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Drug Overdose Kills More Americans Than Car Accidents

Drug and opioid addiction recovery at Summit Estate Recovery CenterMore than 40,000 Americans die each year from drug overdoses and more than half of those overdose deaths involve opioids. Drug overdoses account for more deaths in the US than car accidents or gun violence. In the most recent data available, 52,404 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2015 as compared to 35,092 people died (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) from motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. in the same period.

With all these deaths, what are opioids specifically and how to they work?

Opioids are compounds that bind to receptors in a person’s brain, which blocks pain and slows breathing. Opioid causes the brain to release the natural chemical dopamine and people typically feel a calm “happy” high. Addiction causes people to take opioids regularly, and as a result, they develop a tolerance to the drugs. This forces people to take more and more of the drugs to achieve the same effect. Therefore, if enough of the drug is taken it causes a person to stop breathing altogether, making overdoses often fatal. Some opioids – heroin – are illegal. While others, hydrocodone or oxycodone are prescribed for pain relief – the two most common brand names are Vicodin and OxyContin. Prescriptions for the drugs have skyrocketed over the years, from 76 million in 1991 to over 260 million last year. To compound the issue the influx of fentanyl, a painkiller prescribed for acute pain that is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, is leading to higher rates of overdose nationwide. Opioid usage is high across the United States with many of the states hit hardest by the epidemic — West Virginia, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Ohio. The epidemic affects both rural and urban areas equally.

Where Does Someone Get Their Drugs from?

Most often is it is believed that overprescribing is fueling the epidemic. A person gets injured and is prescribed painkillers, which quietly leads to addiction. However, according to federal data, most people start out by taking the painkillers of a friend or family member and become addicted quickly. Experimentation typically starts during adolescence or young adulthood, but opioid addiction affects people of all ages equally and leads to devastating consequences. Those attempting to recovery by practicing abstinence alone when it comes to opioid addiction fail at a high rate, with roughly 90 percent of people relapsing. That is why at Summit Estate, we understand that every addiction is unique. We are committed to helping our clients have a brighter future free from addiction. So, we have developed a personalized addiction treatment program to address our clients’ specific needs. Our exclusive rehab centers offer truly personalized care for total healing from poly-substance addiction and co-occuring disorders like depression and anxiety. The luxurious facilities and beautiful grounds provide all of the important amenities individuals need to feel comfortable while undergoing drug and alcohol detox. Our innovative recovery programs are offered by highly credentialed treatment professionals who aim to provide each client with the highest level of care possible. With a small client population, each individual receives the one-on-one attention needed to overcome addiction and go on to live a happy, balanced life.

Healthy Recipe For Recovery: Easy Garlic Salmon & Asparagus In Foil

Health In Recovery

Healthy eating is important for all of us, but it’s especially crucial for recovering addicts who are building up their mental and physical energy. The right nutrients aid in healing the body and producing more feel-good chemicals in the brain. But not all foods are treated equal. So how can you choose a great tasting meal that provides you with the right nutrients? You’re in luck! We have a delicious and nutritious meal to help you out. This tasty Garlic Salmon and Asparagus in Foil recipe is brought to you by Cooking Classy. It’s full of flavor, simple to prepare and chock full of essential nutrients. It’s also a quick and easy clean up. Salmon alone is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin B6 and selenium. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids (which have been shown to improve brain function) and protein. Asparagus is another winner packed with fiber, folate and vitamins A, C, E and K. Top the recipe off with fresh herbs and lemon, and you’re fueling the body with the right balance of nutrients. Let’s get started.

Garlic Salmon And Asparagus In Foil

Ingredients: Healthy Recipe For Recovery Easy Garlic Salmon And Asparagus In Foil

  • 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 lb asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • Fresh dill sprigs, or chopped fresh thyme, rosemary or parsley

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut four sheets of aluminum foil into separate pieces that are around 14-inches in length.
  • Divide the asparagus up into four separate portions and place them onto the foil. You should have about 8 spears for each one.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the oil and garlic. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the mixture onto the asparagus. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  • Rinse the salmon fillets. Season the bottom of each fillet with salt and pepper. Then place the fillets onto the asparagus.
  • Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the mixture of oil and garlic onto each salmon fillet. Season them with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • To finish off your dish, top the salmon and asparagus with either dill sprigs or fresh herbs and lemon slices.
  • Fold the foil over the salmon and asparagus and place them onto a baking sheet.
  • Cook the salmon for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  • Unwrap the salmon and serve it with a healthy side such as quinoa or brown rice. Enjoy!

Enjoy! If you like this recipe, be sure to check out more healthy and delicious recipes on our Pinterest board!

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Personalized Addiction Treatment In San Jose

Summit Estate Recovery Center provides personalized addiction treatment options in the San Jose area for those struggling with drug or alcohol. We will design a custom treatment regimen that caters to you or your loved one’s individual needs and goals. As part of our nutrition program, we also provide delicious and healthy gourmet cuisine for our clients. Our caring and professional staff will treat you with the care and compassion you deserve. Call us now.