Did you know that in the United States, one person dies every 20 minutes from a drug overdose? In the past six years, the number of heroin related deaths has gone up more than 3000% in Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties. These statistics are shocking, but what can be done? We were honored to have RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta Medical Director, Dr. Stacy Seikel, welcomed as a guest on 11 Alive’s Atlanta & Company to discuss the rising addiction epidemic that’s destroying lives and tearing families apart throughout Atlanta.
In this powerful interview, Dr. Seikel explains the relationship between pain medication abuse and heroin addiction, where individuals who have become completely dependent on over prescribed pain pills turn to heroin as a cheaper and more accessible alternative when their prescription drugs are no longer available. What most people don’t realize is that the heroin on the streets today is often laced with other dangerous drugs such as fentanyl, which increases its’ potency and has contributed to the dramatic rise in fatal overdoses. In addition to providing perspective on the causes of this deadly epidemic, Dr. Seikel explains why it’s important for families who suspect their loved one may be suffering from an addiction to trust their instincts and reach out for help in the form of a confidential evaluation, as taking that first step can ultimately save their lives.
Dr. Seikel also discusses why our comprehensive approach to treating addiction and any underlying issues like chronic pain, depression, trauma or anxiety makes RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta truly unique. From day one, our experienced team of doctors, clinicians and therapists is focused on helping our clients achieve a lasting recovery. Treatment is tailored to the specific needs of each individual, with the most effective combination of anti-craving medication, behavioral therapy, counseling, and family education.
We collaborate with families throughout all stages of the addiction treatment process, which includes our aftercare program that helps patients transition back into their daily routines, provides ongoing support to prevent relapse, and ensures patients stay on the path to lifelong recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call 770-203-1614 to schedule a confidential evaluation.