Behavioral health resurgence responds to California cities that have lost more residents to drug overdoses than COVID-19

Costa Mesa, California –

Los Angeles, Calif. — Drug overdose deaths continue to exceed crisis levels in many areas, but especially in California, where two metro areas are seeing record numbers of deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Resurgence Behavioral Health, an addiction treatment center in Costa Mesa, California, provides support to these drug-ridden areas.

In Riverside County, outside of Los Angeles, fentanyl deaths have increased 800% in the past five years. District Attorney Michael Hestrin told a nationally televised hearing that “in 2022, more than 500 people are expected to die from fentanyl poisoning.”

The numbers are even more alarming in San Francisco, where fentanyl poisoning has claimed more lives than COVID-19 — more than double the COVID death toll there. San Francisco Mayor London Breed swore ‘tough love’ to anyone who breaks the law, but also offered expanded access to treatment.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is legitimately prescribed as a painkiller, but dealers are adding it to street drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and, increasingly, counterfeit pills designed to look exactly like Xanax, OxyContin , Adderall, etc. Manufacturers and dealers cut their drugs with fentanyl because it’s cheaper and easier to produce than drugs that come from agricultural sources like heroin and cocaine. Fentanyl is also easier to traffic. It is up to 500 times more potent than morphine, so very small amounts of fentanyl can be smuggled for big profits. Experts agree that the growing prevalence of fentanyl in the US drug supply is the main factor fueling an epidemic of drug overdoses across the country.

While COVID deaths are dwarfed by fentanyl overdoses, public health experts are blaming much of the drug tragedy on the pandemic. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13% of Americans said they started or increased their substance use to cope with the stress and isolation of the pandemic. Additionally, social distancing practices, although adopted with good intention, have made recovery more difficult for many addicts as they have lost their support networks.

In addition, more addicts were using alone due to social distancing measures, which increases the risk of death from overdose since there is no one to administer first aid and call for help. With in-person socialization and community programs temporarily closed, fewer in-person recovery resources were available.

Resurgence believes the most effective solution is quality addiction treatment to help people stop using drugs. Public health experts have often called for better access to treatment and a change of mindset: to view addiction as a disorder, not a crime. In fact, Resurgence finds that addiction is often just a symptom of a deeper mental health or emotional condition, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma-related disorders.

The Resurgence program typically begins with medically assisted detoxification to alleviate withdrawal symptoms in a safe, medically supervised setting. Care then continues with residential and outpatient rehabilitation. In the rehabilitation phase, Resurgence provides evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders involving alcohol, drugs, and prescription painkillers. Treatment is personalized for each client, with an individualized treatment plan designed to meet each person’s unique and specific needs. A multidisciplinary and integrated approach is employed using multiple treatment modalities, such as short- and long-term goal setting, educational interventions, outreach, sponsorship, and community support. Clients learn new strategies for dealing with stress and emotional issues. Therapy continues with follow-up care, sober homes, and long-term aftercare programs that ease the transition to a new life free of harmful substances.

Recovery is a long-term experience that takes hard work and dedication to building a new life without chemical solutions. The first step is always the hardest, but those who take it will find support and attention along the way.

Anyone who needs help with a substance use disorder or related mental health issue, for themselves or a loved one, can start the process by visiting Resurgence Behavioral Health or by calling (855) 458-0050.


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