New Mexico Drug Detox Centers
New Mexico residents struggling from an addiction to drugs or alcohol have several options to choose from when it comes to safely detoxing from drugs. These drug detox centers offer medical support to individuals so that they can begin their journey to recovery in a safe and supportive environment.
New Mexico often makes headlines for its methamphetamine problems, but other drugs are causing significant problems in the Land of Enchantment. Prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high in the state, making it Ground Zero for the nationwide fight against prescription drugs.
New Mexico is second in the nation in the number of drug overdose fatalities each year. An estimated 23.8 per 100,000 people die each year from drug overdose, many involving prescription medications. This rate has increased by 59% since 1999, representing the widespread use of prescription drugs. The most common culprits include oxycodone, Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Lunesta, and fentanyl.
Measures Taken to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse in New Mexico
New Mexico takes this growing prescription drug problem seriously, scoring 10 out of 10 on a recent report card designed to rate states on promising strategies to diminish prescription drug use. The state participates in Medicaid Expansion, which is designed to increase the access to drug treatment facilities to those who need help. Furthermore, New Mexico’s “Good Samaritan” laws provide immunity to individuals trying to help themselves or others during a drug overdose.
The state has also expanded layperson access to naloxone, a prescription drug designed to reduce fatalities during a drug overdose situation. Combined with New Mexico’s strict doctor shopping laws and strong prescription medication oversight program, these measures may reduce the impact of prescription drug addiction in the state.
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Importance of Undergoing Drug Detox for Prescription Drug Abuse
Many prescription drug users mistakenly believe that they can kick their addiction themselves. However, many are taken aback by the withdrawal effects that come with quitting or reducing their dose. Because prescription medications act on the brain, brain chemicals come to expect the drug’s presence.
When the drug is withdrawn, the brain initiates a series of side effects, including nausea, vomiting, trouble sleeping, appetite changes, irritability, and anxiety. By undergoing withdrawal in a treatment facility, you have access to professionals who have helped hundreds of people through this process. Their medical knowledge and insight into the psychology of addiction help many people through the withdrawal symptoms and into the next stages of recovery.