors that suggest they have become dependent.

The report published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. suggests that much of this misery could have been avoided.  
You or a loved one could have fallen into this dangerous trap and is now addicted to opioids or some other substance.   The word “addiction” comes from a Latin term for “enslaved by” or “bound to.” Anyone who has struggled to overcome an addiction – or witnessed a loved one dealing with it – understands why.  It begs the question: Does anyone really want to be a captive to a chemical? Is a voluntary surrender? Self-sabotage? Or is it a cleverly disguised ambush?
 Does anyone really want to be a captive to a chemical?
Is a voluntary surrender?
Or is it a cleverly disguised ambush?
Addiction is a complicated issue but take comfort in knowing that, no matter how concerned you might be for yourself or a loved one, there are experts nearby to help provide you with the answers you want to bring clarity and peace of mind.
Life Transformation Recovery’s treatment program is in Prescott Valley, AZ.  It is a beautiful and tranquil environment that is the perfect setting for focusing your full attention on healing. Here you can find wholeness.  Here you can find the freedom to imagine how life might be without drugs. Inpatient rehab gives you the chance to focus on healing rather than coping.
Freedom from addiction – that’s what you can find through your dedicated effort under the guidance and support of our caring and dedicated staff at Life Transformation Recovery.    We offer faith-based, clinically-proven addiction treatment to help you step away from drugs and find the path to sobriety. We believe that coupling experienced counselors with your own spiritual growth strengthens you and helps ensure a longer, more stable recovery from substance abuse. Call or contact us today at (844) 582-FREEDOM for more information.
You or your loved one CAN be free!

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