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Writer, headhunter, animal lover.
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Addiction to Heroin and Opioids

Addiction to anything is bad, really bad, but due to circumstances surrounding the worldwide opioid epidemic that’s taking place; addiction to heroin may be among the worst.

The opioid epidemic has gotten out of hand, as we reported here where you can see prescription drug deaths surpassed 35,000 two years ago, and it’s done nothing but rise since then. But at Into Action Recovery Centers, we already knew that as we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients we’ve been treating for opioid addiction. Some of those clients became addicted to prescription drugs as reported here and some to illicit drugs such as heroin.

Rehab Solutions Are at Hand

The good news is that regardless of the type of addiction you have problems with, Into Action Recovery Centers is prepared to handle it. We have experience with all types of addiction and with treating many different personalities. Just take a look at some feedback from our former clients and their families:

“When I first got to Into Action, I was beyond hopeless. I had previously been to around 8 different rehabs/detoxes; none of them worked. I always performed well and followed instructions, but each time I’d relapse within a few months of graduating. I was sure that I would be doomed to a life of misery.”

“When I arrived at Into Action, I was physically, mentally and spiritually broken. But, wow, I sure came to the right place. During my detox, the medical staff was highly knowledgeable and put in tons of extra effort to make my stay more comfortable. On top of that, Into Action has a beautiful system within their clientele – the guys in residential would come talk to me and make me feel welcome.”

“This is what we strive for at Into Action Recovery Centers. We want every stay to be a successful one.”
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Addiction to Heroin and the Increased Potency of Street Drugs

Addiction to heroin has never been good, but there was a time when the risk was primarily on the addict, when busting someone for possession of heroin was little more than slapping the cuffs on that person and taking them in to be charged. With the advent of gray death and new forms of heroin, there is a lot more to think about.
  

  


First responders—police and emergency medical personnel—are increasingly in danger of overdose simply by breathing in the compound or inadvertently allowing the drug to touch their exposed skin.

According to a recent article, Houston Police chief suspends the field-testing of narcotics, officers will no longer test drugs in the field because officials say they could overdose while doing their jobs.

“It’s an extremely dangerous substance. There have been cases where officers are on the side of the road and they have merely opened up a bag to field-test it and the action of closing the bag has forced up enough air that contained that substance that sent the officer into overdose mode and started shutting his system down,” Paul Fortenberry, with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said.

Read more at the site: https://www.intoactionrecovery.com
  

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Rehabs in Houston Deal with the Opioid Crisis

Rehabs across the country are struggling to deal with the opioid crisis, but rehabs in Houston—for the most part—are prepared.

At Into Action Recovery Centers, we took note of the increase in admissions for opioid dependence and addiction. We have medically trained staff who are more than qualified to handle all addictions, including opioid addiction. Read this comment from one of our Google reviews.

"After many years of struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, I found IARC via a google search. It was one of the best decisions I had made in a very long time! I had been to other centers before, but something was very different about IARC. It seemed as though everyone was finding a solution to their problem. The awesome staff had shared the same issues I had and it was a great experience and inspiration to watch how they live today. They were able to share with me, and show me how to do what they did to get and be better. I owe alot [sic] to IARC and thier [sic] staff for helping me build the foundation that is still my recovery after 55 months of sobriety.

I live a drastically different life today. The thing to keep in mind is, sobriety is for people who want to be sober and if you want it, this is the place to go. I would recommend IARC to anyone seeking a solution to their problem. Great facilty, great staff, great new way to live. Thanks IARC! I will be forever grateful!"

Back to the Issue of Rehabs in Houston

In early June, the Houston Police Department reported that they had seized some illegal drugs, and in the batch was an unidentified amount of fentanyl. It wasn't the first time "gray death" was seized in Houston, and I feel fairly certain it won't be the last.
  

It's not that Houston is any worse than other cities; in fact, most rehabs in Houston are prepared for it. It's simply that there is an opioid crisis going on worldwide—an opioid epidemic.

 You can read more about it on the site: https://www.intoactionrecovery.com/rehabs-in-houston-deal-with-the-opioid-crisis/
Fill out a confidential inquiry form, and our knowledgeable staff will get back to you or call to arrange a confidential consultation: (844) 694-3576

 
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How Other Languages Affect Ours If you’ve ever wondered how other languages affect ours—wonder no more. All you have to do is look at a calendar, or think about it when you wonder “Where do the months of the year names come from?” Did you ever wonder…
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The Best Mystery Book What makes the best mystery book? Ask ten people and you’ll likely get some overlap, but I’d be willing to bet you’d get at least 7 different opinions. Some might say it’s the dialogue that keeps them turning pages; others would…
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Am I Grateful or Thankful I’ve had several people write to me about whether to use grateful or thankful, wondering when to use each word. My typical response of verifying my thoughts with a good dictionary and then presenting those people with answers…
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Absolutely Is Absolutely Wrong It’s a well-known fact that absolutely is absolutely wrong. Well, for some people it is. And what makes it worse, is that people often use it as an intensifier for another absolute. I wrote about absolutes before. You can…
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The Costs of Addiction

Everyone talks about the financial bind that addiction inflicts on families. But not nearly as many discuss the true costs of addiction on the rest of the community, even though the effects are real.

What Effects Are There?
Let's take a look at a few.

Personal
A. Direct cost of drugs or alcohol

While the initial cost of the drugs may not be significant, as tolerance grows, so too does the cost. Before long, it will be significant. It may become significant enough for the addict to resort to stealing in order to pay for their habit. Whatever is stolen has to be added to the costs of addiction.

