It pains us to speak so negatively, particularly when it comes to the seriousness of chronic substance abuse and addiction. But what is going on is beyond anything we ever believed imaginable and it must be talked about candidly and openly.
The truth is that between 500 to 700 people are dying each and every week from drug and alcohol addiction in the United States alone. Furthermore, the primary interest for an overwhelming percentage of treatment centers has become maximizing insurer reimbursement revenues, in many cases at the direct expense of patient care. The giant’s of the pharmaceutical industry are in the business of selling medications; nothing more and nothing less. Some of these medicines are knowingly designed to keep society dependent upon them. In as much as we wish this were nothing more than conspiracy theories, it is, unfortunately, a very sad and hard truth.
Many treatment centers continue to use outdated and largely ineffective therapies while charging exorbitant fees of as much as $100,000 for a 30-60 day program. These “programs” are little more than glorified 12-Step/12-Tradition A.A./N.A. models with unproven results and unacceptable recidivism rates commonly exceeding 90%. Many promote specialty diets, luxury accommodations, and the latest buzz-word “Evidence-Based Treatment” which is a term that claims the use of treatment modalities that are proven to be effective in the treatment of addiction. All of these terms and features are used to encourage a sense of optimal care and specialized treatment, but when it comes to effective program protocols, most openly admit that a mere 10% or less of their clients will succeed in conquering their addiction.
Although we do not have the big answer; the immediate answer is education. We must be aware of what is truly happening to us as a society and begin to take action to control our health and our lives. Modified social behaviors, environments, and education must be at the forefront of our effort to begin developing an understanding of the dangers that surround us. Dangers of all shapes and sizes; many that may be carrying a stethoscope and who we have trusted as resources for honest analysis and guidance for our health and wellbeing for generations.
Thousands of deaths can be avoided each year through holistic plant therapy. These natural, God-given plants and medicinal therapies are incredibly effective and able to save lives around the world while increasing the odds of successful addiction recovery. It is well known that detoxification is the most critical part of the recovery process. A proper detoxification will eliminate withdrawals and cravings which are the two most chronic causes of relapse. Plant medicines achieve this in a very effective way and increase the odds of successful long-term cessation proportionately.
We encourage all clients to engage in high-quality extended-care programs following any detoxification regimen in order to guide in the fundamentals of leading a long-term sober and disciplined lifestyle. This can be achieved by attending a well qualified, Residential Treatment Program, Intensive Outpatient Program or Addictions Psychotherapy Specialist sessions. But the very first order in quashing addiction is to experience a healthy and complete detoxification which should be done through high-quality detoxification protocols using plant medicines. There is simply no better method in achieving sobriety through healthy detoxification than holistic plant medicine treatments.
Ultimately, you are in control of your health, so use discretion, do your research and find what works best for you.