It has become common knowledge that drug abuse is on the rise across the country. But for the state of West Virginia, the drug scene is creating a lot of distress for inhabitants...
It has become common knowledge that drug abuse is on the rise across the country. But for the state of West Virginia, the drug scene is creating a lot of distress for inhabitants, law enforcement, government officials and healthcare professionals alike.
Not only has the state been in the top bracket for overdoses and rehabilitation admittance in the past decade, there is another problem coming into the light that makes the hair rise up on the back of many people's necks. It is common knowledge that drug abuse can take many a toll on a healthy life style. Work, relationships, physical and mental health are commonly destroyed by prolonged and heavy drug abuse. However, now that certain drugs such as prescription pills are reaching the ˜long term' standpoint in consequences, its more than just drug abusers who are suffering.
C.K. Garner, a law enforcement deputy in the state recalls how drug abuse took a severe toll on his childhood and would forever mark him for the rest of his life. As a young teen, Garner suffered from physical and mental abuse from his drug addicted father. From unknowingly transporting drugs for the man at the tender age of fifteen, to being forced to work three jobs to support his father's addiction, to the physical altercation which left him with two herniated disks and incredible pain; he recounted the years of torture and abuse he underwent due to his father's nasty addiction.
Sadly, Garner is only one of a great many. Residents and officials of the state have remarked of the high amount of child abuse “in whatever form- stemming from parental drug addiction. The days of the drug addiction crowd being seen as teenagers and young adults is long over. All ages of people have been found to equally succumb to drug and alcohol addiction. And not only are people becoming addicted to a drug or alcohol, but the rise in multi-abuse addictions is rising sharply. Deadly cocktails of mixed drugs and alcohol are driving the danger right far above the already escalated norm.
More children are being exposed to violence, mental warfare, sexual abuse and even death due to parental addiction. Studies have shown that those children are more apt to being exposed to drug abuse, and experiencing severe mental disorders which cause them to relate to violence, neglect and self-abuse more commonly than ever before in history.
As West Virginia has steadily come closer to becoming the capital of drug addiction tied to child abuse cases, the state is scrambling to get a grip on the situation. However, law enforcement and government officials have admitted that rehabilitation and drug treatment will not be a simple solution for the problem. Because of the deeply ingrained habits that many in the area have toward their children, it is a problem that social workers and the community alike must work hard on to regain control.
A Center for Addiction Recovery's Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Program provides education on the cycle of addiction, in an effort to help each individual identify behaviors in the cycle and side-step relapse before it occurs. When an individual recognizes behaviors such as non-compliance with medication, excessive stress, denial or reduced effort in recovery groups such as NA, then the individual can STOP the relapse before it begins. It is vital that you or your loved receive professional treatment at a medically-supervised private facility center; it is safe, reliable, and effective. For more information on our addiction treatment programs, reach us at:
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