B. Indirect, but inevitable, costs.
There are costs other than the direct costs of addiction associated with the purchase of the product. What costs, you say. Things like DUI (driving under the influence) tickets along with accompanying legal fees and fines.

C. Cost of rehab.
Even with insurance, which is not always guaranteed, there are costs associated with rehab.

Work
A. Cost to the company through missed days 
B. Cost to the individual through missed opportunities

Community
A. Goods stolen 
B. Increased police protection 
C. Governmental and Medical Costs
D. Increased prison costs 
E. Increased insurance costs
F. Increased medical costs

There are many other costs that aren't listed here. According to a report regarding the costs of addiction's effect on society, the repercussions are staggering. When inflation is taken into account, the figure would be more than $200 billion.

Looking at a report by the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) we can see the impact reflected in the chart below.

Magnitude of the Costs of Addiction
The costs of addiction and drug abuse are significant. No one is going to argue that. It's a major issue that affects society on multiple levels. Every community is impacted—either directly or indirectly—by drug abuse and addiction, as is every family. Drugs take a huge toll on society at every level, from the junkie on the street to the people living in mansions. 

As you can see the effects of alcohol are even worse than the effects of illegal drugs, although if you combine illegal drugs with prescription drugs the results are different. Nonetheless, either alcohol or other drugs alone are enough to warrant serious attention. When combined with prescription drugs, the cumulative effect is more than $400 billion. That's larger than the revenue of most companies.

And the date of this source was a study done in 1991! The situation has only worsened since then. In fact, in a recent study (2012) done by Harvard University, it was found that drug abuse ranked at the top of the chart as far as a concern. The chart below shows the top ten. 

  
Substance abuse costs our nation more than $484 billion per year. That's more than the cost of other chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Look at the chart below and see how that stacks up. (source the NIDA)

  
The costs of addiction are huge. When you take into account the health care, lost earnings, and costs associated with crime and accidents, the impact is enormous. It's a burden that affects all of society—the abusers as well as those who don't.

When You Consider the Costs of Addiction, it Can Be Depressing
But there is good news. Help is close by. Into Action Recovery Centers specializes in helping people who have experienced problems with alcoholism or drug abuse. We have a medically trained staff on hand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

And we understand the problems of both the addict and the affected family. We can not only help with the costs of addiction, we will help get rid of the addiction. Give us a call. 

  
Fill out a confidential inquiry form, and our knowledgeable staff will get back to you or call to arrange a confidential consultation: (844) 694-3576

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Using Vellum and Pronoun to Sell More Books All authors are continually on the lookout for ways to sell more books. The bad news is that it’s damn difficult. The good news is that there are clever and innovative people looking for new ways to make it…
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The Costs of Addiction
Everyone talks about the financial bind that addiction inflicts on families. But not nearly as many discuss the true costs of addiction on the rest of the community, even though the effects are real.

What Effects Are There?
Let's take a look at a few.

Personal
A. Direct cost of drugs or alcohol

While the initial cost of the drugs may not be significant, as tolerance grows, so too does the cost. Before long, it will be significant. It may become significant enough for the addict to resort to stealing in order to pay for their habit. Whatever is stolen has to be added to the costs of addiction.

B. Indirect, but inevitable, costs.
There are costs other than the direct costs of addiction associated with the purchase of the product. What costs, you say. Things like DUI (driving under the influence) tickets along with accompanying legal fees and fines.

C. Cost of rehab.
Even with insurance, which is not always guaranteed, there are costs associated with rehab.

Work
A. Cost to the company through missed days 
B. Cost to the individual through missed opportunities

Community
A. Goods stolen 
B. Increased police protection 
C. Governmental and Medical Costs
D. Increased prison costs 
E. Increased insurance costs
F. Increased medical costs
There are many other costs that aren't listed here. According to a report regarding the costs of addiction's effect on society, the repercussions are staggering. When inflation is taken into account, the figure would be more than $200 billion.

Looking at a report by the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) we can see the impact reflected in the chart below.

Magnitude of the Costs of Addiction
The costs of addiction and drug abuse are significant. No one is going to argue that. It's a major issue that affects society on multiple levels. Every community is impacted—either directly or indirectly—by drug abuse and addiction, as is every family. Drugs take a huge toll on society at every level, from the junkie on the street to the people living in mansions.
  
As you can see the effects of alcohol are even worse than the effects of illegal drugs, although if you combine illegal drugs with prescription drugs the results are different. Nonetheless, either alcohol or other drugs alone are enough to warrant serious attention. When combined with prescription drugs, the cumulative effect is more than $400 billion. That's larger than the revenue of most companies.

And the date of this source was a study done in 1991! The situation has only worsened since then. In fact, in a recent study (2012) done by Harvard University, it was found that drug abuse ranked at the top of the chart as far as a concern.

Substance abuse costs our nation more than $484 billion per year. That's more than the cost of other chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Look at the chart below and see how that stacks up. (source the NIDA)

  
The costs of addiction are huge. When you take into account the health care, lost earnings, and costs associated with crime and accidents, the impact is enormous. It's a burden that affects all of society—the abusers as well as those who don't.

When You Consider the Costs of Addiction, it Can Be Depressing
But there is good news. Help is close by. Into Action Recovery Centers specializes in helping people who have experienced problems with alcoholism or drug abuse. We have a medically trained staff on hand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

And we understand the problems of both the addict and the affected family. We can not only help with the costs of addiction, we will help get rid of the addiction. Give us a call. 

  
Fill out a confidential inquiry form, and our knowledgeable staff with get back to you or call to arrange a confidential consultation: (844) 694-3576
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